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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    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Released: 1998

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Movies

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

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Platoon 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


    Black Hawk Down 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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    The Bridge on the River Kwai 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


    Apocalypse Now 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


    We Were Soldiers 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


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

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Movies


    The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner Released: 1963

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    The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Movies


    The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson Released: 1967

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

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! 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


    The Longest Day 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


    The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry Released: 1990

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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner Released: 2008

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    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Released: 2001

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

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    A Few Good Men 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


    The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Glory 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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    The Thin Red Line 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


    Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Released: 2006

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


    Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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


    A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford Released: 1977

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


    Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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

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    The Deer Hunter 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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    Hamburger Hill Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Released: 1986

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    All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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


    Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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    Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Good Morning, Vietnam 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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    The Eagle Has Landed Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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


    Stalag 17 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


    The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Act of Valor Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

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    Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Military Movies


    Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001

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    The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Military Movies


    The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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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


    Windtalkers 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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    Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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


    First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Released: 1982

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

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    Crimson Tide 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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    Battle of Britain Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

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

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    MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould Released: 1970

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

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    Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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


    Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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

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    Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Released: 1957

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    Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military Movies

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    Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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    Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

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