Military life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant military life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, exciting, intense and suspense films and TV shows about / with military life, military, soldier, war, battles, weapons, death, culture clash, dialogue and brutality plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military life: Army Wives (2007), Band of Brothers (2001), We Were Soldiers (2002), Full Metal Jacket (1987), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Lone Survivor (2013), Major Payne (1995), Down Periscope (1996), The Last Samurai (2003), Stalingrad (1993).

List of military life movies

 7.3
 8K
Army Wives (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Army Wives is an American drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military life, family relations, family life, best friends, couples, military, marital problem, social relations, love and romance, lifestyle, soldier, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
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Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, captivating, heroic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, military, combat, soldier, paratrooper, battles, warrior, sniper, military life, american soldier, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, belgium, austria, paris france ...
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, factual, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, battles, soldier, battlefield, military life, wartime life, heroic mission, heroes, death, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, iraq, asia, usa
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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Style: disturbing, suspense, bleak, rough, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, soldier, boot camp, sniper, suicide, military life, anti war, violence, u.s. marine, infantry ...
Time: year 1968, year 1967, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Flight School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. Sgt. Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond ...
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night, boys' night
Plot: officers and cadets, navy, military life, military, u.s. navy, romance, unwanted pregnancy, love story, love, love of one's life, u.s. military, military officer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, washington state, the philippines, manila philippines
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 7.5
 286K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, rough, tense, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, war, gunfight, soldier, terrorism, courage, navy seal, squad, death, taliban, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iraq, usa, israel
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 6.2
 35K
Major Payne (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no idea what to do as a civilian, so his commander finds ...
Style: funny, humorous, feel good, absurd, parody ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: military, sarcasm, military life, soldier, school, foul language, military training, contests and competitions, violence, mentor, stupidity, children ...
Time: 90s
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 6.1
 25K
Down Periscope (1996)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Bumbling Navy lieutenant Tom Dodge has been given one last chance to clean up his record. But Admiral Graham, his nemesis, assigns Dodge to the Stingray, a submarine that can barely keep afloat. To add insult to injury, the Stingray is to be the ...
Style: witty, humorous, not serious, light, parody ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: submarine, u.s. navy, military, navy, nothing goes right, military life, goofy hero, rivalry, against the odds, adventure, stupidity, underdog ...
Place: russia, florida, usa, san francisco
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, war, warrior, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, self discovery, battles, sword fight, katana, loyalty, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean, san francisco
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 7.5
 35K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: realistic, rough, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, war, survival, german, nazism, russian, soldier, wehrmacht, eastern front, starvation, battles, military life ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, year 1943, 20th century
Place: russia, germany, poland, east germany, berlin germany ...
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Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, epic, realistic
Plot: female warrior, cross dressing, female fighter, female soldier, tough girl, heroic mission, military life, martial arts, adventure, military, soldier, heroes ...
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In this sequel to Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu?!, Mithril becomes aware of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Cloaking System) mode. This organization, known as Amalgam, also has "Black ...
Style: stylized, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful, mecha
Audience: boys' night
Plot: teenager, heroic mission, adventure, heroes, teenage life, secret movement, escapades, military life, chaos, rivalry, television, danger ...
Place: japan
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: epic, factual, intense, talky, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: world war two, war, military, u.s. navy, navy, military life, aviation, battleship, air raid, u.s. military, state affairs, political unrest ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, year 1941, 20th century
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., tokyo ...
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Queen & Country (2014)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, France, UK, Romania
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War.
Style: semi serious, realistic, captivating, humorous, semi autobiographical
Plot: military life, military, soldier, youth, buddies, war, disorder, boot camp, friends, wartime life, training camp, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953, year 1952, post world war two
Place: england, europe
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, philosophical, bleak, rough ...
Plot: war, world war two, jungle, sergeant, anti war, infantry, soldier, military, survival, army, pacific island, invasion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean
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 5.9
 36K
Red Tails (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, fighter pilot, aerial combats, war, airplane, interracial relations, aviation, military life, discrimination, military, military base, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942
Place: europe, cuba, germany, italy, pentagon ...
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 6.1
 69K
Windtalkers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
Style: realistic, factual, brutal, intense, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, native american, artillery, survival, code, marines, friendship, military life, courage, violence ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: japan, arizona, asia
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 8.1
 410K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: rough, realistic, disturbing, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, battlefield, battles, combat, jungle warfare, jungle, squad, war, anti war, war crime ...
Time: year 1967, 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, the philippines, asia
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The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, green beret, war, military, propaganda, jungle, anti war, military life, culture clash, politics, battlefield, soldier ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, iraq, asia
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 7.1
 8K
Firebird (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Estonia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: At the height of the Cold War, a troubled soldier forms a forbidden love triangle with a daring fighter pilot and his female comrade amid the dangerous surroundings of a Soviet Air Force Base.
Style: suspense, captivating, art house, thought provoking, erotic ...
Plot: gay, gay soldier, gay sex, forbidden love, gay love, military life, cold war, lgbt, gay lead character, closeted gay, gay interest, soldier ...
Place: ussr
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Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set just before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Sgt. Ray Elwood is an American soldier stationed at a German army camp. A soldier because a judge gave him a choice between the army and jail, Ray spends much of his free time cooking cocaine for ...
Style: humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: corruption, drug dealing, military, crimes, heroin, army, soldier, military life, dark humor, arms dealing, military base, cold war ...
Time: year 1989, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, west germany, berlin germany, iraq, europe ...
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 4.8
 683
Tides of War (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the cold, dark waters off North Korea a U.S. Navy fast attack submarine meets with a mysterious disaster - it's attacked and nearly sunk by an ominous stealth submarine resulting in the deaths of the Executive Officer and the Engineering ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, rescue, heroic mission, military life, survival, leadership, undercover, race against time, rivalry, military, government agency, battles ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hawaii, korea, asia
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Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, realistic, political ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, iraq war, marines, war, soldier, anti war, violence, courage, military life, battles, morality, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
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 7.1
 21K
9th Company (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Finland
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer Dygalo - prior ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, military, soldier, escapades, basic training, officers and cadets, death, battles, military life, friendship, wartime life, ambush ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: afghanistan, ussr, russia, middle east
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 7.3
 481K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, emotional, factual, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, sniper, military, navy seal, soldier, violence, american soldier, assassin, u.s. marine, battles, courage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2013 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
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 6.6
 16K
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, Eugene enlists in the US Army during the last year of the War and is sent to basic training in Biloxi Mississippi. There he must live with a variety of fellow soldiers while enduring the whims of a mentally unstable ...
Style: humorous, funny, realistic, clever, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, coming of age, boot camp, military life, basic training, friendship, adaptation, gay, youth, soldier, military, gay slur ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, new york, poland, arkansas
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NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects (OSP), an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime investigation, military, special agents, army investigation, forensics, crimes, partners, navy, fighting crime, partners against crime, graphic violence, interrogation ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, epic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, napoleonic wars, sea battle, navy, adventure, leadership, battles, naval battle, heroic mission, sailboat, escapades, naturalist ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, france, brazil, europe, pacific ocean
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Battle for Haditha (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an ...
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: iraq war, marine, war, military, attack, soldier, military life, culture clash, desert, vengeance, society, occupation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: iraq, middle east
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 5.8
 29K
Air America (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, melancholic, light, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, pilot, heroes, cia, military life, aviation, military, justice, destiny, refugee camp, society, idealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: southeast asia, laos, vietnam, cambodia, los angeles
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