Here are the top 5 military movies that you can watch at home as you look for ways to pass the time.

Tears of the Sun (2003)

It doesn’t get much better than having a bunch of Navy SEALs laying waste to terrorists in Nigeria while rescuing an American doctor and leading refugees to safety. Bruce Willis is the SEAL Lt. who leads the mission and goes against orders when he sees the refugees being raped and slaughtered by the terrorists.

Of course, having the beautiful Monica Bellucci as the doctor makes every scene. Eamonn Walker is outstanding as “Zee” Pettigrew the SEAL RTO and grenadier and Cole Hauser plays the SEAL M-60 gunner “Red” Atkins who is a total badass with a funky hairdo.

It’s an old-fashioned gung-ho film where the American guys are definitely wearing the white hats here, and Willis, as the protagonist is shown quite often as the jaded combat vet opening his heart to the refugees. A bit over the top? Sure, but it was characterized as an Antoine Fuqua Navy SEAL shoot ‘em up and with Bellucci in the background…. play it again Sam.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

The film directed by Ridley Scott was nominated for four Academy Awards and won two. It is based on the outstanding book of the same title by Mark Bowden. It stuck very close to the facts and shows the brutal nature of the war in Somalia and the depths of courage that the Delta Force operators had, especially SFC Randy Shughart and SFC Gary Gordon, both of whom were decorated with the Medal of Honor posthumously after the battle.

During the early days of October 1993, Task Force Ranger, comprised of Delta operators, Rangers, Special Tactics Airmen, and Night Stalkers tried to capture Omar Salad Elmi and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, two of Mohamad Farah Aidid’s top advisers. That’s when all hell broke loose. A Blackhawk helicopter was shot down and then another and the Rangers and Delta operators risked it all to get to the pilots and crew out.

The fast-roping scenes early in the film were done by members of the 3/75 Ranger Regiment. Scott didn’t spend much time on character development as the action is fast and furious. But the battle scenes are top-notch and Eric Bana as “Hoot” Gibson is outstanding. The film’s score keeps the watcher on edge with a staccato, visceral sadness that permeates the movie. Having lost a close friend from Delta there, it was tough to watch at first, but it is a first-rate action film.