The Best Military Movies Films

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

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    - 485
    Saving Private Ryan

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

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    - 405


    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe Released: 1986

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    + 1966
    - 364
    Black Hawk Down


    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Released: 2001

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    - 445
    Apocalypse Now

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Released: 1979

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    - 295
    The Bridge on the River Kwai


    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins Released: 1957

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    Patton


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

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    We Were Soldiers


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

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    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner Released: 1963

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson Released: 1967

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    - 280
    Tora! Tora! Tora!


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

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    - 212
    The Longest Day


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    - 302
    The Hunt for Red October


    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry Released: 1990

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    Enemy at the Gates


    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Released: 2001

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner Released: 2008

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    - 371
    A Few Good Men


    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson Released: 1992

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    - 249
    The Patriot


    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    - 153

    added by MaxCarta
    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    The Thin Red Line

    often listed
    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn Released: 1998

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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    Letters from Iwo Jima


    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Released: 2006

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    - 205
    A Bridge Too Far


    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford Released: 1977

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    - 194
    The Deer Hunter

    added by JohnBrewster
    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken Released: 1978

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    Midway


    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    - 217
    Hamburger Hill

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

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    - 22
    Gettysburg


    Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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    - 441
    Top Gun


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Released: 1986

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    - 135
    All Quiet on the Western Front

    added by monty46
    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Flags of Our Fathers


    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Released: 2006

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    - 127
    The Eagle Has Landed

    Ranked High on Reranks & added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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    Stalag 17


    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    added by monty46
    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    The Green Berets


    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    - 289
    Behind Enemy Lines


    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001

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    - 195
    The Big Red One


    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    - 398
    Inglourious Basterds

    added by gschwayze
    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    - 158
    Sergeant York

    ranked low on reranks
    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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    + 488
    - 342
    First Blood

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso Released: 1982

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    - 283
    Windtalkers


    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    - 180
    Heartbreak Ridge

    ranked low on reranks
    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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    - 140
    MASH

    added by monty46
    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould Released: 1970

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    ranked low on reranks & added by stanknpickle
    Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

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    - 75
    Battle of Britain

    added by AfricanMastodon
    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

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    Stalingrad


    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    - 141
    Paths of Glory

    Ranked High on Reranks & added by stubb
    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Released: 1957

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    - 232
    Crimson Tide

    added by fortyninerhater
    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Released: 1995

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    Pearl Harbor


    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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    - 155
    Kelly's Heroes

    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    - 172
    Gods and Generals


    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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    - 99

    added by AfricanMastodon
    Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

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