The 1987 Stanley Kubrick masterpiece Full Metal Jacket is one of the movies that inspired me to join the Marine Corps when I first saw it in the fall of 1999. I was in college and was most decidedly not enjoying myself. I needed a break and a change of scenery. Full Metal Jacket in no uncertain terms inspired me to break out of my comfort zone and make the change I desperately longed for.

I first watched Full Metal Jacket with my then-girlfriend and was immediately awestruck. This Marine Corps Boot Camp thing was incredible. It was raw, unedited, and difficult; I loved every bit of it. I thought to myself that night that I don’t know what job I want once I’d be in the Corps, but I definitely have to see if I’m tough enough to make it through this. Fast forward a couple of months to February 2000, and there I was personally experiencing my very own Full Metal Jacket in full 4D/HD clarity.


‘Full Metal Jacket’ Quotes of the Century!

Despite its increasingly dark nature, as it unfolds Full Metal Jacket is one of the funniest and most quotable movies I’ve ever watched. For me, these are its Top 20 most iconic quotes of the movie (in no particular order).