Highest Grossing Military Films of All Time
We love talking about high-earning movies, actors, albums, television shows and musicians at The Life Elite. In honor of Veterans Day, we bring you a special edition of our classic highest earning lists. Welcome to the nine highest grossing military films!
9. Apocalypse Now $150,000,000
The famed Vietnam-inspired psychological roller coaster known as Apocalypse now was as difficult to watch as it was to turn away from. Considering that the Francis Ford Coppola film came out in 1979, it’s a pretty magnificent feat that it stands proudly among its contemporaries.
8. Black Hawk Down
$172, 989, 651
This celebrated film was applauded for being less Hollywood than its counterparts. The movie is closely based on a non-fiction account of The Battle of Mogadishu. The film had a packed, bright young cast, too, with Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana.
7. War Horse $177, 584, 879
The Spielberg hit is an adaptation of a WW1 novel. World War 1 isn’t usually the war of choice for military films, but Spielberg had already had a go at WW2 with (spoiler alert!) another film on the list. War Horse follows a young man who enlists in the military to find his horse.
6. Valkyrie $200, 276, 784
This surprising political thriller starring Tom Cruise follows the story of an injured military officer and a group of his peers who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1944. The film was based on a true story.
5. Braveheart $210, 409, 945
Medieval-era militarism has never been painted more famously than the infamous film about Scottish revolutionary William Wallace. This is one of our personal favorites. And although historians had serious issues with the historical accuracy, the Academy Award Winning film is a fan-favorite for a reason!
4. Patriot $215, 294, 342
Apparently Mel Gibson can do no wrong. Although this film is a very Hollywood version of the American Revolution, Gibson had arguably garnered enough acclaim from Braveheart to bring in crowds.
3. Inglorious Basterds $321, 455,689
Only Quentin Tarantino can make a satire film about war “okay.” The film is as ridiculous as it is hilarious and gratuitously violent. Did you know Hitler was killed with a machine gun in a movie theater? It’s true in the world of Tarantino.
2. Pearl Harbor $449,220, 945
Admittedly, the historical event itself and the heartthrob pairings of Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett made it the must-see event. But it was a fluffed up soap opera, gaining as much criticism as it did money.
1. Saving Private Ryan $481, 840, 909
Steven Spielberg is one of the most important directors of all time for a reason. He has a laundry list of winners in his portfolio. Saving Private Ryan is an amazing film, with its hellish, jaw-dropping opening D-Day sequence that lasts 20 minutes. The WW2 drama is one of the most heart-wrenching, real-feeling military films of all time. It deserved every penny.