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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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel 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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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey 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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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom 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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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe 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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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall 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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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
abby_stephan added Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson 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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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jason Agnew added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm 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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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins 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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Fury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman 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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton 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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Patton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees 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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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
DaveHanlon added John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles 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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner 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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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
pmmom38 added Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman 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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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
TxAussie added Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason 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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Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris 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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
RawnToler added John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 war film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The movie also features John ...more

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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker 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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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
John Blues added Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes, Jr. 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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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Abigail Moss added Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

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Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry ...more

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Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Vvvvvvv added Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American war film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming ...more

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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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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 27 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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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Dan Singer added Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 30 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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300 is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 32 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) 33 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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Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine action film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian ...more

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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 36 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 war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, ...more

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube Three Kings is a 1999 satirical comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a men taking gold that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more

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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 38 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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The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 39 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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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

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Valkyrie is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 43 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 Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Uncommon Valor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Brian3 added Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action/war film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about a U.S. Marine officer who puts together a team to try to rescue his son, who he believes is ...more

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In Harm's Way is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Stanley Holloway, Burgess ...more

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They Were Expendable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery They Were Expendable is a 1945 American war film directed by John Ford and starring Robert Montgomery and John Wayne and featuring Donna Reed. The film is based on the book by William L. White, ...more

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 49 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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The Fighting Seabees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
stewy added John Wayne, Susan Hayward, William Frawley The Fighting Seabees is a 1944 war film starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. The picture portrays a heavily fictionalized account of the dilemma that led to the creation of the U.S. Navy's ...more