Saving Private Ryan has topped a poll for boasting the best battle scenes in cinematic history. The gripping World War II movie beat off competition from fight-laden Alexander and ZULU, which reached second and third place respectively in the chart, compiled by British movie magazine EMPIRE. A spokesman for Empire says, "These 23 minutes provide jolt after jolt, leaving the viewer with an aural as well a visual sense of shell-shock." The top five battle movies are as follows: 1. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 2. ALEXANDER 3. ZULU 4. The Lord Of The Rings: THE TWO TOWERS 5. Kingdom of Heaven.