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Top Eight Greatest Sluggers of Cinema

by dsussman   July 06, 2011 at 7:00AM  |  Views: 1,505
4. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee - Top8
Source: Warner Bros.

Known mostly for literally kicking fools to the curb, Bruce Lee also used his hands to handle a few problems during his far-too-short cinematic career. Oharra found that out right quick.

Lee single-handedly revolutionized fighting in film. Up until 1973's Enter the Dragon, American audiences had never really seen fight sequences quite like the ones put on display in the epic martial arts masterwork. Most American eyeballs were used to single-punch fight scenes delivered by Western legends like John Wayne. Sure, Wayne hand some knock-down drag-out bar brawls, but when Bruce Lee came along, things were never the same again.

3. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone - Top8
Source: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

Like many of the names on this list, Sylvester Stallone has made a serious name for himself by kicking ass every which way on the big screen. It's hard to even name a film where Stallone doesn't eventually go toe-to-toe with his arch nemesis and win the day for himself and America. America!

One of the most impressive things about Sly in his films, especially the first two Rocky movies, is the fact that he comes off as a real boxer who could totally give you a working over in the ring. It's funny today to think that Ryan O'Neal and Burt Reynolds among others were offered the Balboa role by the filmmakers before eventually lowering the budget and giving the lead to Sly. The intensity and obvious athletic ability Stallone brings to the table in all of his films has made him one of the greatest on-screen physical forces around. I'm not totally sure what my favorite Stallone punch is, but the haymaker delivered to Apollo Creed's big ol' mouth at the end of Rocky 2 is a dandy to say the least.

2. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford - Top8
Source: Paramount Pictures

Harrison Ford is hands down the John Wayne of our generation and quite possibly the greatest action hero ever. In the arena of the all-mighty cinematic scrap, not many movie stars can compete with Indiana Jones.

I don't know if it's the sound they make or how they're delivered, but when Harrison Ford punches someone in the face, it's like comfort food for the eyes. In most of his films, Ford pretty much only seems to throw a basic stiff straight punch, but there's just something so special about it. Take any one of his epic mano-a-mano battles throughout the Indy series and prove me wrong. Even when one of his punches doesn't do any damage at against a near-invincible opponent, it still comes off as entertaining. Now that's fist charisma, guys. Harrison Ford is one of the chosen few with this manly gift.

1. John Wayne

John Wayne Top8
Source: Universal Pictures

When it comes to cracking jaws on the big screen, John Wayne is the Godfather of the mix. Sure there have been some other film legends prior to the Duke's fist work that deserve some credit, but Wayne is and has long been the high water mark for this specific manly area of the movie biz.

Wayne appeared in more than 20 of John Ford's film throughout his entire career along with other western and action classics that feature the screen icon throwing down with his hands like only he could. John Wayne was the definition of a stand-up man with solid morals and values that any kid could idolize. In my opinion, the formula of saving the day with a badass one-liner and a single right cross to an enemy's jaw is Wayne's and Wayne's alone.

A personal favorite punch of mine came in 1963's McLintock! when the Duke loses his temper for the time in over forty years and uses one solid throw of his fist to finally get the job done on a dude that really had it coming. The hell I won't!

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