Underrated and Forgotten: The 7 Best Military Movies You’ve Never Seen

The Deer Hunter

1978, Directed by Michael Cimino

Anyone who has seen this film is probably looking at its title and thinking: “Why is this on here?” And you’re absolutely right. Considering it took home the 1978 Academy Award for Best Picture, The Deer Hunter should not have to be on this list. The reason it is, then, is that it is often pushed to the side in favor of Apocalypse Now or Platoon, two films that often get lumped together when discussing the conflict of Vietnam. The Deer Hunter isn’t necessarily just about Vietnam though; it’s a raw look at the horrors of war that rupture the lives of both soldiers and those back at home. The themes of this film can be applied to any war, at any time.


 Jarhead

2005, Directed by Sam Mendes

Director Sam Mendes filmed Jarhead the way Anthony Swofford wrote the book—he unapologetically leads the audience into the psyche of USMC snipers placed in a low-action zone (Operation Desert Storm, specifically stationed in Kuwait). The men become bored. There are hijinks. And, more importantly, a mind that wanders too far, and too quickly.

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