Battle of Germania (GLADIATOR)
- Definitely awesome! It showed the strategy and tactics, with troop positioning, the combined arms, and etc. I believe that since the release of that film, most other "sword battle movies" that came out after Gladiator are trying to reach the epicness of the movie and story itself. Sure Gladiator didn't have the largest, nor was it the first "battle-movie". But at the turn of the century, I think this movie established the standard for ancient/medieval infantry combat in the big screen.
Attack on Troy (TROY)
- It's large and it actually had some decent battle tactics. They showed a mix of generic soldiers fighting one another, as well as what the hero characters experience during the fray. I like how the Greeks got so arrogant due to their large numbers, and came too close to the Trojan walls, where Hector took advantage and had his Trojan archers mow down the Greek army with arrow showers.
Battle at Hadrian's Wall (KING ARTHUR)
- Sure the movie was a little different with regard to the standard Arthurian myth... But the battle scene was quite good. They showed how a smaller army made of Sarmatian cavalrymen of the Roman army, and their Pict allies who were out numbered, were able to defeat the invading Saxons. The smoke cover, the Pict/Celtic siege machines they used, generic warriors fighting, the tactics, and the heros duking it out against the enemy.
Battle of Pelennor Field (LORD OF THE RINGS)
- MASSIVE, is the word I'd choose to describe this battle. From the huge Orc infantry armies, the Rohirrim, and the Mumakil forces. True, there was more numbers and brute force than any real tactics and strategies... but the scale of the fight was what put it above so many.
Siam -vs- Burma (THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI)
- An epic battle with cannons, swords, spears, arrows, and Burmese and Siamese War Elephants that no doubt was the real life and historical inspiration for the Mumakil in LOTR. In 16th century Siam, later known as Thailand, a young woman ascends to become Queen of the Thai people. She also becomes quite the warrior as she is both a "Queen Cleopatra" and a "Joan of Arc" in terms of function to the Thai people/nation.
Battle of Sterling Bridge (BRAVEHEART)
- Sure there was a lack of a bridge and any body of water... but none the less I'll let their "artistic license" do what they need to do with regard to their budget. Anyhow, this battle was very nicely done. I liked how the Scots skewered the English cavalry and the shock on the English nobilities' faces.
Battle of Gaugamela (ALEXANDER)
- Would've been better, but too much dust clouds.
Battle of Narnia (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA)
- Great fantasy battle, but I just can't feel the epicness of it.
Roman Civil War (THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE)
- It was a great battle and very close to what you'd see historically, but due to the many different armor styles... it was kind of confusing who's who.
Family Wars (RAN)
- Akira Korusawa's adaptation of the Shakespeare's "King Lear".... it was also based on Samurai legends. Armies were involved, but they barely showed any real army -vs- army combat.
Qin Army Assault (HERO)
- This is more like a few heros -vs- whole armies. But I thought that the Qin army looked fantastic in this movie. The story is about a nameless assasin whose job was to kill the man who would unite China, Qin Shi'Huang Di, himself. But instead backs out of it as the union of China was more important than keeping the many kingdoms separate which would only mean more wars and bloodshed.
Modern Times - hey, they are still movie battles.
Nigerian Village Combat (TEARS OF THE SUN)
- Sure it captured the horror of modern warfare and ethnic cleansings, but the strategy of a few US Navy Seals -vs- a band of Fulani (Nigerian Mulsims) attacking a Egbo village was well done.
Battle of Mogadishu (BLACK HAWK DOWN)
- WOW... It was gun battle after gun battle. I liked how it showed the bravery of today's modern soldiers and the wrecklessness of warlord militias. I also liked how this movie paid respect to the soldiers who gave their lives and how it lets the world know about what goes on when a country fights itself.
Siege of Stalingrad (ENEMY AT THE GATES)
- Frightening, is the word I choose to describe this, especially the opening scene. It looked like HELL. Total brutality of the Germans as well as the Soviet Kommisars, towards their own Red Army conscripts.
Japanese Attack (PEARL HARBOR)
- As sickening the first 2 hours of this movie was, the epic scope and action of the Japanese attack really made up for the cheesey love story. I actually thought the scene where the 200 or so Japanese warplanes flying towards Hawaii was quite an intimidating sight to behold.
Battle of Har Meggido (THE OMEGA CODE II: MEGGIDO)
- I think this would be the modern military version of the Battle of Gaugamela or Battle of Pelennor Fields... Thousands of tanks, attack helicopters, fighter jets, and tens of thousands of combat infantry... wow! They had the World Union military -vs- an alliance of resistance nations like USA, China, and Mexico.