12 Best Navy SEAL Movies of All Time

Navy SEALs are considered one of the most efficient and ruthless soldiers not only in the US Army but also the entire world. The BUD/S training is supposed to be the most grueling combat training, and as such, every SEAL is a trained killer expert in every field of combat. Regardless to say the movies made on these battle-hardened soldiers are full of action, thrill, and entertainment. Here is the list of top movies based on Navy SEALs that are our recommendations. You can some of these best Navy SEAL movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

12. Navy Seals (1990)

While rescuing a kidnapped aircraft crew, a team of elite and battle-hardened Navy SEAL soldiers find out that there is more to the problem than they were anticipating. The terrorists holding the aircraft crew have come into possession of many high-tech weapons which if let loose can wreak havoc. It is now the responsibility of the SEAL team to save the prisoners as well as take down the terrorists before they start the third world war.

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11. Tears of the Sun (2003)

Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his team of SEAL soldiers are tasked to save an American citizen from Nigeria. Working with Doctors without borders, Doctor Lena has been caught in a political turmoil as the Nigerian government has collapsed. When the SEAL team reaches their target however they have to make a decision. Whether to follow their orders and save only the doctor or respect humanity and save the refugees that have been caught in somebody else’s war.

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10. G.I. Jane (1997)

Betrayed by her boyfriend who thinks of her as a sweet and powerless girl, Jordan ups and joins the toughest training in the U.S. military: the Navy SEALs. Surrounded by men trying to prove themselves better, the only girl there is judged by everybody including her trainer. Trying to deal with a senator’s politics to improve her chance in the Senate and her trainer trying to bring her down every day, Jordan will have to wade through ugly opposition to complete the training. Can she beat the enormous odds and become a Navy SEAL?

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9. The Rock (1996)

When a retired marine general takes the Alcatraz Island hostage and threatens to launch a nerve gas missile unless his needs are met, the government must decide what to do. Alongwith a brilliant scientist and ex-British agent, they send a SEAL team to extract the prisoners and eliminate the perpetrators. Watch Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage form an unlikely alliance in the face of pure mayhem.

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8. Act of Valour (2012)

Consisting of six active-duty SEALs, Act of Valor is an enriching movie which has everything that you can expect from a SEAL movie. An elite SEAL team is tasked with saving a CIA operative kidnapped by some global terrorists. Halfway through the mission, they realise that the terrorists are planning to execute a bombing which might end up hurting a lot of American citizens. Wading through the sludge of war, the SEALs must remain true to their mission and at the same time balance their family life.

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7. Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead follows the combat experience of Anthony Swofford, a husky who joins the army in search of something exciting. After passing as a Sniper in the U.S. Army, he is deployed in the Gulf War. Thinking of this as his opportunity to get the most out of life, Anthony encounters precisely opposite circumstances. A psychological study of what a soldier experiences on the battlefield, the movie shows that instead of the war Anthony thinks about everything else and ends up seeing no action at all. Will the jarhead survive?

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6. Black Hawk Down (2001)

In 1993 Somalia, 100 Army Rangers and the military’s very elite including Navy SEALs have been ordered to extract two Somalian warlords. However, the situation becomes a little stumpy when two of their Black Hawks get shot down by the locals. Now with an entire village proceeding towards the army’s strongholds and the locations of the Black Hawk, the soldiers have to make a choice: stay alive or fight till death.

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5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

After the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is suffering from a power vacuum with several guerrilla forces trying to take advantage of the situation. Amidst the chaos, a CIA black site in Benghazi is trying to gather valuable information about the incoming regime. However, when an American ambassador visits on the eve of 7/11, a major attack happens. The only people standing between the CIA agents and their death are six ex-army contractors who are there for their own reasons. Can anyone survive these 13 hours of death and mayhem?

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4. Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell and his three SEAL buddies have been sent into enemy territory to capture or kill the Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. However, the covert mission doesn’t go as planned and they are stuck in a fight to the death with the locals. To save themselves the SEALs must endure one of the most dangerous US Army encounters on foreign soil, without any help from their country.

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3. The Hurt Locker (2008)

An experienced army ranger is sent to head a bomb disposal squad in Iraq. Replacing the last leader who was killed by an IED, James turns out to be a wild card for the team already in place. Appearing quite negligent and foolishly daring on the surface James creates makes his team members nervous and insecure. However, when his real character is revealed underneath the daring façade, everyone is surprised. A fabulous film nominated in numerous Academy Award categories.

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2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

See the decade-long hunt for the head of Al Qaeda and the major person responsible for 9/11 attacks Osama Bin Laden, from a woman’s eyes. A CIA operative Maya has been working for 10 years to find the whereabouts of Osama. When she finally reaches a turning point where she is sure she’s close, Maya coordinates with a team of Navy SEALs to capture Laden. Can the SEAL team who doesn’t even know who they are hunting and a woman no one believes in, achieve the impossible?

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1. American Sniper (2014)

Based on the fabulous real-life story of the Navy Seal Sniper Chris Kyle, this is American Sniper. Starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, this movie delves deep into the life and combat experience of the best Seal Sniper in U.S. History. With over 160 confirmed kills Chris Kyle was known as the legend among Navy Seals and Marines. His presence was enough to motivate soldiers to walk into the war without any fear. Watch the story of a soldier who didn’t lose any fight on the battleground but lost his last fight at home.

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  • Jarhead was a movie about a US Marine Corps sniper not Army or Navy SEALs. The Hurt Locker was a movie about an Army EOD unit, who are not Navy so no SEALs. Black Hawk Down (the actual operation had 5 SEALs) BHD is about Army Rangers and Delta, who are not SEALs. I recommend before revising this list to do actual research into the films and their subject matter. I appreciate this sites recommendation for films to watch, and I don’t want it to embarrass it’s self like this.