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, suspenseful, dramatic and rough films and TV shows about / with military life, military, soldier, war, death, dialogue, vengeance, weapons, culture clash and battles 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), Lone Survivor (2013), The Last Samurai (2003), We Were Soldiers (2002), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Major Payne (1995), The Thin Red Line (1998), Red Tails (2012), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982).

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: epic, suspenseful, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, military life, battles, sniper, war, friendship, behind enemy lines, human spirit, patriotism, self sacrifice, gory ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france, belgium, netherlands ...
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Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, 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, tense, rough, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, gunfight, soldier, courage, terrorism, military life, selflessness, battles, squad, enemy, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
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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: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, courage, self discovery, battles, friendship, human spirit, dignity, pride and honor, military life, war, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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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: factual, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, military, military life, heroes, wartime life, death, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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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, bleak, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, sergeant, war, military life, sniper, boot camp, vietnam war, suicide, basic training, violence, battles ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1968, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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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, exciting, suspenseful, epic, factual ...
Plot: military life, military, navy, war, political unrest, state affairs, imperial japan, anti war, against the odds, rebellion, danger, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1941
Place: battleship, japan, hawaii, pearl harbor, europe ...
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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, funny, absurd, not serious, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: soldier, military, military life, power relations, contests and competitions, mischievous children, sarcasm, children, stupidity, mentor, school, parody ...
Time: 90s
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, 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: bleak, rough, captivating, surreal, epic ...
Plot: war, sergeant, jungle, commander, invasion, military life, battle, survival, soldier, infantry, pacific island, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
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Red Tails (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: aerial combats, military life, fighter pilot, soldier, military base, discrimination, military, war, danger, heroic mission, interracial relations, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1944
Place: europe, italy, pentagon, germany, cuba ...
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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, sexy, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: date night, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: navy, officers and cadets, unwanted pregnancy, military life, military, romance, power relations, breaking point, self discovery, fall in love, love of one's life, factory worker ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington state, manila philippines
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Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
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, bleak, thought provoking, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, military, military life, jungle, warrior, war crime, battle zone, conflict, character change, squad ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
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Jarhead (2005)
Genre: 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, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, military life, marines, death, anti war, boot camp, basic training, war, military, morality, pride and honor, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1983, year 1989, year 1991 ...
Place: iraq, saudi arabia, middle east, hawaii, vietnam
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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: humorous, witty, not serious, light, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: submarine, goofy hero, underwater, military, u.s. navy, military life, against the odds, ocean or sea, nothing goes right, heroic mission, underdog, disorder ...
Place: usa, florida, russia, san francisco
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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, courage, friendship, battle zone, military, survival, imaginary, battles, world war two ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 21st century, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, basic training, officers and cadets, battles, war, wartime life, friendship, military life, boot camp, death, dead soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
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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: suspenseful, serious, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: iraq war, military life, soldier, war, military, media, journalism, danger, state affairs, politics, society, death threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family life, military base, feminism, couples, military life, family relations, couple relations, social relations, soldier, best friends, infidelity, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
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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, humorous, witty, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, heroes, cia, military life, pilot, society, idealism, battle zone, refugee camp, helicopter, wartime, destiny ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: vietnam, cambodia, southeast asia
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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, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, soldier, military training, military, war, navy seal, military life, heroes, obsession, haunted by the past, iraq war, battles ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, year 1998
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
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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: soldier, fighting the system, military, feminism, sexism, female soldier, basic training, navy, tough heroes, sexual harassment, military life, officers and cadets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: middle east, libya, israel
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, melancholic, light ...
Plot: mental illness, infidelity, military life, couples, dysfunctional marriage, family problems, romance, couple relations, love affair, adultery, husband wife relationship, military base ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, california
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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: cynical, humorous, clever, witty, realistic ...
Plot: sitcom, doctors and patients, military hospital, friendship, surgery, military, military life, doctor, sergeant, u.s. army, anti war, nurse ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: korea
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The General's Daughter (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill, are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, army investigation, conspiracy, betrayal, father daughter relationship, military life, fighting the system, politics, u.s. army, mystery, military, reluctant partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: georgia
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White Tiger (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.
Style: tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: eastern front, obsession, heroic mission, military life, adventure, supernatural, war, danger, battles, escapades, battle zone, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: russia
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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, serious ...
Plot: soldier, military, great patriotic war, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, battles, war, world war two, soviet army, survival, friendship ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
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Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: marines, military, soldier, war, anti war, iraq war, battles, morality, courage, battle zone, military life, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
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Basic (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, murder, military, army, mind game, army investigation, crimes, twists & turns, military life, rivalry, deadly, survivor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: panama
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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: exciting, realistic, serious, propaganda film, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vietnam war, military life, military, jungle, apocalypse, war, kidnapping, soldier, orphan, green beret, politics, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
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The Vultures (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: April 5, 1943: a battalion of the Foreign Legion arrives in El Ksour, Tunisia, to escort a fortune in gold bars to the home front. A German ambush awaits, and all but four die. Thanks to the street smarts of Sergeant Augagneur, the Legionnaires ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, suspense ...
Plot: foreign legion, war, military life, heist, dishonesty, anti war, heroic mission, cons and scams, adventure, couple relations, betrayal, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943
Place: tunisia
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Eastern Condors (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A motley group of Asian prisoners held in the US are given one chance for freedom. They are to go deep into Vietnam and destroy a secret depot of missles that the US left behind during the pull-out. The group, led by Lt. Lam and convict Tung, hook ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battle, war, heroic mission, danger, military life, military, save the day, race against time, tough heroes, jungle, soldier, martial arts ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
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