Batman Begins (2005)
While not as beloved as its successor The Dark Knight, the first Batman film in the Christopher Nolan trilogy, Batman Begins, does boast a sweet training montage. In an effort to find his inner bat, Wayne travels to Bhutan to train with the mysterious League of Shadows and is taken under the wing of Henri Ducard (played by Liam Neeson), who later reveals himself as the League’s ruthless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. In this clip, Wayne learns the stealth ways of the ninja while sword sparring with Ghul. The scene includes another montage staple—a mentor bestowing verbal wisdom on his apprentice while simultaneously trying to chop his head off.
Never Back Down (2007)
With the MMA craze of the 21st century came MMA movies, and of course, the MMA movie training montage. Never Back Down tells the classic story of the “new kid in town” (named Jake) getting bullied by the school’s quintessential alpha male dickhead (William Zabka would be proud). In an effort to combat his foe, Jake trains with his mentor Jean Roqua, and the following montage includes everything from good ole’ cinderblock chucking to some MMA takedowns and submission moves.