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20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 254 voters 19.2k views21 items

There are no higher stakes than a fight to the death. Whether it's hand-to-hand combat, a knife fight, or a duel with pistols, death battles push film characters to their very limits. The top fight to the death movies feature dangerous scenarios where it's every man for himself. This is a list of fight to the death movies featuring everything from Bloodsport to Battle Royale to Gladiator.

What titles will you find on this list of films featuring fights to the death? If you're a fan of young adult fiction, you might vote The Hunger Games to the top. This series captivated movie-goers as Katniss Everdeen fought to keep her loved ones safe by entering a bloody and brutal tournament. The Kill Bill movies offered scores of breathtaking fight-to-the-death scenes, splashed in director Quentin Tarantino's signature bright colors and inventive cuts. The Running Man, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, features Ben Richards using cunning and creativity to evade the deadly aim of the stalkers hunting him on a gladiator game show. Other good films featured on this top fight to the death movies list include The Naked Prey, Death Race, and The Killing Room.

Do you have a favorite death battle movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good life or death movies that are missing.

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    Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Battle Royale

    Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama

    Released2000

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

    Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012

    Directed byGary Ross

    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary... more on Wikipedia

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    Kill Bill Volume 1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Kill Bill Volume 1

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2003

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin... more on Wikipedia
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    The Condemned is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Condemned

    Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byScott Wiper

    The Condemned is a 2007 American action film written and directed by Scott Wiper. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    The Raid: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Raid: Redemption

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2011

    Directed byGareth Evans

    The Raid: Redemption is a 2011 Indonesian martial arts action film directed by Gareth Evans. A... more on Wikipedia

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    The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone

    Released1995

    Directed bySam Raimi

    This film is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene... more on Wikipedia

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    The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Running Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

    The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel... more on Wikipedia

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    Bloodsport is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Bloodsport

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Forest Whitaker

    Released1988

    Directed byNewt Arnold

    Bloodsport is a 1988 American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipedia

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    Death Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Death Race

    Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson

    Released2008

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    This film is a 2008 American science fiction action thriller film produced, written, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Death Race 2000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Death Race 2000

    Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine

    Released1975

    Directed byPaul Bartel

    This film is a 1975 cult action film directed by Paul Bartel, and starring David Carradine,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Most Dangerous Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Most Dangerous Game

    Fay Wray, Joel McCrea

    Released1932

    Directed byIrving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    The Most Dangerous Game is a 1932 Pre-Code adaptation of the 1924 short story of the same name... more on Wikipedia
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    Kill 'em All is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Kill 'em All

    Chia Hui Liu, Johnny Messner

    Released2012

    Directed byRaimund Huber

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    The Tournament is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Tournament

    Ian Somerhalder, Kelly Hu

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Mann

    The Tournament is a 2009 British independent thriller film, marking the directorial debut of... more on Wikipedia
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    Kill Bill Volume 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Kill Bill Volume 2

    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

    Released2004

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Killing Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Killing Room

    Nick Cannon, Chloë Sevigny

    Released2009

    Directed byJonathan Liebesman

    The Killing Room is a 2009 psychological thriller film directed by Jonathan Liebesman and... more on Wikipedia
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    No Escape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    No Escape

    Ray Liotta, David Wenham

    Released1994

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    No Escape, released in some countries as Escape from Absolom, is a 1994 American... more on Wikipedia
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    The Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    The Naked Prey

    Cornel Wilde, Patrick Mynhardt

    Released1966

    Directed byCornel Wilde

    The Naked Prey is a 1965 adventure film starring Cornel Wilde, who also served as director and... more on Wikipedia
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    House of 9 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    House of 9

    Kelly Brook, Dennis Hopper

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven R. Monroe

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    Gamer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Gamer

    Gerard Butler, Ludacris

    Released2009

    Directed byMark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

    Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine... more on Wikipedia
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    Series 7: The Contenders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ Great Movies Where People Have to Fight to the Death
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    Series 7: The Contenders

    Will Arnett, Brooke Smith

    Released2001

    Directed byDaniel Minahan

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