Quarantine movie list: military edition

If you are under quarantine, or just practicing social distancing, you may have the idea to watch a movie, or six. Below is a list of what we think are must watch military flicks. Obviously, movies like Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan are peerless, but we wanted to tackle some others that didn’t get played for us by our recruiters.

Enemy Mine, 1985

This box office flop deserved much better than it was given. Humans are at war with an alien race, and two rival star fighter pilots engage in a vicious dog fight. Equally matched, they both crash land on a lousy planet. After a brief period of trying to kill each other, they must learn to work together to survive. This movie pulls at the heart strings and the morality of these enemy combatants. The endeavor to find their humanity, despite hating each other.

Notable quote: “Earthman, your Mickey Mouse is one big stupid dope!” -Jerry (the alien)

Major Payne, 1995

This hilarious movie follows the exploits of U.S. Marine Corps Major Benson Winifred Payne as he navigates his newest mission, teaching a JROTC class. What makes this movie so watchable is the contrast from Maj. Payne’s norm, of slaying bodies and being a Marine, to having to deal with punk kids and their shenanigans.  Extremely quotable, this movie is a cult classic.

Notable quote: “Killin’ is my business, ladies, and business is good!” -Major Payne

Starship Troopers, 1997

(I hate to be this guy, but the book is better. Like so much better, but only because you get more invested in the characters over the length of a book vs a 2 hour long movie.) However, the movie does not follow the same plot and works well as a stand alone. Humanity is at war with an alien bug race and follows the military career of several high school friends after their hometown is attacked by the bugs. For it’s time, it was a groundbreaking movie and visually stunning. You truly find yourself rooting for the good guys, and glued to the screen.

Notable quote: “I’m from Buenos Aires, and I say kill ’em all!” -Johnny Rico

The Great Santini, 1979

Before Maverick and Iceman, there was Bull Meechum as the “Great Santini” owning the skies. This hot shot fighter pilot can’t turn off the relentless aggression that served him so well in the military. This spills over into his home life as Bull struggles to maintain his combat readiness while being a husband and father. Despite his shocking heroics at the end of this movie, the bravest thing he would ever do was let his family love him.

Notable quote: “Atchley do you realize that several Marines were killed by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor while taking craps!?” -Bull Meechum


Honorable mention movie

A Grunt’s Life is a solid movie that you may remember from our previous write up, which can be found here.

We couldn’t possibly fit all the best military movies in one list. Leave us a comment with your favorite movie and a notable quote from it!

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19 thoughts on “Quarantine movie list: military edition”

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    I recently saw ” 12 Strong: The De-classified True Story of the Horse Soldiers”. These heroic SF operators were the first to strike back against the Taliban in the wake of 9/11. An epic story and a great and inspiring movie to be sure.

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    We were Soldiers

    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley : They sent new rifles too

    Lt. Colonel Hal Moore : The M-16. That’s supposed to be a pretty good weapon.

    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley : They sent new rifles too

    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley : They sent new rifles too

    Lt. Colonel Hal Moore : The M-16. That’s supposed to be a pretty good weapon.

    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley : Lots of plastic. Feels like a BB gun to me. Believe I’ll stick with my pistol.

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    We Were Soldiers

    Sam Elliott
    Sergeant Major Basil Plumley : If any of you sons of bitches calls me grandpa, I’ll kill you.

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    Justin T Kitchin

    “SHOOTER” was quick go to that has become quite a classic for me. *Notable Quote: “I don’t think you understand, they killed my dog!”

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    Chris Del Regno

    The HBO series “Generation Kill.” Sergeant Major Sixta don’t like no hippie moostaches or shirttails untucked!

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    Most folks don’t realize that there is a FULL list of ALL movies on Netflix. They even classify them by Action/Adventure, Cult Movies, Comedies, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Documentary, etc. And they break them out by quality (4K), 3D, etc.

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    I don’t know if its on Netflix but Windtalkers is one of my favorites!!! Starship Troopers is so bad its so good! 12 Strong has been on my list so ill def watch now, and gotta check out Enemy Mine for sure!

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      Charlotte Reavis

      Aww David…. There’s so many options out there to view these! Hope we didn’t let you down too bad!

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    Pentagon Wars – 1998
    A made for TV movie

    Col. Robert Laurel Smith: In summation, what you have before you is…
    Sgt. Fanning: A troop transport that can’t carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that’s too conspicuous to do reconnaissance…
    Lt. Colonel James Burton: And a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snow-blower, but carries enough ammo to take out half of D.C. THIS is what we’re building?


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