The Best Military Movies Films
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The Best Military Movies

List Criteria: Films about war, soldiers, boot camp, combat, and military conflicts.

Good military films give civilians a taste of what our troops go through on the battlefield and throughout their daily lives. While not all of these films feature war, they all use military service as a central theme. All branches of the U.S. military are represented, although admittedly, fewer films have been made about the Coast Guard. Most of these films focus on the Army, Navy, and Air Force. All time periods have been included from recent, modern militaries to the armies of the past. A few movies about armed forces from other countries, as well as fictional guerilla forces, are also on this list. If you are interested in the military, then these are the movies for you.

What are the best movies about soldiers, sailors, marines and military pilots? We're pretty sure that all of the top military movies are on this list. If you believe we've missed one though, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. 

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    the people's #1
    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore Released: 1998

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  2. 2
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    most listed
    Vincent D'Onofrio, Dorian Harewood, Kenneth Head Released: 1987

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  3. 3
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    Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David Released: 1986

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  4. 4
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    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines Released: 1979

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  5. 5
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    Sam Shepard, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore Released: 2001

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  6. 6
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    Alec Guinness, Ann Sears, Percy Herbert Released: 1957

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    David Healy, Lowell Thomas, Peter Barkworth Released: 1970

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    Madeleine Stowe, Keri Russell, Greg Kinnear Released: 2002

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    Telly Savalas, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy Released: 1967

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  10. 10
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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner Released: 1963

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    James Whitmore, Leon Ames, E. G. Marshall Released: 1970

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    Alexander Knox, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

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    Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgård Released: 1990

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    Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Matthias Habich Released: 2001

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    Ralph Fiennes, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo Released: 2008

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  16. 16
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    Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Rene Auberjonois

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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland Released: 1992

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    Bernd Tauber, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heinz Hoenig

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    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryo Kase Released: 2006

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    often listed
    George Clooney, Adrien Brody, John Cusack Released: 1998

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    Maximilian Schell, Ryan O'Neal, Stephen Moore Released: 1977

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    James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Dabney Coleman

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    Jay O. Sanders, Bob Gunton, Raymond St. Jacques Released: 1989

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    added by JohnBrewster
    Christopher Walken, John Savage, Robert De Niro Released: 1978

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    added by jgarlowich
    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    Paul Walker, Adam Beach, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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    Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Clarence Gilyard Released: 1986

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    David Janssen, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne

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    Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Geoff Pierson Released: 2001

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    added by monty46
    Wolfgang Staudte, Raymond Griffith, Robert Parrish

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  31. 31
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    Peter Graves, Otto Preminger, Don Taylor

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    Guy Marchand, Samuel Fuller, Stéphane Audran

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    added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Jeff Conaway, Anthony Quayle

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  34. 34
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    added by gschwayze
    Maggie Cheung, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz

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  35. 35
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    Christian Slater, Nicolas Cage, Jason Isaacs

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  36. 36
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    Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Ward Bond

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin

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    ranked low on reranks & added by stanknpickle
    Dorian Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr.

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    Mario Van Peebles, Bo Svenson, Moses Gunn

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    David Caruso, Brian Dennehy, Alf Humphreys Released: 1982

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas

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    Dominique Horwitz, Sylvester Groth, Jochen Nickel

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    added by fortyninerhater
    Ricky Schroder, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Released: 1995

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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Curd Jürgens

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    added by monty46
    Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh, Chintara Sukapatana

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Billy Campbell

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    added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Skerritt Released: 1970

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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Roger Moore, Winston Ntshona, John Kani

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    Paul Sonkkila, Mark Lee, Brian Anderson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    Peter Barkworth, Clint Eastwood, Patrick Wymark

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