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, rough and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with military life, military, war, soldier, culture clash, heroes, battles, brutality, courage and death plots mostly in War, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, Russia, UK and other countries.

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TOP 10 movies tagged as military life: Major Payne (1995), 9th Company (2005), We Are from the Future (2008), M*A*S*H (1972), Band of Brothers (2001), G.I. Jane (1997), Down Periscope (1996), Lone Survivor (2013), The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972), The Last Samurai (2003).
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M*A*S*H (1972)
Comedy, Drama, War
25 min.
Band of Brothers (2001)
Action, Drama, History, War
594 min.
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Frontier (2018)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Sci-Fi, War
98 min.
Mr. Sunshine (2018)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
South Korea
60 min.

List of military life movies

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: humorous, not serious, funny, absurd, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: soldier, military, military life, power relations, contests and competitions, mischievous children, school, children, stupidity, sarcasm, rivalry, mentor ...
Time: 90s
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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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, battles, officers and cadets, war, basic training, friendship, military life, death, wartime life, boot camp, killed in action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
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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, war, soldier, military life, friendship, courage, survival, battles, imaginary, battle zone, death, world war two ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 40s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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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: humorous, cynical, clever, realistic, witty ...
Plot: doctors and patients, sitcom, military life, military, military hospital, doctor, friendship, surgery, u.s. army, sergeant, korean war, combat casualty ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: korea
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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: epic, suspenseful, captivating, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, battles, military, war, military life, warrior, friendship, human spirit, survival, sniper, expedition, shooting ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, paris france ...
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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, bleak, suspenseful, sincere, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: military, fighting the system, soldier, feminism, basic training, tough heroes, sexism, navy, officers and cadets, military life, sexual harassment, army ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: middle east, libya, israel
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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, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: submarine, goofy hero, military, underwater, military life, nothing goes right, ocean or sea, heroes, rivalry, against the odds, soldier, u.s. navy ...
Place: florida, usa, san francisco, russia
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Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
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, serious, emotional, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, soldier, war, battles, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, death, military life, squad ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq
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The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal ...
Style: tragic ending, based on true events, disturbing, scenic, epic ...
Plot: soldier, military, heroic mission, war, military life, wartime life, battles, world war two, great patriotic war, soviet army, friendship, survival ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, epic ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, friendship, courage, battles, warrior, war, emperor, leader, master warrior, dignity, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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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: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fish out of water, soldier, basic training, military, transformation, starting over, female soldier, boot camp, self discovery, military base, determination, officers and cadets ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, paris france
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Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: military life, australian, military, murder, trial, writing, courtroom drama, war, soldier, anti war, execution, politics ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, australia, south australia, england
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Patton (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: military life, military, dead soldier, allies, destiny, tank, war, steel helmet, military hospital, leadership, historical figure, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: africa, europe, normandy, italy, tunisia ...
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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, realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, military, platoon, boot camp, sergeant, sniper, suicide, battles, vietnam war, violence, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 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
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, realistic, gloomy, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, war, military, heroic mission, military life, battles, heroes, death, wartime life, battle, missile ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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The Boat (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: West Germany, UK, France
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Life aboard a German U-Boat during World War II.
Style: bleak, gloomy, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: underwater, battles, adventure, ocean or sea, navy, military life, soldier, survival, confined, life is a bitch, submarine, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: seaport
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Air America (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy
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, semi serious, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military life, heroes, cia, pilot, helicopter, battle zone, anti heroes, idealism, airplane, refugee camp, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, cambodia
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Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: survival, giant, friendship, future dystopia, military life, life turned upside down, attack, gory, vestiges of humanity, vengeance, devastation, giant monster ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, epic ...
Plot: battles, war, military, heroic mission, sniper, courage, army, rescue, d day, obsessive quest, cowardice, bravery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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Dear John (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: young lovers, love and romance, true love, couple relations, love affair, soldier, breakup, love, romance, couples, fall in love, lovers reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
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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, serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, leadership, navy, battles, adventure, uninhibited rivalry, escapades, rivalry, human spirit, heroic mission, officers and cadets, military ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: brazil, europe, england, battleship, france
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The Dawns Here Are Quiet (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: It is late spring of 1942, and the Great Patriotic War is in full swing. A long way off from the front-line, at some God-forgotten junction, the Germans make an air landing operation in an attempt to get through to the Kirov railway and the White ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, serious, suspenseful, compassionate
Plot: world war two, heroism, female soldier, german soldier, wartime life, human relationship, female friendship, courage, military life, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life & death ...
Place: ussr, siberia
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Solo (1996)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An android fighting-machine (Mario Van Peebles) is charged with destroying a small brigade of rebels in a Latin American war who are fighting to maintain their freedom and protect their village. Contrary to his programming, Peebles decides to stay ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, clever, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: village, androids and robots, soldier, a.i., jungle, on the run, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, heroic mission, technology gone awry, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america
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Frontier (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Sci-Fi, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Michael's perfect life changes dramatically when he discovers a portal wich allows him to travel in time. He travels back to the World War II to go through the quest of time and find his one and only beloved.
Style: exciting, serious, uplifting, rough
Plot: time travel, battles, battle zone, personal growth, great patriotic war, courage, military life, survival, love, self sacrifice, wartime life, heroic mission
Time: 1940s
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Ensign Pulver (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, witty
Plot: military life, military, ship, save the day, ocean or sea, sailor, cargo ship, war, rebelliousness, officers and cadets, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: gulf war, military life, iraq war, soldier, terrorism, kidnapping, murder, rapist, journalism, war, battles, politics ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
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Act of Valor (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, military, soldier, terrorism, pistol, military life, terrorist plot, navy seal, national security, scuba diving, submarine, heroism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, africa, san diego california, costa rica, ukraine ...
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The Tribe (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Marine Corps drill instructor who is disgusted by the fact that the Corps now accepts draftees finds himself pitted against a hippie who has been drafted but refuses to accept the military's way of doing things.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: basic training, hippie, recruit, individuality, military life, military, culture clash, boot camp, soldier, war, misfit, power relations ...
Time: 60s
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Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: hospital, captain, military life, military hospital, soldier, doctors and patients, war, doctor, wartime life, military, mentally unstable, battles ...
Place: arizona
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Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, War, Romance
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, emotional, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, anti war, cemetery, military life, war, vietnam veteran, wartime life, life is a bitch, wedding, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, iraq
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