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Heather Snowden

The revolution will be televised.

Since the beginning of cinema, scenes of mass destruction have simultaneously terrified and united audiences with their ability to drop jaws and get adrenaline pumping. From fists to lasers, orcs to Iron Man, Middle Earth to the Matrix, blood-lust knows no boundaries in the fictional world of film. Whether depicting historic events or firing fury into another dimension, the scope for an epic battle is limitless.

In no particular order, here are 17 of the best battle scenes in movies...

1. The Avengers - The Final Battle

"Now might be a really good time for you to get angry.

That's my secret Captain, I'm always angry."

2. Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers - Battle of Helm's Deep

Despite being severely unorganized, outnumbered and cramped, the fellowship held their own in the easily penetrable Helm's Deep (despite Théoden's claims) against Saruman's 10,000 Uruk-hai.

3. Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King - Battle of Pelennor Fields

Although die-hard LOTR fans will prefer Helm's Deep over the battle of Pelennor Fields, it's undeniably epic and couldn't be left from the list.

4. Man of Steel - Superman vs. Zod

While Amy Adams looks on in fear, we see Henry Cavill's mid-flight Superman smash Zod at lightning speed, sending him ripping through buildings and catapulting into space. Delicious.

5. 300 - The Battle of Thermopylae

In a completely stunning Frank Miller-style battle, with vibrant gore and slow motion, King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans butt-whip the arrogant Persian army.

6. The Matrix Reloaded - Neo vs. Smith

This Matrix Reloaded fight sees Neo dancing his way around Agent Smiths army of clones in a mesmerizingly-choreographed sequence in an abandoned courtyard.

7. Kill Bill - The Bride vs. Gogo and The Crazy 88

Sick sword skills and stealthy athletics see Uma Thurman's The Bride pull off a brilliant victory against the fearsome Crazy 88, nunchuck wilding Gogo and O-Ren Ishii herself.

8. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Battle of Endor

In a galaxy far, far away the fearless Rebels attacked the Death Star in an awesome battle that was, literally, out of this world.

9. Apocalypse Now - Ride of the Valkyries

Gunfire and Wagner's classical 'Ritt der Walküren' provides a rather surreal and sinister cacophony as American G.I.'s swoop in on the Vietnamese villagers.

10. Saving Private Ryan - The Storming of Omaha Beach

Steven Spielberg’s reenactment of D-Day brilliantly captures the bloody, inglorious and disorientating nature of battle in his WWII masterpiece, Saving Private Ryan.

11. Braveheart - Battle of Stirling Bridge

“They may take our lives, but they will never take our FREEDOM!” Braveheart wasn't exactly applauded for its historical accuracy but, if it gave us anything, it was a fired up Mel Gibson and excellent war paint.

12. Gladiator - Battle for Germania

Although this is another on the list that is technically lacking in accuracy, the opening battle scene of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator is undeniably classic, thrilling and perfectly sets out the theme for the rest of the movie.

13. Zulu - Battle of Rorke’s Drift

With Michael Caine as an upper class officer, this classic scene in 1964 movie Zulu, depicts the Battle of Rorke’s Drift which took place in 1879 during the Zulu War.

14. Pacific Rim - Hong Kong Fight

What could be more entertaining than a robot strolling through the neon streets of Hong Kong, battling a monster? Plus, he has an extendable arm that turns into a sword, so that's pretty sick.

15. Children of Men - The Uprising

It's 2027, the globe is infertile and civilization is on the brink of collapse. The only country with a stable government is the UK, though it has transcended into a military police state which rounds up refugees into a concentration camp. The end battle is the civilian uprising and it's as realistic as it is harrowing.

16. Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow is basically a World War II movie but with aliens and Tom Cruise. It. Is. Great.

17. Starship Troopers - Battle of Whiskey Outpost

Fun fact: Starship Troopers fired more blanks than any other movie ever.

(Source: Ask Men, What Culture)


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