The Greatest Action Scenes of All Time, Mashed Up With the Songs They Deserved


We all love action movies. There is no better way to escape from the brutal, sometimes flagrantly unfair world than to hunker down with a bunch of cool-looking people shooting each other. But sometimes our favorite action movies need something more. Perhaps a different selection of music will best exemplify their qualities. Thankfully we live in 2013, which means we can test practically any favorite action scene with a different song using the endless power of the internet.

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SCENE: Terminator 2‘s T1000 Chase
TEST SONG: Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way”

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This is really great, because it essentially makes Terminator 2 seem like some coming-of-age drama, not a movie about the impending robot uprising and apocalypse. The pregnant look in the T1000’s eyes, and the gentle whine of Lindsay Buckingham’s guitar.


SCENE: The Matrix‘s Lobby Shootout
TEST SONG: Etta James – “At Last”

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Have you ever heard Etta James sing softly and sweetly as someone shoots a gun while doing slow-motion cartwheels? No? That’s why the movie industry is irreparably broken. SCENE: Hard Boiled‘s Hopsital Shootout
TEST SONG: Kanye West – “New Slaves”

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Forget about all the art-school symbolism and hoity-toity nonsense, “New Slaves” is a big badass song for big badass things. All you really need is Chow Yun-Fat running around with a shotgun to create probably the greatest Kanye West music video of all time.

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TEST SONG: Sufjan Stevens – “Casimir Pulaski Day”

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This made me feel things I’ve never felt before. Please tell me I’m not weird for almost crying at this. SCENE: Drive‘s Opening Car Chase
TEST SONG: Dead or Alive – “You Spin Me Right Round”

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There are two kinds of people in this world. People who listen to nonstop ’80s hits while trying to elude police and skip town with a giant payday, and Ryan Gosling.

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