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, intense, dramatic, captivating and suspense films and TV shows about / with military life, military, soldier, war, death, weapons, culture clash, dialogue, mentor and vengeance 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: Band of Brothers (2001), Full Metal Jacket (1987), We Were Soldiers (2002), Lone Survivor (2013), The Last Samurai (2003), American Sniper (2014), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Army Wives (2007), Down Periscope (1996), Queen & Country (2014).

List of military life movies

Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, soldier, military life, military, sniper, battles, world war two, patriotism, friendship, behind enemy lines, human spirit, combat ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, belgium, paris france ...
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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: rough, disturbing, suspense, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, soldier, military life, military, vietnam war, boot camp, sergeant, suicide, sniper, cruelty, infantry, basic training ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1967, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany, France
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: factual, serious, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, battles, military life, heroes, wartime life, war, battlefield, death, ambush, explosion ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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 7.5
 262K
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, tense, rough, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, gunfight, soldier, terrorism, courage, swat team, military life, battles, selflessness, squad, enemy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
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: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, self discovery, battles, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, friendship, master warrior, dignity, military life, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
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 7.3
 430K
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, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, sniper, iraq war, soldier, battles, military, military life, navy seal, military training, courage, heroes, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, year 2013, year 1998 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, california, usa, texas
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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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, epic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battleship, military, navy, war, political unrest, state affairs, imperial japan, rebellion, danger, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 70s
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., europe ...
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 7.2
 6K
Army Wives (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: family relations, military life, family life, best friends, couples, couple relations, love and romance, lifestyle, infidelity, soldier, social relations, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
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 6.2
 21K
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, not serious, humorous, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: submarine, u.s. navy, goofy hero, ocean or sea, military life, military, nothing goes right, underwater, against the odds, rivalry, heroic mission, navy ...
Place: florida, usa, russia, san francisco
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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: realistic, semi serious, captivating, humorous, based on true events
Plot: military life, military, soldier, wartime life, youth, buddies, bittersweet, training camp, friendship between men, love, male bonding, class differences ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953, year 1952
Place: europe, england
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
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: rough, captivating, bleak, epic, surreal ...
Plot: war, sergeant, invasion, world war two, military life, battles, infantry, commander, jungle, squad, battle, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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 5.9
 33K
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: interracial relations, fighter pilot, world war two, aerial combats, military life, soldier, military base, discrimination, military, war, battles, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944, year 1942
Place: europe, italy, pentagon, germany, cuba ...
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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, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military life, jungle, soldier, war, green beret, anti war, culture clash, politics, journalism, military, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
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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: emotional, realistic, sincere, sexy, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: navy, officers and cadets, unwanted pregnancy, military life, military, romance, self discovery, power relations, breaking point, fall in love, love of one's life, factory worker ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington state, manila philippines
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 8.1
 374K
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: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, jungle warfare, military life, war crime, jungle, squad, innocence lost, warrior ...
Time: 20th century, year 1968, year 1967, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
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Private Benjamin (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Private Benjamin is an American sitcom based on the movie of the same name. The show aired on CBS from April 6, 1981, to January 10, 1983. Eileen Brennan, who reprised her role from the film, won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for her work on the ...
Style: sitcom, not serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Plot: military life, military, strong female presence, nato, boot camp, superior officer, soldier, silly humor, military base, fish out of water, comedy of errors, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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 6.3
 30K
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, absurd, not serious, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: soldier, military, sarcasm, military life, school, contests and competitions, mischievous children, power relations, children, stupidity, mentor, youth ...
Time: 90s
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We Are from the Future (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Four 21st century treasure seekers are transported back into the middle of a WWII battles in Soviet Union...
Style: exciting, serious, rough
Plot: time travel, world war two, imaginary, war, soldier, survival, battles, military life, courage, friendship, battle zone, military ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 40s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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 7.1
 20K
9th Company (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine
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: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, war, basic training, officers and cadets, death, battles, ambush, wartime life, friendship, military life, boot camp ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
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 6.1
 10K
Redacted (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: iraq war, military life, soldier, war, military, journalism, media, danger, politics, state affairs, society, death threat ...
Time: contemporary, year 2006
Place: iraq, middle east
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: ship, sea battle, battles, navy, adventure, leadership, napoleonic wars, ocean or sea, heroic mission, human spirit, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: europe, brazil, england, pacific ocean, france
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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: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: marine, iraq war, military, attack, soldier, military life, culture clash, war, danger, occupation, realism, marines ...
Time: contemporary, year 2005, 2000s, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
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 5.8
 27K
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: exciting, humorous, semi serious, witty, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, vietnam war, military life, pilot, battle zone, idealism, society, refugee camp, cia, helicopter, drug smuggling, airplane ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: laos, vietnam, cambodia, southeast asia, los angeles
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 5.9
 72K
G.I. Jane (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: strong female character, female soldier, soldier, fighting the system, basic training, strong female lead, military, navy, army, sexism, military base, feminism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: middle east, libya, israel
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Private Benjamin (1980)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: soldier, basic training, fish out of water, military base, boot camp, starting over, female soldier, self discovery, military life, military, transformation, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: paris france, usa
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Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, emotional, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, military life, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, anti war, vietnam veteran, self esteem, casualty of war, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa, iraq
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 6.4
 7K
Blue Sky (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hank Marshall is a tough, square-jawed, straitlaced Army engineer and nuclear science expert, assigned to help conduct weapons-testing in 1950's America. Hank has become a thorn in the side of the Army, though, for a couple of very different ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, melancholic, light ...
Plot: mental illness, infidelity, military base, military life, couples, dysfunctional marriage, family problems, couple relations, romance, love affair, adultery, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, california
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 7.0
 173K
Jarhead (2005)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swafford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the ...
Style: intense, realistic, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, marines, iraq war, boot camp, anti war, u.s. military, american soldier, death, military life, pride and honor, basic training, war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1983, year 1990, year 1989 ...
Place: iraq, saudi arabia, middle east, hawaii, philadelphia ...
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 7.6
 26K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, soldier, war, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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 8.4
 49K
M*A*S*H (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, ...
Style: sitcom, clever, humorous, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: doctors and patients, military hospital, surgery, friendship, military, military life, doctor, sergeant, u.s. army, anti war, captain, nurse ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: korea
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