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I am a huge fan of war movies. I am pretty sure I mentioned that in some other post I did as well. Anyway, many movies on wars have been made and this list was particularly difficult to make because there are so many epic battle scenes. Despite all that I managed to cut the list down to ten and I am sure you will agree with my choices down below. In case I left any of the scenes out, you can let us know and your opinions are always welcome. This list should be a hit with the guys at least because as far as I know, guys are and should be huge fans of battle movies. They are always good and most of the times they end up teaching us a little about history. Enjoy the read.
I am sure you guys saw the movie and the battle of Germania. Romans fight against the hairy and scary Barbarians that dwell in the forests. This is one hell of a scene and instantly submerses you in the movie. This is the initial battle scene from the movie Gladiator. It is depicted as the final battle of the Romans with the German tribes and thus the name. Russell Crowe was absolutely brilliant in this movie reviving the sword-movie genre in an instant.
I am sure you know what scene I will talk of. Yes, the attack on Hidetora’s Castle. It is perhaps the best scene to be filmed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie only had a budged of 12 million dollars and it was the most expensive Japanese film produced. Interesting bit is that the costume designer for this film won an Academy award. The battle scene was simply amazing I must say. Hat’s off really; a job well done. I am pretty sure most of you out there have never even heard of the movie.
8. TORA! TORA! TORA!
Oh the attack on the Pearl Harbor. There are two awesome movies about the pearl harbor that I know of. One of them is ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’. It is a Japanese movie and it captures what is the Japanese aerial raid on the harbor. The other one is ‘From here to Eternity’. That particular talks about the human drama involved and it does brilliant at capturing that. The cost of the film was estimated to be around 25 million dollars which is fairly expensive for that time.
You have to see the battle of Stirling even if you haven’t seen the movie. Mel Gibson is the Scottish rebel and he tries to overthrow the British. It has scarcely to do with history but it is fun no doubt. Mel Gibson wins the Battle of Stirling and you guys just have to listen to his character on the battlefield. It’s simply awesome and I must say if there was an Oscar for that kind of thing, he would have won it.
6. THE TWO TOWERS
The battle at Helm’s Deep. I tell you it was really difficult to choose just one battle scene from this epic movie series but I made a choice and I hope you agree. The elves hold off the Uruk-Hai at the wall. But the wall is blown up and many are killed during this attack. The Uruk-Hai manage to break the gate even though Aragorn and Gimli try their best to keep them from it. they eventually fall back to the Keep. Just writing these few lines made me watch the entire scene again I tell you; absolutely epic.
5. HENRY V
The battle of the Agnicourt was my highlight in the movie. Before that battle the victory is uncertain. The King takes a walk disguised through the English camp. He wants to know what his soldiers think of him and wants to calm them down. He rallies the troops before the battle begins and begins is amazing speech, ‘we few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile…..’
4. A BRIDGE TOO FAR
The Parachute Drop was absolutely brilliant. The Allied troops are dispatched behind the enemy lines. The parachute scene is followed by the tank and infantry battle. The battle is over the bridge or Arnhem; epic. The cast too is absolutely fantastic. The movie includes Anthony Hopkins (my favorite), Laurence Oliveier, Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal and Robert Redford. This is a movie worth watching at least once.
If you have seen this movie you must definitely remember the Storming of Fort Wagner. The movie won an Academy Award and was released in 1989. The movie is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the time of American Civil War. The infantry leads the attack on the Fort Wagner on July 18th in the year 1863. The infantry unit that I just mentioned is led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. He was killed in the assault.
I probably watched this movie a million times to say the least and I can’t get the Battle of Thermopylae out of head. It happened in 480 BC. The alliance of Greek city-states battled the Persian Empire that were invading. The battle happened at the pass of Thermopylae in central Greece. The Greeks were able to keep the Persians at bay for a whole of three days even though they were heavily outnumbered; the most famous stands in history. The army was led by King Leonidas of Sparta and he held of the massive army led by Xerxes I of Persia.
1. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
Another one of my favorite movies though I have to say I watched a long time after its release. Do you guys remember the landing at the Omaha Beach? It was very graphic and it shocked the audiences worldwide. Happened at the Omaha beach on D-Day, the landing even induced flashbacks in Normandy veterans. The reality shown is almost sickening and frightening. It gives you a really clear picture of what it was like at that time and I have to see it was scary.