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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 we've missed your favorite army movie, feel free to add it 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 army 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.

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Saving Private Ryan 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 Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war 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
Black Hawk Down 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
Platoon 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 Apocalypse Now 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 Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war 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 The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war 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 ...more

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jason Agnew added American Sniper Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war 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
We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war 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 The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 World War II 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 ...more

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Fury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Fury Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman Fury is a 2014 American war 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 The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton The Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film was ...more

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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
DaveHanlon added The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles The Green Berets is a 1968 American war 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 ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was ...more

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
pmmom38 added The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction war film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the Colonial Militia 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 Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American war 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. ...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 Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war 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
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama war film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, ...more

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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added Tears of the Sun Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action war 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. ...more

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Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
RawnToler added Sands of Iwo Jima 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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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
John Blues added Act of Valor 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
Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly ...more

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Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Vvvvvvv added Hamburger Hill 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) 25 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
PeteBoyle added The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Abigail Moss added Hacksaw Ridge 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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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
frankpanderson added The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic war 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 A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war 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 ...more

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300 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
apollon-smyrnis added 300 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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Dan Singer added Braveheart 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) 31 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama war 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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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Windtalkers Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater Windtalkers is a 2002 American war 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 Pearl Harbor 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
Crimson Tide 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
Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Stripes is a 1981 American war-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 Battle of the Bulge 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
Three Kings George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war-comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist 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 Zero Dark Thirty 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 The Guns of Navarone Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns ...more

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Valkyrie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Valkyrie Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during World War II. The film depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Jay Shepard added Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Gettysburg is a 1993 epic war film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil ...more

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
MichaelChoi added 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

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Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
brian-james added Memphis Belle 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 The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Uncommon Valor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
Brian3 added Uncommon Valor 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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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added Stalingrad 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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In Harm's Way is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
BillStockstill added In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic war 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 They Were Expendable 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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The Fighting Seabees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
stewy added The Fighting Seabees 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

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Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Courage Under Fire Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington Courage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon.