Becoming a US Marine is one of the most difficult titles to earn. Getting hammered — both mentally and physically — by a well-trained drill instructor can be taxing on anyone.
Once the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor land on the Marine recruit's palm, their sense of internal pride will find no limit.
Since the Marine Corps is rich with several defining moments in history, Hollywood loves to use their stories for the big screen. Sadly, in many cases, those films don't reach audiences in the way the filmmakers would hope.
However, there are a select few moments that are so epic, they won over the hearts and minds of their Marine audience.
So check out our list of movie moments that make Marines pump their fist with pride.
1. The trigger happy door gunner (Full Metal Jacket)
This entry excludes the film's first act, which had every Marine in the Corps pumping their fist with pride — after they graduated boot camp.
Fast forward to the movie's second act when Joker and Raptor Man fly toward the Hue City where they meet a trigger-happy door gunner who uses his machine gun to attempt to kill every Vietnamese person he lays eyes on.
2. The flag raising at Iwo Jima (Sands of Iwo Jima)
The Marine Corps has many proud moments throughout its rich history. The flag raising on Mount Suribachi is considered one of the Corps' most defining moments, as it represents both victory and the powerful American spirit.
Semper Fi Marines!
3. The Silent Drill Team (A Few Good Men)
The first few minutes of the film show the Marine Silent Drill Team's intense discipline and extreme self-control, which are second to none.
4. Gunny beats the POG officer (Heartbreak Ridge)
The battle between Marines grunts and POGs will never end — and we like it that way. Although it's a friendly competition, there can only be one victor.
5. Broken finger (Major Payne)
This movie is considered one of the funniest military comedies ever put on 35mm film — which is no easy feat.
The movie's comedic tone is set from the opening images as Maj. Payne breaks another man's finger to distract him from a far more severe injury — that's classic.
6. "Waste the mother f*ckers!" (Rules of Engagement)
Although this film has plenty of "misfires," Marines love watching movies where grunts take down the bad guys at a moment's notice — and with precision.