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The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film 

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Updated October 13, 2018 220 votes 35 voters

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
2
John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
John H. Miller
3
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Forrest Gump
4
General George S. Patton... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
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Aldo Raine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Aldo Raine
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Michael "Mike"... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Michael "Mike" Vronsky
7
Matt Eversmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Matt Eversmann
8
William James is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
William James
9
Marcus Luttrell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Marcus Luttrell
10
Benjamin L. Willard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Benjamin L. Willard
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James T. "Joker&quo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
James T. "Joker" Davis
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Ron Kovic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Ron Kovic
13
Tadamichi Kuribayashi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Tadamichi Kuribayashi
14
Bob Barnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Bob Barnes
15
Sam Cahill is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Sam Cahill
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Claus Schenk Graf von St... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg
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W.P. Inman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
W.P. Inman
18
John "Doc" Bra... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
John "Doc" Bradley
19
Rhett Butler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Veteran Characters in Film
Rhett Butler