Top military movies to watch for in 2023

This year is shaping up to be an exciting year in terms of movies expected to be released that will appeal to military audiences. There is no shortage of topics to cover when it comes to war, and 2023 looks poised to present some impressive film offerings.

From war horror to historical fiction and biopics, these are the top anticipated military movies set to premiere in the coming months.


By July, “Oppenheimer” is a historical drama about the creation of the atomic bomb. The plot focuses on the life of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and his work during the Manhattan Project that eventually led to the creation of America’s nuclear program.

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John Wick 4

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


Horrifying animation meets World War I history in a horror comedy. Trapped in a bunker and tortured by an unknown force, a number of soldiers experience “real hell,” according to a summary on IMDb. It premiered in February.

Come out and fight

A World War II drama about an American pilot trapped behind enemy lines, “Come Out Fighting” is set for release in 2023. Few details about the film have been revealed other than the prospect of epic battles. According to IMDb, the expected release date is set for April.

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Extraction 2

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

The Nightingale

Set during World War II, “The Nightingale” is based on the novel of the same name from 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 separated from German-occupied France. A US release date has not yet been set.

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

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Sarah Sicard is a senior editor with Military Times. She previously served as Digital Editor of Military Times and Editor of Army Times. Other works can be found at Defense Journal, Tasks and Objectives, and Defense News.


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