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List Rules 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 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
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 Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom - Released: 2001

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall - Released: 1979

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins - Released: 1957

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We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm - Released: 2002

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

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Movies
The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson - Released: 1967

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Movies
The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner - Released: 1963

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

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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

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

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The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson - Released: 1992

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick - Released: 1989

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military Movies
MaxCarta added Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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Gettysburg Tony Scott, Adrian Moat

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The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn - Released: 1998

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

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

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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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jgarlowich added Hamburger Hill Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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JohnBrewster added The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken - Released: 1978

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

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monty46 added All Quiet on the Western Front 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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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Military Movies
monty46 added Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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

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monty46 added Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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

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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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monty46 added The Eagle Has Landed Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

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JenniferGarnick added American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Military Movies
stanknpickle added Act of Valor Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

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fortyninerhater added Crimson Tide Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman - Released: 1995

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

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

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Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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Windtalkers Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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gschwayze added Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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AfricanMastodon added Battle of Britain Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer

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

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Pearl Harbor Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

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Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels