John vs. Jane (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) in Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Before we all jumped on the Brangelina bandwagon, there was this scene in which Pitt and Jolie’s husband-and-wife spies dismantle their house as they work through their marital (and espionage-related) disputes. I don’t envy the cop that had to take this domestic disturbance call.
Aisha and Clay (Zoë Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in The Losers
This is what happens when you fall for a beautiful woman who’s out to avenge her father’s death at your hands: She will kick your ass and burn your house to the ground. But these two managed to have a lot of fun outside of that.
Zorro and Elena (Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones) in Mask of Zorro
Their sexy stable-side swordfight was marked by fancy footwork, stolen kisses, and his skillful disrobing of her with solely the use of his blade.
Mallory vs. Paul (Gina Carano and Michael Fassbender) in Haywire
This scene of two beautiful people beating the ever-loving crap out of each other is somehow sexier than all of the 243 coital scenes in Shame combined.
Batman vs. Catwoman (Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer) in Batman Returns
That costume…even cows don’t wear leather that tight. When these two quasi-psychotic costumed Gothamites fight, it’s hard to tell if they’re getting into it or getting it on. Now that’s real animal magnetism.
Lee vs. Starbuck (Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff) in Battlestar Galactica
Rarely are relationship troubles solved by a wedding ring, and even more rarely by a boxing ring. But that didn’t stop Apollo and Starbuck from working out some unresolved issues with the help of the sweet science.
Hawkeye vs Black Widow (Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson) in The Avengers
She claimed her zeal to rescue Hawkeye from Loki’s mind control was just about clearing the red from her ledger, even though in the comic book world they were romantically linked back in the day. And when it came time to subdue the skilled archer, there was just a little bit of extra heat in their catwalk fight. Yep, kind of like the heat in this photo here.
Jen vs. Lo (Ziyi Zhang and Chen Chang) in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Zhang Ziyi’s Jen fights the bandit Lo in the desert and it’s pretty hot. Also, it’s sexy.
James Bond vs. Xenia Onatopp (Pierce Brosnan and Famke Janssen) in GoldenEye
Women in Bond movies tend to have names with innuendos so obvious they would make a Mad Magazine writer blush, and Xenia Onatopp is no exception. When the Russian villainess wraps her legs around Bond’s head in a death squeeze, I’m sure the dapper agent is thinking both ”I can?t breathe!” and ”Boy, am I glad this isn’t Rosa Klebb.”
Mystique vs. Wolverine (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Hugh Jackman) in X-Men
When X-Men came out, ”Rebecca Romijn-Stamos paint applicator” was probably one of the best gigs in Hollywood, right after ”John Stamos.” Watching the lithe, cerulean Mystique fight Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is an almost sensual experience.
Buffy vs. Spike (Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Marsters) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The sexual tension between Buffy and Spike had long been bubbling like blood from a pierced jugular, and at the end of season 6’s ”Smashed” episode it finally all came out. Of course, the two busted through both taboos and several walls in the process.
Sawyer vs. Ana Lucia (Josh Holloway and Michelle Rodriguez) in Lost
I feel like the phrase ”tough as nails” has been used to describe every character Rodriguez has ever played, and Lost‘s Ana Lucia is no exception. When she and Sawyer tussled (in more ways than one) it seemed like a battle of equals. Plus, what else are you going to do when you’re stuck on an island? If Wilson the volleyball could only talk…
Elektra vs. Daredevil (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) in Daredevil
Sure, Daredevil (a.k.a. Scent of a Woman 2: Blind Justice) wasn’t a great movie, but you could see the real-life chemistry between costars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner when the two did battle with weapons courtesy of Michelangelo and Raphael respectively. And, hey, it’s better than Gigli.
Donna and Mr. Smith (Monica Bellucci and Clive Owen) in Shoot 'Em Up
This one’s just a slight cheat, as these two were not fighting each other and there wasn’t really any hand-to-hand combat. But you have to admit that watching Smith use a gun to take out the small army of men sneaking up on him while he’s mid intercourse and still manage to… satisfy Donna, is both sexy and badass.