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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. 

The Best Military Movies Films
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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Released: 1987

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    the people's #1
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Released: 1998

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe Released: 1986

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Released: 2001

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins Released: 1957

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Released: 1979

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

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

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

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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry Released: 1990

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    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Released: 2001

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner Released: 2008

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    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson Released: 1992

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn Released: 1998

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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

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    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Released: 2006

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    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford Released: 1977

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Released: 1986

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    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001

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    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

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    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Released: 1957

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    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Released: 1995

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    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Released: 1982

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    often listed & added by gschwayze
    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould Released: 1970

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    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

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