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

More

This new Netflix documentary is quickly becoming a must-watch

It's like nothing you've ever seen before

by Tom Victor
18 Aug 2017

Seth Rogen spills 'Superbad' secrets to celebrate its 10th birthday

Wait... you changed your name to... McLovin?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

The best ever uses of songs in movies - as chosen by Reddit

What's your pick?

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

Samuel L Jackson: "If Donald Trump broke into my house, I'd shoot him"

We chat to the movie legend about hentai, yachting and killing the President

by Andrew Dickens
16 Aug 2017

Six possible posters for the upcoming Nigel Farage movie

How and why is this actually happening?

by Gary Ogden
16 Aug 2017

The 25 scariest movies on Netflix right now

Stream if you dare

15 Aug 2017

Ryan Reynolds reveals the best prank he's ever pulled

It's classic dad joke stuff

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

Why 'Undisputed' is the best action movie franchise you've never seen

As an action fan, you owe it yourself to watch these movies

by Gary Ogden
11 Aug 2017

Watch the terrifying trailer for Jennifer Lawrence's 'Mother!'

It's the creepy new film from the director of Black Swan

by Gary Ogden
08 Aug 2017

An animated Transformers movie is coming to cinemas

Will it be a return to form?

by Gary Ogden
07 Aug 2017