Navy SEALs are considered one of the most efficient and ruthless soldiers not only in the US Army but also the entire world. The BUD/S training is supposed to be the most grueling combat training, and as such, every SEAL is a trained killer expert in every field of combat. Regardless to say the movies made on these battle-hardened soldiers are full of action, thrill, and entertainment. Here is the list of top movies based on Navy SEALs that are our recommendations A fabulous film nominated in numerous Academy Award categories. Read More: Best Cold War Movies of All Time. 2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012). See the decade-long hunt for the head of Al Qaeda and the major person responsible for 9/11 attacks Osama Bin Laden, from a woman’s eyes.
This week sees the wide release of director Clint Eastwood’s newest film, American Sniper, which concerns itself with the story of real-life U.S.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Hollywood has showcased the Navy’s premiere Special Forces squad in dozens of films throughout the years, yet a few portrayals have stood out as particularly memorable. Today’s list is a celebration of the movies that took the time to feature Navy SEALS in a badass fashion, and ranked them based on the unique flavor and lasting impression these characters made.
The more time the movie in question spent with the SEAL, the better; what’s more, a character’s ranking increased with their resourcefulness, intelligence, on-screen accomplishments, and their reliability in a pinch.
To make the cut, the featured SEAL(S) had to have been played by an actor in a commercially released film, so real-life portrayals were not allowed (as that wouldn’t have been fair to actors who simply played a part). This meant that Act of Valor was disqualified, for while it did a fine job portraying real-life Special Forces tactics, the picture was aided in no small part by the actual Navy SEALS who performed in the featured roles.
In real life, these “frog men” are the absolute cream of the crop: the crème de la crème of the United States’ Special Forces community, so they deserved nothing but the very best when evaluating their movie brethren today. It was for this reason that our #10 choice fell in at such a lowly spot, as the movie featured the Navy’s elite class of bad-asses so quickly that audiences only got to enjoy their presence for a few fleeting moments… 10.
SEAL Team 6 from The Interview (2014) This one just barely qualified for today’s ranking, but it managed to sneak in. Why? Fuck North Korea, that’s why. The day a bunch of totalitarian assholes gets over on the U.S. and its artistic community is the day this particular author takes to the hills to fight the good fight, Red Dawn-style (the 1984 version).
It was never going to come close to that, however, for despite Sony’s initial panic, the company did the right thing and made The Interview available to audiences. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month and a half, you know that the movie is about a celebrity journalist, Dave Skylark ( James Franco), and his producer, Aaron Rapaport ( Seth Rogen), travelling to North Korea to conduct an interview with Kim Jong-un.
Since the interview promised a rare opportunity to get near the North Korean leader, the C.I.A. convinced Dave and Aaron to assassinate Kim during their visit; hilarity ensued. Most of the jokes were rooted in Dave’s imbecility, and the man’s lack of appreciation for how dangerous Kim really was. For example, he told the C.I.A. analyst that briefed him that he could just stroll in, murder Kim, take a few hits in his bullet-proof vest, escape down a secret tunnel, and then emerge into the friendly arms of some Navy SEALS, who could whisk him away to safety.
The Langley analyst shit all over this idea as impractical and moronic, yet as events developed later on, this is pretty much how it all played out. Dave did indeed take a round in a concealed vest, only to then make his way down a secret tunnel where, after he exited, SEAL Team 6 was waiting to escort him to the extraction point.
The Navy’s elite squad was dressed in North Korean garb to conceal their true identities, yet when they emerged from the forest, they announced themselves as Americans, and were ready to rock. They got Dave and Aaron (and the puppy) out safe and sound, which capped off a successful mission to eliminate an evil dictator. For SEALS, in a movie or otherwise, that’s a damn fine day.
9. Sniper SEALS from Captain Phillips (2013) It didn’t take more than a handful of hours for the world to learn about the unparalleled bad-assery that was on display, Navy SEAL-style, during the Maersk Alabama hostage crisis of 2009. Captain Phillips recounted the real-life events that surrounded the hijacking of the Alabama, and the decisions the boat’s skipper made to keep the ship and crew in one piece. The Alabama and her captain, Richard Phillips ( Tom Hanks), were set upon by an armed band of Somali pirates when the container ship passed through the Gulf of Aden, a confrontation that led to a tense standoff between Phillips and the pirate leader, Muse ( Barkhad Abdi).
