Historical Entertainment

The Best Military Drama Movies, Ranked  

Ranker Film
5.6k votes 475 voters 10.9k views 58 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite dramas about the military and soldiers.

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.

1
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

More We Were Soldiers

#21 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #172 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #746 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

2
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 2 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

More Platoon

#6 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #131 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetimelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

3
Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 3 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

More Black Hawk Down

#143 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #15 of 382 The Best War Movies Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

4
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
5
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

More Full Metal Jacket

#30 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #4 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #70 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

6
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

More The Longest Day

#7 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #6 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

7
Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 7 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

More Saving Private Ryan

#1 of 382 The Best War Movies Everfeaturing 17 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn't Know About 'Saving Private Ryan'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

8
Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 8 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

More Letters from Iwo Jima

#32 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #15 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

9
Patton is listed (or ranked) 9 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

More Patton

#11 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #5 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

10
Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 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

More Band of Brothers

#59 of 780 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #9 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #37 of 219 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

11
The Bridge on the River ... is listed (or ranked) 11 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

More The Bridge on the River Kwai

#84 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #2 of 382 The Best War Movies Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

12
American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 12 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

More American Sniper

#33 of 382 The Best War Movies Everfeaturing 30 Things You Didn't Know About American Sniperlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

13
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

More The Dirty Dozen

#16 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #7 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

14
Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 14 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

More Das Boot

#13 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #8 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #372 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

15
Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 15 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

More Apocalypse Now

#76 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Booksfeaturing The Behind The Scenes Madness Of 'Apocalypse Now' Was Even More Hellish Than You Thoughtlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

16
All Quiet on the Western... is listed (or ranked) 16 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

More All Quiet on the Western Front

#9 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #39 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

17
The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 17 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

More The Patriot

#31 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #135 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #113 of 291 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

18
Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 18 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.

More Windtalkers

#84 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #9 of 116 The Best Native American Movies #326 of 601 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

19
Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 19 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

More Lone Survivor

#214 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #11 of 80 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books #247 of 601 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

20
Fury is listed (or ranked) 20 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.

More Fury

#86 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #45 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #5 of 23 Great Movies So Patriotic, They Are Basically American Propaganda

21
The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 21 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

More The Green Berets

#79 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #945 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #20 of 80 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

22
Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 22 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

More Where Eagles Dare

#57 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #20 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #437 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written

23
A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 23 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

More A Bridge Too Far

#28 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #14 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #1,116 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

24
Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 24 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

More Flags of Our Fathers

#106 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #29 of 220 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #14 of 80 The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books

25
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

More Schindler's List

#8 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #8 of 382 The Best War Movies Everlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever