Movies about veterans

List of the best movies about veterans selected by visitors to our site: Irresistible, Da 5 Bloods, We Die Young, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, SGT. Will Gardner, A Dog's Way Home, Fanny Lye Deliver'd, Leave No Trace, The Mule, Mirai
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Irresistible (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersDogs, Veterans, Nuns, Farmers
PlaceAircraft, Small cities

A Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small, conservative Wisconsin town.

Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5

Four African-American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

We Die Young (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.2)
CountryBulgaria, USA
CharactersVeterans, Criminals, Dogs
PlotMotorcycles, Money
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2019)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantastic, drama, adventure, military
CharactersTough guys, Old man, Hitler, Veterans
StyleFancy, Not for everyone

Decades after serving in WWII and assassinating Adolf Hitler, a legendary American war veteran must now hunt down the fabled Bigfoot.

SGT. Will Gardner (2019)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military
CharactersFamily, Soldier, Fathers, Warriors, Military, Veterans
PlotTime travel, Motorcycles, Travel

A troubled Iraq War veteran struggling to reintegrate into society sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his young son.

A Dog's Way Home (2019)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genremelodrama, family
CountryChina, USA
CharactersAnimals, Dogs, Cats, Family, Gay, Veterans
PlotAdventure, Snow
StyleSoulful, Cute, To cry, Touching

A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human.

Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany

On an isolated English farm in 1657, Fanny lives a quiet life with her oppressive husband John and their young son. One day their life is rocked with the arrival of young couple Thomas and Rebecca who claim to have been robbed and need a place to stay. But are these strangers really who they say they are?

Leave No Trace (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.2)
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersHermits, Family, Veterans, Dogs, Horses, Photographers, Singers
PlotSurvival, Dancing, Hunger, Snow, Money, Computers, Religious, Chess
PlaceTrains, Nature

A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

The Mule (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CharactersDrivers, Couriers, Old man, Dogs, Lawyers, Lesbians, Veterans, Bodyguards, Bikers
PlotMoney, Investigation, Dancing, Motorcycles, On real events
PlaceMexico, Party, Prison
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Earl Stone, a man in his eighties, is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he's just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates.

Mirai (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7)
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersChildrens, Dogs, Brothers, Veterans, Fish
PlotAdventure, Time travel, Jealousy, Love
StyleFor children, For winter evenings, For relax, For sleep, For a cozy evening, For background

The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.

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A Veteran's Christmas (2018)
Markimdb: 7.1
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersDogs, Veterans, Judge, Good people
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Cute

Captain Grace Garland, a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

Thank You for Your Service (2017)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryUSA, India, Canada
CharactersVeterans, Military, Soldier, Dogs
PlotWeapon, Cars

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

SIX (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Military, Veterans, Special Forces
PlotAdventure, Chase
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating, For men

Action drama series inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six.

Shooter (2016)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersKillers, Snipers, Soldier, Family, Military, Veterans, FBI
StyleFascinating, Action, Exciting, Tense

Bob Lee Swagger is an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg.

Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)
Markimdb: 5
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, detective
CountryJapan, USA
PlotDeath, Fear
PlaceIslands, Japan, Mountains

A group visits Saipan to search for locations for their company's newest resort. As they find what they think is the perfect spot, they discover a hidden bunker on the property which they decide to explore. However, they soon find out that curiosity can kill. As each member faces their most private secrets and the secrets of the bunker itself, the results lead to a most shocking conclusion.

Operator (2015)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CharactersWarriors, Veterans, Firefighters, Criminals
PlotSurvival, Rivalry, Death, Money, Computers, Bank robbery, Robbery
StyleTense, Fascinating, For men, Unexpected ending

When the daughter of veteran 911 call center operator Pamela, and her estranged husband Jeremy, a Senior Police Officer, is kidnapped and held hostage, they are left desperate, with no choice but to follow the kidnapper's rules: send messages through dispatch for all police and fire units to scatter to remote locations throughout the city where they are met with chaos. Not knowing who or why, the one thing they do know is if they fail to discreetly collaborate with one another - they will be solely responsible for facilitating the biggest crime in the city's history. Now they must race against the clock to make the choice of their lives - save the city - or save their daughter.

Daddy's Home (2015)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.2)
CharactersDoctors, Fathers, Family, Parents, Dogs, Military, Veterans
PlotJealousy, Relationship, Divorce, Rivalry, Parenting, Basketball
PlaceHospitals, School, Party
TimeNew Year

The story of a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids.

Amira & Sam (2014)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersVeterans, Losers, Soldier
PlaceNew York, Wall Street

Sam, a soldier who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq, meets Amira when he visits her uncle, Bassam, who had served as Sam's Iraqi translator. Bassam and Sam have a special bond due to their time together in the war. Initially Amira does not trust him because he was an American soldier and her brother was killed by a bomb from American troops in the war. Sam's cousin, Charlie, asks Sam to help him with illegal hedge funds unbeknownst to Sam at the time. Amira is staying with her uncle Bassam since her father died. She sells bootlegged films on the street corner but is forced to stay with Sam after getting busted; immigration officials begin pursuing her. As the film progresses, Sam and Amira fall in love.