Phillips and his crew had prepared for just such a situation, and through a series of cunning half-truths, full-deceptions, and a little misdirection, Phillips and his crew put themselves in a position where they were able to turn the tables on their would-be kidnappers. There were a few hitches along the way, however: chief among them the double-cross Muse pulled after Phillips negotiated something of a truce.
Although Muse had agreed to leave the Alabama if Phillips and his crew allowed it, the Somali went back on his word at the last moment, and took Phillips along as a hostage. This left Phillips all alone with the four pirates in the Alabama’s motorized life raft, which meant an elite U.S.
military operation at sea was called for. The bread and butter of the SEAL community, a squad was dispatched to handle the situation’s finer points, which is exactly what they did. At the crucial moment, three SEAL snipers took three independent shots from the tail of a U.S.
Navy Destroyer, and all three rounds found a home. The precision and skill required to pull off so demanding a shot spoke volumes about the deadly and reliable nature of the SEALS, and saved the life of the film’s hero.
For this, the three sniper SEALS got a nod at #9. 8. Colin Farrell from S.W.A.T. (2003) Oh, what a gloriously absurd and mantastic movie this was! S.W.A.T. began with a bank robbery, and the disgrace that fell upon two L.A.P.D.
S.W.A.T. team members following their somewhat-botched rescue attempt. Although Officer Brian Gamble ( Jeremy Renner) stood by his actions, his partner, Jim Street ( Colin Farrell), was repentant. Consequently, while Gamble found himself drummed out the force, after a few months Street had worked his way back up to a point where he could try out for another S.W.A.T.
team, an opportunity he didn’t squander. S.W.A.T. proceeded down this narrative path for a while, and tracked Street’s efforts to join and later bind together a new special weapons and tactics squad, all while the movie laid the groundwork for its B-plot about a renegade French drug-lord/terrorist on a social visit to L.A. Jim Street always remained front-and-center, however, as the movie set him up as a resilient bad-ass with a shadowy Navy SEAL background.
A scene early on that featured the cops dicking around on a firing range established Street as a magnificent marksman, and the guy’s tactical ingenuity was put on display a number of times (the jumbo jet test and the Polish hostage situation, for example). Street was fearless, cunning, totally capable in all things, yet honorable and honest.
And while he shied away from talking about his previous work with the SEALS, S.W.A.T. established beyond any reasonable doubt that the man had indeed served with that elite unit. So, for representing the best ideals of a SEAL in a civilian setting, Farrell slid in at #8, just behind this next operator, who actually got some screen-time as an active member of the Navy’s most elite unit … 7.) Demi Moore from G.I.
Jane (1997) Oh, come on: it wasn’t that bad. Sure, you might shit-talk G.I. Jane when all your friends are around, tossing around some late-1990s movie shop-talk, yet when TBS shows it on lazy Sunday afternoons, it’s a tough one to pass up. For starters, it was one of the only films that gave audiences an extended look at the notoriously brutal SEAL training, for it followed a fictional woman’s attempt to become the first ever female Navy SEAL.
This meant that viewers got a taste of the exhaustive day-and-night training sessions that have driven a vast majority of real-life SEAL candidates out of the program. The female Naval officer, Lt. Jordan O’Neil ( Demi Moore), who signed up for the SEAL program suffered alongside the other prospective candidates, yet chaffed under the affirmative action-bias of her training.
While her C/O, Command Master Chief Urgayle ( Viggo Mortensen), was plenty tough on her, certain accommodations were made so as to make her training easier (presumably because she was a woman, and needed the help to balance things out).
Lt. O’Neil wanted to earn her way into the SEALS without any special considerations, both for her own sake, but also because she felt that she’d never be fully accepted into the Special Forces community if people thought she had used training wheels to get there. To this end, O’Neil saw to it that all special considerations for her training were eliminated, and she eventually passed the course and earned the respect of her fellow SEALS.
