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.