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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Themes:military,  madness,  abuse,  humiliation,  brutality,  christmas,  suicide
Mood:gore
Locations:jungle
Characters:thief,  photographer,  soldier,  prostitute
Period:1960s
Story:tet offensive,  vietnam,  sergeant,  drill sergeant,  combat photography,  training,  war correspondent,  recruit,  drill instructor,  boot camp,  basic training,  vietnam war,  female sniper,  verbal abuse,  physical abuse,  army life,  public humiliation,  u.s. army,  military cadence,  16mm camera,  nikon camera,  war photographer,  film camera,  male soldier,  sikorsky h 34 helicopter,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  combat,  murder suicide,  reload gun,  m 60 machine gun,  picture of sexy girl on wall,  machine gunner,  electric shaver,  ammunition belt,  marine hymn,  marine base,  chin ups,  hand signal,  male slaps a male,  crewcut,  reveille,  haggling,  nco,  shooting practice,  solicitation,  shooting a woman,  guerrilla warfare,  summary execution,  crooner,  mantra,  peace sign,  militarism,  obstacle course,  reference to mickey mouse,  no bra,  racist comment,  year 1967,  platoon,  hand on crotch,  chant,  posing for a photograph,  doughnut,  dehumanization,  marching,  u.s. marine,  south carolina,  comrade,  dead woman on floor,  burning building,  exit wound,  barracks,  reference to john wayne,  blasphemy,  year 1968,  happy birthday to you,  garbage can,  u.s. marine corps,  shooting range,  mass grave,  infantry,  shot through the mouth,  drill,  shot in the foot,  crotch grab,  n word,  bunk bed,  mercy killing,  volunteer,  exploding truck,  war violence,  hazing,  discipline,  push ups,  bullet ballet,  climbing,  corporal punishment,  male friendship,  shouting,  mental breakdown,  firearm,  taking a photograph,  narrated by character,  anti war,  brainwashing,  bullet time,  shaved head,  war crime,  ethnic slur,  gunfire,  loner,  sexy woman,  booby trap,  dark humor,  m 16,  gun battle,  boxer shorts,  obesity,  target practice,  soap,  haircut,  rocket launcher,  colonel,  towel,  genocide,  journalism,  asian woman,  nipples visible through clothing,  jogging,  propaganda,  machismo,  ak 47,  fireworks,  long take,  tank,  massage,  uniform,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  voice over,  photography,  sniper,  man with glasses,  mental illness,  toilet,  army,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  telephone,  prostitution,  bathroom,  dead body,  sunglasses,  rifle,  gunfight,  camera,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  blood,  violence,  interview,  death,  murder,  gun

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:sergeant,  tank,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  nco,  platoon,  exploding truck,  war violence,  firearm,  war crime,  ethnic slur,  gun battle,  machismo,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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Platoon (1986)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Mood:gore
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Period:1960s
Story:platoon,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  u.s. army,  combat,  recruit,  year 1967,  mass grave,  infantry,  war violence,  anti war,  war crime,  booby trap,  m 16,  sergeant,  machismo,  ak 47,  racial slur,  sniper,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood

Tigerland (2000)
Drama, War

Tigerland (2000)

In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Characters:prostitute
Story:basic training,  vietnam war,  verbal abuse,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  peace sign,  recruit,  platoon,  boot camp,  infantry,  gunfire,  target practice,  vietnam,  sergeant,  machismo,  racial slur,  training,  army,  gay slur,  rifle,  machine gun,  underwear,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  gun

Black Hawk Down (2001) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  infantry,  war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  gunfire,  target practice,  colonel,  genocide,  sergeant,  ak 47,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  dead body,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on book,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death,  murder,  violence,  gun,  blood

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. This is why Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:drill sergeant,  sergeant,  basic training,  vietnam,  training,  military cadence,  male soldier,  m 60 machine gun,  marine base,  nco,  obstacle course,  platoon,  marching,  boot camp,  barracks,  u.s. marine corps,  shooting range,  war violence,  hazing,  firearm,  ethnic slur,  loner,  m 16,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  jogging,  machismo,  ak 47,  tank,  uniform,  racial slur,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  title spoken by character,  violence,  death

We Were Soldiers (2002)
Action, Drama, History, War

We Were Soldiers (2002)