This she did via her tough-as-nails demeanor, salty attitude, and courage under fire (she saved Urgayle from some Libyan baddies near the end). G.I. Jane may have been a bit over-the-top in terms of in-your-face dialogue, hammy acting, and pretentious intent, yet as a character, Lt.
O’Neil demonstrated the tough resilience and master-of-all-things-warfare SEAL character audiences have come to expect from these movie cut-outs. For something a bit more traditional and classic in this regard, we ought to take a moment to talk about … 6.
Bruce Willis from Tears of the Sun (2003) Pretty goddamned heavy-handed in its message, especially considering the time of its release (2003 was the year the U.S. decided to invade Iraq as part of its war on terror), Tears of the Sun nevertheless did right by its SEAL characters. The film’s central conflict centered around a Nigerian village that was in danger of being razed by a group of murderous rebel soldiers. Lt. Waters ( Bruce Willis) and his SEAL squad was sent in to extract an American doctor before she found herself caught up in the violence, yet when Waters and his boys arrived, the saw-bones refused to leave without her patients.
This presented Waters with a dilemma, as he was only cleared to escort the doctor and a few clergy out of the hot zone, not the better part of a small village. And although Waters made a play at duping the doctor early on, when he realized that all the people they’d left behind would be butchered, he decided to take a stand. To this end, Waters and his SEAL squad walked the patients to the Cameroon border, a cumbersome task made even more difficult by the pursuing rebels.
Waters handled the crisis like a boss, however, and used stealth, cunning, precision, and good ol’ fashioned American grit to get the job done. On the way out of the hot zone, Waters managed to protect the patients, save a village, and fight off dozens of aggressors in a final stand that would have made George S.
Patton crap his pants with pride. Sure, Waters and his men got a little help from a few F/A-18A Hornets, who dropped enough freedom-loving ordinance on the rebel pricks to level five city blocks, yet knowing how to ask for an assist (and the ability to effectively manage its rewards) is all a part of what makes a SEAL so damn magnificent.
These guys do anything to get the job done, and more often than not (in the movies, anyway), that’s exactly what they do. Say, speaking of doing damn fine work in the name of Uncle Sam and apple pie, let’s chat for a few moments about… 5. SEAL Team 6 from Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Yet another group mention, but one that could not fairly be avoided, for the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden was a decidedly team effort.
The first two-thirds of Zero Dark Thirty concerned itself with the intelligence and evidence gathering that led up to the mission to kill the world’s most notorious terrorist, yet that still left a good chunk of time for the “canaries” and their craft. When speaking to SEAL Team 6, C.I.A.
analyst and Bin Laden expert Maya ( Jessica Chastain) put a fine point on it, “Quite frankly, I didn’t even want to use you guys, with your dip and your Velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb. But people didn’t believe in this lead enough to drop a bomb. So they’re using you guys as canaries.” Maya had the best canaries in the world on the case, however, for even among SEALS, some of the toughest, smartest, most skilled soldiers alive, SEAL Team 6 represents a higher level of bad-assery.
Zero Dark Thirty took special care to portray these SEALS as more than just elite soldiers, but also as rational, analytical, level-headed men. They didn’t just barge into an op. because it was a rush, they asked questions and, most importantly, made sure that their squad was protected and covered at all times. As one of the SEALS, Justin ( Chris Pratt), demonstrated during his debriefing at Area 51, the guys wanted to know exactly how they would get in, get out, and precisely what they would find when there.
These fellas were premier soldiers, to be sure, for their skilled infiltration of Bin Laden’s compound during the film’s third act was both frightening and jaw-dropping in its precision and efficiency. Yet what set this group apart was their humanity, their fallibility.
Sure, these guys operated at the very peak of their potential as human beings, yet they also played horseshoe, listened to Tony Robbins, and got nervous in a shaky helicopter. If the movie had been a bit more Hollywood, and given its audience a central SEAL character to follow amongst the group, it might have moved up a little higher in the ranking, yet its insistence on featuring a group, and not an individual, ultimately earned it a heap more respect.
4. Mark Wahlberg from Lone Survivor (2013) Yet another true story about SEALS kicking ass in the 21 st century, the ordeal of Marcus Luttrell ( Mark Wahlberg) was as brutal as it was inspirational. Lone Survivor, based on Luttrell’s book of the same name, recounted some of the events of Operation Red Wings, a 2005 mission undertaken by the U.S.
