Monday, March 4, 2024

List: Top 5 Action Scenes

This week on Episode 526 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by John Wick: Chapter 4, we talked about our favorite actions scenes in film. There are countless action scenes to choose from, so this a cumbersome exercise in some ways, but it was a lot of fun reminiscing on why these scenes kick so much cinematic butt. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) The Bride vs Crazy 88 – Kill Bill
2) Boulder Sequence – Raiders of the Lost Ark
3) Luke vs Vader – The Empire Strikes Back
4) Neo and Trinity Rescue Morpheus – The Matrix
5) Bond vs Bomber Opening Chase – Casino Royale


1) Burj Khalifa – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
2) Shootout – Heat
3) Mall Chase – Police Story
4) Truck Chase – Raiders of the Lost Ark
5) Opening Scene – The Dark Knight Rises

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Various scenes from these films – Police Story, The Matrix Reloaded, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Kill Bill, They Live, T2: Judgement Day, Sicario, Casino Royale, True Lies, Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Kingsman, Fast Five, The Raid, The Raid 2, The Town, From Russia with Love, Children of Men, Miami Vice, The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man 2, King Kong, John Wick: Chapter 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars: Episode 1, The Incredibles, Atomic Blonde, Gladiator, Hard Boiled, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Enter the Dragon, Aliens, Blade Runner 2049, Speed Racer, The Last Jedi, There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Master and Commander, Open Range, Once Upon a Time in the West, Tombstone, The Mask of Zorro, Anchorman

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As noted above, there are a billion action scenes to choose from, so it’s very possible that your list is different than ours. That being said, what would be your Top 5? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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