For as long has there has been man, there has been war, and as long as there has been war, there have been famous war movies with awesome action scenes. Famous battles from across human history that span the globe have been recreated in brutal, violent and graphics scenes from some of Hollywood’s most famous films.

  1. “Saving Private Ryan” Showcasing the brotherhood of war, this film has many memorable and awesome actions sequences, such as an intense sniper battle and the climactic small group of Allies against a German platoon finale. The most memorable scene, though, would have to be the opening recreation of the Battle for Omaha Beach. This stunning 27-minute sequence pulls no punches with its depiction of the realities of war

  2. “Black Hawk Down” Set during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993 Somalia, this film depicts a group of Delta Force and Army Ranger soldiers as they are stuck in the hot zone of Mogadishu. The battle cost the lives of 19 Americans and the loss of two Black Hawk helicopters. The film is a realistic depiction of modern warfare, where city streets are the battlefield and the enemy is un-uniformed and all around.

  3. “The Patriot” This film tells the story of an American Revolutionary as he wages war with the invading British during the 1770's and 1780's. The film has many awesome actions scenes, with a rag tag group of soldiers waging a guerilla war with the British, and ends with the Battle of Yorktown, where the British were defeated once and for all and America gained her independence.

  4. “Flags of Our Fathers”/ “Letters From Iwo Jima” These companion films tell the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima from bot the American and Japanese perspective. Both films feature many awesome action scenes from the fierce battle as American’s and Japanese duke it out for control of the small but vital island.

  5. “Full Metal Jacket” Stanley Kubrick’s’ harrowing look into the Vietnam war is violent and uncompromising. While the first part of the movie takes place in training camp, the second half of the film includes several awesome action scenes such as the infamous Tet Offensive and a gruesome sniper battle.

  6. “We Were Soldiers” Also set during the Vietman War, “We Were Soldiers” is one of the more violent films on this list. The film follows a Lieutenant Colonel as he leads his battalion into war and tries in vein to get them all out alive.  From the opening slaughter of a French patrol through the final onslaught, this film never lets up with its awesome action scenes. And if the sight of burnt flesh peeling off of bone doesn’t make your skin crawl or stomach turn, then you don’t have a pulse.