Our favorite kicks to the head
Missing the crane in the new Karate Kid? TONY's got you covered with some fierce leg action.
Mon Jun 7 2010
ENTER THE DRAGON (1973)
A yowling force of nature, Bruce Lee left us way too soon. And you’re simply not going to find a more catastrophic moment of foot to face than this one. Notice how the bad guy is instantly removed from the frame.
THE WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972)
We’ll move on to Chuck Norris, or risk suffering bodily harm by his fans. Here he’s fighting Bruce Lee himself in a beautiful exhibition of martial arts. The roundhouse that Norris delivers at 2:15 is punishing.
BILLY JACK (1971)
This flick was a massive grassroots sensation at the time, but it’s widely been forgotten. That’s too bad, because Tom Laughlin, fighting on behalf of Native American pride, deserves better. (He also cowrote and directed.)
DEATH WARRANT (1990)
Would any list be complete without the Muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme? Of his many triumphs, we like this prison beatdown in the laundry room best. Spin cycle indeed.
Thailand’s phenomenal Tony Jaa was clearly born in the wrong era; if this were the 1970s, he’d be on posters in every boy’s bedroom. Jaa’s knee clonk to the head is so stunning, it ends the fight immediately.
THE KARATE KID (1984)
Why not send you out with the moment you’ve been waiting for? If you’re impatient, scan ahead to the eight-minute mark. An iconic climax of the 1980s—and still impossibly moving.