Keanu Reeves' John Wick kills 439 people in 4 movies. Here is every major fight ranked.
Keanu Reeves is at the heart of the "John Wick" franchise's biggest stunts.
His character kills 439 people across the four movies released so far.
Major spoilers ahead for "John Wick: Chapter 4."
Keanu Reeves is back for a fourth outing as the (seemingly) unkillable assassin in "John Wick: Chapter 4," and it's a wonder that he's still alive after all the various fights and gun battles he's gotten himself into over the years.
Here is every major fight, ranked.
38. Perkins kills Harry, "John Wick" (2014)
At the bottom of our ranking is the short scene where rogue assassin Perkins (Adrianne Palicki) breaks the Continental rules and tries to murder John. But after overpowering her, Wick leaves Perkins tied up with fellow guest Harry (Clarke Peters) in his hotel room.
But it isn't long before Perkins dislocates her own thumb and overpowers Harry, before shooting him in the head. It's a very quick scene that is more about Perkins getting free than it is about showing off impressive stuntwork. It's still a cool scene but pales in comparison to other fights.
37. John takes out a Russian church, "John Wick" (2014)
One simple scene in the first film sees John kneecap a priest in a Russian church that is actually a front for Viggo's money and prized possessions. He also kills a few of the other gangsters hanging out at mass. It shows how effective and efficient John can be, without wasting too much time.
36. Marcus gets shot to death, "John Wick" (2014)
It's been so long since the first "John Wick" film, it's easy to forget that Willem Dafoe has a supporting role as Wick's old friend, Marcus. Although he first takes up the contract to kill John, he can't help but try to help his friend.
Obviously, Viggo sees this as a betrayal and has him tortured before he's shot to death during an escape attempt. It's not the most action-packed scene, but it still blesses us with a cool moment for Dafoe.
35. Iosef and his men get assassinated, "John Wick" (2014)
Considering the whole franchise is kicked off with John's mission to get revenge for Daisy the Beagle's death in the first film, the scene where he kills the men responsible is actually quite restrained. Iosef (Alfie Allen) was the mobster who broke into John's house to steal his car, before ordering one of his men to kill Daisy.
But when John eventually finds Iosef and his henchmen holed up in a warehouse, he takes them all out with simple headshots.
Iosef's death is so quick, it's done without gravitas or over-the-top stunts. Then again, maybe that's exactly what he deserves — no spotlight whatsoever.
34. Casablanca alley ambush, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
In "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum," the hitman heads to Casablanca to get some help from Sofia (Halle Berry), but he's not exactly given a warm welcome when he gets there. While walking through a market, he's attacked in an alleyway by a couple of goons with knives.
It's not a bad scene, but the sequence doesn't exactly stand out from all the rest, as it's quite dark, and it's just meant to reiterate that John faces opposition no matter where he goes.
33. John takes on Viggo's forces outside the church, "John Wick" (2014)
After John burns a lot of Viggo's finances that were hidden in the church, he winds up running into the mobster and his goons outside the church… and it instantly turns into a firefight (obviously).
But what makes this scene so surprising is that it shows that John isn't actually infallible, as Kirill (Daniel Bernhardt) plows into him with a car and knocks him out. This is when the gang uses the opportunity to kidnap Wick, which is a mistake in itself.
32. John stops the motorbike, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
"John Wick: Chapter 2" kicks things off with a chase through New York, as John hunts someone who knows where his beloved car is being held. It's fun seeing Wick hunt a man on a motorbike while using his car as a weapon. It does the job of setting the tone for the sequel, but it doesn't overdo things, saving bigger fights for further into the story.
31. Wick vs. Perkins, "John Wick" (2014)
Sometimes, keeping a fight simple does the job just fine — and Wick vs. Perkins in the first film shows off how the franchise utilizes the character dynamics to keep things fun mid-fight.
The pair of assassins have a couple of flirtatious interactions before Perkins tries to off Wick while he sleeps off a previous fight. What ensues is a messy scrap through his hotel room, as the pair hurl each other across the room while also choking one another — before John puts Perkins through a glass window.
It's a cool fight, but it's on a much smaller scale compared to most of John's fights in the franchise. (Housekeeping isn't going to be impressed at all.)
