As is the case with most kinds of storytelling, movies thrive on conflict. Some characters resolve their issues by beating down their enemies and blowing stuff up. Other characters battle zombies or the elements or any of the other million things that threaten the world. Some characters even conquer their demons through really snazzy dance numbers.
While all those methods are effective conflict busters, something about them is just so... conventional. It’s time to pay homage to the rare movie fights that don’t have violence (or dancing, just because that’s been overdone).
How is someone supposed to have a big victory (or a blowing defeat) without putting on ballet shoes or ass-kicking boots? Read about these non-violent fights in movies to find out!
The Battle: A Battle Of The Wits For Buttercup
In a fight to win Buttercup as prisoner, the Man in Black challenges Vizzini to a Battle of Wits. Vizzini has to choose one of two goblets to drink from, and he can only hope he chooses the one that isn’t poisoned with iocane powder. In such a straightforward challenge, it’s inconceivable to think the choice could be so hard...
#54 on The Best Movies for Kidssee more on The Princess Bride
The Battle: A Rap Battle For 8 Mile Mastery
If there’s one lesson we can learn from this movie, it’s that violence doesn’t accomplish anything. It does, however, give B-Rabbit the fuel he needs for the only fight that matters: the rap battle.
#13 on The Best Movies About Musicsee more on 8 Mile
The Battle: A Food Fight For Campus Superiority
What's Bluto supposed to do when a bullying pack of preppy kids (that includes a young Kevin Bacon) won't stop sh*t talking his eating habits and asking him condescending questions like if has "any respect" for himself just because he likes to get his grub on? Start a massive food fight with them? Yeah, seems like the only option.
#42 on The Best '70s Moviessee more on National Lampoon's Animal House
The Battle: A Rock-Off With The Devil
When JB and KG come face-to-face with the Devil, they challenge him to a rock-off. The terms are simple (and totally logical in an absolutely crazy sort of way). If the Devil wins, he gets to take KG back to hell to be his b*tch. (“Trust me. It’s the only way.”) If JB and KG win, the Devil must return to hell and help his vanquishers pay their rent.
#36 on The Best Movies About Musicsee more on Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny