3War Korea, Vietnam up to OIF/OEF

by craigburma | created - 06 Oct 2012 | updated - 02 Mar 2019 | Public

What it means to be a part of special forces.

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1. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Annabelle Apsion, Kate Ashfield, Lara Belmont

Votes: 9,393 | Gross: $0.25M

3. Surviving West Point (2002– )


Unbending regulations, excruciating physical demands, relentless academic requirements this is everyday life at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 1802, this revered ... See full summary »

Star: Stephan Cox

Votes: 17

4. National Geographic Specials (1965– )
Episode: Inside Special Forces (2003)

Documentary, History

National Geographic takes a behind the scenes look at the Special Forces of the United States.

Stars: Christopher Allen, Dave Betz, William Boykin, Manuel A. Diemer

Votes: 35

5. National Geographic: The FBI (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

An overview of the FBI and its activities, duties, and departments, especially focusing on post-9/11 counter-terrosist divisions, but also includes a brief history of the FBI government institution.

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush, John Dillinger, Michael P. Dorris

Votes: 43

6. Inside the U.S. Secret Service (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Documentary

Even though they are frequently seen flanking presidential convoys in their trademark dark suits and sunglasses, little is truly known about the insulated world of the United States Secret ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Schnall | Stars: John Benjamin Hickey, Thomas Armas, Ken Ballantine, W. Ralph Basham

Votes: 83

7. Arlington: Field of Honor (2005 Video)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary

National Geographic takes an inside looking into the history and traditions of Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery.

Director: John B. Bredar | Stars: Benjamin S. Bell, Frankie Faison, Kristopher Hardon, Paula McKinley

Votes: 53

8. Dogfights (2005– )

Documentary, History, War

Using modern computer animation, great aerial and modern naval battles are recreated. In the process, you learn about the history of military transportation technology, the tactics created and the people using them.

Stars: Phil Crowley, Frederick Blesse, Ralph Parr, Robinson Risner

Votes: 524

9. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Iraq's Guns for Hire (2007)

Documentary, History

National Geographic examines the work of US hired Mercenaries and Private Security Contractors in Bagdad Iraq.

Stars: Phil Armstrong, Steve Finlayson, Pete Hayes, Lee McClellan

Votes: 29

10. Showdown: Air Combat (2008– )

Documentary, History, War

Fighter pilots...warriors of the sky. Jousting on aerial steeds made of steel, speeding through the skies at hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles per hour. Their goal? To get the other guy before he gets them.

Star: Paul Moga

Votes: 16

11. The Science of War (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary

The Science of War is a one-hour special created for the Military Channel that showcases the research and development efforts of the Army's scientists and engineers. Featured technology ... See full summary »

12. Deadliest Warrior (2009– )

42 min | Action, Game-Show, History

The great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.

Stars: Geoff Desmoulin, Armand Dorian, Max Geiger, Richard Machowicz

Votes: 3,032

13. Nova (1974– )
Episode: The Spy Factory (2009)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary

Nova examines the clandestine practices of the National Security Agency and investigates changes in the Agency that are the result of 9/11.

Director: Scott Willis | Stars: James Bamford, Frank Blanco, David Murfee Faulk, Eric Haseltine

Votes: 68

14. Special Ops Mission (2009– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Each installment of this Military channel reality series finds special ops expert Wil Willis working his way through a different military objective.

Stars: Wil Willis, Tom Minder, Charlie Parrish, Tony Nevada

Votes: 317

15. Modern Sniper (2010– )


The definition of a Sniper is "A skilled military shooter detailed to spot and pick off enemy soldiers from a concealed place." In Modern Sniper, we'll look at several branches of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Souer, Travis Haley

Votes: 27

16. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Bad Voodoo's War (2008)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

In June 2007, the Bad Voodoo Platoon deployed to Iraq during the American military surge. To capture an intimate, vivid account of the new realities of war, director Deborah Scranton (The ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Scranton | Stars: Jean-Paul Borda, Bryan Hamlin, Jeffrey Meier, Ben Nievera

Votes: 17

17. Remote Control War (2011 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

Billions of dollars are driving an unnoticed shift to Robots in the military that has revolutionized how war is fought, the rules of war, and creating new technologies that will soon change our world.