30. John fights Viggo's henchman Kirill, "John Wick" (2014)
The first "John Wick" film is filled with several slick one-on-one fist fights, and there's a great battle between John and Viggo's henchman, Kirill (Daniel Bernhardt), after the hero is kidnapped outside the church.
It's a moment that sees John struggle to get the upper hand due to Kirill's sheer brutality, as the pair are constantly thrown to the ground while punching each other repeatedly. Although Wick eventually chokes Kirill to death. Nice.
29. The desert pursuit, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
When audiences pick up with John in the fourth movie, he gets started by heading back to Morocco and hunting the new Elder (George Georgiou). But he has to murder a few of his guards first. John always has to do things with style, and gunning down members of the High Table while riding a horse through the desert is just undeniably cool.
28. The mirror exhibition brawl, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
One of the most visually impressive sequences in "Chapter 2" takes place in a long mirror exhibition, which is mind-bendingly cool. It's obviously a reference to the likes of "Enter the Dragon" and "Lady From Shanghai," but it's just fascinating to watch John brawl his way through the goons with kaleidoscopic reflections surrounding the chaos.
This all crescendos in a savage fight between Wick and Ares (Ruby Rose), before the titular assassin puts her down with a knife wound to the chest. Does she survive? Who knows. Maybe she'll pop up in a spinoff.
27. The New York montage, "John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Another classic moment from "Chapter 2" sees a number of assassins hunting Wick through the city when Santino D'Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) puts a bounty on his head.
He faces several savage attacks in the impressive montage and even takes on a sumo wrestler (Yamamotoyama Ryūta), who is a new challenge for Wick because of his different fighting style. This hulking fighter withstands a number of gunshots before a final headshot puts him down.
Then, John scraps with a violinist against a neon-lit sign, which creates a cool silhouette effect as Wick breaks her arms and neck.
But the scene's most unhinged moment pits Wick against three attackers in the subway, and he slashes at them all with a pencil, even killing one of them by holding said pencil against the wall and throwing his opponent against it.
A pencil to the brain stem is one hell of a way to go. It's just gloriously bloody chaos.
26. The Rome concert shootout, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
There's something about seeing John slaughter hordes of goons to pulsating dance music that just makes perfect sense. And director Chad Stahelski revels in that high energy in "Chapter 2" when the killer fights his way through a concert in Rome after indirectly murdering Gianna D'Antonio (Claudia Gerini).
The operatic singer, the electronic music, the crowd going wild — it's just brilliant.
25. John shoots his way through the catacombs underneath Rome, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
The catacombs fight takes place right after the concert battle, and it just shows how efficient he is with a variety of firearms — including a devastating shotgun. It's the type of shootout that makes you want to go and play "Call of Duty" and live out your best "John Wick" fantasy.
Sure, the whole franchise has a video game feel to it, with various levels and enemies to get past — but the catacombs fight is just great.
24. Zero's ninjas go to the ballet, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
"Chapter 3 - Parabellum" introduces major antagonist Zero (Mark Dacascos), who is specifically employed by the Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) to personally hunt Wick and his allies down. So it isn't surprising when his crafty ninjas show up at the theater owned by the Ruska Roma syndicate.
Not only does Zero leave the Director (Anjelica Huston) with a grim sword wound, but his ninjas systematically slaughter all of her soldiers throughout the building. Don't worry, this isn't the last we've seen of Huston, because she'll next show up alongside Ana de Armas in the "Ballerina" spinoff.
23. The ninjas slaughter the Bowery King's forces, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
Also in "Parabellum," Zero's ninjas show up at the soup kitchen run by the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne).
The scene shows the fighters taking down all of the king's operatives, and their brutal but methodical approach is very, very effective. This nudges out the theater scene just for the chaos that unfolds within the king's fortress. Blimey.
22. The glass room, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
Although John tries to evade Zero and the High Table towards the end of "Parabellum," he inevitably ends up in a fight with two of Zero's ninjas, played by "The Raid" alumni Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman.
The fight is a lot of fun, largely because the two fighters make it clear that they respect Wick immensely, and they see fighting him as an honor. But they don't pull their punches, and it's a little surprising to see how they nearly get the upper hand on him by hurling him through glass.
What's even more impressive is that they don't actually die. Wick lets them live! That's classy.
