Seven Amazing Drill Sergeants in Movies

To my utter amazement, I cannot believe we’ve never done an article on drill sergeants in movies before.  This yet another type of character that we as civilians like to learn about through cinema.

You kind of wonder how hard these guys are on soldier in real life.   Movies always have their funny ways of emulating them. Some serious. Some comical.

But all in all I think we always have an interest in these characters.   Here are seven amazing drill sergeants in movies….

Sgt Hartman – Full Metal Jacket


Played by R Lee Ermey,  this is probably one of it not the best drill sergeants in the history of cinema.   The dialogue that comes from his mouth is absolutely incredible.    Hell there’s no way we could post it on here because of the lewdness of it all but let’s just say it’s hilarious.   And let’s also not forget that Ermey was a military man himself.   And it sure as hell shows.

Sgt. Emil Foley – Officer and a Gentleman


Louis Gosset Jr. in what many people consider to be his best role of all time.  I happen to agree.  Foley is a ruthless, tough acting drill sergeant but you know the guy has a heart.   And you know deep down how much he cares.   I love the scene where he kicks Richard Gere in the you know what.

Sgt. Toomey – Biloxi Blues


People never seem to know about this amazing Christopher Walken role.   In it he plays a funny, wacky drill sergeant during World War II.  His job is to mold a bunch of total jackasses into army shape.  Along the way he’s hilarious but strict and comical in the way he disciplines his men.

Sgt. Hulka – Stripes


Who doesn’t love Hulka?  Stripes is one of the best comedic Army movies of all time and Hulka was the perfect guy to spearhead leadership in this poor excuse for a platoon.


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