Top 10 Rivalries
10. Superman vs Lex Luther/ Batman vs The Joker
This was an almost impossible task narrowing it down to ten. So I went with eleven and could have been over twenty. Batman and The Joker made a huge appearance with Keaton/Nicholson and people thought that Nicholson was the greatest villain ever…until of course The Dark Knight came out a Heath Ledger was remarkable. Superman had his own problems with Lex Luther in a few movies and despite Superman’s powers, has had a difficult time with Luther.
9. Marty McFly vs Biff
Back to the Future had these two battling for three movies. In the end, Marty won, but he had to change the future in order to do it.
8. Chief Brody vs Great White Shark
The battle between the two was epic. In the first movie, he was all but finished until he sat on the mast of a sinking boat and shot the tank in the sharks mouth to blow It up. The second movie, had what could be a relative of the first shark, taunting Brody throughout the movie and then getting electrocuted for Brody to win a second time. That was enough to drive Chief Brody from the franchise.
7. Captain Kirk vs Khan
This is an epic rivalry from one of the greatest franchises in the history of movies. Shatner and Ricardo Montelbon were a perfect match and Trekkies everywhere will tell you this is number one.
6. John McLane vs Hans Gruber
One of the best movie franchises was all started from this rivalry. This movie showed that a hero doesn’t have to be untouched, but instead battered and bruised. It was such a great rivalry, they brought Hans Gruber’s brother back in part 3.
5. The Bandit vs Smokey
Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason were fantastic. Gleason, as the cop trying to track down Bandit as they raced across the country…in two movies. Gleason made the chase funny as he kept getting foiled in each attempt.
4. Neo vs Agent Smith
Constant battles between the two went on for three movies. Fans wanted more and more and cried for a fourth movie that never came.
3. Harry Potter vs Lord Voldermort
The Potter franchise is one of the most successful of all-time and this rivalry will live forever. Voldermort appeared in all the Potter films except for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” the third installment of the franchise.
2. Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed
Their two epic battles were so great, it got a fictional character a statue in Philadelphia. The first movie, Rocky almost surpassed Creed but just fell short. He then won the championship in Rocky 2 and the rivalry was huge. What makes the rivalry was the fact that Apollo mentions he could have won a couple times in Rocky 3 and they actually got in the ring at the end of the movie.
1. Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader
Luke and Darth Vader are two of the most recognizable characters in movie history. Their epic battle scene is a classic as Luke and his father were on opposite sides of good and evil.
As I said at number 10, it was hard to pick out who should be in. These are some of the rivalries that were being considered for the top 10 in no particular order:
Optimus Prime/ Megatron, Samwise vs Golem, Happy Gilmore/ Shooter McGavin, Wild Think/ The Duke, T-1000/ T-2000, Cinderella/ Evil Stepmother, Carl Spackler/ The Gopher, Jeff Spicoli/ Mr. Hand, Kevin/ Marv & Harry, Dorothy/ Wicked Witch of the West, Daniel LaRusso/ Johnny Lawrence, USA/CCCP (The Miracle)