Best Movies Featuring Women in the Military

by gamawire | created - 30 Dec 2015 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

I have collected almost 200 movies that have female characters that are in the military. I tend to prefer characters who have non-typical jobs (especially for the era in which the film was produced) and films that show true gender integration in the military (even if all of those feature aliens). These are my top picks.

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1. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 611,792 | Gross: $85.16M

2. Aloha (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watch-dog assigned to him.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 56,500 | Gross: $20.99M

3. The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

68 Metascore

An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn

Votes: 4,442

4. Basic (2003)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A D.E.A. Agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army Ranger Drill Sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly

Votes: 56,740 | Gross: $26.54M

5. Battleship (2012)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna

Votes: 227,338 | Gross: $65.42M

6. Courage Under Fire (1996)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty

Votes: 47,508 | Gross: $59.03M

7. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 557,188 | Gross: $100.21M

8. A Few Good Men (1992)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 218,367 | Gross: $141.34M

9. 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: 69,745 | Gross: $48.17M

10. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Byung-Hun Lee

Votes: 167,140 | Gross: $122.52M

11. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, Family

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,843 | Gross: $0.05M

12. Home of the Brave (2006)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, War

42 Metascore

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley

Votes: 10,180 | Gross: $0.05M

13. The House with Closed Shutters (1910)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Drama

During the Civil War a young soldier loses his nerve in battle and runs away to his home to hide; his sister puts on his uniform, takes her brother's place in the battle, and is killed. ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Dorothy West, Grace Henderson, Charles West

Votes: 425

14. I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, War

After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart

Votes: 7,020

15. The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy

In this hilarious romp starring Tom Ewell, Sheree North and Rita Moreno, a middle-aged ex-serviceman who plans to re-enlist (Ewell) is shocked to learn that not only did he fail his medical... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Tom Ewell, Sheree North, Rita Moreno, Rick Jason

Votes: 187

16. The Lucky Ones (2008)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from the war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan

Votes: 12,984 | Gross: $0.18M

17. My Brother's War (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

On the day of her engagement, Grace Kieler finds her family and fiancé divided on political matters. With her future husband off to join the Union army and her brother vowing loyalty to the... See full summary »

Director: Whitney Hamilton | Stars: Dana Bennison, Rebecca Damon, Gerry Green, Whitney Hamilton

Votes: 57

18. Navy Secrets (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A Navy officer is assigned to break up a spy ring within the service itself.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Fay Wray, Grant Withers, Dewey Robinson, Wilhelm von Brincken

Votes: 56

19. Never Wave at a WAC (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A shallow society matron is urged by her senator father to join the Women's Army Corps.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Marie Wilson, William Ching

Votes: 366

20. Return (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.

Director: Liza Johnson | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam

Votes: 867 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Gdzie jest general... (1964)

92 min | Comedy, War

Waclaw Orzeszko is unlucky soldier. Nobody from the platoon likes him. One day he decided to go away from platoon. At the castle he meet Russian soldier Marusia. At this time German forces ... See full summary »

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Elzbieta Czyzewska, Jerzy Turek, Boleslaw Plotnicki, Stanislaw Milski

Votes: 128



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