Drama films

The 5 Best Drama Movies For Military Audiences

Courtroom dramas are one of the hardest genres to get straight to the screen. Military tribunal dramas are no different. These are the best military courtroom drama movies available in the market today.

1. some good men

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Logline: Military attorney Lt. Daniel Kaffee defends Marines charged with murder. They maintain that they were acting under orders.

The classic movie and play in search of strong military drama. The film is a collection of the greatest acting talents of its time with top-notch performances led by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup, the poster man Marine to face our nation’s battles without an ounce of hesitation. Almost every scene is memorable and well written thanks to the direction of Rob Reiner and the writing talent of Aaron Sorkin. There are so many memorable dialgoue lines throughout the movie.

2. Cain’s mutiny

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Logline: When a captain in the US Navy shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces a court-martial for mutiny.

The film has the main stars of its time with Humphrey Bogart, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role, while Van Johnson, Jose Ferrer and Fred MacMurray lead an all-star ensemble. Future great Lee Marvin also appears in a supporting role in the film. The film portrays Bogey’s character, Lt. Commander Queeg, as a strict disciplinarian who eventually exhibits mental illness, particularly when it comes to missing strawberries (see the film). Queeg is eventually relieved of his commanding officer by XO played by Johnson as Lt. Maryk. As he stands trial after much deliberation, Queeg finally begins to show his mental illness which leads to the acquittal of Maryk and his support, LT Keefer, played by MacMurray.

3. Rules of Engagement

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Logline: A lawyer defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after storming a US embassy in a Middle Eastern country.

William Freidkin, of french connection and Exorcist fame, directs the film with a screenplay credited by Vietnamese Navy veteran Senator Jim Webb, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and Guy Pearce. Dale Dye, Marine Corps veteran and military consultant in Hollywood, bills himself as a two-star Marine general. We get a tight, gritty story of Marine Colonel Childress, played by Jackson, who is pressured into a decision while in dire straits killing civilians outside the embassy in Yemen. The drama is high and the performances are strong, especially that of Guy Pearce who made a name for himself in the late 90s and early 2000s in American films (see LA Confidential). We see several battlefield situations and courtroom conflicts that will keep the audience engaged. Pun intended, hehe hehe.

4. The bounty

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Logline: fed up with the severe discipline of their captain, the crew of a sailboat decides to act.

Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson star as Lt. William Bligh and First Lt. Fletcher Christian in the fifth iteration of the Mutiny on the Bounty story. We get top-notch acting, direction, cinematography, and writing. The film depicts Bligh and Christian as friends, the trip to Tahiti, being on the island, the return to Britain, and Christian’s overthrow of Bligh. It’s a fuller story than previous films, many of which were remakes of remakes and dials into the thoughts and actions of the men through their diaries and the trials of the mutineers. Liam Neeson also appears in a small role early in his career.

5. Victims of war

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Logline: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself a stranger to his own team when he needlessly kidnaps a villager.

Based on a true story about the Hill 192 incident that took place in 1966 during the Vietnam War, Brian De Palma directed a war film and a court drama, which was a new turning point for his career at the time. It stars Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn in the lead roles with a strong supporting cast of Ving Rhames, John C. Reilly and John Leguizamo. Dale Dye appears as Captain Hill, an army officer seeking to minimize any press and mitigate the actions of his fellow soldiers. The dramatic acting is also carried by compelling newcomer Thuy Thu Le as the young Vietnamese woman who is assaulted and raped by the soldiers. It’s a tough and heartbreaking story acted out honestly and deservedly by the entire cast.