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Amy Kaplan

I love combat sports. I love movies. I love kicking and punching. This is my kind of list.

Here are my favorite movies (in no particular order) that involve massive amounts of punching, kicking and/or fighting. Be sure to yell at me for what I missed in the comments below.


I mean, duh. No list could be complete without the entire Rocky collection. Yes, I am including Creed in there. You absolutely cannot call yourself a fight fan if you haven't practiced yelling "Yo, Adrian!" or raised your hands in triumph after running up a flight of stairs. And let's be honest, how many of you have the song Eye of the Tiger as your ringtone?

The Karate Kid

I'm going to make a confession here, I had the BIGGEST crush on Ralph Macchio. I wanted to take karate just because I thought he might be there (seriously). I still love this movie, though. It really stands the test of time. In fact I showed it to my 10-year-old son recently and he's a new Mr. Miyagi addict. Wax on! Wax off!

Occupation: Fighter

When I went to my first MMA fight I rushed home and immediately wanted to know everything I could about the sport. I logged into Netflix and stumbled across this documentary about a fighter I had never heard of (I hadn't heard of anyone at that point) and totally fell in love with the whole process. Years later I wandered into a gym to interview a fighter and it was this very same guy, he is now my coach. So yes maybe I'm slightly biased, but this movie had to make my list. If you want to know what this world is really like, watch this documentary.


Ok, confession time again. I haven't seen Bloodsport. Wait! Don't go anywhere... I added it to the list because everyone in the office said it was amazing. I promise I will watch it as soon as I get home.

Million Dollar Baby

Oh man this movie makes me cry every time! You are hard as rocks if Clint Eastwood doesn't move you. It's OK to cry, you guys, I promise.

Fight Club

I'd like to tell you why I like the movie Fight Club, but the first rule of fight club.....

Fight Valley

So technically no one has seen this yet, as it hasn't been released... but any movie staring Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg and Miesha Tate HAS to be good, right? I mean, it has to be. These are three of the baddest female fighters on the market today. And look at it this way, if the movie is bad at least you know they have another talent to fall back on.


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