It’s widely accepted that Navy SEALs are some of the most effective and ruthless soldiers in the world, not just in the United States. Those who complete the BUD/S training are expected to be trained killers in every combat area. Regardless, the movies based on these battle-hardened soldiers are packed with action, thrill, and entertainment. Our top picks for Navy SEAL-themed films are included in this list. Some of the best Navy SEAL movies are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
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12. Navy Seals (1990)
A team of elite and battle-hardened Navy SEAL soldiers discover that the kidnapping of an aircraft crew isn’t as simple as they first thought. Terrorists who are detaining the plane’s crew have access to a wide range of high-tech weapons that could cause widespread destruction if unleashed. In order to save the prisoners and thwart terrorists, the Navy SEAL team must now take on the challenge.
11. Tears of the Sun (2003)
They are ordered to rescue an American citizen from Nigeria by Lieutenant A.K. Waters, who leads an unit of SEAL warriors. Doctor Lena, a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, has been caught in the midst of a political crisis in Nigeria. Upon reaching their destination, the SEAL team must make a decision. Following orders and saving only the doctor, or respecting compassion and saving the refugees caught in another’s battle.
10. G.I. Jane (1997)
Jordan, betrayed by her boyfriend, decides to join the Navy SEALs, the military’s most grueling training program. The only girl in a room full of guys is constantly scrutinized by everyone, even her trainer. As she battles a senator’s politics and her trainer’s constant attempts to bring her down, Jordan will face an uphill battle to finish the training. The odds are against her becoming a Navy SEAL.
9. The Rock (1996)
The government must decide what to do when a retired marine general takes Alcatraz Island hostage and threatens to launch a nerve gas missile unless his needs are met. For this mission, they send a SEAL team, which includes an ex-British agent, along with a brilliant scientist. Watch as Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, in the face of total chaos, form an unlikely alliance.
8. Act of Valour (2012)
In Act of Valor, six active-duty SEALs form the heart of the movie, which has all the hallmarks of a SEAL film. A CIA operative has been kidnapped by some worldwide terrorists, and an elite SEAL squad has been assigned to rescue him. It becomes clear to them that terrorists are plotting a blast that could result in the deaths of many American citizens. The Navy SEALs are tasked with navigating the murky waters of combat while balancing their personal lives.
7. Jarhead (2005)
A husky named Anthony Swofford joins the military in quest of adventure, and Jarhead tells his story. Following his successful test as a Sniper in the US Army, he is sent to Iraq to participate in the Gulf War. Anthony, believing this to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, finds himself in exactly the opposite situation. On the battlefield, Anthony’s thoughts turn to other things and he sees no action at all in this psychological examination of what a soldier goes through. Is the jarhead going to make it?
6. Black Hawk Down (2001)
In 1993, the United States military sent 100 Army Rangers and members of its top echelon, including Navy SEALs, to Somalia to rescue two warlords. Two of their Black Hawks are shot down by the locals, complicating matters. Soldiers face a choice: keep alive or fight to the death as an entire village moves toward army fortifications and the sites of the Black Hawk.
5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
A power vacuum has opened up in Libya with the collapse of Gaddafi, and many guerrilla groups are taking advantage of it. Under fire and in the middle of the pandemonium, the new regime’s CIA black site in Benghazi gathers crucial intelligence. However, on the eve of September 11, 2001, a serious terrorist incident occurred while an American ambassador visited. Six ex-military contractors are the only ones standing between the CIA agents and their death. During these 13 hours of death and mayhem, will anyone be able to survive?
4. Lone Survivor (2013)
In order to arrest or kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, Marcus Luttrell and three of his fellow SEALs have been deployed inside enemy territory. However, their clandestine operation goes awry, and they find themselves embroiled in a savage gunfight with the villagers. On foreign land the SEALs must face one of the most deadly US Army confrontations with no assistance from their country in order to survive.
3. The Hurt Locker (2008)
Ex-military rangers are sent into Iraq to lead a bomb-disposal team. James, the new commander who was killed by an IED, is a surprise to the rest of the crew. James’ actions, which to the untrained eye appear careless and reckless, cause anxiety and fear among the members of his team. However, everyone is startled when his true character is revealed beneath the brazen facade. The Academy Award-nominated film of the year.
2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
A woman’s perspective on the decade-long search for Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s top leader and the primary perpetrator of the 9/11 atrocities. Maya, a CIA operative, has been searching for Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts for the past ten years. Maya connects with a team of Navy SEALs to catch Laden when she finally reaches a turning point in her mission. No one believes in the woman or the SEAL team, but can they pull off the impossible?
1. American Sniper (2014)
American Sniper is based on the incredible real-life story of Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle. This film, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, explores the life and battle experiences of the best Seal Sniper in American history. One of the most revered Navy Seals and Marines of all time, Chris Kyle had a confirmed kill count of over 160. Soldiers didn’t have to be afraid to go into battle because of him. Learn about a soldier who didn’t lose a battle on the battlefield, but lost his final battle at home.