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The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made

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List RulesMovies 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
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Patton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Fury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Fury

    Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    Fury is a 2014 American film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 11
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Act of Valor

    Roselyn Sánchez, Ernie Reyes

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Waugh, Mike McCoy

    Act of Valor is a 2011 action adventure thriller film written by Kurt Johnstad and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1986

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 15
    300 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Tears of the Sun

    Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci

    Released2003

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Hacksaw Ridge

    Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker

    Released1949

    Directed byAllan Dwan

    Sands of Iwo Jima is a 1949 film starring John Wayne that follows a group of United States... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made
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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

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