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I spent some time thinking about the cinematic scenes that most stood out, in my experience, as scenes I would love to have played out with fresh dice and well-worn paper. So, this list focuses on small unit or personal combats only (not awesome big war scenes like in Return of the King). Also by and large these are just the first things that came to mind, so I might have missed some great ones.
The Chateau Fight Scene. It's sort of like Kung-Fu. Unless you are a Kung Fu fanatic sweating about how unreal it is. In which case, you've missed the point. Lots of fantastic movement around the scene, changing of weapons, and a time stop spell.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
The Water Wheel fight. A simple idea, but how often does it happen in a tabletop RPG? Instead of moving around the scene, the scene moves on its own.
Inigo Montoya vs Dread Pirate Roberts. "I'm not left handed either!" Notice how they move all around the terrain and mix in some acrobatics and great dialogue. Now prepare to die.
Group Fight. Any movie that lets Jet Li and Jackie Chan fight each other is good to start with, but this is a great group fight with plenty of mooks and one badass chick with a whip. Creative use of weaponry, a little tug of war, and of course requisite taunting. Followed by an epic archery shot with an arrow of slaying.
And here's the fight scene between Jackie and Jet which is fairly epic.
So many good small-party fight scenes. This movie makes me want to roll some dice every time I see it. I think the laser in my DVD player is probably tired of seeing this movie, but I'm not. Here's a collection of Madmartigan's best fighting moments. My whole idea for Endurance and HP came from the fight with the evil general at the ruined castle in this movie.
No, not the newly minted crappy movie. I'm talking about the 1993 classic where Porthos was actually funny and the fight scenes were actually amusing. Hard to find good youtube clips though, so this one will have to suffice. I still get excited when all the musketeers come up and throw off their cloaks to oppose the redshirts (near the beginning of this montage).
I'm sure there are others; these just happen to be the first that came to mind. What scenes would you imagine as awesome tabletop encounters?