Gladiator - Maximus vs. Tigris
Gladiator is basically a two-and-a-half-hour-long fight scene, so it’s tough to choose just one excerpt for a best-of list. Still, this one's tough to beat, with Maximus (Russell Crowe) facing undefeated gladiator Tigris in the Coliseum. Which would be tough enough without the pissed-off, man-eating tigers that randomly spring out of the ground.
Highlight: At the end of the clip, Maximus refuses Emperor Commodus' command to finish Tigris off, earning him the moniker "Maximus the Merciful" and further turning the Roman people against their foppish leader.
IMDB "Fact!" Lou Ferrigno was originally cast as Tigris, but was replaced during production by Sven-Ole Thorsen, another bodybuilder.
What makes it badass: This was essentially the heavyweight title fight to the death in the film that won Best Picture in 2000. What do you need, body slams? Okay...