What would be considered thematically appropriate content for a geeky food blog? A round-up of the nine best movie fight scenes ever to have occurred in a kitchen!

9. La Femme Nikita (1990)

I looooove Luc Besson. Leon: The Professional is unquestionably one of my favorite movies of all time. The Fifth Element is considered a classic by every geek I know.  La Femme Nikita was the film that introduced me to Besson. If not for that nostalgia, this gunfight may not have eked its way onto this list.

8. Out for Justice (1991)

It’s sometimes hard to take Steven Seagal seriously because, well… he’s Steven Seagal. But I’m pretty sure he’s killed at least a dozen people in kitchens in three different films. Brutally. It would have been a travesty if I omitted him from this list with that much productivity.  Out for Justice makes the list for the wine bottle opener finish.

7. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Mr. and Mrs. Smith gets a bad rap. Yes, it’s clearly not Citizen Kane, but man, it’s just a fun movie! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie look like they had fun making this flick. This scene is just well-choreographed, well-paced, and umm, well-soundtracked.

6. The Bodyguard (1992)

I sometimes forget that Kevin Costner can be a badass. Not Waterworld or Postman badass, but Untouchables badass. This scene from The Bodyguard is another example of Costner’s potential for badassery. Badass.

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron both featured (different incarnations of) the Marvel speedster superhero Quicksilver. But only one of the two had an awesome Quicksilver action sequence in a kitchen.

4. John Wick (2014)

I poke fun at Keanu Reeves as much as anyone. But John Wick was a ridiculously refreshing take on a revenge flick, both for the choreography and for the impetus for revenge. Yes, I’m aware that not all of this fight scene occurs in the kitchen, but y’know, open floor plan.

3. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)

This scene from Kill Bill, Vol. 1 makes the list as much for the dialogue as for the abruptness with which the scene ends.

2. The Raid 2 (2014)

I suspect most action-enthusiasts would argue that this scene from The Raid 2 should have taken the number one spot on my list. The choreography is top notch and the violence is just off the charts. But it lacks the…charm of my favorite kitchen fight scene…

1. Battle Royale (2000)

Many accused The Hunger Games of being a Battle Royale knock-off. Inescapable battle arena? Check. Unstable teens? Check. Government-sanctioned-winner-takes-all-in-a-fight-to-the-death-for-the-good-of-society plot? Check. While I love The Hunger Games, I still love Battle Royale more. This scene is just one of the many reasons why.

I know I’m not infallible. Did I get the order wrong? Is there an egregious omission? Or did I have it spot on? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Facebook!

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