20 Best Movie Rivalries

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No hero is complete without his evil nemesis. As we await the release of the highly anticipated Batman vs Superman, we take a look at the best movie rivalries of all time:

1. Professor X vs. Magneto (The X-Men franchise)

It’s that old classic of former friends who are torn appart by their differing ideas and end up fighting each other. Except this time there’s tonnes of superpowers and mutants involved.


2. Chazz Michael Michaels vs. Jimmy MacElroy (Blades Of Glory)

Arch enemies on the ice rink and total polar opposites – Chazz being a butch and overtly masculine sex god and Jimmy being an effeminate and ‘sensitive type’ – the ludicrous rivalry between these two ice skaters who are forced to work together makes for the perfect comedy.



3. Thor vs. Loki (Thor)

Unless you’re an only child, you’re likely to have suffered at the hands of that dreaded sibling rivalry. In Thor, this classic case of sibling rivalry is based on Thor apparently being their father Odin’s favourite son, while Loki lives in his brother’s shadow. If you have siblings, then you can kind of understand why Loki turns into such a badass.



4. Hector vs. Achilles (Troy)

It’s a battle of the best with these two heroes. Amidst the mythical battle of the siege of Troy, these two warriors are named the ultimate fighters on their side and forced to fight to the death old-school style with swords and chariots. It’s pretty impressive.


5. Michael Corleone vs. Fredo Corleone (The Godfather Part II)

A threat on Michael’s life is discovered to have been instigated by brother Fredo who confesses to being upset when he was passed over to head the family.




6. Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker (The Star Wars saga)
7. Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort

Potter fan or not, there’s no denying that the rivalry between a kid and a deranged man who’s trying to kill him is pretty intense. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a children’s fantasy; the Potter films get pretty dark towards the end.


8. Ron Burgundy vs. Veronica Corningstone (Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy)

Ron and Veronica’s love/hate relationship makes for some pretty tense rivalries and quotable moments.


9. Neo vs. Agent Smith (The Matrix trilogy)

Aside from being an epic film in general, the Matrix hosts the ultimate battle between two rivals; Neo, the ‘One’ who is going to break the tyranny from the machines, and Agent Smith, a computer programme designed to keep the virtual world in order. The futuristic battle features some pretty awesome stunts and some brilliant lines.


10. Derek Zoolander vs. Hansel McDonald (Zoolander)
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