11 Best Battles in Films

When you think of epic battles, the ones that leave the most impression have a few common factors: dynamic, explosive, and massive. If you are a fan of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and video game adaptations, you can probably recognize some of the entries below.

Saving Private Ryan’s Normandy

Expect a film about the invasion of Normandy in World War II to be epic. Its opening alone is one of the best and bloodiest scenes in war film history.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ The Battle for Helm’s Deep

As one of the best fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings has a lot of great moments to choose from, but if you are a fan of siege battles, then the scene at Helm’s Deep will leave a mark on you.

Baahubali: The Beginning’s Last Battle Scene

There are a lot of epic scenes to choose from the epic film series that it’s difficult to choose just one. But the final grand fight scene will surely leave an impression on viewers.

Kingdom of Heaven’s Siege of Jerusalem

It might not be one of the most exciting takes on the Crusades but it sure has some of the best battles and siege scenes ever.

The Last Samurai’s Final Charge

Although an American charging with the samurai is an impossible scene, this desperate last stand of the famous samurai versus modern armed soldiers will leave you in tears.

Braveheart’s The Battle of Stirling

A lot of viewers still cringe at the speech before the cavalry charge and the movie itself has plenty of things to pick on, but if you imagine it as a creative retelling of the William Wallace’s story, it’s still epic.

Zulu’s Battle of Rorke’s Drift

If you knew about the history of the Zulu and their failure to take the British garrison despite the latter being heavily outnumbered, then this movie is a must-watch.

The Warlords’ Desperate Field Battle

Heavily outnumbered and surrounded by enemies, three sworn brothers stand together and continue to fight on. It definitely makes for an inspiring scene.

300’s Battle of Thermopylae

Although most history buffs disapprove of the unfair depiction of the Persians, who wouldn’t be wowed by the battle scenes (and the sculpted bodies) in this film? It’s like watching an extended cut scene in a video game, too.

Apocalypse Now’s Ride of the Valkyries

It’s considered one of the best war films ever made and was inspired by the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad but set in the Vietnam War. This scene in particular will leave goosebumps and is aptly accompanied by Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.”

The Last of the Mohicans’ Final Battle

Set in the French and Indian War, it is a tragic tale of an unlikely couple when a colonel’s daughter falls into the hands of three natives.

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