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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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 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) 5 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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) 6 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey 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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Fury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman Fury is a 2014 American 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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 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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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic 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 directed ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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) 12 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American 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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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical 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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm We Were Soldiers is a 2002 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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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII 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 borrows the ...more

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater Windtalkers is a 2002 American 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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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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Downfall is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Zero Dark Thirty is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 30 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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An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 32 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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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 33 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 and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 37 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 Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 38 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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The Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 39 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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The Enemy Below is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie ...more

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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 42 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

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Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama 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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Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, John C. Reilly This film is a 1989 drama film directed by Brian De Palma, with a screenplay by David Rabe, based on the actual events of the incident on Hill 192 in 1966 during Vietnam. It stars Michael J. Fox ...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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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays U.S. Marine Colonel Terry Childers. James Webb, ...more

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Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more

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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
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.