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Women Rise Ranks and Lead Troops in These Inspiring Films

In Hollywood, men have been wielding guns and fighting wars for what seems like forever. And for most of America's history, those movies were simply reflecting reality: the military was exclusive to men.

Even after women were allowed to enlist, they were relegated to peripheral roles and capped at 2 percent. It wasn't until 1967 that President Johnson lifted the 2 percent rule, and it took until 2013 for the Pentagon to remove an official ban on women in combat.

Movies have justly accompanied this increased acceptance for women in the military, both in fictional stories and documentaries. From Demi Moore  in "G.I. Jane" to Kristen Stewart's role as a soldier at Gitmo, to Naomi Watts as CIA agent Valerie Plame in "Fair Game," these actors and films show that women deserve an equal place in the military. Meet some incredible warriors — many based on true stories — by clicking through the gallery above.

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