Late Phases (2014)
Markimdb: 6
Genrehorror, drama
CharactersWerewolf, Dogs, Veterans
PlotSurvival, Rivalry, Life after death
StyleDisturbing, Heavy

When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the residents are hiding.

Out of the Furnace (2013)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersVeterans, Brothers
PlotRevenge, Justice, Pursuit
PlacePrison, Small cities
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.

Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryUSA, Russia
CharactersDogs, Veterans, Old man

Alabama; 1969: The death of a clan's estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families. The scars of the past hide differences that will either tear them apart or expose truths that could lead to unexpected collisions.

Event 15 (2013)
Markimdb: 4.8
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Veterans, Terrorists
PlotSurvival, Hostage, Uprising
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems.

C.O.G. (2013)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersGay, Veterans, Losers
StyleTo cry

A gay cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

The Expendables 2 (2012)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, adventure
CharactersHeroes, Partners, Veterans, Snipers

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Would You Rather (2012)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrehorror, thriller
CharactersSoldier, Veterans
PlotDeath, Survival
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Action

Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

Faster (2010)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersVeterans, Heroes, Hired assassins
PlotCars, Revenge, Pursuit
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has spent the last 10 years in prison planning revenge for the murder of his brother. Now that Driver is free to carry out his deadly plan only two men stand in his way- Billy Bob Thornton plays a veteran cop and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, a crazy hitman. With those two close on his trail, Driver races to carry out his mission as the mystery surrounding his brothers murder deepens.

Tracker (2010)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, drama, adventure, western
CountryNew Zealand, United Kingdom
CharactersHunters, Veterans
PlotAdventure, False accusations, Pursuit
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer is close behind and his sole intention is to see the Maori hang. Written by Filmfinders 1903. A guerilla fighter from the South African Boer war called Arjan (Winstone) takes on a manhunt for Maori seaman Kereama (Morrison), who is accused of murdering a British soldier. What follows is a cat and mouse pursuit through the varied landscape of NZ with both hunter and huntee testing their bushcraft and wits against that of the other. Written by Anonymous

Unstoppable (2010)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.8)
CharactersLifeguards, Partners, Veterans
PlaceTrains, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Action, Tense, Fascinating, For men

A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Stanton, Pennsylvania, and only two men can stop it: a veteran engineer and a young conductor. Thousands of lives hang in the balance as these ordinary heroes attempt to chase down one million tons of hurtling steel and prevent an epic disaster.

Harry Brown (2009)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotInvestigation, Revenge, Chess, Loneliness
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing, For men

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Black Dynamite (2009)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersVeterans, CIA
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Martial Arts, Justice
StyleExciting, For men, Fancy

This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House...

A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrethriller, adventure, detective
CharactersSerial killers, Veterans, Snipers, Newlyweds
PlotSurvival, Chase, Cheating
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Tense, Disturbing

For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.

Gran Torino (2008)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 8.1)
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersTeens, Family, Neighbors, Veterans, Friends
PlotAdventure, Travel, Skirmishes, Loneliness
StyleDisturbing, Makes me think

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Passchendaele (2008)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Veterans, Heroes, Nurses
PlotWar, On real events

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

The Wrestler (2008)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 7.9)
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA, France
CharactersFamily, Fathers, Veterans
PlotSports, Money, Loneliness
StyleTouching, Soulful, Depressive, Tense, Gloomy

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersMilitary, Veterans, Strong women
PlotInvestigation, War, On real events
StyleGloomy, Action, Touching, Patriotic

A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Rocky Balboa (2006)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.1)
Genredrama, sport
CharactersHeroes, Veterans
PlotBoxing, Fight
StyleTouching, Soulful, Fascinating, For men, To cry, Inspirational

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior.

Secondhand Lions (2003)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CharactersVeterans, Family, Partners, Losers, Widows
PlotMoney, Adventure
StyleTo cry

"Secondhand Lions" follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.

The Straight Story (1999)
Mark5 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama, biography
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersVeterans, Nurses
PlotAdventure, Travel
StyleTouching, Soulful, Inspirational, Gloomy

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 8.1)
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Veterans
StyleFancy, For men

Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

Tombstone (1993)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, drama, western, history
CharactersSheriffs, Cowboys, Friends, Horses, Veterans, Criminals
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Adventure, Death, Chase
PlaceWild West
StyleTense, Disturbing, For men

Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.

Airplane! (1980)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.7)
CharactersStewardesses, Heroes, Veterans, Taxi drivers, Pilots

Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller and Striker's vengeful former Air Force captain, who must both talk him down.

VFW (2020)
CharactersVeterans, Criminals

A typical night for veterans at a VFW turns into an all-out battle for survival when a desperate teen runs into the bar with a bag of stolen drugs. When a gang of violent punks come looking for her, the vets use every weapon at their disposal to protect the girl and themselves from an unrelenting attack.

Key Largo (1948)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CharactersGangsters, Lovers, Widows, Veterans
PlotDeath, Hostage
PlaceIslands, Hotels, USA
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Fascinating, Noir

A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.