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The Best Fictional Marines

Updated June 28, 2019 1.9k votes 192 voters 2.6k views24 items

The motto of the United States Marine Corps is semper fidelis, meaning "always faithful," but the motto of most marine movies is definitely semper badass. There are hundreds of films depicting the struggles and triumphs of some of the best marines (both fictional and real). In fact, some of the greatest marine characters just so happen to be some of the best characters ever written. Period. Movies starring marines like A Few Good Men and Full Metal Jacket remain classics decades after their release.

But that brings us to now. Given all these marines, who is the greatest marine character of all time? Who would you most want by your side in the mud or sand battling insurgents? Whether they're drill sergeants, lieutenants, or even disgruntled vets, we've compiled a list of some of the best marines and need your help in voting the best characters up to the top. 

So hop to it, marines, and vote up your favorite characters. And if your favorite fictional marine isn't listed, go ahead and add them to the list!

  • Gunnery Sergeant Hartman1
    128
    24

    Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

    Full Metal Jacket

    Played ByR. Lee Ermey

  • Robert Leckie2
    74
    14

    Robert Leckie

    The Pacific

    Played ByJames Badge Dale

  • John Stryker3
    81
    32

    John Stryker

    Sands Of Iwo Jima

    Played ByJohn Wayne

  • James T. "Joker" Davis4
    66
    31

    James T. "Joker" Davis

    Full Metal Jacket

    Played ByMatthew Modine

  • John Triton5
    58
    26

    John Triton

    The Marine

    Played ByJohn Cena

  • Sgt. Joe Enders6
    42
    18

    Sgt. Joe Enders

    Windtalkers

    Played ByNicolas Cage

  • Animal Mother7
    42
    20

    Animal Mother

    Full Metal Jacket

    Played ByAdam Baldwin

  • Lt. Jonathan Kendrick8
    43
    22

    Lt. Jonathan Kendrick

    A Few Good Men

    Played ByKiefer Sutherland

  • Creasy9
    43
    23

    Creasy

    Man on Fire

    Played ByDenzel Washington

  • Jack Ryan10
    49
    38

    Jack Ryan

    The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games

    Played ByHarrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin

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  • Hayes Hodges III11
    39
    27

    Hayes Hodges III

    Rules of Engagement

    Played ByNicky Katt

  • Bob Lee Swagger12
    58
    54

    Played ByMark Wahlberg

  • Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore13
    22
    10

    Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore

  • Nathan R. Jessup14
    55
    54

    Nathan R. Jessup

    A Few Good Men

    Played ByJack Nicholson

  • Cpl. Dwayne Hicks15

    Played ByMichael Biehn

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  • Col. Terry L. Childers16
    36
    35

    Col. Terry L. Childers

    Rules of Engagement

    Played BySamuel L. Jackson

  • Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence17
    34
    35

    Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence

    Full Metal Jacket

    Played ByVincent D'Onofrio

  • Frank Castle Sr.18
    47
    53

    Frank Castle Sr.

    The Punisher

    Played ByRoy Scheider

  • Sam Cahill19
    17
    19

    Sam Cahill

    Brothers

    Played ByTobey Maguire

  • Anthony Swofford20
    20
    26

    Played ByJake Gyllenhaal

  • Jason Bourne21
    39
    59

    Jason Bourne

    The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

    Played ByMatt Damon

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  • Maj. Benson Payne22
    36
    65

    Maj. Benson Payne

    Major Payne

    Played ByDamon Wayans

  • Jake Carter23
    10
    23

    Jake Carter

    The Marine 3: Homefront, The Marine 4: Moving Target
  • Ron Kovic24
    15
    33

    Ron Kovic

    Born on the Fourth of July

    Played ByTom Cruise