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List Rules Films about war, soldiers, boot camp, combat, and military conflicts.

Good military films give civilians a taste of what our troops go through on the battlefield and throughout their daily lives. While not all of these films feature war, they all use military service as a central theme. All branches of the U.S. military are represented, although admittedly, fewer films have been made about the Coast Guard. Most of these films focus on the Army, Navy, and Air Force. All time periods have been included from recent, modern militaries to the armies of the past. A few movies about armed forces from other countries, as well as fictional guerilla forces, are also on this list. If you are interested in the military, then these are the movies for you.

What are the best movies about soldiers, sailors, marines and military pilots? We're pretty sure that all of the top military movies are on this list. If you believe we've missed one though, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. 
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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Patton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more

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Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore ...more

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American action thriller film based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Glory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
MaxCarta added 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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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Tony Scott, Adrian Moat Framed by former President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address, this documentary takes a hard look at the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the soldiers on either side of the ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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 Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
JohnBrewster added 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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Midway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from ...more

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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
jgarlowich added Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American war film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division 'Screaming ...more

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Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
monty46 added 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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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
monty46 added Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more

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The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine The Big Red One is a World War II war film starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill, released in 1980. It was written and directed by Samuel Fuller. It was heavily cut on its original release, but a ...more

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Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
monty46 added 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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Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht Released: 2001 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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The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles The Green Berets is a 1968 American war 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 ...more

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Stalag 17 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. ...more

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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
JenniferGarnick added 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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Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
fortyninerhater added Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen, Gene Hackman Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine action film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian ...more

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
monty46 added Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film also co-stars Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason, and Everett McGill. The ...more

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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater Windtalkers is a 2002 American war 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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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
gschwayze added 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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MASH is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
monty46 added Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood veteran. ...more

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Act of Valor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
stanknpickle added 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.

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of World War I. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing ...more

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Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more

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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.

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Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
stubb added Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during WWI, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer ...more

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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
bojanthebest added Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more

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Wild Geese is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
AfricanMastodon added Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris The Wild Geese is a British 1978 adventure film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen about a group of mercenaries in Africa. It stars Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger. ...more

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Stripes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
beernbugs added Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first ...more

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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
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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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Military Movies Ever Made
Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more