300 - King Leonidas Pwning Persian n00bs
Gerard Butler showed off his guns and eight-pack abs as the intimidating King Leonidas in what might be the film’s most well-known fight scene (since kicking a messenger down a pit yelling “This is Sparta!” doesn’t constitute an actual fight). Unfortunately, this movie is only loosely based on the actual Battle of Thermopylae, in which the Spartans’ key to lasting so long was their refusal to break ranks, unlike what you see here. It's also unlikely that they wore leather underwear and red capes as their uniforms. Still, it’s best to just shut your brain off and enjoy the action.
Highlight: Leonidas slices off one guy’s leg, kills another, then levels the next one with his shield.
IMDB "Fact!" The filmmakers used bluescreen 90% of the time, and greenscreen for 10%. They chose blue because it better matched the lighting paradigm (green would have been too bright) and because red garments (a la spartan capes) look better when shot over blue.
What makes it badass: 300 redefined the term “badass.”