Director: Leif Kaldor

Votes: 21

18. Ultimate Weapons (2009– )

60 min | Reality-TV

Ultimate Weapons is a high-octane explosive series looking at the ultimate in modern weaponry. Check out the best in Sniper Rifles, Man-Portable Firepower, Tanks & Artillery, Robotic ... See full summary »

Star: D.C. Douglas

Votes: 21

19. Greatest Tank Battles (2010– )

Documentary, History, War

The series show full heat of the mechanized war on screens, analyze arms, protection and tactics of tank troops, using realistic animation. Each series includes interview with participants ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Ward, Ralf Raths, Robin Ward, Fritz Langanke

Votes: 154

20. Top Ten (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

Top Tens continues to get bigger and better with all-new stories that showcase game-changing technology by ranking the greatest achievements within different categories of weapon systems. ... See full summary »

Votes: 24

21. BattleField Detectives (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History, War

A scientific documentary that retells some of the world's most famous and historic battles that have transformed the world as we now see it today.

Stars: Gavin MacFadyen, Simon West, Ivan Williams, Lynette Nusbacher

Votes: 85

22. The Color of War (2001– )
Episode: D-Day (2002)

TV-PG | History, War

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23. Border Wars (2010– )


National Geographic takes you behind the scenes and gives you an inside look at the line of duty of the U.S. Border Partrol.

Stars: Bill Graves, J.J. Carrell, Rodd Houston, Mark F. Harrison

Votes: 196

24. Küstenwache (1997– )

45 min | Crime, Drama

The cases of the crew of the Albatros, a patrol boat of the German Coast Guard operating in the Baltic Sea area.

Stars: Michael Kind, Rüdiger Joswig, Elmar Gehlen, Andreas Arnstedt

Votes: 168

25. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 263,183 | Gross: $95.72M

26. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 65,218 | Gross: $70.01M

29. G.I. Jane (1997)

R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War

62 Metascore

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe

Votes: 71,407 | Gross: $48.17M

30. Raid on Entebbe (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 145 min | Action, Drama, History

True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto, Martin Balsam

Votes: 2,909

31. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure

61 Metascore

A veteran Green Beret is forced by a cruel Sheriff and his deputies to flee into the mountains and wage an escalating one-man war against his pursuers.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 218,624 | Gross: $47.21M

32. U.S. Seals (2000 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Thriller

Dozens of American cargos with high valuable goods have disappeared, probably attacked by modern pirates. The United States decide to mobilize a team of expert SWAT, with Mike Bradley as ... See full summary »

Director: Yossi Wein | Stars: Jim Fitzpatrick, Greg Collins, Ty Miller, Justin Williams

Votes: 2,881

33. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 582,723 | Gross: $83.47M

34. We Were Soldiers (2002)

R | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott

Votes: 126,696 | Gross: $78.12M

35. Vietnam in HD (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History, War

Vintage footage from the Vietnam war is presented in High Definition video format along with narration from both war veterans and Hollywood voice talent. The documentary follows key events ... See full summary »

Stars: Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns, Dean Cain, Kevin Connolly

Votes: 1,328

37. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 649,231 | Gross: $46.36M

38. Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard

Votes: 4,080 | Gross: $4.02M

39. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | 130 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

Hard-nosed, hard-living Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn

Votes: 38,248 | Gross: $42.72M

40. Chosin (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean War take us on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history.

Director: Brian Iglesias

Votes: 241

41. Take the High Ground! (1953)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, War

In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Elaine Stewart, Carleton Carpenter

Votes: 806

42. Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, War

The misadventures of a bumbling U.S. Marine named Gomer Pyle.

Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, Roy Stuart

Votes: 2,686

43. In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, War

A documentary chronicling the background to, and history of, the Vietnam War.

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Buttinger, William R. Corson

Votes: 1,516

44. The Boys in Company C (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

62 Metascore

In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, James Canning, Michael Lembeck

Votes: 2,850

45. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 369,422 | Gross: $138.53M

46. Tour of Duty (1987–1990)

TV-14 | 47 min | Action, Drama, War

The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.

Stars: Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.

Votes: 3,710

47. The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, War