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Top Eight Greatest Sluggers of Cinema

by dsussman   July 06, 2011 at 7:00AM  |  Views: 1,509
Before the UFC came around and showcased the true warriors of the world, action film stars were seen as some of the toughest guys on the planet who could effortlessly back up pretty much anything with their fists and couple classic one-liners. There have obviously been an unlimited string of hard-punching badasses, but only a few are in a league of fist-throwing all their own.

8. Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell - Top8
Source: Anchor Bay

Definitely a dark horse, Bruce Campbell is one of the more underrated fighters on the silver screen.

The main reason why Bruce is one of cinema's greatest heavy hitters is based purely on how thoroughly enjoyable it is to watch him kick someone's ass. It's like a cross between the Three Stooges and John Wayne with he's getting down to brass tacks. He brings an iconic badass flavor to every brawl he's in, but somehow also tosses in some hilarious slapstick for good measure. That's what makes him so unique because almost no one out there has had the ability to do it like the man they call Bruce.

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Top8
Source: 20th Century Fox

Love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenegger has always delivered the goods as advertised. And what's advertised is usually some balls-to-the-wall action with numerous skulls getting demolished along the way. Gives me the chills just thinking about it.

If there was a video montage of every one of Arnie's movie punches, it's safe to say that you'd be watching it for quite a while in sheer delight. Even though almost every on-screen altercation the guy has is completely over-the-top and ridiculous, it doesn't really seem to matter. That s**t is straight up visual cotton candy in the purest form. The classic "I eat Green Berets for breakfast" scene in Commando is a perfect example of this. We all know it's cheesy macho bulls**it to the max, but we still somehow can't take our eyes off of it. What can I say? The man is just really entertaining when he's punching people in the face. Box office numbers don't lie, y'all.

6. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris - Top8
Photo: CBS Photo Archive

I can't really think of too many other film stars that have kicked as much ass on screen as bearded badass Chuck Norris. S**t, his beard has done most of the work up to this point.

Using almost every body part and deadly gizmo imaginable, film and Internet sensation Chuck Norris has been beating down movie villains for as long as I can remember. Chuck's roundhouse kick is truly the stuff of legend, but please don't count out his deadly fists of fury when it comes down to getting the job done and saving the entire planet from brutal destruction. I've lost count of how many terrorists this guy has put down with an endless barrage of knuckles to the eye, but I can tell you that it never, ever gets old. EVER.

Chuck Norris can make onions cry, guys. Just one fact among many about one of the greatest screen stars of our time.

5. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood - Top8
Source: Warner Bros

Clint Eastwood might be notoriously known by most moviegoers for shooting local bullies down with a wide assortment of badass side arms, but the screen legend has also delivered a few deadly fist blows throughout his storybook career.

Even though he's in his eighties, I would still never f**k with Clint Eastwood. Seriously. Take a movie like the 1978 classic Every Which Way But Loose. Clint single-handedly beats the living crap out of anybody and everybody that gets in his way, including the Pacoima Black Widows biker gang. And when you talk about getting enjoyment from an ass-kicking, few can supply the goods like Mr. Eastwood. As a viewer, you literally beg for someone to start some s**t with Clint so he can release a scowling a one-liner followed by a right cross to some loser's Jack Johnson.

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