Best ancient and medieval battles.by andrecyber | created - 09 Jul 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Not the longest, but my favorite list. Only real world battles starting with the dawn of the world, which means no 300 since it's Fantasy for IMDb, so it's on another list. No particular order. No fantasy, this is on another list. Feel free to make suggestion.
Check out the other lists too.
Best battles since 1900 in films. http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068281092 Best ancient and medieval battles. http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068281160/ Best Fantasy battles: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068281486/ Best "modern" (XVth to XIXth century) era battles. http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068281222 Best Sci Fi Battles http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068287536
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1. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 899,415 | Gross: $75.60M
Braveheart has Falkirk and it's still not the best battle of the film. The Battle Stirling Bridge. Period. Yeah, I know, there's no bridge on the film (though there's a car parked). It rapes history in a whole new level. But we cannot deny it has some of the greatest battles of all time.
They can take our lives, but they will never take our freeeeeedom!
One of the coolest lines ever.
2. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Votes: 252,117 | Gross: $47.40M
The Extended cut is a masterpiece. Greatest extended cut of all time IMO tied with Blade Runner, Once Upon a Time in America and LoTR (if you consider Das Boot and Fanny and Alexander a film and not a mini-series, them too).
So many great battles on this one, but the Siege of Jerusalem is the best.
3. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,227,263 | Gross: $187.71M
Battle for Germania. Almost a massacre, but masterly executed, and by a wide margin the best part of the film IMO.
At My Signal, Unleash Hell!
This line is even cooler than the Braveheart one.
4. Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.
This old Soviet film has a 30 minuts long battle, probably the best of its time and Braveheart borrows a lot from them. Did it age well? I think so. It lacks some special effects, but it's still very well shot, with an amazing cinematography and one of the best scores of all time, by Sergei Prokofiev.
In fact, I think the first films to challenge it were Spartacus and Zulu, more than 20 years after.
5. Spartacus (1960)
PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Votes: 114,389 | Gross: $30.00M
The large battle of this film was the first serious threat of Alexander Nevsky.
Could be even better if they let Kubrick add some more gore, but it's still fantastic.
There's also the rebel uprising, very good.
6. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 203,432 | Gross: $74.70M
This juggernaut is mostly remember for the chariot race, but it has many other fantastic moments during its 3:40 hours. One of them is the sea battle.
7. El Cid (1961)
Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Votes: 11,832 | Gross: $26.62M
Battle of Seville. Ben-Hur meets Braveheart. Another beautiful underrated film. Watch in a big TV.
8. Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
10. Cleopatra (1963)
G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
Votes: 26,781 | Gross: $57.78M
11. Andrei Rublev (1966)
R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.
Votes: 39,695 | Gross: $0.10M
Tartar Raid. Not actually a battle, but one of the most amazing shots of the genius Andrei Tarkovsky.
12. Troy (2004)
R | 163 min | Drama, History
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.
Votes: 456,403 | Gross: $133.38M
The first battle, at the beach, and the second, at the gates, are the best. My main problem with the many battles in Troy is the fact that they focus too much on the heroes and not enough on the crowds, but they are still a highlight of the film.
Troy itself is a pretty mediocre film saved from being a total trainwreck because its huge budgets let it have good action sequences and other technical aspects, like OST, cinematography, costumes, visual effects, etc.
13. Alexander (2004)
R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Alexander (Colin Farrell), the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.
Votes: 155,430 | Gross: $34.30M
This could be the best historical epic of this century, but something went really, really, really wrong. Unlike Troy, the budget didn't save this one from being a total trainwreck, but the battles and OST, SFX, etc. are also the high point of Alexander.
The Battle of Gaugamela and the Battle of the Hydaspes are good.
14. Robin Hood (2010)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.
Votes: 241,048 | Gross: $105.27M
Very few directors are so capable of making great battles as Ridley Scott, and even less have delivered so many. Even when he's far from his best, like in Robin Hood, he could give us two good ones: the one in the castle, at the beginning, and the one in the end, at the beach.
I still think a sequel would be good.
15. The 13th Warrior (1999)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History
A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Votes: 111,285 | Gross: $32.70M
The battle at during the night is the best. The ending battle, however, is quite anticlimactic.
16. Excalibur (1981)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.
Votes: 54,023 | Gross: $34.97M
17. Ironclad (2011)
R | 121 min | Action, Drama, History
In thirteenth century England, a Knights Templar and few of the Barons men, fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.
18. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War
The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.
Votes: 7,516 | Gross: $4.75M
If you liked Gladiator you need to watch this one. Fantastic.
19. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 26,704 | Gross: $10.16M
The Battle of Agincourt
20. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.
Votes: 61,475 | Gross: $14.28M
Just like Troy and Alexander. Could be better. A waay better.
23. Vikings (2013– )
TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.
Another TV series. The battles are not huge, but are good.
24. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.
Votes: 44,323 | Gross: $3.98M
If you want a film with battles that will make you happy, that's a great choice. This is probably the best Robin Hood film, even though doesn't have the best battles.
25. Three Kingdoms (2008)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History
His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »
26. Black Cross (1960)
166 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.