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Best Battle Scenes of all time

Discussion in 'Film' started by Lock_S_Foils, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Mr. ZAP

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    Ran is an absolute masterpiece of a movie.

    And overall it's hard to beat Helm's Deep and Apocalypse Now for sheer jaw-dropping factor, but I'd like to put forth a classic for consideration:


    All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is also one of the bleakest, darkest, most soul-crushingly depressing films I have ever seen. And this scene exemplifies why.

    This battle is not trying to be a spectacle. It is trying to be horrifying. And it is. It isn't some set-piece, heroic men pulling off courageous acts. It is a brutal, undignified, chaotic mess of a brawl, and in the end both sides are exactly where they started. It is terrible.

    Let it sink in that this was made 12 years after the war ended, and this was still raw for many of the people who saw (and made) it. And obviously 100% practical. It is astounding what they did here.

    I can't recommend the movie (and the book!) enough. The most powerful war (and anti-war) movie I have ever seen.
     
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    The Thin Red Line ~ journey to the line and the aftermath. insanely intense.

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    Terrence Malick. Great filmmaker. Thin Red Line is one of the best war movies of all times.
     
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    just a staggering piece of filmmaking and Zimmer's score is one of the greatest ever.
    i need to watch this again soon. it's been a while! : D
     
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    The Thin Red Line transfixes like no other war film. A very spiritual film which shows mans self destruction with nature, one another and inside ourselves. Then add one of the best soundtracks of all time on top. It's a shame it came out when it did, I think now it would have had more of an impact.
     
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    Say what you will about the rest of Pearl Harbor, but that attack scene was incredible.
    A day of infamy indeed.

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    (when you can't decide what picture to post, choose the one with Cuba Gooding Jr.)... words to live by.
     
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    @DarthSnow The "spirit" and courage of the attack is there.....I just can't get past the shots of modern destroyers with explosive charges. I liked "Tora Tora Tora" better. I've done a LOT of reading on the Pearl Harbor attack....
     
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    WOW! Lots of good ones here! Really, the only one I think that should also be on this list is this one (though it's still not my pick).



    I'm so proud to see both the Battle of Little Round Top (Chamberlain is my hero!) and the end of Kingdom of Heaven- often overlooked, but both very much deserving of the title.

    It's been a while since I've seen Gettysburg, but I remember that scene being so moving- and it's amazing that such a small group of people using such an unconventional tactic and led by a university professor may well have changed the fate of this nation. Plus, Jeff Daniels does the character justice.

    So, I'm going with Little Round Top.

    Also, Star Wars has some incredibly cinematic battle scenes (Scarif and Endor being my favorites) and LOTR as well, but I couldn't help but feel that the more grounded fights just had more weight to them, for me.
     
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    Galliopli has some of the most power battle scenes.

    The final scene, still gets me to this day and that is saying somehting

     
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    Helm's Deep is THE battle scene. I mentioned in another thread, I've love to see SW try something like this sometime but with lightsabers.
     
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    ...another one for consideration. The whole sequence up to the crashing Dropship is superb.

     
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    Wow ... late again.
    Well, meybe not really.
    Anyways, mine are in no particular order ...

    Battle of Fort Wagner -Glory
    Final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion - The Last Samurai
    Omaha Beach - Saving Private Ryan
    Advance through the Argonne - The Lost Battalion
    Opening battle - Gladiator
    Whiskey Outpost battle - Starship Troopers
    McPherson's Ridge - Gettysburg
    Cowpens - The Patriot
    Invasion of the Island -Letters from Iwo Jima
    The Invasion in New York - War of the Worlds (2005)
    Beginning Invasion and end fights - Red Dawn (1984 and 2012)
    Wolf 359 - Star Trek DS-9
    Attack on the Harbor - Pearl Harbor

    At's it ... fer now.
     
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    Nearly all of the most epic scenes are allready mentioned here.
    I was quite shocked by some of the fighting scenes in "The last Mohican" with Daniel Day Lewis when I saw it the first time in the theatre;
    same with "Master and Commander" (Russel Crowe).
    Film history is really "rich" when it comes to battle scenes.

    Therefore seeing Luke in ROTJ and TLJ "reject" to overcome his oponent like Harry Potter in the Deathly Hallows facing his enemy in the forbidden forest was even more impressive.
     
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    Back with another... sorry

     
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    That reminds me. I can't remember if it's been mentioned yet, and I'm not sure if it qualifies as a "battle" but the tanker chase in Road Warrior is fantastic.
     
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    Based on my inclusion of the Buzzard attack, I'd say that definitely qualifies. In fact, since the Fury Road scene is effectively a homage to the one in Road Warrior, perhaps I should have referenced that instead of the newer scene.
     
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    That's a pretty good question- out of curiosity, what defines a "battle"? Would the TIE attack after the Falcon escaped the Death Star count? What about the typical action in a 007 movie? Two superheroes duking it out at the end of a Marvel film?

    Hope that's not too off topic, but I think it's pertinent to the discussion here.
     
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    Hey @Lock_S_Foils - did you mean to quote without comment or are you just agreeing that it’s awesome and double posting it for me to ensure maximum exposure?? :D
     
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