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The 10 Best Nightclub Scenes In Movies, Ranked | ScreenRant

Whether it’s an accurate depiction or not, movies tend to paint nightclubs in as dark of a light as the inside of the clubs themselves. They are usually depicted as the seedy underbellies of cities that are frequented by conmen and mobsters. Many nightclub scenes in movies are full of gunfights, hand-to-hand combat, shady deals, or illicit trysts.

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However, every now and then there’s an iconic scene in a nightclub that takes audiences by surprise. Whether it's a clown being riddled with bullets on the dance floor, Batman throwing mobsters off mezzanines, or a hysterical dance routine, there’s always some kind of drama in the club.

10 Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

The nightclub in Mission: Impossible - Fallout is epic, as it takes place in the real-life Grand Palais in Paris. However, as it was probably done to avoid lighting problems and continuity errors, the main scene actually takes place in the club’s restroom, as Ethan and August fight a man standing in for Lark.

It might be unbelievable, considering that the restroom is completely empty, despite the club being packed with what looks like thousands of people, but it’s no less thrilling. And this isn’t even Tom Cruise’s only action scene in a nightclub either, as he plays a hitman in Collateral, who tip-toes around a club picking off security guards one at a time.

9 Scarface (1983)

Scarface is the movie that cinephiles instantly jump to when it comes to scenes in a nightclub, as it’s arguably the most famous due to how violent and bloody it was for its time of release. The scene comes at one of the few stages of the movie that isn’t overwhelmingly intense, as it sees Tony Montana relaxing in a VIP box.

But as is the case with most scenes in the movie, it erupts in gunfire. It’s one of the most badass scenes in Scarface, and one of the funniest too, as a clown performing at the club gets shot many times, whereas Tony gets away scot-free.

8 The Dark Knight (2008)

In a movie that’s full of expository dialogue and long, drawn-out scenes that build suspense, the nightclub scene in The Dark Knight is rapid and is gone in an instant. Batman marches through the mob-forsaken club, which is drenched in green neon lights, smacking mobsters off mezzanines.

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Though the quality of the action in The Dark Knight is one of the very few unpopular opinions about the movie, the nightclub scene sees the caped crusader at his most brutal. And it gets even worse when Batman drops Salvatori off the roof of the club, breaking his ankles.

7 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Though the first act of From Dusk Till Dawn is a vulgar road trip movie, it doesn’t stay that way. Dusk Till Dawn changes genre halfway through and it becomes a horror-survival flick, but it’s still just as vulgar.

The whole of the second half of the film takes place in a club called Titty Twister that’s frequented by vampires. And it isn’t just a scene, but half of the movie that sees the main characters fight off and slaughter the vampires in unimaginably brutal ways. It’s such a thrill ride, especially as the end of the movie reveals that the Titty Twister sits on top of an Aztec temple.

6 The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network features Justin Timberlake in the role of Napster founder, Sean Parker, and it isn’t just stunt casting, as he depicts the real-life character perfectly. The scene where he’s speaking with Mark Zuckerberg in the nightclub is his shining moment. As nightclubs seem to attract violence more than anything, at least when it comes to movies, The Social Network does nothing of the sort, which is especially ironic given that it’s directed by celebrated thriller director, David Fincher.

Instead, the film fascinatingly accurately depicts what it’s like to have a conversation in a club. The music is louder than the characters’ dialogue, and they’re shouting at each other, and it’s yet another reason why Fincher is considered one of the best in the game.

5 Boogie Nights (1997)

It’s no secret that Boogie Nights borrows heavily from Goodfellas, as director Paul Thomas Anderson was influenced by Scorsese and there are many scenes in the movie that are homages to the gangster classic, which kick off from the very first scene. One of the most iconic scenes in Goodfellas is the long tracking shot that follows Henry walk in a side entrance, through a kitchen, and end up in a comedy club.

That’s exactly what happens at the beginning of Boogie Nights, as the camera follows Jack and Amber enter the titular club. It then tracks around the place introducing almost every character in the movie in a unique way, whether it’s Eddie collecting glasses or Maurice being overly nice. There isn’t a single cut in the sequence until almost four minutes in.

4 Matrix Reloaded (2003)

There’s a lot about Matrix Reloaded's special effects that don’t hold up, from the CG body double to the Squidees, but one thing that holds up more than anything else is Zion. Though it isn’t technically a club, the whole of Zion turns into one frivolous and sweaty rave.

It’s one of the best raves ever depicted in a movie, regardless of the location. And what’s better is that even in a disgusting, morbid world where everybody regrets taking the Red Pill, they still know how to party more than anybody.

3 A Night At The Roxbury (1998)

In an extremely rare case, in A Night at the Roxbury, the nightclub scene isn’t just non-violent, but laugh-out-loud hysterical. There isn’t just one, but several scenes that take place at The Roxbury, with the sequences typically following Steve and Doug trying to impress women with their dance moves.

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For those who have seen it, Doug and Steve’s head bob to Haddaway’s “What Is Love” is one of the most iconic nightclub scenes ever. A Night at the Roxbury is one of the Will Ferrell-led movies that should be talked about more, and one of the best movies based on an SNL sketch.

2 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Whether it’s illegal jet ski races or cruising around in convertibles with “too much chrome,” 2 Fast 2 Furious screams Miami. But there’s one scene more than any other that is drenched in Miami vibes, and that’s the nightclub where Rome and Brian meet with Carter Verone. It’s a great scene visually, as there are chairs hanging from the ceiling, and the guests of the club all somehow have matching outfits.

But what makes it one of the best scenes is Carter threatening a local cop in a private room. He does so by placing a rat on the cop’s chest, putting a bucket over the top of it, and heating up the bucket. All the rat can do is scratch its way in to the cop’s chest.

1 John Wick (2014)

The scene at the over-the-top nightclub, The Red Circle, which even has a spa in the basement, is the best example of why John Wick is one of the most unique-looking assassin movies. And the scene is what cemented the character as an instant classic action hero.

The sequence lasts ages, as audiences watch Wick work his way up from the basement to the top floor, murdering literally everyone in sight. And between the mixed martial arts, intricate stunt work, and epic violence, the scene might only be seven years old, but it’s by far the best nightclub scene in any movie.

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