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Great Military Movies

Updated on January 31, 2017

Military Movies We Love - Tribute to the Armed Forces

By: Dan and Yollie Bunag


This hub is about various military movies, war, action, men on a mission, duty and honor, and a tribute to the men and women of the military services, the veterans, and and the heroes. This is a collection, while yet incomplete, of military movies we love and like and recommend watching on your spare time, if you haven't seen them yet. Some are worth watching at least a couple of times. This list covers different years and not necessarily in any kind of order.

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Starring: Clint Eastwoord, John Eames, Ramón Franco Rating: R

We love this movie and have a DVD in our collection. This is quite possibly a great recruiting tool for the Marines.

After serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway finds himself with a collection of medals and no war to fight. Training a new group of Marines that are more green than mean, Highway complicates matters by attempting to reconcile with his former wife, Aggie. Rekindling the spark in his failed marriage won't be easy with a crisis brewing in Grenada and his pathetic platoon far from ready.

Heartbreak Ridge


Heartbreak Ridge Trailer

Patton


A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards (Including Best Picture), Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. One of it's Oscars went to George Patton, the only Allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and Flamboyant, Patton designed his own uniforms, sported ivory-handled six-shooters, and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He outmanuevered Rommel in Africa, and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe. But he was rebellious as well insight and poignancy, his own volatile personailty was one enemy he could never defeat.

Patton - Trailer

Twelve O'Clock High


This gritty World War II action drama staring Gregory Peck, Oscar winner Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war. Convinced an air force commander (Gary Merrill) is at the breaking point, Brigadier General Savage (Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. Kind and understanding, he adopts a crushing discipline to revitalize the demoralized troop. At first resentful and rebellious, the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes it's toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point.

12 O'Clock High Video Clips

The Wild Geese (1978)

Richard Burton; Sir Roger Moore; Richard Harris; Hardy Kruger (Actor) | Rated: R

In an effort to advance its own business interests, a British conglomerate sends a group of aging mercenaries (Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Kruger) into the African wilderness to rescue an influential political leader. Problems arise when the mercenaries accomplish their mission but the company decides to strike a deal with the enemy, an oppressive military dictator. This testosterone fest pumps out plenty of action.

The Wild Geese


Top Gun


In Top Gun, Tom Cruise stars as Maverick, a talented training pilot in an elite U.S. school for fighter pilots. When he stumbles upon some MiG's over the Persian Gulf, and his wingman panics, Maverick cleverly talks him through the situation to safety. Consequently, he is moved up in rank and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he has several conflicts with other students while trying to live up to his deceased father's reputation. Unable to cope with the death of his best friend, and fellow pilot, Goose, Maverick contemplates dropping out, but follows through with his dream and ultimately becomes one of the "best of the best."

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Director: Steven Spielberg, Rating: R

Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name "Ryan" stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier.

Saving Private Ryan


Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Jude Law (Actor), Ed Harris (Actor), Jean-Jacques Annaud (Director) | Rated: R

Set during the infamous World War II siege of Stalingrad, this potent thriller follows a battle of wits and wills between renowned Russian sharpshooter Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) and top German sniper Maj. König (Ed Harris). When propaganda from a Red Army apparatchik (Joseph Fiennes) turns Zaitsev into a living legend, it draws the attention of König, who comes gunning for his enemy counterpart.

Enemy at the Gates

[Blu-ray]

Letters from Iwo Jima

[Blu-ray]

Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima tells the untold story of the Japanese soldiers who defended their homeland against invading American forces during World War II. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima itself, the unprecedented tactics of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai) and his men transform what was predicted to be a swift defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Their sacrifices, struggles, courage and compassion live on in the taut, gripping film Rolling Stone calls "unique and unforgettable." It is the powerful companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers.

The Great Raid

[Blu-ray]

In the epic tradition of Saving Private Ryan, The Great Raid is an inspirational true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U.S. military history! As World War II rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war. Under the command of Lt. Col. Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt -- Traffic), the men of the 6th will face the unthinkable by attempting the impossible!

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      Mountaineering_Enthusiast 

      5 years ago

      Great collection!

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      Diva2Mom 

      6 years ago

      Excellent collection of Military Films!

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      acregmed 

      6 years ago

      I agree almost with everything. Even when no precisely a movie I'll add Band of Brothers. Great lens!

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      Dan & Yollie Bunag 

      6 years ago from Oahu, Hawaii

      @desa999 lm: Aloha and Thank you for visiting.

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      desa999 lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for reminding us of some of the great War movies. Well done!

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      chuckholmes301 

      6 years ago

      Saving Privat Ryan is my favorite. But, I will have to check out Heart Break Ridge. I've never seen that one before. Thanks for sharing this great list.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Good list of war movies, some classics in there.

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