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

    ) open
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Stanley Kubrick, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio Released: 1987

    ) open
  3. 3
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    - 322


    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger Released: 1986

    ) open
  4. 4
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    - 351


    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Released: 1979

    ) open
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    - 309


    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Released: 2001

    ) open
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    - 229


    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins Released: 1957

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

    ) open
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    Mel Gibson, Taylor Momsen, Jon Hamm Released: 2002

    ) open
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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson Released: 1967

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson Released: 1963

    ) open
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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, James Whitmore Released: 1970

    ) open
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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Henry Fonda

    ) open
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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Jones Released: 1990

    ) open
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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, Jason Isaacs

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson Released: 1992

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    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryan Kelley Released: 2006

    ) open
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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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

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    Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins Released: 1977

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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

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    added by jgarlowich
    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Steven Weber

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    Paul Walker, Jayma Mays, Ryan Phillippe Released: 2006

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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Released: 1986

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    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    added by monty46
    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    added by gschwayze
    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    added by monty46
    Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland

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    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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

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    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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    Sylvester Stallone, David Caruso, Brian Dennehy Released: 1982

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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

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

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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Laurence Olivier

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

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    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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    added by AfricanMastodon
    Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

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    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bojanthebest
    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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