Top military movies to watch in 2023

This year is shaping up to be an exciting year in terms of movies to be released that will appeal to the military audience. There’s no shortage of topics to cover when it comes to war, and 2023 looks set to present some spectacular cinematic offerings.

From war horror to historical fiction and biopics, these are the most anticipated military films to be released in the coming months.


“Oppenheimer” will be released in July and is a historical drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. The plot centers on the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and his work during the Manhattan Project, which ultimately led to the creation of America’s nuclear program.

John Wick 4

America’s favorite killer will be back on the silver screen in March as he continues his quest to destroy The High Table. Although it has never been explicitly confirmed that John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a Marine, there is some speculation that his “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat” (“fortune favors the brave”) back tattoo comes from none other than the 2nd Battalion , 3rd Marines .


Animated horror meets WW1 history in this terrifying paranormal thriller. Trapped in a bunker and tormented by an unknown force, a number of troops experience “true hell,” according to the synopsis on IMDb. It premieres in February.

Come out and fight

A World War II epic about an American pilot trapped behind enemy lines, “Come Out Fighting” will be released in 2023. Few details about the film have been made available beyond the expectation of some epic dogfights. According to IMDb, the expected release date is set for April.

Extraction 2

Mercenary and former Australian Special Forces operative Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is back with a new mission after being hired to find the kidnapped son of an international crime lord. This sequel is coming to Netflix in June.

The nightingale

“The Nightingale” takes place during the Second World War and is based on a novel of the same name by the author Kristin Hannah. In it, two sisters, played by real-life sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning, must learn to navigate a war-torn world when they are alienated in German-occupied France. A US release date has not yet been set.


In this time travel adventure gone wrong, a pilot (Adam Driver) and his only surviving passenger realize they have crashed on Earth in the era of the dinosaurs. The film — essentially “Jurassic Park” meets “Alien” — debuts in theaters in March.

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Sarah Sicard is a senior editor at Military Times. She previously served as Digital Editor for Military Times and Army Times Editor. Other work can be found at National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose and Defense News.

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