#3 The Duellists (Pick one!)
I think this is my favourite, but honestly I would not begrudge you a different choice (the fourth duel, from horseback almost pipped this one). Of course this film is more about the culture of duelling than the duels themselves.
#2 The Princess Bride (The Man in Black vs. Inigo Montoya)
I'm sure this scene requires no introduction. The 'techniques' referenced are just nonsense I think, but the names are all genuine.
#1 Rob Roy (McGregor vs. Cunningham)
The film itself is a bit forgettable, but this fight is top of the class. At this stage we have no doubts as to the character and abilities of both combatants.
In all cases I think the drama and story of the situation is paramount, but we still need an element of realism and skill in the fight.
Quite a few didn't quite make the list, including:
- The Four Musketeers (Rochefort vs. Athos)
- The Bourne Identity (Magazine vs. Knife)
- Le Bossu (de Nevers vs. Assassins)
- Brotherhood of the Wolf (Mani vs. Brigands)
Maybe a short list of group brawls and melees and a matching list from TV are required...