A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Locations:jungle
Characters:photographer,  soldier
Period:1960s
Story:combat photography,  vietnam war,  army life,  u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  war correspondent,  infantry,  colonel,  journalism,  vietnam,  sergeant,  uniform,  training,  shot in the leg,  photography,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  based on book,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:drill instructor,  boot camp,  basic training,  sniper,  male soldier,  u.s. soldier,  reveille,  recruit,  platoon,  marching,  barracks,  u.s. marine corps,  hazing,  push ups,  anti war,  dark humor,  target practice,  haircut,  sergeant,  propaganda,  machismo,  tank,  mental illness,  toilet,  gay slur,  dead body,  rifle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  helicopter,  underwear,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  violence,  interview,  death

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Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission? (Read More)

Themes:madness,  brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Period:1960s
Story:colonel,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  army life,  u.s. army,  nikon camera,  army,  male soldier,  guerrilla warfare,  anti war,  journalism,  machismo,  tank,  uniform,  combat,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  death,  violence

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:humiliation,  military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:south carolina,  mass grave,  infantry,  n word,  volunteer,  war violence,  corporal punishment,  target practice,  colonel,  uniform,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on book,  violence,  blood,  death

Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... This is why Soldier (1998) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  christmas
Characters:soldier
Story:male soldier,  hand signal,  shooting range,  loner,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  colonel,  sergeant,  machismo,  tank,  training,  army,  combat,  dead body,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  title spoken by character,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

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Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:exploding truck,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  ak 47,  tank,  training,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  rifle,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:guerrilla warfare,  shot in the foot,  narrated by character,  rocket launcher,  sergeant,  ak 47,  long take,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  camera,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:brutality,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  recruit,  barracks,  firearm,  sergeant,  long take,  uniform,  toilet,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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Stripes (1981)
Comedy, War

Stripes (1981)

At the end of a very bad day when he realizes his life has gone and is going nowhere, John Winger is able to convince his best friend, Russell Ziskey, whose life is not much better, to enlist in the army, despite they not being obvious soldier material. In basic training, they are only two of a bunch of misfits that comprise their platoon. However, it is still John that is constantly butting heads with their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Two of their saving graces are Stella and Louise, two MPs who get them out of one scrape after another. Their entire platoon is in jeopardy of not graduating. But what happens during basic leads to their entire platoon being assigned to an overseas mission in Italy, to test a new urban assault vehicle, the EM-50 project. John and Russell decide to take the EM-50 for an unauthorized test drive to visit Stella and Louise who have been reassigned to West Germany. In the process, the rest of the platoon, Hulka, and Hulka's immediate superior, self-absorbed Captain Stillman, get caught unofficially behind enemy Communist lines in Czechoslovakia. John and Russell, with Stella and Louise's help, will have to show their true mettle as US army soldiers and in the process test the capabilities of the EM-50 to rescue their platoon without the rest of the US army knowing what's going on, and thus without any assistance beyond themselves. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:drill sergeant,  platoon,  basic training,  army life,  u.s. army,  military cadence,  army,  obstacle course,  boot camp,  drill,  push ups,  haircut,  rocket launcher,  sergeant,  tank,  uniform,  training,  camera

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  suicide
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  u.s. army,  platoon,  mercy killing,  climbing,  shouting,  shaved head,  rocket launcher,  ak 47,  tank,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  rifle,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood

Casualties Of War (1989) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Crime, Drama, War

Casualties Of War (1989)

During the Vietnam war, a girl is taken from her village by five American soldiers. Four of the soldiers rape her, but the fifth refuses. The young girl is killed. The fifth soldier is determined that justice will be done. The film is more about the realities of war, rather than this single event.