Special Forces in Afghanistan. The film’s primary focus was on a group of four SEALS who were on a reconnaissance/surveillance mission in the country’s Hindu Kush region, and the unfortunate situation those soldiers found themselves in after their cover had been blown. Luttrell and his comrades decided to release a small family of goat herders when the locals stumbled upon the squad, a humanitarian decision that resulted in the scrambling of the regional Taliban collective.
Luttrell and the other three operators fought valiantly, yet the overwhelming opposition wore them down after a valiant exchange. Lone Survivor was unique for its honest on-screen duality, for while Luttrell and the SEALS were every bit the vaunted warriors their well-earned reputation might have suggested, they also bled red just like any other person. Sure, the SEALS fought with the ferocity and impact of a dozen men, yet they weren’t super-human or infallible: something that made their amazing accomplishments and actions all the more impressive.
As for Luttrell, the guy was everything a movie-goer could hope for in a SEAL, for despite the fact that he was shot all to hell, and busted up damn-near beyond recognition from a few tumbles off a cliff, he was still game to fight, and ready to fuck up anybody who got in his way. Ranking Luttrell at so lowly a spot as #4 might seem insulting, yet one should consider the mantastic (and overtly Hollywood) nature of our top-3 contenders, who could have only existed in the movies… 3. Steven Seagal from Under Siege (1992) If Jim Street from S.W.A.T.
taught us nothing else, it was that a SEAL is a SEAL for life, no matter what anyone thinks. Chief Casey Ryback ( Steven Seagal) from Under Siege was certainly a pupil of this school, for the man remained “on the clock” no matter what the situation called for.
Take, for example, his service aboard the battleship USS Missouri, where the former-SEAL was working as a lowly cook in the galley when a group of terrorists took over the boat. Despite the fact that Ryback had been drummed out of the SEAL community and busted down to cook, the guy was ready to rock and roll the second the shit hit the fan, as evidenced by the trail of corpses the soldier left in his wake wherever he went.
Locked inside of an industrial freezer when two hitters came after him, Ryback got loose, killed his would-be attackers, then went Die Hard on the terrorists as a rogue operator working from the inside. Ryback was everything movie audiences had/have come to expect from a SEAL in film, for he was resourceful (i.e., the microwave bomb), a weapons expert, a communications whiz, impossible to kill, and untouchable in hand-to-hand combat.
Perpetually ready for action, Ryback ran headfirst into gunfights, actively pursued knife fights, and saved lives by the thousands like he was baking a goddamned cake. Put on the spot to stop the evil and well-planned machinations of a madman, Ryback took out something like a dozen baddies more or less single handedly in the same amount of time it takes normal folks to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Under Siege (and its woeful sequel) spent a great deal of time with this bad-ass Navy SEAL, a wise move considering the man’s capabilities, hence Ryback’s position here at #3, just behind another frog man with even more panache and flare… 2.
Charlie Sheen from Navy SEALS (1990) Although a real-life SEAL would probably tell you that the reckless, adrenaline junky operator that Charlie Sheen portrayed in 1990’s Navy SEALS is the stone-cold antithesis of what the elite Special Forces unit looks for in a member, the portrayal played up to a macho expectation films of that ilk and era respected.
A Navy SEAL seemingly for no other reason than because he was addicted to the rush of the action, Lt. Hawkins ( Charlie Sheen) treated his work with the premiere Special Forces squad like it was a coveted spot on the Varsity team. The more dangerous and dodgy a situation, the more at home Hawkins seemed to be, as evidenced by his enthusiasm both in the field and when dormant Stateside.
Whether he was engaging hostiles against orders, jumping off bridges out of boredom, or running down a moving tow truck, the guy was at full throttle with a fire in his eyes. Granted, Charlie Sheen’s swaggering Yankee jock soldier and the film’s carefree warmongering earned Navy SEALS the critical distinction of being little more than a terrestrial version of Top Gun, and in this regard, the naysayers were more or less correct.
