The Best Military Movies

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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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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Released: 1998

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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Released: 1987

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe Released: 1986

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    Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Released: 2001

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins Released: 1957

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Released: 1979

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm Released: 2002

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military Movies


    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Released: 1970

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson Released: 1967

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    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner Released: 1963

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Released: 1970

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry Released: 1990

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    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Released: 2001

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner Released: 2008

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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson Released: 1992

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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    The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn Released: 1998

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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Released: 2006

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    Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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    A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford Released: 1977

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    Midway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken Released: 1978

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    Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Released: 1986

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    Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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    Stalag 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Military Movies


    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Military Movies


    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

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    The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001

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    Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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    Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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    Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould Released: 1970

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    Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Released: 1995

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    Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

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    First Blood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Released: 1982

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    Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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    Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Released: 1957

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    Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

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