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The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made

Updated January 3, 2021 80.5k votes 15.3k voters 1.3m views118 items

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 Down1
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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  • Full Metal Jacket3
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • Saving Private Ryan4
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Lone Survivor5
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • American Sniper6
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Enemy at the Gates7
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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  • Platoon8
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • The Longest Day9
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

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  • Hamburger Hill10
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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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  • Patton11
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    Act of Valor

    Roselyn Sánchez, Alex Veadov

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Waugh, Mike McCoy

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  • Fury13
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    Fury

    Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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  • Heartbreak Ridge14
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    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1986

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • The Hurt Locker15
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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    Tears of the Sun

    Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci

    Released2003

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • The Eagle Has Landed19
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    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • Sands of Iwo Jima20
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker

    Released1949

    Directed byAllan Dwan

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    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • The Green Berets22
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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Jarhead

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx

    Released2005

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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