Yet just like Tom Cruise inspired countless thousands to join the Navy so that they might become fight pilots with hot girlfriends and a Kenny Loggins soundtrack, so too did Charlie Sheen embolden untold numbers of boys to someday try out for one of the armed forces’ toughest jobs. High altitude parachute drops, underwater knife fights, secret raids behind enemy lines, and soldiering with the very best one’s country has to offer: what’s not to love? Sure, the film made no qualms about the brutal attrition rate of the unit, and the horrible cost of war (in any form), yet Sheen made it out at the end of the day, which more or less meant that the cockier and tougher a SEAL, the better his chances of survival.
True or not (okay, it’s almost certainly not true), it made for one hell of a movie archetype. What’s more, Navy SEALS also featured another actor who has played a member of that vaunted squad not once, or even twice, but THREE times!
1. Michael Biehn from Navy SEALS (1990), The Abyss (1989), and The Rock (1996) Hold the goddamned phone a minute. If ever there was a person who was born to play a Navy SEAL in film, it was Michael Biehn. As just mentioned, he played Sheen’s squad leader in Navy SEALS, which was the second time in as many years that he was in a film where he dawned the gold Trident.
Indeed, in 1989 he played Lt. Hiram Coffey in The Abyss, a role that saw Biehn explore some of the darker corners of a soldier’s fragile psyche.
In that picture, Coffey and his unit were sent down to the bottom of the ocean to oversee the salvage of a nuclear submarine’s cargo. During the op., Coffey developed high-pressure nervous syndrome, which was the equivalent of underwater “cabin fever” (which is the equivalent of “good and fucked up”). Sure, when he tried to murder the innocent rig workers down there with him, or when he went rogue and tried to detonate a nuke, he wasn’t representing the best ideals of the Navy or its SEALS, yet nobody could argue against the man’s drive and capabilities.
Sure, he went bat-shit insane, but as a SEAL, this just made him all the more dangerous. Now, for a more honorable SEAL portrayal, one need only look to Biehn’s work in the aforementioned Navy SEALS, where he was the model of virtue, responsibility, poise, and patriotism. Likewise, his performance in 1996’s The Rock also painted him as a pious, duty-bound soldier with nothing but honor and love of country in his heart.
In that film, Biehn played Commander Anderson, the leader of a SEAL squad that was sent into Alcatraz to diffuse a hostage situation. Although they managed to sneak onto the island undetected, Anderson and his men were made when they tried to emerge from the cavernous tunnels below the prison. Surrounded, outnumbered, and hopelessly trapped, Anderson refused to compromise right up to the end, and died with his honor (and his mission’s parameters) intact.
Sure, his SEAL character went off the rails in The Abyss, yet Biehn’s refusal to play anything but the toughest, most durable SEAL possible on three separate occasions put him in a class all his own, hence his spot at #1 today. is the debut novel of Warren Cantrell, a film and music critic based out of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Cantrell has covered the Sundance and Seattle International Film Festivals, and provides regular dispatches for Scene-Stealers and his own site, .
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Very seldom I watch movies more than once but with the exception of movies about these special kind of servicemen. I truly and respectfully wish for producers and film makers to continue making movies about these warrior gentlemen based on real life missions.
I thank you in advance. May 6, 2016 at 10:59 am just saw american sniper trailer. i don’t think it matters how old the person looks or how they are dressed, if they are carrying ammunition, they need to be taken out. looks can be deceiving, gotta do your duty and take out the enemy before they take out highly trained and valuable american soldier’s lives.
Anthony D'Agostino October 14, 2017 at 7:12 am Damn, I forgot to mention the most important part. I was able to watch “Tears of the Sun”, while in the middle of OSUT at Ft. Knox. One Sunday night, for reasons unknown, our Drill Sergeants in a moment of magnanimous display, let us sit on the floor of CP and watch a copy of the movie, while it was still in theaters.
We of course, ate it up! OSUT, 18 weeks of pain, but some of the most fun I ever had in my life, won’t forget it. In a strange coincidence, our graduation day fell on Septermber 11th, 2003. They day that got me to finally sign my life to the country, is the day I earned my crossed sabres, I will NEVER FORGET THAT.
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Navy SEALs are considered one of the most efficient and ruthless soldiers not only in the US Army but also the entire world. The BUD/S training is supposed to be the most grueling combat training, and as such, every SEAL is a trained killer expert in every field of combat. Regardless to say the movies made on these battle-hardened soldiers are full of action, thrill, and entertainment.
