Best Military Movies of All Time

We want to know your favorite military movie(s). Why? We’re big fans of all things military, and we want to create a lit of the best military movies as voted by our readers. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, we’re also giving away two Amazon gift cards!

Share Your Favorite Military Movie

We want this list to encompass the best military movies ever made, so we want as much feedback as possible. To make this more fun and celebrate the Holiday Season, we are giving away two $50 Amazon gift cards (total of $100!). Entry is free and easy!

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What counts as a military movie?

In my opinion, anything that has a military topic, or a war as the centerpiece of the story. Ancient warfare, modern warfare, The Cold War, peace time movies that focus on the military, documentaries, comedies, dramas, foreign language films, you name it – if it focuses on the military or a war, it’s good to go. We will draw the line at science fiction (sorry Star Wars fans!), and action movies (Example, Bourne Identity and sequels would not qualify).

Here are a few categories ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

  • Ancient Wars
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • World War I
  • World War II (European and Pacific theaters)
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam
  • Cold War
  • Iraq, Afghanistan, and Middle Eastern Conflicts
  • Documentaries
  • Comedies
  • Worst War Movies Ever!
  • Other?

A few of my favorite military movies.

I’ll get things started with a few of my favorite military movies (chronological order):

  • Glory
  • Ken Burn’s Civil War
  • Band of Brothers
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • The Longest Day
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Great Escape
  • Platoon
  • Full Metal Jacket

What is your favorite military movie? Leave a comment with your favorite and why it is your favorite, and you will be entered to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards!

(update: giveaway has ended!)

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Date published: December 17, 2010. Last updated: June 14, 2012.

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  1. Eric H. says

    I would have to say my favorite military movie is “Flags of Our Fathers.” It tells the story of 5 Marines and 1 Navy Hospital Corpsman (Jonathan Bradley, also a Navy Cross recipient) who were responsible for raising the flag over Mount Suribachi during World War II during the Battle of Iwo Jima. I am very proud to say that I am also a Navy Hospital Corpsman and am honored to have such a connection to the history of our ancestors who have fought for the democracy of our great nation! Everytime I watch this movie I get goose bumps! I also enjoyed “Letters From Iwo Jima”, which was the sequel and the Japanese side of the story. Clint Eastwood is a brilliant movie director!

  2. says

    If I’m feeling shallow, Top Gun. Though there is a serious angle to it, it is lighthearted and fun. Tom Cruise was still attractive, and it was a good time in my life. It makes me feel young :) Plus, my husband’s first duty station was an F-14 squadron, and I have lots of friends who have attended and/or taught at Top Gun, so I can related to the characters.

    More seriously, I think that Taking Chance was a spectacular insight into the reality of death in military service. The scene where the technicians at Dover AFB are preparing the body will forever remain fresh in my mind. I was honored to see it at the GI Film Festival in DC with a variety of relevant VIPs and it was so emotional.

  3. felice dippolito says

    My favourite war movie is black hawk down. It is strong but it show you the real story and the feelings of the soldiers that were there fighting and dyeing for freedom and values. I really enjoyed it watching it and I always wacth it again if is shown on TV.
    Great movie!

  4. Elizabeth I says

    I like Glory. We watched a clip from it in my MBA class regarding leadership…it was such a great example when Matthew Broderick decided to not accept his pay when his recruits did not receive the wage they deserved. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Felicia says

    I like Full Metal Jacket because when I was in boot camp, my drill instructors made us watch it at the rifle range. Most of everyone had watched it before they went but it was my first time watching it and it was funny in the beginning because there’s always that one recruit that just messes up everything. Then it got serious when the pressure and bullying got too much for him and also when the men had to go to war.

    I also really liked Taking Chance because no one really gets to see that side when a Service Member is killed. It was very emotional and it made me feel so proud to be a United States Marine.

  6. Kenneth K. says

    My first choice would be Apocalypse Now. It reveals the insanity of the Vietnam war and the disorienting effect on our troops caused by the inability of the officers to command without any comprehensible goal.
    My second choice would be First Blood, because it reveals the rampant ignorance and prejudiced judgment that many of us inflict upon each other. It’s a very dangerous way to live.

  7. Tom James says

    “Das Boat” is my favorite military movie. My dad was in the US Navy and was in the Submarine Force. He never spoke about what he did, life on board the sub, his missions, etc. So, this movie gave me a peek into what it must have been like.


  8. Tony says

    My favorite military movie has to be Saving Private Ryan. From the very beginning when the troops arrived on the beach, there was such a reality that just took my breath away. People always try to compare wars. Archie Bunker refers WWII as “The big one”. I think all wars are pretty big, but to see how they were ambushed and attacked from the very beginning? Wow!

  9. Rev. R. L. Reagle says

    My favorites are:

    Sgt. York for WWI
    Midway for WWII
    We Were Soldiers for Viet Nam

    Overall my favorite is Midway. I will watch it everytime it’s on.

  10. Terry S says

    This was a no brainer for me since I saw the hard charging Sgt. Striker in Sands of Iwo Jima, Christmas Day 1982, Paris Island, SC. Four weeks til graduation from Platoon 3005, there couldn’t have been a more moral boosting movie for all of us. Feeling alone and missing our families like in the movie, we had our new found Devil Dog brothers. I know we’ve come all the way to Lone Survivor with many greats between but that will always be my favorite. Semper Fi!!

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