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Top 5 Fisting Movies

The Man With the Iron Fists Universal

Five fingers and four hard knuckles will take you far in this world, but when you put them all together you've got one deadly serious killing system. Yes, killing system. Did you think we meant something else?

In honor of "The Man With the Iron Fists," Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA's martial arts-infused directorial debut, we're laying down some phat beatdowns of our own with five classic movies that will fist you good.

From westerns to comedies to anime, these five deadly venoms hit hard, so wear plenty of protection … and a little KY jelly wouldn't hurt, either.

'A Fistful of Dollars' (1964)

A Fistful of Dollars United Artists

Loosely modeled after Akira Kurosawa's classic samurai tale "Yojimbo" — which was in-itself based on American western framework — Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" kicked off with a bang with this spaghetti western classic. Clint Eastwood's legendary "Man With No Name" (whose name is actually "Joe") arrives in the dusty Mexican border town of San Miguel where two warring families are trying to gain control by any means necessary. Through gunslinging skill and good old-fashioned subterfuge, Joe manages to play both sides against each other until the inevitable final showdown where he takes on the survivors. Pity them.

'The Foot Fist Way' (2006)

The Foot Fist Way Paramount Vantage

We dug his stoner antics in "Pineapple Express" and fell in love with the guy as pitcher/bulletproof tiger Kenny Powers on HBO's "Eastbound and Down," but the Danny McBride experience was officially kicked off with this micro-budget $79,000 indie he made with pals in North Carolina. McBride plays Fred Simmons, a fourth-degree black belt Taekwondo guru who drives a Ferrari, has a cheating trophy wife and verbally belittles his students at any and every opportunity. "If you were in prison, you'd be raped because you exude feminine qualities. You're also a big ol' fat piece of ass," he tells one potential customer. Like Powers, Simmons is a hubristic douche, but also a deadly capable one when he needs to be ... and that dynamic laid the groundwork for what eventually became the quintessential McBride character type.

'Fist of Fury' (a.k.a. 'The Chinese Connection') (1972)

Fist of Fury Golden Harvest

This martial arts masterwork helped usher in the golden era of Kung Fu cinema in the 1970s and took the emphasis away from swordfights and back to bare-knuckle punching and kicking where it belonged. The all-time grandmaster himself, Bruce Lee, plays Chen Zhen, a student of punch-kickery whose master is killed by a rival Japanese school. Zhen goes on a spree of checking fools and sweeping the leg, Johnny. With only a handful of feature films to his name before an untimely death, this is one of the few opportunities to savor a true practitioner of badassery.

'F.I.S.T.' (1978)

F.I.S.T. United Artists

Loosely based on the life and hard times of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, this drama chronicles the life of Cleveland warehouse worker Johnny Kovak (Sylvester Stallone) and his rise to the upper echelons of union corruption. Director Norman Jewison, no stranger to socially relevant subject matter ("In the Heat of the Night," "... And Justice for All"), gives this labor epic a "Godfather"-like scope, and Stallone tries his damnedest to be taken seriously in the post-"Rocky" afterglow when people actually thought he would become a respectable actor. Like Hoffa, those plans are long buried in some New Jersey landfill.

'Fist of the North Star' (1986)

Fist of the North Star Toei Company

We like our Japanese anime the same as we like our steaks: cut slowly and dripping with blood. Set in a "Mad Max"-esque post-apocalyptic landscape, our hero Ken is swiftly (and bloodily) defeated in the opening minutes, with his fiancé Julia taken from him by former pal Shin. Years later we pick up with the left-for-dead Ken now wandering the wastelands and looking to reclaim his title of "Fist of the North Star," which are like the Jedi on steroids … lots of steroids. Seriously, some the bad guys in this movie have necks bigger than their heads!

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