Here is the list of top movies based on Navy SEALs that are our recommendations. You can some of these best Navy SEAL movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
While rescuing a kidnapped aircraft crew, a team of elite and battle-hardened Navy SEAL soldiers find out that there is more to the problem than they were anticipating. The terrorists holding the aircraft crew have come into possession of many high-tech weapons which if let loose can wreak havoc.
It is now the responsibility of the SEAL team to save the prisoners as well as take down the terrorists before they start the third world war. Read More: 11. Tears of the Sun (2003) Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his team of SEAL soldiers are tasked to save an American citizen from Nigeria.
Working with Doctors without borders, Doctor Lena has been caught in a political turmoil as the Nigerian government has collapsed. When the SEAL team reaches their target however they have to make a decision.
Whether to follow their orders and save only the doctor or respect humanity and save the refugees that have been caught in somebody else’s war. Read More: 10. G.I. Jane (1997) Betrayed by her boyfriend who thinks of her as a sweet and powerless girl, Jordan ups and joins the toughest training in the U.S. military: the Navy SEALs.
Surrounded by men trying to prove themselves better, the only girl there is judged by everybody including her trainer. Trying to deal with a senator’s politics to improve her chance in the Senate and her trainer trying to bring her down every day, Jordan will have to wade through ugly opposition to complete the training. Can she beat the enormous odds and become a Navy SEAL? Read More: 9. The Rock (1996) When a retired marine general takes the Alcatraz Island hostage and threatens to launch a nerve gas missile unless his needs are met, the government must decide what to do.
Alongwith a brilliant scientist and ex-British agent, they send a SEAL team to extract the prisoners and eliminate the perpetrators. Watch Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage form an unlikely alliance in the face of pure mayhem.
Read More: 8. Act of Valour (2012) Consisting of six active-duty SEALs, Act of Valor is an enriching movie which has everything that you can expect from a SEAL movie. An elite SEAL team is tasked with saving a CIA operative kidnapped by some global terrorists. Halfway through the mission, they realise that the terrorists are planning to execute a bombing which might end up hurting a lot of American citizens. Wading through the sludge of war, the SEALs must remain true to their mission and at the same time balance their family life.
Read More: 7. Jarhead (2005) Jarhead follows the combat experience of Anthony Swofford, a husky who joins the army in search of something exciting. After passing as a Sniper in the U.S. Army, he is deployed in the Gulf War. Thinking of this as his opportunity to get the most out of life, Anthony encounters precisely opposite circumstances.
A psychological study of what a soldier experiences on the battlefield, the movie shows that instead of the war Anthony thinks about everything else and ends up seeing no action at all. Will the jarhead survive? Read More: 6. Black Hawk Down (2001) In 1993 Somalia, 100 Army Rangers and the military’s very elite including Navy SEALs have been ordered to extract two Somalian warlords. However, the situation becomes a little stumpy when two of their Black Hawks get shot down by the locals.
Now with an entire village proceeding towards the army’s strongholds and the locations of the Black Hawk, the soldiers have to make a choice: stay alive or fight till death. Read More: 5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) After the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is suffering from a power vacuum with several guerrilla forces trying to take advantage of the situation.
Amidst the chaos, a CIA black site in Benghazi is trying to gather valuable information about the incoming regime. However, when an American ambassador visits on the eve of 7/11, a major attack happens. The only people standing between the CIA agents and their death are six ex-army contractors who are there for their own reasons. Can anyone survive these 13 hours of death and mayhem? Read More: 4. Lone Survivor (2013) Marcus Luttrell and his three SEAL buddies have been sent into enemy territory to capture or kill the Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.
However, the covert mission doesn’t go as planned and they are stuck in a fight to the death with the locals. To save themselves the SEALs must endure one of the most dangerous US Army encounters on foreign soil, without any help from their country. Read More: 3. The Hurt Locker (2008) An experienced army ranger is sent to head a bomb disposal squad in Iraq.
Replacing the last leader who was killed by an IED, James turns out to be a wild card for the team already in place. Appearing quite negligent and foolishly daring on the surface James creates makes his team members nervous and insecure.
