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The Best Military Movies Ever Made

Updated April 30, 2021 95.1k votes 12.1k voters 1.4m views316 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies 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 are all based on military service as a central theme. All branches of the United States military are represented, although admittedly, fewer films have been made about the Coast Guard. Most of these Hollywood 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 but feel free to rerank it so all your favorites are on top.

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  • 1

    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy
    1,832
    433

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

  • 2

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
    2,243
    606

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

  • 3

    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
    2,186
    624

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

  • 4

    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden
    1,225
    369

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

  • 5

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
    979
    283

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

  • 6

    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson
    1,322
    408

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

  • 7

    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen
    1,544
    591

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

  • 8

    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough
    1,091
    376

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

  • 9

    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery
    1,044
    401

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

  • 10

    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington
    856
    322

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

  • 11

    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law
    1,010
    383

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

  • 12

    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles
    688
    247

    Released1986

    Directed byClint Eastwood

  • 13

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
    1,114
    377

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
    772
    190

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

  • 15
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
    747
    276

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

  • 16
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana
    800
    193

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

  • 17

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland
    987
    397

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

  • 18

    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins
    712
    258

    Released1977

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

  • 19

    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston
    676
    266

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

  • 20

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
    1,132
    510

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

  • 21

    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam
    831
    352

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott
    715
    267

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

  • 23

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden
    870
    378

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    Band of Brothers

    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis
    586
    44

    Released2001

    Directed byMikael Salomon, Tony To, Richard Loncraine, David Frankel, David Leland

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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer
    742
    275

    Released1982

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen