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The Best War Drama Series Ever Made

Updated February 4, 2021 931 votes 121 voters 3.6k views55 items

List RulesVote 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 Brothers1
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    8

    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

    Premiered2001

    Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E....  more
  • The Pacific2
    61
    9

    The Pacific

    Hugh Ambrose, Ed Tracy

    Premiered2010

    The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies,...  more
  • Generation Kill3
    26
    11

    Generation Kill

    Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone

    Premiered2008

    This series is a British-American seven-part television miniseries produced for HBO, based on...  more
  • M*A*S*H4
    22
    8

    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more
  • Tour of Duty5
    20
    8

    Tour of Duty

    Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey

    Premiered1987

    Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from...  more
  • Combat!6
    14
    4

    Combat!

    Vic Morrow, Rick Jason

    Premiered1962

    Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967....  more
  • SEAL Team7
    24
    17

    SEAL Team

    David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot

    Premiered2017

    SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the...  more
  • Vikings8
    18
    18

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A...  more
  • Vietnam9
    13
    12

    Vietnam

    Nicole Kidman, John Polson

    Premiered1987

    Vietnam is a (1987) Australian TV mini-series....  more
  • The Unit10
    12
    10

    The Unit

    Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor

    Premiered2006

    The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military...  more
  • The Rat Patrol11
    8
    5

    The Rat Patrol

    Christopher George, Gary Raymond

    Premiered1966

    The Rat Patrol is an American action and adventure television series that aired on ABC between...  more
  • Turn: Washington's Spies12
    11
    12

    Turn: Washington's Spies

    Jamie Bell, Angus Macfadyen

    Premiered2014

    TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies:...  more
  • Manhattan13
    9
    9

    Manhattan

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus

    Premiered2014

    Manhattan is an American television series that premiered on July 27, 2014, on WGN America. It...  more
  • Foyle's War14
    9
    10

    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks

    Premiered2002

    This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII,...  more
  • Black Sheep Squadron15
    7
    9

    Black Sheep Squadron

    Robert Conrad, Simon Oakland

    Premiered1976

    Black Sheep Squadron is the 2-hour pilot film for the TV adventure series Baa Baa Black Sheep....  more
  • The Brave16
    8
    10

    The Brave

    Mike Vogel, Anne Heche

    Premiered2017

    The Brave (NBC, 2017) is an American drama series with showrunners Matt Corman and Chris Ord....  more
  • We'll Meet Again17
    8
    10

    We'll Meet Again

    Susannah York, Christopher Malcolm

    Premiered1982

    We'll Meet Again is a British television drama set in the Second World War. It was produced by...  more
  • The Pillars of the Earth18
    10
    14

    The Pillars of the Earth

    Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen

    Premiered2010

    The Pillars of the Earth (Starz, 2010) is an eight-part TV miniseries based on the 1989 novel...  more
  • Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years19
    10
    14

    Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years

    Robert Hardy, Tim Pigott-Smith

    Premiered1981

    Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years is an 8-part 1981 drama serial based on the life of...  more
  • Das Boot20
    5
    8

    Das Boot

    Vicky Krieps, Tom Wlaschiha

    Premiered2018

    Das Boot (Sky plc, 2018) is a German historical drama television series based on the...  more
  • Casablanca21
    10
    16

    Casablanca

    Ray Liotta, David Soul

    Premiered1983

    Casablanca was a TV program released on 3 April 1983....
  • Oppenheimer22
    6
    10

    Oppenheimer

    Sam Waterston, David Suchet

    Premiered1980

    Oppenheimer is a television miniseries about J. Robert Oppenheimer, produced by the BBC. It...  more
  • By the Sword Divided23
    5
    9

    By the Sword Divided

    By the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and...  more
  • The Code24
    2
    6

    The Code

    Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh

    Premiered2019

    The Code (CBS, 2019) is an American drama TV series. The military's brightest minds take on...  more
  • The White Queen25
    5
    10

    The White Queen

    Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

    Premiered2013

    The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on...  more