Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Top 10 movie pub fights

The-Departed-hero.jpg
Desperado-hero.jpg
Goodfellas-hero.jpg
trainspotting hero.jpg
shaun of the dead.jpg

Bar stools, bottles, pool cues - over the years films have flung their fair share of paraphernalia at protagonists just looking for a quiet pint. Jonny Ford documents the ten greatest pub fights on film

10. The Departed

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) walks into a bar, orders a cranberry juice – then all hell breaks loose. It’s just as well Ray Winstone’s at hand (naturally) to sort things out. One of many memorable scenes from Martin Scorsese’s last great movie:



_____________________________________________

9. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

When Arnold Schwarzenegger tells you to get naked, you get naked (just ask his maid). Here, a hairy biker takes issue with Arnie’s polite request. Cue carnage and the Terminator living up to his name:



_____________________________________________

8. Good Will Hunting

Not one fist thrown here, but a verbal demolition job that packs such a punch it merits a mention on our countdown. It’s Will Hunting (Matt Damon) versus an insufferably smug bully about to get his comeuppance. Look out for Mini Driver at the bar:



_____________________________________________

7. Back to the Future, Part III

You can’t get away with frilly pink shirts in 19th century saloon bars – as Marty McFly, AKA ‘Clint Eastwood’, finds out here. Mercifully, Michael J Fox dodges all of Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen’s bullets – by means of a moonwalk:



_____________________________________________

6. Desperado

Antonio Banderas playing the part of vengeful assassin? No, not a fantasy comedy, but Robert Rodriguez’s award-winning action-thriller. Here, Banderas shoots more bullets than the Magnificent Seven put together. It’s hard to believe that this ruthless gunslinger would grow up to be Puss In Boots:



_____________________________________________

5. Shaun of the Dead

Love, laughs and zombies collide in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s genre-inventing rom-zom-com. Here, Shaun (Pegg) fights a pensioner monster. With a fire extinguisher. And a Winchester rifle. Oh, and a jukebox:




_____________________________________________

4. Goodfellas

When will people learn not to piss Joe Pesci off? Especially in a room full of glass and alcohol. Here, it’s Billy Batts on the wrong end of Tommy DeVito’s (Pesci) psycho shtick. Serves Batts right for creasing Tommy’s suit:



_____________________________________________

3. Gone Baby Gone

Appearances can be deceiving, so the adage goes. As per here, when welterweight Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) takes out a bloke twice his circumference. A great moment from an underrated film:



_____________________________________________

2. Mean Streets

Martin Scorsese’s third entry in our countdown. Uppercuts and pool cues abound in this gritty, literally-no-punches-pulled brawl:



_____________________________________________

1. Trainspotting

There’s pub fights, then there’s pub fights Scotland-style. If you haven’t seen Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in action, he makes Joe Pesci look like a neutered pussycat. Here, Begbie’s hunched over the pool table, cuing back for the black. Meanwhile, a bystander noisily munches a bag of crisps. Just imagine Begbie’s reaction when he misses his pot…

(Images: Allstar)

Related

dodgeball.jpg

Alternate movie endings better than the real ones

hero_posters.jpg

The 10 best alternative film posters of 2012

Hero-3.jpg

50 movie quotes to start your day with

Comments

More

Brendan Gleeson: "I was thrilled to be cut down by Daniel Day-Lewis"

Brendan Gleeson on being entertained by Gambon and killed by Day-Lewis

by Ralph Jones
22 Jun 2017

Can you guess the highest grossing film for every year since 1980?

Genuinely: no, you can't

by Gary Ogden
21 Jun 2017

Don't panic, but the Han Solo movie just lost both of its directors

Don't ruin this for us now

by Carl Anka
21 Jun 2017

Daniel Day-Lewis announces he's retiring from acting

His final film will air later this year

by Alex Finnis
21 Jun 2017

Netflix’s new Hulk Hogan documentary looks like essential viewing

It couldn't have come at a better time

by Tom Victor
16 Jun 2017

The 17 ultimate screen dads

The daddies of them all

16 Jun 2017

The 'Dodgeball' cast have reunited for a surprise mini-sequel

Watch it here

by Gary Ogden
15 Jun 2017

Stunning footage of Bruce Lee's only "real fight" has been unearthed

The martial arts expert looking just as masterful away from Hollywood

by Carl Anka
14 Jun 2017

Edgar Wright has teased the possibility of Hot Fuzz 2

The greatest buddy cop film of all time... Part 2?

by Carl Anka
09 Jun 2017

Nick Offerman: "I would have sold my family to play Gimli"

The moustachioed funny man on varnishing, magnets, and his Gimli ambitions

by Ralph Jones
08 Jun 2017