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The Best War Drama Series Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the best war drama shows that have aired on television.

The best military and war drama shows offer stories about real, historical, battles. The best military drama series ever shown on television bring the human and emotional elements into the forefront. If you’ve been looking for the best military and war dramas, this list will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

Most military and war TV series are also dramas - battles and conflict are a fraught and emotional thing that weighs heavily on the people involved. Shows like Band of Brothers and Resistance are period dramas that tell the stories of people directly involved in historical conflicts. Other shows are about the people left behind, such as Bomb Girls and Home Fires. Not all military dramas are about historical battles, some are simply about the people who are members of the army or special forces teams and how their jobs in the military affect their lives and interactions.

Which shows handle the emotion of conflict the best? Vote up the best war and military drama shows, vote down the shows that don't convey the emotion of war well, and add any dramatic military series that are missing. And if you love these series, check out our list of military shows.

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
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 Pacific is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy
The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more
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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré
SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more
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Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Vietnam Nicole Kidman, John Polson, Barry Otto
Vietnam is a (1987) Australian TV mini-series.
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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham
Manhattan is an American television series that premiered on July 27, 2014, on WGN America. It is the second original series, after Salem, for the network. While some historical figures are ...more
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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen, Kevin McNally
TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, a history of the Culper Ring. The series debuted on AMC on ...more
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Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Oppenheimer Sam Waterston, David Suchet, Barry Dennen
Oppenheimer is a television miniseries about J. Robert Oppenheimer, produced by the BBC. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on 29 October 1980 and in the United States on 11 May 1982. The ...more
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Winston Churchill: The Wildern... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years Robert Hardy, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nigel Havers
Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of Winston Churchill, and particularly his years in enforced exile from political position during the ...more
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Casablanca Ray Liotta, David Soul, Scatman Crothers
Casablanca was a TV program released on 3 April 1983.
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The Brave is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Mike Vogel, Anne Heche, Demetrius Grosse
The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) is Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency working with ...more
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The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne
The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name. It debuted in the U.S. on Starz and in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central ...more
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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more
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Black Sheep Squadron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Jim_In_Texas added Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland, Dana Elcar
Black Sheep Squadron is the 2-hour pilot film for the TV adventure series Baa Baa Black Sheep. Robert Conrad stars as real-life World War II ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. Ever at odds ...more
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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen
This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on the 2004 book of the same name by Evan Wright about his experience as an embedded reporter with the ...more
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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy
The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable ...more
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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Kim Basinger, Natalie Wood, Don Johnson
From Here to Eternity was short-lived dramatic television series that aired in 1980. It was a spinoff of the successful 1979 miniseries of the same title. The series featured most of the cast ...more
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Combat! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert
Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during ...more
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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker
Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from September 1987 to April 1990 as 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis ...more
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Our Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Our Girl is a BBC drama that was first broadcast on 24 March 2013 on BBC One. Set in modern day Britain, the drama tells the story of an 18 year old girl, Molly Dawes, played by Lacey Turner who ...more
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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson
The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more
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A Family at War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Patrick Troughton, John Nettles, Barbara Flynn
A Family At War is a British drama series that aired on ITV from 1970 to 1972. It was created by John Finch and made by Granada Television for ITV. The director was David Giles. The series ...more
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Danger UXB is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Judy Geeson, Anthony Andrews, Kenneth Cranham
Danger UXB was a 1979 British ITV television series about World War II developed by John Hawkesworth and starring Anthony Andrews as Lieutenant Brian Ash, an officer in the Royal Engineers. The ...more
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The Rat Patrol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden
The Rat Patrol is an American action and adventure television series that aired on ABC between 1966 and 1968. The show follows the exploits of four Allied soldiers — three Americans and one ...more
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We'll Meet Again is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Drama Series Ever Made
Susannah York, Christopher Malcolm, Richard LeParmentier
We'll Meet Again is a British television drama set in the Second World War. It was produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network and was broadcast in early 1982 in the Friday ...more