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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  1. 1
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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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    - 314

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

    ) open buy at  
  3. 3
    + 1147
    - 337

    Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David Released: 1986

    ) open buy at  
  4. 4
    + 1620
    - 316

    Sam Shepard, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore Released: 2001

    ) open buy at  
  5. 5
    + 984
    - 376

    Laurence Fishburne, Robert Duvall, Jim Gaines Released: 1979

    ) open buy at  
  6. 6
    + 702
    - 238

    Alec Guinness, Ann Sears, Percy Herbert Released: 1957

    ) open buy at  
  7. 7
    + 812
    - 217

    David Healy, Lowell Thomas, Peter Barkworth Released: 1970

    ) open buy at  
  8. 8
    + 1048
    - 269

    Madeleine Stowe, Keri Russell, Greg Kinnear Released: 2002

    ) open buy at  
  9. 9
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    - 239

    Telly Savalas, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy Released: 1967

    ) open buy at  
  10. 10
    + 730
    - 213

    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner Released: 1963

    ) open buy at  
  11. 11
    + 546
    - 245

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

    ) open buy at  
  12. 12
    + 638
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    Alexander Knox, Roddy McDowall, Sal Mineo

    ) open buy at  
  13. 13
    + 711
    - 253

    Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgård Released: 1990

    ) open buy at  
  14. 14
    + 705
    - 248

    Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Matthias Habich Released: 2001

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  15. 15
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    Ralph Fiennes, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo Released: 2008

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  16. 16
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    - 204

    Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Rene Auberjonois

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  17. 17
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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland Released: 1992

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    - 124

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    Bernd Tauber, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Heinz Hoenig

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  19. 19
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    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryo Kase Released: 2006

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  20. 20
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    - 347

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

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  21. 21
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    - 183

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

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  22. 22
    + 441
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    Jay O. Sanders, Bob Gunton, Raymond St. Jacques Released: 1989

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  23. 23
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    added by JohnBrewster
    Christopher Walken, John Savage, Robert De Niro Released: 1978

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  24. 24
    + 448
    - 186

    James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Dabney Coleman

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  25. 25
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    - 198

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

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  26. 26
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    - 231

    Paul Walker, Adam Beach, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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  27. 27
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    Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Clarence Gilyard Released: 1986

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  28. 28
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    David Janssen, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne

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  29. 29
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    Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht, Geoff Pierson Released: 2001

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  30. 30
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    - 113

    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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  32. 32
    + 330
    - 174

    Guy Marchand, Samuel Fuller, Stéphane Audran

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    new!
    Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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  34. 34
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    added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Jeff Conaway, Anthony Quayle

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  35. 35
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    added by gschwayze
    Maggie Cheung, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz

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  36. 36
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    - 140

    ranked low on reranks
    Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Ward Bond

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  37. 37
    + 566
    - 392

    often listed
    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin

    ) open buy at  
  38. 38
    + 409
    - 244

    Christian Slater, Nicolas Cage, Jason Isaacs

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  39. 39
    + 419
    - 161

    Mario Van Peebles, Bo Svenson, Moses Gunn

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  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks & added by stanknpickle
    Dorian Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr.

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    David Caruso, Brian Dennehy, Alf Humphreys Released: 1982

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  42. 42
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    added by monty46
    Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh, Chintara Sukapatana

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  43. 43
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    added by bojanthebest
    Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas

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  44. 44
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    Dominique Horwitz, Sylvester Groth, Jochen Nickel

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  45. 45
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    added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Skerritt Released: 1970

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  46. 46
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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Curd Jürgens

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

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  48. 48
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    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Billy Campbell

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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Roger Moore, Winston Ntshona, John Kani

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    added by stubb
    Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou Released: 1957

    ) open buy at  
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