Reading this excellent question/answer about the Physics of heavy cavalry charges, I am wondering what are the most accurate depictions of medieval cavalry charges in movies or TV series?

Two come to my mind

  1. Braveheart: Battle at Stirling (there are many inaccuracies in this movie, however this scene feels somewhat realistic in terms of the cav charge)
  2. Got: Battle of Bastards at Winterfell

... Then there's of course the LotR: Charge of the Rohirrim. I know, I know, it's fantasy, but an awesome cav charge nonetheless. However, seems like something like this would be quite unlikely based on the post linked above. Charging into formed lines of fresh infantry, with densely packed lines of cav.

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    Any depiction of a cavalry charge with physical contact between opponents facing each other is very unlikely to be accurate. Cavalry charges attack morale, and the casualties are in the pursuit. Likewise cavalry v cavalry is typically a very low casualty affair because the pursuit is curtailed deliberately (Except for English cavalry, which to Wellington's dismay always charged until the horses were blown), the victors wanting to keep the horses fresh and the losers seeking only escape. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 4 at 12:00
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    There are a handful of cavalry v cavalry charges in the entire Napoleonic period where neither side broke. So both sides come to a halt just at the limit of sabre range because, the riders notwithstanding, the horses are not suicidal. Square breaking, when successful, was more common by ruse than by force, and most common in that case by Hussars (specifically, not light cavalry in general) because of the wide range of their uniforms in all armies. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 4 at 12:03
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    Very good point about the psychology of the horses as well, they're definitely a huge factor too. Regardless of how much training a horse would be given, I can't imagine them simply just charging against obstacles such as a shield, or even spear wall, that easily. If the strategy is to go for repeated cyclical charges, the rider would also want to make sure their horse survives for as long as possible. – JanSru Aug 4 at 12:08
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    Thanks @PieterGeerkens, I've not seen those videos before. Yea, there are similarities with the LotR battle there. – JanSru Aug 4 at 13:26
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    @AaronBrick: I'm going to disagree with you here. I believe that the compromises generally made for entertainment result in a very short list of "realistic" depictions, and thus that a definitive answer is in fact possible. – Pieter Geerkens Aug 4 at 17:15