Bathroom fight, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Helicopter chase, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Casino fight, Black Panther

The waterfall, Tomb Raider

Battle royale, GLOW

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Battle of Loudoun Hill, Outlaw King

The grain silo, A Quiet Place

And the winner is…

HALO jump, Mission: Impossible – Fallout

How could it not be? The high altitude, low open jump—usually reserved for military personnel who need to be stealthily inserted into dangerous territory—required a year of planning. After painstakingly choreographing the sequence in a wind tunnel, Tom Cruise and a team of stunt performers moved to the real thing: a C-17 military transport aircraft 25,000 feet (7,600 meters) over the Abu Dhabi desert, where they made the death-defying jump hundreds of times in order to get the scene just right. Any stunt in the thrilling Mission: Impossible – Fallout, is a near-perfect fusion of acting, logistics, and insanity, but Cruise’s five-mile-long plunge toward the Earth tops them all, joining the pantheon of the greatest stunts in the history of cinema.

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