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The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best military drama movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best military drama films come in many forms. Some good military dramas take place during World War II while other good military drama movies are set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Many of the best military drama movies have won awards.

What films will you find on this top military drama movies list? Full Metal Jacket has to be near the top. This Stanley Kubrick film follows a platoon of Marines during their rigorous time in training and their involvement in the Tet Offensive. R. Lee Ermey became a breakout star following his role as the no-nonsense drill instructor. Saving Private Ryan is another great military drama film.

Quentin Tarantino reimagined the events of WWII with his 2009 film Inglourious Basterds. Other good military dramas featured on this list include The Deer Hunter, Patton, and Glory.

Which military drama do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good war movies we may have missed.

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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell
Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more
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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
westcoastwayne added Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more
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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson
A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more
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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl ...more
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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht
Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical thriller war film directed and produced by Michael Bay. In 2012, Benghazi, Libya Jack Silva is newly ...more
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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy
Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Downfall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann
Downfall is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. The film is written and produced by Bernd ...more
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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more
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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
westcoastwayne added Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb
Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the ...more
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The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more
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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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The Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
westcoastwayne added John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston
This film is a 1984 British drama film set in Democratic Kampuchea, which is based on the experiences of two journalists: Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg. The film, which won ...more
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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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 Kill Team is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Nat Wolff, Adam Long, Jonathan Whitesell
The Kill Team is a 2019 American action drama war film directed by Dan Krauss, based on the events that inspired his 2013 documentary of the same name. A young soldier (Nat Wolff) in Afghanistan ...more
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An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett
An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more
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Courage Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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.
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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more
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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
westcoastwayne added Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox
The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more
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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska
Defiance is a 2008 WWII era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a ...more