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, intense, suspenseful and rough films and TV shows about / with military life, military, war, soldier, courage, death, culture clash, brutality, dialogue and battles plots mostly in War, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Russia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as military life: Major Payne (1995), Band of Brothers (2001), Lone Survivor (2013), The Last Samurai (2003), We Were Soldiers (2002), 9th Company (2005), Full Metal Jacket (1987), We Are from the Future (2008), Redacted (2007), M*A*S*H (1972).

List of military life movies

 6.2
 28K
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, sarcasm, power relations, contests and competitions, mischievous children, children, stupidity, mentor, parody, school ...
Time: 90s
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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, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, battles, military, military life, war, human spirit, friendship, behind enemy lines, self sacrifice, gory, sniper, patriotism ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france, belgium, paris france ...
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 7.5
 244K
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, rough, tense, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, soldier, military, battles, war, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, military life, 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, 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, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, master warrior, war, dignity, pride and honor, swords and armor, leader ...
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, military, military life, death, wartime life, heroes, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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 7.1
 18K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, 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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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: soldier, military, war, boot camp, battles, sniper, vietnam war, violence, military life, basic training, platoon, sergeant ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1968, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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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, battle zone, survival, world war two, great patriotic war, battles, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 40s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: russia, soviet union
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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: rough, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: iraq war, military life, soldier, war, journalism, military, battles, media, danger, politics, state affairs, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
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 8.4
 46K
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, military hospital, doctor, military life, friendship, surgery, u.s. army, korean war, combat casualty, sergeant ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: korea
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 5.9
 68K
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, military, fighting the system, feminism, sexism, basic training, tough heroes, navy, military life, officers and cadets, army, military base ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: middle east, libya, israel
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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, surreal, captivating, epic ...
Plot: war, jungle, sergeant, invasion, commander, battle, survival, military, soldier, infantry, pacific island, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
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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, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, marines, war, soldier, anti war, battles, iraq war, military life, battle zone, survival, morality, courage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
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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: based on true events, tragic ending, disturbing, scenic, epic ...
Plot: soldier, military, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, battles, world war two, great patriotic war, soviet army, war, survival, friendship ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
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 5.9
 32K
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, fighter pilot, soldier, war, discrimination, military base, aerial combats, interracial relations, heroic mission, military life, danger, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942, year 1944
Place: europe, italy, pentagon, germany, cuba ...
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Horrors of War (2006)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: HORRORS OF WAR derives from the "B" movie, Grindhouse tradition, made to play like a like a midnight movie. It is an independently-produced film made in a B-movie style, yet with a dramatic grounding and an eye toward bigger production ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, scary
Plot: gory, anti war, military life, mutant, war, battles, dangerous animal, super soldier, werewolf, hitler, danger, deadly ...
Place: europe, france
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 8.1
 348K
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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, jungle, military, war crime, battle zone, military life, brutality, squad, rage, elimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
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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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: officers and cadets, navy, military, unwanted pregnancy, romance, military life, love of one's life, power relations, self discovery, fall in love, breaking point, factory worker ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington state, manila philippines
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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, semi serious, feel good, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fish out of water, soldier, basic training, military, transformation, starting over, boot camp, self discovery, military base, determination, empowerment, change ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, paris france
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Happy Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Japan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, human spirit, soldier, friendship, idealism, war, singer, battle zone, hopes, holiday, military life, prejudice ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, berlin germany, holland, glasgow scotland, oslo norway ...
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 5.4
 12K
Iron Eagle (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Israel, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: rescue, military, colonel, pilot, desert, hotshot hero, daring rescue, parent child relationship, government, tough heroes, race against time, captivity ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, california
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 7.1
 22K
The Bounty (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: island, adventure, ship, mutiny, betrayal, navy, escapades, murder, rebelliousness, military life, sea captain, journey ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1930s
Place: england, tahiti, europe, pacific ocean
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 6.1
 19K
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, u.s. navy, ocean or sea, heroes, rivalry, against the odds, soldier ...
Place: florida, usa, russia, san francisco
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 6.4
 6K
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, gloomy, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: mental illness, infidelity, military life, dysfunctional marriage, military base, couples, crumbling marriage, romance, couple relations, nuclear missile, nymphomaniac, love affair ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa, california
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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, compassionate, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, heroism, female soldier, wartime life, human relationship, female friendship, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, courage, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life & death, military life, german soldier ...
Place: ussr, siberia
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 5.4
 212
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, courage, battle zone, battles, personal growth, great patriotic war, survival, self sacrifice, wartime life, heroic mission, love, military life
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, save the day, ship, ocean or sea, cargo ship, sailor, war, rebelliousness, officers and cadets, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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 6.5
 63K
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, pregnant wife, military life, scuba diving, submarine, heroism, pistol, terrorist plot, national security ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, mexico, ukraine, costa rica, san diego california ...
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 7.9
 11K
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: australian, military, murder, writing, trial, military life, war, soldier, anti war, execution, politics, courtroom drama ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, australia, south australia, england
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 8.0
 87K
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, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: military, allies, dead soldier, destiny, tank, war, steel helmet, military life, military hospital, historical figure, battle zone, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, year 1943, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, normandy, italy, tunisia ...
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