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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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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner
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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300 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
apollon-smyrnis added Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey
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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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jay Shepard added Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott
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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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
stewy added Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland
The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more
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Glory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick
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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Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman
Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer (Denzel Washington) stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy ...more
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Valkyrie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard
Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during WWII. The film depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to take down Adolf Hitler and to ...more
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Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger
Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War ...more
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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford
A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed ...more
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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Ivan Uzunov added Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht
Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more
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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater
Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach. The film was released in the United States on June 14, 2002.
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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
William Anthony Hatch added Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more
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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová
Stalingrad is a 1993 war drama film directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. The movie follows a platoon of World War II German Army soldiers transferred to Russia, where they ultimately find themselves ...more
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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Garrett Smith added Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry
The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American submarine spy-thriller film directed by John McTiernan, based on the 1984 novel by Tom Clancy. In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine ...more
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
MichaelChoi added John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical thriller war film directed and produced by Michael Bay. In 2012, Benghazi, Libya Jack Silva is newly ...more
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Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski
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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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw
Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert ...more
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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn
The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more
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The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
slaft added Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn
The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns of ...more
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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BobbyHillsman added Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong
Untitled International Thriller is a 2012 thriller film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Tom Islava added Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson
Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during WWI, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer ...more
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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid
Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more
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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Tim Reed added Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken
The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more
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Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
brian-james added John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick
Memphis Belle is a 1990 film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Monte Merrick. The film featured an all-star cast with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Harry Connick Jr. in leading ...more
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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Dan Singer added John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon
The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more