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1. Top Gun: Maverick (2021)

Action, Drama | Post-production

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller

2. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 60,929

3. Top Gun (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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50 Metascore

As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer

Votes: 290,042 | Gross: $179.80M

4. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia

Votes: 48,639 | Gross: $129.80M

5. Battleship (2012)

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

5.8
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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: 234,208 | Gross: $65.42M

6. Hot Shots! (1991)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy

6.8
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61 Metascore

A parody of Top Gun (1986) in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 97,952 | Gross: $69.47M

7. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 17,623

8. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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46 Metascore

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 31,289 | Gross: $29.55M

9. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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The World War II story of the Royal Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 6,773 | Gross: $6.54M

10. American Warships (2012 Video)

TV-14 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

2.7
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When a US plane is taken down over seas by an unknown assailant, the army is sure it was North Korea and a new war is about to break out. Even worse, the true attacker is an alien armed force and only one old battleship can stop them.

Director: Thunder Levin | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers, Johanna Watts, Nikki McCauley

Votes: 2,415

11. The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.8
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A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger

Votes: 1,768

12. Dive Bomber (1941)

Approved | 132 min | Drama, War

6.5
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A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Alexis Smith

Votes: 1,581

13. Drain the Bermuda Triangle (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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What lies beneath the mythical triangle? With the aid of data from sophisticated sonar surveys, National Geographic explores what the ocean floor looks like below the Bermuda Triangle.

Director: Jobim Sampson | Stars: Craig Sechler, Russell Boulter, Philippe Rouja, Mandy Shailer

Votes: 144

14. Flat Top (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

6.0
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During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield

Votes: 423

15. The Fighting Lady (1944)

Passed | 61 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward Steichen, William Wyler | Stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer, Joseph J. Clark, Dixie Kiefer

Votes: 395

16. Torpedo Bombers (1983)

96 min | Drama, War

7.2
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In 1944,when British navy convoys try to supply the Soviets with war matériel under the lend-lease agreement,the Soviet naval aviation base in Murmansk is attacked by German bombers.

Director: Semyon Aranovich | Stars: Rodion Nahapetov, Aleksey Zharkov, Andrei Boltnev, Stanislav Sadalskiy

Votes: 322

17. Battle of the Atlantic (2002– )

146 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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The story of the World War II effort by Nazi Germany to disrupt Allied shipping with U-boat attacks and the Allied efforts to prevent it.

Stars: Chris Broyles, Bill Paterson

Votes: 120

18. The Millionaires' Unit (2015)

120 min | Documentary, Action, History

8.1
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Seven years in the making and filmed on three continents, The Millionaires' Unit documentary tells the dramatic story of a group of Yale students who were the first to fly for America in WW1, some of them making the ultimate sacrifice.

Directors: Darroch Greer, Ron King, Darroch Greer | Stars: Bruce Dern, Dan J. Evans, Steven Haworth, Gregory Hoyt

Votes: 17

19. Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

6.1
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A talented but brash stunt pilot enters the Marine Corps and becomes more disciplined.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay, Frank McHugh

Votes: 326

20. Attack in the Pacific (1944)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

6.5
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Crusade in the Pacific is a video series that documents the fighting between the United States and Imperial Japan during and immediately after World War II.

Stars: Henry H. Arnold, Alan Brooke, Kai-Shek Chiang, Winston Churchill

Votes: 49

21. Sailor (1976– )

300 min | Documentary

8.2
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A major BBC television documentary series, first shown in 1976. About the life on board the fourth HMS Ark Royal, a British aircraft carrier. It followed the ship on a five and a half month... See full summary »

Votes: 13

22. Warship (2001– )

224 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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The evolution of the modern naval warship, from the days of wooden vessels under sail to today's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, submarines, and missile cruisers.

Stars: Stacy Keach, Tim L. Smith

Votes: 41

23. Eyes of the Navy (1940)

Approved | 20 min | Documentary, Short

5.7
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Produced by MGM in 'cooperation' with the US Navy, Eyes of the Navy amounts to a prewar (for the US at least; by 1940 England had been at war for a while) recruitment film for young men to ... See full summary »

Stars: James Conaty, Warren McCollum, Charles Middleton, Russell Wade

Votes: 164

24. Les Gars de La Une (1988 TV Special)

210 min | Music

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Director: Christian Gomila | Stars: Jean Amadou, Julie Arnold, Jean-Louis Aubert, Marie-Laure Augry

25. The Challenge of Flight - Nowhere Else to Go (2020)

51 min | War

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No job is more hazardous than Carrier Air operations. Witness amazing approaches and landings that seem impossible to make. You'll also see many of those that failed. Rare footage.

Director: L. Douglas Keeney

26. They Fly with the Fleet (1951)

Approved | 16 min | Documentary, Short, News

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Filmed at the U.S. Naval Aviation Training Station at Pensacola, Florida, this entry in RKO's "This is America" series follows the transformation of an aviation cadet into a full-fledged airman as an Ensign in the U. S. Navy air arm.

Director: Larry O'Reilly | Stars: Dwight Weist, Peter Roberts

27. Angels on the Wire (2009 Video)

9 min | Short

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Director: Robert David Graham | Star: Robert David Graham

28. Sky King (1951–1962)
Episode: Double Trouble (1957)

26 min | Adventure, Western

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When a man who looks like Sky King steals the Songbird and attempts to blow up a Navy missile center, Sky borrows a jet to chase him.

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, Ewing Mitchell, Mauritz Hugo

29. Days That Shook the World (2003– )
Episode: The Battle of Midway (2005)

60 min | Documentary, History

9.2
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Following the embarrassment caused by the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the Japanese devised a climactic battle over the island of Midway intended to finish U.S. naval power in the Pacific. On ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Elliott | Stars: Terry Bowden, Noah Michael Levine, David Polinsky, Jun Suenaga

Votes: 12



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