5. With Fire & Sword
I have no idea if this is representative of 17th century Eastern European conflict - but the scenes with the winged hussars were breath taking. I always thought the winged hussars looked rather silly, but actually seeing them in the flesh making it clear just how intimidating these fellows were. I have been unable to find a full version of this film with subtitles, but I would quite like to see the whole thing. The film is based on a novel Henryk Sienkiewicz, who so far as I can tell was Poland's answer to Sir Walter Scott. I have it on my kindle, but it's in the queue with Mor Jokai and some of the Russians.
Now Ride with the Devil is a film about the Kansas-Missouri war during the American Civil War. It was a bloody guerrilla conflict that was intimate as it was brutal with Confederate partisans called "Bushwackers" fighting with pro-Union "Jayhawkers". The battles portrayed in it are skirmishes, but they seem to convey the frantic nature of the fight in a way I've rarely seen captured on film. Jonathan Rhys Myers is particularly good as fanatic partisan.
7. Last of the Mohicans.
This is one of the first films I ever saw in the cinema on my own. It was a revelation when I was small and I went to see it several times in the cinema. I with some friends that I played Warhammer Fantasy Battle and we argued all the way home on the bus home about the volumes of smoke produced by the cannon. I had been lobbying for the introduction of smoke rules (culled from Featherstone's Complete Wargaming) into WFB to make our battles more "realistic".
The folly of youth.
The siege in particular was very impressive. The regulars get a pretty bum deal in the movie as a whole. Hans Zimmers score is fantastic.