21. The second home invasion, "John Wick" (2014)
Okay, so we didn't include the death of Daisy the Beagle on this list, because it doesn't count as a fight. John didn't defend himself from the gang. However, when a second gang of killers shows up at his house, he's ready for them.
And it's this moment that really shows audiences what they're in for with the character as he shoots, stabs, and punches his way through the attackers. Although the highlight is arguably when he uses a kitchen island to snap a goon's neck with a quick strike. Nice.
The cherry on the cake is a police officer knocking on John's door after responding to a "noise complaint," realizing that John is working again, and swiftly leaving.
20. Wick duels Zero, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
Although the fight between John and Zero's ninjas is a brilliant sequence, it's topped by his fight with the leader himself. It's a full-blown duel with samurai swords on the upper floor of the Continental, and it's another slick battle.
It's not the lengthiest or most technically-challenging fight in the film, but it's great to see Wick and Zero duking it out after spending most of the film separated from each other. Their dynamic is what drives the fight, and Dacascos' charismatic performance is definitely what makes it so entertaining.
19. The dock fight finale, "John Wick (2014)
John obviously isn't content with just killing Iosef in the first film, he has to dismantle his father's entire operation — and that includes killing Viggo Tarasov himself.
The finale takes place on a dock in New York, as John uses a car to cause murder and mayhem on Viggo's goons before punching the snot out of the boss.
Viggo doesn't look like much, but he's still a formidable fighter. Wick is even willing to let himself get stabbed so that he can pull the knife out and slam it into Viggo's neck. Killer move (literally).
18. John fights Cassian through New York, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
This is actually the second fight between John and Cassian (Common), but their first encounter is further up on our list. This one is a much more muted affair, although it's no less cool.
In this scene, Cassian is still trying to get revenge for Gianna's death. But as the two face off through the streets and on the subway, they try to remain discreet about it, using silenced pistols to shoot at each other from a distance. It builds to an incredibly tense confrontation on a subway train, as they both struggle with a single knife.
Ultimately, John shoves it into Cassian's chest — telling him that he's punctured his aorta and that he'll die if he pulls it out. It's a moment of rare mercy from Wick, mainly because he knows that he's at fault for Gianna's death.
Cassian seemingly survives their fight since he doesn't pull the knife out… Maybe he'll show up elsewhere in the "John Wick" universe.
17. Shootout in the Continental, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
The Continental is one of the reasons why the "John Wick" universe works so well because it establishes the idea that these safe havens for assassins are hiding in plain sight. But because no work is to be carried out on its grounds, it often gets sidelined where action scenes are concerned.
That is until the High Table deconsecrates the hotel in "Chapter 3 - Parabellum" before sending a squad of heavily armored goons in to kill Wick and the staff. What follows is a thrilling gun battle, with Wick and Charon (Lance Reddick) fighting for the very soul of the Continental.
It's strangely cathartic watching Charon finally letting loose with a variety of weapons, and it's all sliced with doses of humor as the duo retreats back into an old vault to get more ammo and swap guns mid-fight. It's just cool.
16. John eliminates the museum gala goons, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
Let's face it, John works best when the odds are stacked against him. And in "Chapter 2," he has to wipe out a whole museum of goons who work for mafia boss D'Antonio. What makes this sequence so delightfully unhinged is just how easy Reeves makes his symphony of bloodshed look.
If that wasn't enough, it's all juxtaposed against gorgeous artwork and statues. Chaos and beauty in perfect synchronization. What's not to love?
15. The taxi warehouse scuffle, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
Sequels are always tricky because they usually aim for bigger and better without doing the things that made the first film great in the first place. Thankfully, "Chapter 2" kicks off with an unhinged car brawl in a taxi warehouse that promises fans that it's committed to bigger stunts, while still maintaining the brutal bite from the first film.
John certainly knows how to use a car like a battering ram against his enemies, and the moment he sends a goon flying into a steel beam is incredibly wince-worthy. The way the hand-to-hand fight with the mechanics is shot also makes the audience feel every punch and kick.
Also, kudos to the film's editor, Evan Schiff, because the cuts to Abram Tarasov (Peter Stormare) listening to the violence from his office is just a perfect slice of comedy.
14. Caine vs. Koji Shimazu, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
"Chapter 4" gives audiences a new hitman to fall in love with, the enigmatic Caine (Donnie Yen), a blind assassin who's forced by the Marquis de Gramont to go after Wick — or he'll kill his daughter.
