Reflecting back on our 10 favorite actions scenes of 2012, it’s amazing the international flair of our highlighted selections. Of course, there’s James Bond chasing a rival spy across the rooftops and barreling trains of Istanbul. But this year, the industry’s top action directors choreographed breathless scenes in dingy Indonesian tenements, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in cramped European hotel rooms and beneath the streets of Gotham City. Here are the 10 Best Action Scenes from 2012. Tell us your favorites:

10. Haywire | Carano versus Fassbender
A man and a woman escape the stuffy confines of a snooty party and slip into a hotel room. She keeps making eye contact with him, suggesting a heated, sexual exchange. That is, until he punches her in the back of the head. Gina Carano kicked all sorts of ass in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, but the one scene that had us holding our breath and praying for her safety was the knock-down, drag-out brawl with Michael Fassbender that takes place in a Dublin hotel. If Hollywood has been paying attention, Haywire will get a sequel, and/or Carano will get her own action franchise in the years to come.

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