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Top 10 Movie Soldiers

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These men are all cut from military cloth, but are memorable for very different reasons. Some are kick-ass super soldiers; others are tortured soul soldiers providing thought provoking cautionary tales, while others are simply corrupt with power. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down the top 10 movie soldiers.
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Top 10 Movie Soldiers


Some are kick-ass super soldiers; others are tortured souls soldiers providing thought provoking cautionary tales. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down the top 10 movie soldiers.

#10- Sgt. First Class William James “The Hurt Locker” (2008)


With an unmatched skill-set this maverick bomb technician stationed has defused a record breaking 873 bombs. While his weapon of choice is a good set of plyers, he certainly earns his spot for meeting danger head on. Moreover, it’s his commitment and obsessive nature that has him return for yet another tour, despite having a loving family waiting at home.

#9- Lt. John Dunbar “Dances with Wolves” (1990)


Next up is the civil war hero who went from a suicidal run across the battlefield to a suicide mission in a remote outpost among the Sioux nation. John is less a super soldier and more the ultimate frontiersman for deciding to single-handedly man and repair an army station in dangerous territory.

#8- Ron Kovic “Born on the Forth of July” (1989)


Ron Kovic isn’t on this list for his time serving as a Marine in Vietnam, but instead for the war he waged when he returned home. Incredibly, this film is based on a real life man and his story, from the internal conflict he suffered, and his subsequent struggle against his own government.

#7- Colonel Dax "Paths of Glory" (1957)


In this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, Kirk Douglas plays asoldier possessing great courage and character. We see this as he leads the charge out of the trenches before taking a moral stand against the military hierarchy, as he attempts to save the lives of his men that have carelessly sent to their deaths.

#6- Captain John H. Miller “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)


He’s just a simple schoolteacher stationed in France during the dog days of the war in Europe. A lone man among boys, Tom Hanks’ Cpt. John Miller is the stand-in for all the non-career soldiers that fought in WWII and put duty before self preservation.

#5- Col. Nathan Jessep “A Few Good Men” (1992)


He’s a bully, a misogynist, and a colossal prick, but that’s not to say he’s not a consummate soldier. Jack Nicholson gives this morally diluted colonel a scathing sense of self-importance rarely seen elsewhere in or around the battlefield.

#4- Capt. Willard "Apocalypse Now" (1979)


Martin Sheen plays this weatherworn special ops soldier sent on a top-secret mission to find and kill a rogue Colonel gone mad. Willard is the one spec of sanity to be found in Coppola’s version of Vietnam, albeit a tenuous one.

#3- Gunnery Sgt. Hartman “Full Metal Jacket” (1987)


Ex-marine-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey earned a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman. It’s no doubt that his actual experience serving in the armed forces informed his performance, one that turned into an entire career for him as he revisits the same well for similar roles in “Mississippi Burning” and “Toy Story”, among others.

#2- Chris Taylor “Platoon” (1986)


College drop out Chris Taylor may not be much of a soldier at any point during his service. As an everyman, he serves as our clouded window into the hell that was the Vietnam war. However, there’s one defining action that sets him apart, and that’s when he finally takes action and frags the sadistic, murderous Sgt. Barnes.

#1- John Rambo “Rambo Series” (1982-2008)


This soldier isn’t just another Vietnam vet turned action icon. He was Hollywood’s response to the mistreatment and poor reception of damaged soldiers upon their arrival home from an unpopular war. We could show you countless clips of John Rambo slicing throats or cutting down his enemies with a machine gun, but his staying power resonates on a much deeper emotional level.

Well, that’s it. Do you agree with our list? Which movie soldier do you believe deserves top honours? Be sure to let us know and subscribe to WatchMojo.com for more heroic top 10 lists!
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