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From the very beginning of film entertainment, war and battles were a common subject that audiences always responded to. From silent film battles to the news-reel documentaries and propaganda films during the major American wars. When the subject of war became popular in fictional films, directors sought to make their battle scenes as realistic as possible, wanting to bring to viewers the pain and sorrow, fear and guilt of the soldier and the officers that led them. Throughout the last three decades especially, directors like Oliver Stone or Francis Ford Coppola rose to the top as dramatic geniuses showing the gritty, haunting drama of war. Surprisingly, though it was some of the lesser-known directors that created the most realistic battle scenes within their movies. I have sifted through countless military and war films in my media studies and come up with the following 8 battle scenes that I think combine the best of realism and dramatic license. Take a look and let me know what you think.

#8 – Central Battle Scene – Warlords (2007)

Directors: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip
Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Warlords is an epic tale of three Asian blood-brothers, and their personal and military battles with life and war in the politically charged environment of China during the Qing Dynasty from 1644 to 1911. The story is based on The Assassination of Ma, a tale of that time period. The scene is one of the central battles of the film and is a brutally realistic example of fighting during the period.

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