Throwing Knives in Movies

Throwing knives in movies. Grindworx blog, Desperado.

Let me guess how you landed on this page. I bet you went to Google and searched for ‘Throwing Knives in Movies,’ or maybe ‘Chuck Norris Throwing Knife.’ Yeah, can’t blame you. Pretty much any movie with a throwing knife scene is an instant classic. Let’s review the most memorable—and check out the closest matching throwing knives available on

Kill Bill

Let’s get this party started with a classic. Uma Thurman is The Bride. Vivica A. Fox is Vernita Green. The location—Pasadena, California. What unfolds can only be described as the most epic domestic fight scene in the history of cinema. Knives make an appearance from start to finish. Spoiler warning: Vernita Green gets a sharp, spinning blade to the sternum.

Kill Bill knife fighting scene. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
“Hey, Baby! How was school?” Vernita uses a standard kitchen knife, while Uma wields what looks to be the SOG Desert Dagger—a design similar to this M-Tech Xtreme Boot Knife.

Magnificent Seven

From the 1960 modern classic to a reboot that can stand on its own two feet. The Magnificent Seven are a group of gunfighters hired to protect a peasant village. Yes, shoot-out fatalities abound, but one of the best moments is when Billy Rocks, awaiting the bullet of a dueling opponent, ditches his gun and uses a hairpin to take the sucker out with a viciously quick, underhand throw. LOL moment: when Billy attempts to teach knife fighting to the locals and scares them all sh*tless.

Magnificent Seven throwing knives scenes. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
Do you think Billy is carrying enough knives? How many knives do you carry at any given time?

The Expendables

If you’re just looking for sheer volume when it comes to throwing knife scenes, there may be no match for The Expendables. I think Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham had a contractually mandated minimum of about 19 throwing knife scenes per movie. The only oversight I can come up with is that I don’t think they threw any axes. Bummer.

Expendables throwing knife scene. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
Looking for throwing knives like the ones used by Jason Statham in The Expendables? These United Cutlery Official Expendables 12″ Kunai Throwers are an exact replica! Like the look of his opponent’s throwers? Check out the Rite Edge Thornado Throwing Knife Set.

Gangs of New York

Bill. The. Butcher.

That’s really all you need to say when it comes to Gangs of New York. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this film is conservatively the greatest cinematic work in history. Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio. John C. Reilly and Brendan Gleeson. CAMERON DIAZ. Yeah, this one is insanely rewatchable.

About that knife throwing scene. Bill brings Jenny Everdeane (Diaz) onto the stage to show off his knife throwing skills. I’ve seen pretty accurate knife throwing in person, but I don’t know if anyone has the same mix of accuracy and power displayed by Bill.

Gangs of New York, Bill the Butcher throwing knives. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
Bill the Butcher shows off his skills. The Elk Ridge Stronghold Dagger is similar in design to the ones Bill uses in this scene.

The Matrix

Do you remember The Matrix fever? Back in 1999, if you were between the ages of 12 and 39 you definitely saw this movie in theaters, and I would be willing to bet you saw it more than once and probably also had those ugly glasses Morpheus always wore.

Best knife fighting moment: Trinity and Neo are battling Agent Smith on the roof of a building. It looks bleak, but Trinity is prepared. The dude sneaking up on Neo’s six gets one right between the eyes.

The Matrix knife throwing scene. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
Trinity uses a tactical knife she lifts from a S.W.A.T. Team member to save Neo’s you-know-what. Although none are an exact replica, a number of the Bowie knives at Grindworx come pretty darn close.

All the Other Flicks

I know, there are plenty of fantastic movies with knife scenes that didn’t make it onto this list—but can you blame me? It would take eons to go through them all. Here’s a list of all the other movies with knife throwing scenes that I could come up with:

Diverget throwing knife scene. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
The United Cutlery Gil Hibben Gen. 2 Pro Thrower Set makes an appearance in this intense knife throwing scene from Divergent.

  • Army of One
  • The Body Guard
  • Captain America
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Desperado
  • Divergent
  • Hidalgo
  • Hunger Games
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  • Resident Evil (Apocalypse and Afterlife)
  • V for Vendetta
Hunger Games throwing knife. Grindworx blog, Throwing knives in movies.
In The Hunger Games, Clove uses a knife eerily similar to the Boker Magnum Bailey 10.75″ Mini Bo-Kri, which comes individually or in a set of three.

Any other good knife throwing films I missed? Which one inspired you to pick up knife throwing? To add some sweet throwing knives to your collection, look no further than Grindworx—there are 150+ awesome options to choose from!


3 thoughts on “Throwing Knives in Movies

  1. Was looking for the knives Danny trejo (machete) or in this case (the Mexican hitman with a lady tattooed on his chest) from desperado uses. I was excited when the knives were shown at the top of the page with the introduction but can’t seem to find anywhere that sells these darn throwing knives with crosses at the end lol

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