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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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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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) 4 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. WWII American combat medic and Christian pacifist Desmond ...more
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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin
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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Fredrick Vogler added Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton
The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more
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Patton is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Fredrick Vogler added Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson
The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest ...more
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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 14 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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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Fredrick Vogler added John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles
The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin Moore, ...more
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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked
Fredrick Vogler added Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern
Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. Alistair ...more
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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 21 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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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Fury is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Enemy Below is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 25 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