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The Best Military Movies Ever Made

Updated January 7, 2021 109.0k votes 11.9k voters 1.4m views315 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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  • Black Hawk Down1
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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Saving Private Ryan2
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Full Metal Jacket3
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • We Were Soldiers4
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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  • The Longest Day5
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

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

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  • Patton6
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    Patton

    George C. Scott, Karl Malden

    Released1970

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • The Great Escape7
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • Heartbreak Ridge8
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    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1986

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • American Sniper9
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Platoon10
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Gettysburg11
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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  • Glory12
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • The Patriot13
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai14
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden

    Released1957

    Directed byDavid Lean

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  • A Bridge Too Far15
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    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1977

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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  • Lone Survivor16
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • Das Boot17
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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1981

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • The Dirty Dozen18
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • The Hunt for Red October19
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    The Hunt for Red October

    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Enemy at the Gates20
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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  • Apocalypse Now21
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Band of Brothers22
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    Band of Brothers

    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis

    Released2001

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

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  • Hamburger Hill23
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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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  • Tora! Tora! Tora!24
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam

    Released1970

    Directed byRichard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

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  • Midway25
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    Midway

    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Smight

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