However, when his real character is revealed underneath the daring façade, everyone is surprised. A fabulous film nominated in numerous Academy Award categories. Read More: 2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012) See the decade-long hunt for the head of Al Qaeda and the major person responsible for 9/11 attacks Osama Bin Laden, from a woman’s eyes.
A CIA operative Maya has been working for 10 years to find the whereabouts of Osama. When she finally reaches a turning point where she is sure she’s close, Maya coordinates with a team of Navy SEALs to capture Laden. Can the SEAL team who doesn’t even know who they are hunting and a woman no one believes in, achieve the impossible? Read More: 1. American Sniper (2014) Based on the fabulous real-life story of the Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle, this is American Sniper.
Starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, this movie delves deep into the life and combat experience of the best Seal Sniper in U.S. History. With over 160 confirmed kills Chris Kyle was known as the legend among Navy Seals and Marines. His presence was enough to motivate soldiers to walk into the war without any fear.
Watch the story of a soldier who didn’t lose any fight on the battleground but lost his last fight at home. Read More: Jarhead was a movie about a US Marine Corps sniper not Army or Navy SEALs. The Hurt Locker was a movie about an Army EOD unit, who are not Navy so no SEALs. Black Hawk Down (the actual operation had 5 SEALs) BHD is about Army Rangers and Delta, who are not SEALs.
I recommend before revising this list to do actual research into the films and their subject matter. I appreciate this sites recommendation for films to watch, and I don’t want it to embarrass it’s self like this.
Hooah! Arriving at the 50 best war movies of all time required some grueling basic training on our part. These weren’t merely the best or ever (though expect plenty of ammo), nor are all of them winners. Rather, here are the most profound statements—pointed and patriotic alike—on the distinctly human condition of fighting. We offer the list to you, our readers, along with our sharpest salute. Why not put on your war face and sound off, in the comments section below?
RECOMMENDED: List of the 100 The top of the top—our No. 1 pick—is the ultimate statement on man’s inhumanity to man. Is it any surprise that it comes from Stanley Kubrick? So much of the director's filmography was devoted to depicting military folly (and believe us, we toyed with including Barry Lyndon, too). Elevating Paths of Glory above the fray—and above every other title—was not its brutal scenes of WWI trench warfare but its scalpel-scarp indictment of the pride that comes with battle.
Kirk Douglas's lawyer-colonel is tasked with mounting a courtroom defense of three innocent soldiers who just happened to be part of a losing skirmish. Based on a real-life episode of French soldiers executed for "cowardice," Kubrick's movie so angered France's government that it couldn't be screened publicly there until 1975.
The film's lesson is universal and timeless, though: If warfare turns us into monsters even off the battlefield, then we have no purpose waging it. The battles behind Francis Ford Coppola's surreal war movie are well-documented: the nightmarish, multiyear shoot; star Martin Sheen's heart attack and recovery; a cackling press corps that sharpened its knives for a turkey of epic proportions. Coppola would have the last laugh. So much of the vocabulary of the modern-day war picture comes from this movie, an operatic Vietnam-set tragedy shaped out of whirring helicopter blades, Wagnerian explosions, purple haze and Joseph Conrad's colonialist fantasia Heart of Darkness.
Fans of the Godfather director, so pivotal to the 1970s, know this to be his last fully realized work; connoisseurs of the war movie see it (correctly) as his second all-out masterpiece.
Jean Renoir, the great humanist of cinema, cowrote and directed this superlative WWI story about two French aviators who are captured by a German captain (Erich von Stroheim, perfectly cast as a mannerly despot) and shuttled between prisons. The duo plans a great escape, but this isn't a simple tale of heroes and villains. Class conflict is prevalent: One of our heroes is an aristocrat and easily befriends his warden. The other, meanwhile, is a rough-hewn everyguy—a charismatic ranter against the system.
Yet Renoir places no one character above another. Indeed, the film is sympathetic to all perspectives, even as it sagely questions how these combative circumstances came about. For its pointed generousness, the movie was awarded numerous prizes and earned the ire of Joseph Goebbels who declared it “Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1.” Stanley Kubrick's unnerving contribution to Vietnam war movies will gouge out your eyes and skull-fuck you (to quote a line).
