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Top 10 Military Movies

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No one is more enthusiastic or picky about movies that portray the military than military service members themselves. Just think about the last time you saw a movie or TV show where the combat scenes were a little less than realistic- you can’t say that you (or that service member with you) didn’t roll their eyes and say, “Yeah right, that would never happen like that.” Luckily for us, military-themed movies have come a long way to tell the real story of war. This last decade or so has seen an uptick in movies that hit it on every level; story line, authenticity and lots of realistic action. So without further ado, here are our Top Ten Military movies you won’t regret watching.

#10. 13 Hours

“During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.”

#9. Zero Dark Thirty

“A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.”

#8. The Lone Survivor

“Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.”

#7. Black Hawk Down

“160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.”

#6. Platoon

“A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.”

#5. Hacksaw Ridge

“World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.”

#4. Fury

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April 1945.

#3. The Hurt Locker

“During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.”

#2. American Sniper

“Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.”

#1. Saving Private Ryan

“Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

Honorable Mentions

Inglorious Bastards

Apocalyse Now

Full Metal Jacket

We Were Soldiers Then and Young

Enemy at the Gates


Bridge on the River Kwai

The Great Escape

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