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List Rules Movies must have characters in the army as a focus.

Feeling patriotic? Check out this list of best army movies, with videos, ranked by fans of army films. All of the top army movies are on this list, but if you believe any of your favorite military movies are missing, feel free to add them yourself. Good army movies give civilians a taste of what our soldiers go through in battle and throughout their daily lives. While not all of these films feature war, they all use the army as a central theme and feature some of the best soldier moves ever depicted on film. You might also be interested in Vietnam War movies and World War I films

Featuring war movies, movies about soldiers, and military films, this list of the greatest army movies includes Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, and Apocalypse Now

What are the best military movies? The best soldier movies create an emotional connection with the characters and depict exciting army action. Movies on this army movies list depict all time frames from recent, modern militaries to the armies of the past. If you're interested in the army, then these are the movies for you.

Love movies with these types of themes? Check out some great military TV shows here. 

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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more

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#6 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #237 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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#10 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #721 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #60 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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#1 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #182 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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#2 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #66 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #31 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
pmmom38 added Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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#32 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #146 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #78 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1986

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Platoon' #5 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

Released: 1970

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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#3 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #76 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more

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#15 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #19 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #12 of 24 Brutal War Movies That Absolutely Got It Right

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more

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#4 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #123 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

Released: 1986

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film also co-stars Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason, and Everett McGill. The ...more

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#49 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #161 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #100 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
John Blues added Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Waugh, Mike McCoy

Act of Valor is a 2011 action adventure thriller film written by Kurt Johnstad and directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh.

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#129 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #29 of 56 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In June 2020 #17 of 24 Brutal War Movies That Absolutely Got It Right

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Fury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Ayer

Fury is a 2014 American film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt) makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

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#48 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #43 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #8 of 33 The Greatest World War II Dramas

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more

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#41 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #178 of 293 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Sturges

The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more

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#7 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #478 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #128 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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The Behind The Scenes Madness Of 'Apocalypse Now' Was Even More Hellish Than You Thought #20 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Vvvvvvv added Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Irvin

Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming Eagles', on a well-fortified ...more

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#26 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #263 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #9 of 24 Brutal War Movies That Absolutely Got It Right

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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Released: 2003

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue mission amidst the civil war in Nigeria. LT A.K. Waters commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen ...more

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#88 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #400 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #89 of 305 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest ...more

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#14 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #451 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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300 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
apollon-smyrnis added Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae which took ...more

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This Is Sparta and These Are The Best Quotes From '300' #68 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #100 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
DaveHanlon added John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

Released: 1968

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin Moore, ...more

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#67 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #1,030 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #30 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

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The Bridge on the River ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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#18 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #611 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1989

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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#16 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #218 of 349 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, ...more

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#128 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #70 of 243 The Best Movies Based on True Storieslisted on The Best Movies About the Gulf War

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Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
RawnToler added John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1949

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. The movie also features John Agar, Adele ...more

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#25 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #12 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #187 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jay Shepard added Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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#24 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #458 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Civil War Movies List