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Military veterans have incredible stories to share. Perhaps that's why these real-life figures continue to inspire Hollywood filmmakers. These are the greatest veteran characters in the movies, as ranked by film buffs like you. The best veteran movie characters come in many forms. Some veterans in films are actively serving, while other fictional veterans are adjusting to life back at home. A few of the all-time greatest veteran characters in film are even based on real-life soldiers.

Who are some of the best veteran characters in film? Full Metal Jacket features a collection of amazing veteran characters, but Sergeant James T. “Joker” Davis – played by Matthew Modine – steals the show. Tom Cruise has also been known to play captivating veteran characters, including Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July and Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie. Robert De Niro was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Sgt. Michael Vronsky in The Deer Hunter. Other great veteran characters include Captain Miller from Saving Private Ryan and Lt. Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds.

Which veteran character is your favorite? Give the greatest roles a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any notable characters that are missing.

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Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Chris Kyle American Sniper

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William James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
William James The Hurt Locker

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John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
John H. Miller Saving Private Ryan

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Aldo Raine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Aldo Raine Inglourious Basterds

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Tadamichi Kuribayashi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Tadamichi Kuribayashi Letters from Iwo Jima

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Benjamin L. Willard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Benjamin L. Willard Apocalypse Now

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Michael "Mike" Vronsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Michael "Mike" Vronsky The Deer Hunter

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Matt Eversmann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Matt Eversmann Black Hawk Down

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General George S. Patton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Tom Islava added General George S. Patton, Jr. Is Paris Burning?, Patton

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Ron Kovic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Ron Kovic Born on the Fourth of July

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James T. "Joker" Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
James T. "Joker" Davis Full Metal Jacket

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

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Sam Cahill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Sam Cahill Brothers

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Marcus Luttrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Marcus Luttrell Lone Survivor

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John "Doc" Bradley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
John "Doc" Bradley Flags of Our Fathers

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Rhett Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Rhett Butler Gone with the Wind

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Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffen... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg Valkyrie

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Bob Barnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Bob Barnes Platoon

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W.P. Inman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
W.P. Inman Cold Mountain