The Best Veterans Day Movies

Four animated hands that are holding flags that spell out "Happy Veterans Day."

This Veterans Day we've hand-picked some of our favorite movies featuring men and women who've served in the U.S. military. While these films reflect only a tiny portion of the Veteran experience, they help remind us of their sacrifice and the invaluable role they play in helping protect all Americans. Veterans, we salute you!

Without further adieu, here are our top selections for the Best Veterans Day Movies. Download the Caavo TV & Movie Guides App to add these selections to your own what-to-watchlist.:

The Hurt Locker (2009)

Katheryn Bigelow’s award-winning thriller gives us unique insight into the war-time experience -- one that stuck with us long after the credits rolled. The film is presented from the perspective of a group of soldiers who witnessed conflict firsthand — a team of soldiers from an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit trying to dismantle explosives during the Iraq War. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and was the first female-directed Best Picture winner.

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Glory (1989)

This epic Civil War drama is a touching (and overdue) celebration of a group of unsung war heroes - the first all-black regiment that fought for the Union in the Civil War. Starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman, this is easily one of the best war films ever made, in our humble opinion.

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Forrest Gump (1984)

Nearly 25 years after its cinematic debut, this classic film still gets quoted at our family dinner table on-the-regular - now that's staying power. With his now-legendary childlike optimism, Forrest, played by Tom Hanks, leads us on an unpredictable journey through 30 years of tumultuous American history. In one of our favorite scenes, Forrest, on stage to receive a Medal of Honor at the White House, drops trow to show the President his bullet wound.

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G.I. Jane (1997)

Ridley Scott's entertaining military action film featuring a tough-as-nails female lead played by Demi Moore doesn't disappoint. Come for the on-screen head shaving, stay for the pure display of physical strength as Jane endures all shades of torment to become the first female Navy SEAL.

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

A based-on-a-true-story masterpiece from Steven Spielberg, this powerful film recreates the Invasion of Normandy and its aftermath. We love how the film combines incredibly realistic (and often disturbing) footage while telling an intensely human story that will tug at your heartstrings. Bring tissues.

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Gettysburg (1993)

In this historical epic, director Ronald Maxwell retells a pivotal chapter in American history - the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. Critically-acclaimed performances by Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee, Tom Berenger as General James Longstreet, and Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, make this one of our favorites. A pure expression of American tragedy and triumph.

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Stanley Kubrick attempts to show the dark and often dehumanizing side of war through the eyes of a group of rookie Marine volunteers fighting in the Vietnam War in this riveting movie. Interesting fact: The phrase “full metal jacket” doesn’t appear anywhere in The Short-Timers, the story upon which the film is based. Kubrick came across the phrase in a gun catalog - it refers to a bullet casing.

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