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Films — Animation
- Monsters vs. Aliens has the fight with the giant robot at the Golden Gate bridge.
- The Tournament sequence in Robin Hood.
- The escape from Sunnyside Day Care in Toy Story 3.
- The Incredibles has the "Hundred Mile Dash" scene.
- "Be our Guest" in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
- Similarly, "Under the Sea" in The Little Mermaid.
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! has the bathtub chase through Charles Darwin's house.
Films — Live-Action
- Saving Private Ryan has the opening amphibious landing battle. A solid half-hour of relentless combat and no other combat sequence in the film, up to and including the climactic fight, can match it for intensity.
- All of the Indiana Jones movies follow this closely:
- Raiders of the Lost Ark has the truck chase, and like most of the movie has gone on to be legend. And in a rare instance of a movie having two, the opening sequence with the giant stone ball serves a similar purpose.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has the mine cart sequence.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has the fight against, around and on top of the tank.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has the chase in the forest with the car boats.
- The Dark Knight has the police escort being attacked by the Joker and Batman rushing into the fight. In fact the sequence was so good many people expected it to be the climax.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Iron Man has the hero going to the middle east and destroying the Stark weaponry that is being used there. The Unflinching Walk after destroying the tank cements it, and the chase sequence with the American jets brings it home.
- The Incredible Hulk has the fight at the college grounds.
- Captain America: The First Avenger has Captain America's first mission — his attack on the HYDRA base, rescuing Bucky and the Howling Commandos and meeting the Red Skull for the first time.
- The Avengers has the attack on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, featuring Loki and his forces laying waste to it, the Hulk transforming to wreak havoc, and the Avengers working with S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel to weather the attack.
- The scene at Leipzig airport in Captain America: Civil War is a battle between two sides featuring many of the superheroes in the franchise. The dynamic choreography and clever interactions between the cast make it the action scene of the film. In contrast, the climactic fight is much smaller with dirtier combat, being a personal feud between Captain America and Iron Man.
- The pod race in The Phantom Menace served this purpose.
- Transformers Film Series:
- The original Planet of the Apes (1968) had the Reveal of the apes. They felt they had to do it again (and top themselves) for Beneath the Planet of the Apes so they wrote the part with the reveal of the mutated humans.
- The Chase Fight on the freeway in The Matrix Reloaded.
- Zero hour hits in 2012, and we follow John Cusack and family drive and fly out of Los Angeles as the ground crumbles and opens up, buildings collapse and debris — cars, trains, freeways, people — fly all about them.
- The Lord of the Rings:
- The Fellowship of the Ring has the fight against the goblins and the cave troll (especially the cave troll) in the ruins of Balin's Tomb.
- The Return of the King had the Battle of Pelennor Fields, which comes about three-quarters of the way through the film and is easily the biggest and longest fight of the whole trilogy.
- The Magnificent Seven has the first confrontation with Calvera and the bandits, which leads to a round of back-to-back Badass Boasts.
- Pacific Rim has a fight in Hong Kong between the four remaining Jaegers and two of the deadliest kaiju in the film's universe during the middle of the movie. Although the climax is also a huge spectacle, the Hong Kong fight is the defining action scene of the film and delivers most of the monster vs. robot carnage the film was designed around.
- The Slave Cage sequence in KA is an excellent example of a centerpiece spectacular that sets up the climax as the slaves revolt against their captors.
- Halfway through Wonderland Adventures, the Ice Trolls come out of nowhere, steal the Star Key, freeze everyone present except you, and cause you to be trapped inside the Volcano.