So when the High Table goes after the Osaka Continental, because John is hiding out there, it isn't long before they deploy Caine to wipe out the hotel's forces. And he does so with devastating flair. Caine then goes head-to-head with the hotel's manager, Koji Shimazu (Hiroyuki Sanada), and the two duel in a balletic style that is just gorgeous to watch.
Although it's a crime Koji dies in the fight because he was a very cool addition to the universe. But it's worth it because the scene sets up a bigger conflict between Koji's daughter Akira (Rina Sawayama) and Caine.
13. Very good dogs. "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
What's a "John Wick" movie without some good dogs? Well, "Chapter 3 - Parabellum" has some of the best canine sidekicks in the whole franchise thanks to Halle Berry's Sofia Al-Azwar.
The manager of the Casablanca Continental winds up attacking her former boss, Berrada (Jerome Flynn), after he shoots her dog… thank god for the bullet proof harness it was wearing. She's quick to get her revenge though, ordering the Belgian Malinois pup to take a bite of his crotch. Ouch.
The ensuing gunfight is a riot, especially with the two dogs leaping around the building and attacking other assassins at Sofia's command. Very good dogs.
12. The final duel, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
"Chapter 4" culminates in a very tense pistol duel between John and Caine in front of the Sacré-Cœur basilica in Paris — and it's filled with gravitas, as the pair both wound each other in front of the High Table's Harbinger (Clancy Brown), the Gramont de Marquis, and Winston.
Although Caine technically wins the duel by knocking Wick to the floor, the seemingly unstoppable hitman finally frees himself from the High Table by using his last bullet to shoot the Marquis rather than shooting at Caine. It's so satisfying to see the smug villain realize what's happening before he gets shot in the face.
The scene is bittersweet when John succumbs to his wounds and dies on the steps of the basilica while having a vision of his late wife, Helen (Bridget Moynahan).
Although the climax is an emotional ending to Wick's story, it's not the grandest fight in the franchise, not by a long shot. So that's why it's not further in the ranking.
11. Wick and Cassian fight through Rome, "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017)
John really can't go on holiday at all, can he? Cassian is determined to catch John after Gianna's death in "Chapter 2," and chases him through the Italian capital.
When they both run out of ammo, their fight escalates into a vicious punch-up that sends the duo tumbling down a huge set of stairs, before they crash through the window of the Rome Continental.
It's a pretty funny moment since they're reminded by Julius (Nero Franco) that they can't fight on Continental grounds, so they sit and drink together instead. That's one way of keeping things fresh.
10. The Berlin battle, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
Part of "Chapter 4" takes John to Berlin, as he tries to get back in favor with his Russian family, which includes his adopted sister Katia (Natalie Tena). To get them on his side, he has to murder the man who killed Katia's father, Killa (Scott Adkins).
And after an incredibly tense game of poker with Killa, Caine, and the Tracker (Shamier Anderson), a huge brawl breaks out in Killa's nightclub — which turns the whole scene into a pulse-pounding affair.
It's a lot of fun watching John fight Killa because the villain's hulking size makes him a pretty devastating foe at times. Thankfully, John gets his own back on the High Table operative by throwing him off a ledge onto a set of stairs, where he breaks his neck. Ouch.
9. Motorcycle swordfight, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
It's clear that the stunt crew were just trying to be as wild as possible in "Chapter 3 - Parabellum," and nothing says wild more than a motorcycle swordfight. Yes, Wick goes up against six sword-wielding enemies and somehow kills every single one.
It's as cool as it sounds, and Quentin Tarantino is probably kicking himself for not thinking of the idea first.
8. Akira defends the Osaka Continental, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
The first major fight scene in "Chapter 4" takes place in the Osaka Continental when the High Table army comes looking for John. Thankfully, hotel manager Koji and his daughter Akira are on hand to defend the building.
Franchise newcomer Rina Sawayama proves exactly what she's capable of in the thrilling sequence, as she battles numerous soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. She even stabs one of her enemies multiple times while on his back. She's a force to be reckoned with, and her future in the "John Wick" universe could be very exciting indeed.
The sequence also shows off just how fun Caine can be, as the assassin takes a nonchalant approach to killing the Continental forces, even taking the time to eat some food in the kitchen before the slaughter begins.
