That’s Not a Knife; That’s a Knife! Memorable Knife-Wielders in Movies

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We’ve covered movie gunfights and fictional weapons here at Unreality, but we’ve never really given any love to knives.  Knives obviously aren’t as effective as guns, and maybe that’s the reason why wielding a knife as one’s weapon of choice is so bad ass.  There are plenty of knife fights and stabbings in movies, but there aren’t too many characters that carry a knife regularly.

For the purposes of this list, I’m considering only guys who carry some sort of a knife – so you won’t find, say, Mr. Blonde and his razor in Reservoir Dogs.  Watch some memorable knife-wielders in action below.

Michael Dundee – Crocodile Dundee

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4

The inspiration (and title) for this post comes from this scene.  Paul Hogan didn’t really do much after this character, did he?  Maybe he’s still big in Australia.

Jason Voorhees – Friday the 13th movies

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw7aZ92CSIU

If the hockey mask is the object most associated with Jason, then the machete’s gotta be next.  Jason kills his victims in all sorts of ways (I still say THIS is his best kill ever), but his bread and butter has got to be the machete.

Navajas – Desperado

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S1bDVidSXY

Danny Trejo is pretty bad ass in just about everything, and his role in Desperado is no exception.  Lots and lots of guns in this movie, but Navajas just needs his trusty throwing knives.  Ugh – I think I’d rather be shot.

Bill Cutting – Gangs of New York

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvG_fZ2-H2A

As a butcher, Bill Cutting always seems to have a sharp knife on him.  He’s got a real talent for knife-throwing, but I personally like it when he taps the tip of a blade against his false eye.

The Joker – The Dark Knight

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7EWpYvX29o

The Joker is definitely a knife guy, and he explains why in this clip.

V – V For Vendetta

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLqEWDo1VQk

V will not go quietly.  Like Navajas, V shows that sometimes you can bring a knife to a gunfight.

L.T. Bonham & Aaron Hallam – The Hunted

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqH9ZlKx4HI

Both of these guys are highly skilled, and what better way for an FBI tracker and an assassin to square off than in a good old fashioned knife fight?

John Rambo – First Blood and Rambo movies

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EllK3SDlO_4

Even Rambo’s knives are tough.

Bonus Clip:  Beat It!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WObfcDIf6lY

Not a movie, but it’s impossible (for me) to think of knife-wielding maniacs and not think of the knife fight in “Beat It.”  I still love this video.

Any knife-wielders in movies that I left off?  There must be at least a few – let me know in the comments section.


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