Characters:soldier
Period:1960s
Story:vietnam war,  army life,  barracks,  volunteer,  ethnic slur,  vietnam,  sergeant,  machismo,  racial slur,  sniper,  gay slur,  helicopter,  based on book,  death,  murder,  violence

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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  suicide
Characters:thief,  photographer
Period:1960s
Story:vietnam war,  public humiliation,  film camera,  shooting practice,  year 1967,  firearm,  anti war,  gunfire,  target practice,  haircut,  genocide,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  man with glasses,  sunglasses,  camera,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  based on book,  voice over narration,  murder,  violence,  blood,  interview,  death,  gun

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  christmas,  suicide
Characters:soldier
Story:sniper,  basic training,  nco,  u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  shooting range,  bullet time,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  machismo,  ak 47,  tank,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  u.s. army,  marine hymn,  dehumanization,  u.s. marine corps,  discipline,  corporal punishment,  sergeant,  army,  shot in the back,  telephone,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  murder,  violence,  death

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First Blood (1982) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Action, Adventure, Drama

First Blood (1982)

John J. Rambo is a former United States Special Forces soldier who fought in Vietnam and won the Congressional Medal of Honor, but his time in Vietnam still haunts him. As he came to Hope, Washington to visit a friend, he was guided out of town by the Sheriff William Teasel who insults Rambo, but what Teasel does not know that his insult angered Rambo to the point where Rambo became violent and was arrested. As he was at the county jail being cleaned, he escapes and goes on a rampage through the forest to try to escape from the sheriffs who want to kill him. Then, as Rambo's commanding officer, Colonel Samuel Trautman tries to save both the Sheriff's department and Rambo before the situation gets out of hand. This is why First Blood (1982) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  humiliation,  christmas,  suicide
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  male soldier,  m 60 machine gun,  ammunition belt,  shot in the foot,  exploding truck,  firearm,  anti war,  booby trap,  m 16,  rocket launcher,  machismo,  sniper,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:abuse,  brutality,  military,  suicide
Characters:soldier,  prostitute
Story:u.s. army,  u.s. marine corps,  ethnic slur,  haircut,  colonel,  sergeant,  racial slur,  sniper,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  sunglasses,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  title spoken by character,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

G.i. Jane (1997)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:basic training,  physical abuse,  crewcut,  obstacle course,  drill,  haircut,  sergeant,  nipples visible through clothing,  machismo,  training,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  combat,  helicopter,  beating,  title spoken by character

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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:army,  sergeant,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. marine,  infantry,  firearm,  colonel,  machismo,  uniform,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  blood,  death

Blood Father (2016) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:brutality
Story:ethnic slur,  booby trap,  machismo,  ak 47,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  man with glasses,  shot in the back,  telephone,  sunglasses,  rifle,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  based on novel,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death,  gun

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia. This is why Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987).

Themes:brutality
Characters:thief,  photographer,  prostitute
Story:climbing,  firearm,  gunfire,  m 16,  machismo,  ak 47,  long take,  shot in the back,  dead body,  rifle,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  based on book,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder

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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Period:1960s
Story:vietnam war,  vietnam,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  reference to john wayne,  infantry,  war crime,  sergeant,  army,  gay slur,  telephone,  prostitution,  dead body,  rifle,  camera,  shot in the head,  face slap,  machine gun,  helicopter,  underwear,  beating,  three word title,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun

The Marine (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Marine (2006)

John Triton is a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged--against his will--from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when a group of murderous diamond thieves on the run led by a merciless criminal named Rome has kidnapped his wife and John goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her. With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission. (Read More)

Characters:thief
Story:u.s. marine,  south carolina,  u.s. marine corps,  m 16,  rocket launcher,  sergeant,  machismo,  ak 47,  racial slur,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  beating,  violence,  blood,  murder,  gun

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:humiliation,  brutality
Mood:gore
Story:n word,  ethnic slur,  machismo,  long take,  racial slur,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  three word title,  gun,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  m 60 machine gun,  ammunition belt,  comrade,  rocket launcher,  propaganda,  machismo,  ak 47,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  murder,  gun,  blood,  violence,  death

The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. This is why The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:jungle
Characters:photographer
Story:vietnam war,  guerrilla warfare,  crotch grab,  booby trap,  soap,  vietnam,  ak 47,  shot in the back,  dead body,  camera,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death,  gun,  murder,  blood

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. marine,  war violence,  anti war,  ethnic slur,  rocket launcher,  machismo,  ak 47,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  man with glasses,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  combat,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  camera,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on book,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Period:1960s
Story:colonel,  vietnam,  vietnam war,  u.s. army,  combat,  comrade,  u.s. marine corps,  war crime,  ak 47,  sniper,  gunfight,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  army life,  u.s. army,  boot camp,  rocket launcher,  sergeant,  tank,  sniper,  army,  combat,  gunfight,  machine gun,  helicopter,  violence,  murder,  death