The first half of this opus, set at the Marines' Parris Island training facility, is widely lauded: Drill instructor R. Lee Ermey spouts every imaginable expletive (plus some new ones) while putting a group of new recruits through their paces.
Yet the less-discussed second half—which follows Matthew Modine's Pvt. "Joker" and his fellow soldiers through the Tet Offensive—is a necessary complement.
This is where we see the end result of turning men into killing machines, and it's like gazing into the abyss. Stop snickering: There's a real reason why this sci-fi actioner is so high on our list. Never before (and probably never again) had the monied apparatus of Hollywood been so co-opted to make a subversive comment about its own fascist impulses. Director Paul Verhoeven cackled all the way to the box office as giant bugs were exterminated by gorgeous, empty-headed bimbos; when Neil Patrick Harris showed up near the end of the movie in a full-length Nazi trench coat, the in-joke was practically outed.
Source novelist Robert Heinlein meant his militaristic tale sincerely; meanwhile, the blithe destruction of humankind on display here could only be intended as a sharp critique, both of soldiering and of popular tastes.
Return to it with fresh eyes. Rediscovered in 2006 with the fanfare usually reserved for unearthing a lost classic (which was pretty much the case), Jean-Pierre Melville's cool-blue portrait of French Resistance fighters makes a beautiful case for honor among wanted men. Back-room beatings and drive-by shootings spark a mostly conversational film about the sacrifice of spies. Melville's reputation had previously rested on chilly, remote gangster pictures like Le Samouraï (1967), but to see his canvas widened to national politics was a revelation.
And the reason the movie had been ignored in the first place? Fashionable French critics had dismissed it as too pro-De Gaulle. What comes around... It's likely you'll want to avert your eyes during Russian director Elem Klimov’s terrifying WWII epic about the Nazi occupation of Belarus.
Yet it weaves a mesmerizing spell, from the opening image of two children digging in a field for abandoned rifles. One of those boys is taken from his home by partisans to fight the Germans. It's the start of a nine-circles-of-hell odyssey that culminates with a dreamlike encounter with the ultimate persecutor.
But before that finale, we're subjected to a staggering succession of atrocities (ear-shattering explosions, corpses piled high, a village systematically destroyed) that would be unbearable were it not for the film's entrancing, near-surreal aesthetic.
No truly great war film will ever strike a tone of total conviction; that's the realm of imperialist propaganda. Howard Hawks's massively popular drama (released only months before America’s entrance into WWII) takes the exact opposite tack: It's the story of real-life First World War soldier Alvin York, a Tennessee simpleton who hoped to avoid enlistment on the sincere grounds of his religiosity and pacifism.
His request denied, York proves himself on the battlefield as a singularly talented sharpshooter and wrestles with the killing gift God has given him.
Gary Cooper's tortured performance won him an Oscar and continues to inspire a conversation about situational ethics. Robert Altman’s classic comedy comes sugarcoated in associations: with the TV show, with that cloying laugh track, with Alan Alda.
But to consider how truly subversive the movie was, you only have to compare it with the other elephantine war drama playing across town during those same weeks in 1970: Patton is about a misunderstood genius of carnage, and a somber vindication of the asshole-in-charge. MASH has no battle scenes whatsoever. It does end in a climactic, zany football game.
Amazingly, both movies came from the same studio, 20th Century Fox. But by throwing out Ring Lardner Jr.’s conventional script and inspiring his ensemble to play, Altman devised an entirely new on-set process that would change American satire forever. This is the first real film of the 1970s. The kind of film that can force you to revise your idea of whole careers—even decades of work—this assiduous, unshowy portrait of the fighting men of the Philippines builds a quiet impact out of small, keenly observed moments.
Our heroes, mainly John Wayne's junior-grade lieutenant, wind away the small hours in Manila, waiting for an assignment to the fight. They don't realize, of course, that these are the good times; when news comes of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the tone shifts to one of a stoic ode to workmanlike sacrifice. Director John Ford, normally a sentimentalist behind the camera, reigns in his impulses, while Wayne (still closer to dewy at this point) shows depths that hadn't been tapped.
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