It also shows him using proximity bells around a kitchen to let him know exactly where his opponents are in the room, even though he's blind. It's a brilliantly effective tactic.
7. Horseback chase, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
"Parabellum" also throws a surprising animal into the mix when John jumps on the back of a horse while being chased through New York. Don't worry, the horse survives!
But it's a jaw-dropping moment, with John riding through the streets and shooting at goons on motorcycles.
A perfect example of Reeves' action god status is when he hangs off the side of the horse, points the gun underneath its chin, and shoots an enemy driving alongside him.
6. The Red Circle bathhouse fight, "John Wick" (2014)
There are a few nightclub fights in the franchise, but the first film set the bar pretty high back in 2014 when John heads to the Red Circle bathhouse to look for Iosef and get revenge for Daisy's death.
Although he doesn't get his hands on the gangster, he works his way through a number of his fellow criminals, gunning them down with graceful fury while the club's vibrant lighting adds a colorful backdrop to the bloodlust.
And it's hard not to tap your foot along to the pulsating dubstep. What's even more impressive is the stunning moment when John gets thrown from a balcony and hits the dancefloor with a sickening thud. It's all just perfectly executed.
5. Road rage at the Arc de Triomphe, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
This list has already shown that John loves a bit of vehicular carnage, but "Chapter 4" really ramps it up a notch during a lengthy fight across the Arc de Triomphe.
But aside from using his car as a weapon, John also wrestles with more Parisian fighters in the middle of the road, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "go play in traffic."
It's such a chaotic sequence, with numerous people getting hit by cars and vans, as well as being shot and stabbed in true "John Wick" fashion. It just shows how committed Stahelski and the stunt team were to pulling off a true action spectacle.
4. John murders Ernest with a book, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
There are some gloriously grisly kills in the whole franchise, but one of John's best murders can get a reaction out of the audience without spilling a drop of blood.
When John goes to retrieve a few items from the New York Public Library, he comes face to face with Ernest (Boban Marjanović), who towers over Wick at 7 ft 4. And although Wick gets stabbed, he quickly gets the upper hand by using a book as a blunt object to beat Ernest senselessly.
Aside from jamming the book into Ernest's mouth, Wick places it upright on a nearby table and then breaks the hitman's neck with it. It's so obscenely inventive, it's hard not to laugh out of sheer admiration for the fight.
3. The dragon's breath shotgun, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
Director Chad Stahelski really wanted to go all out with "Chapter 4" and he uses a unique visual flair to show off one of the best scenes in the franchise.
After fighting for his life around the Arc de Triomphe, John's race through Paris takes him into an abandoned building where he faces more heavily-armed goons. This time, he manages to get his hands on one of their weapons: a dragon's breath shotgun.
This hellish weapon unleashes a fiery blast with its ammo, setting the victim ablaze. Is it overkill? Sure. Is it deliriously entertaining to watch? Absolutely.
Stahelski makes it even better by showing the whole scene from the top-down perspective, with Wick moving through each room in a swooping shot that shows every bit of the action in a different way than the usual action cinematography. So much fun.
2. The uphill battle on the Rue Foyatier steps, "John Wick: Chapter 4" (2023)
Although John's death is arguably the most poignant moment in "Chapter 4," the most memorable scene has to be the incredible uphill battle on the Rue Foyatier steps because it's just never-ending.
John, Caine, and the Tracker fight an army of assassins as they work their way up the steps, only to get continuously knocked back and kicked down, with John rolling all the way to the bottom and having to start again.
It's just a massive achievement in stuntwork and fight choreography for everyone involved because it just keeps going with a stunning array of punches, kicks, and headshots.
Although the highlight has to be the Tracker's dog peeing on Chidi's dead body after the High Table soldier previously hurt the pooch.
The franchise's mantra should be: Don't mess with the dog.
1. So. Many. Knives. "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (2019)
The throwing-knife scene in "Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an utterly euphoric experience, there's no other way to describe it.
It's a simple setup: Wick takes on several goons in an antique store, and everyone suddenly realizes that they're surrounded by cupboards filled with knives.
It quickly becomes a throwing-knife free-for-all, and the longer it continues, the more impossible it is to comprehend just how wild this all is.
The scene captures the very heart of the "John Wick" franchise by whipping the audience up in pure giddy excitement with over-the-top practical stunts.
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