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. (Read More)

Themes:military,  christmas
Characters:soldier,  prostitute
Story:u.s. army,  shooting range,  firearm,  target practice,  rocket launcher,  machismo,  ak 47,  tank,  massage,  voice over,  man with glasses,  dead body,  sunglasses,  camera,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  beating,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  interview

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The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. This is why The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:basic training,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  obstacle course,  platoon,  shooting range,  mass grave,  target practice,  colonel,  sergeant,  tank,  uniform,  training,  sniper,  man with glasses,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on book,  title spoken by character,  murder,  blood,  death

Hair (1979) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Period:1960s
Story:vietnam war,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  boot camp,  barracks,  n word,  bunk bed,  anti war,  boxer shorts,  haircut,  vietnam,  sergeant,  tank,  sunglasses,  rifle,  slow motion scene,  underwear,  title spoken by character,  death

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:photographer,  soldier
Story:u.s. army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  firearm,  target practice,  colonel,  tank,  uniform,  army,  rifle,  camera,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:colonel,  ammunition belt,  exploding truck,  loner,  booby trap,  rocket launcher,  vietnam,  machismo,  ak 47,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fistfight,  beating,  violence,  murder,  death

Windtalkers (2002)
Action, Drama, War

Windtalkers (2002)

During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Mood:gore
Locations:jungle
Story:u.s. soldier,  marine hymn,  u.s. marine,  exit wound,  u.s. marine corps,  war violence,  bullet time,  sergeant,  tank,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  slow motion scene,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  gun,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... This is why Saving Private Ryan (1998) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:army,  u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  mass grave,  infantry,  war violence,  male friendship,  firearm,  war crime,  dark humor,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  shot in the back,  combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence,  death

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Themes:madness,  abuse,  brutality,  christmas
Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Story:ethnic slur,  dark humor,  machismo,  massage,  racial slur,  voice over,  mental illness,  gay slur,  telephone,  dead body,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  camera,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  underwear,  beating,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  violence,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Story:shot in the foot,  ak 47,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  toilet,  gay slur,  shot in the back,  rifle,  gunfight,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  gun,  violence,  death,  blood,  interview,  murder

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dip Huet Seung Hung (1989)

A violent Hong Kong action film, this is the story of an assassin, Jeffrey Chow (aka Mickey Mouse) who takes one last job so he can retire and care for his girlfriend Jenny. When his employers betray him, he reluctantly joins forces with Inspector Lee (aka Dumbo), the cop who is pursuing him. Together, the new friends face the final confrontation of the gangsters out to kill them. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:gore
Story:reference to mickey mouse,  exit wound,  bullet ballet,  bullet time,  gun battle,  machismo,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  combat,  sunglasses,  rifle,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  beating,  title spoken by character,  gun,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

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Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Action, Drama, War

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiance Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:recruit,  war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  propaganda,  tank,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  dead body,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. This is why Hitman (2007) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Story:bullet time,  booby trap,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  shot in the back,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shot to death,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death

The Hurt Locker (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat, behaving as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Characters:soldier
Story:sergeant,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  summary execution,  booby trap,  colonel,  tank,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  dead body,  rifle,  gunfight,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  three word title,  death,  violence,  gun,  blood,  murder

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Taxi Driver (1976)
Crime, Drama

Taxi Driver (1976)

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her. After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Characters:prostitute
Story:loner,  vietnam war,  vietnam,  shooting range,  n word,  volunteer,  push ups,  ethnic slur,  target practice,  racial slur,  shot in the leg,  man with glasses,  mental illness,  gay slur,  prostitution,  sunglasses,  gunfight,  camera,  slow motion scene,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  gun,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

Tears Of The Sun (2003) is one of the best movies like Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle. As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that, among the refugees, is the sole survivor of the country's previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:anti war,  war crime,  m 16,  rocket launcher,  genocide,  ak 47,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  murder,  violence,  death

Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. (Read More)

Themes:madness,  brutality,  military
Characters:photographer
Story:war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  war crime,  gunfire,  haircut,  genocide,  tank,  dead body,  rifle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun

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