Top 10 War Movies on Netflix

War Movies have had their share of fanfare and popularity several decades ago. These War Movies are still very much favored, liked, and appreciated by the audiences across the globe. The movies never fail to invoke a myriad range of feelings among the viewers, by showcasing the cruelty and nobility of the mankind. It is not a surprise, that Netflix has included this genre, although the choices are less. Here are the best War Movies of all time, available for streaming on Netflix.

1. Full Metal Jacket [1987] –

‘Full Metal Jacket’ is a classic War movie by the legendary director, Stanley Kubrick. A hard-hitting critique of the American Military, Kubrick has explored two different topics in the film- that of American Military, and Masculinity. It can rightly be said that this is the best movie about the Vietnam War, ever made. It’s a pretty dark film, full of dark humor, which exhibits the consequence of taking up arms against someone.

2. Schindler’s List [1993] –

This epic movie, based on World War II is an absolute must-watch.  With the spectacular direction of Steven Spielberg, and a brilliant script by Steven Zaillian, accompanied by the perfect music, cinematography, and casting, this movie is awe-inspiring. The film follows the journey of Oskar Schindler, who helps the Jewish flee the Nazi regime. The movie has won a lot of critical appreciation, and it is surely one of the best movies on Netflix. It is also a seven-time Oscar Award winner.

3. Inglourious Basterds [2009]-

Quentin Tarantino’s love for the two themes- vengeance and cinema, could not have led to a better outcome than this. Available on Netflix, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ revolves around the World War II era, where a group of soldiers, led by their ‘drawl-heavy’ Lieutenant (played by Brad Pitt!) go undercover to take down the cruel Nazi government. The movie also gave us the gem Christoph Waltz, a brilliant villain. Do not miss the opening dialogue of the movie, which is a classic Tarantino move.

4. Beasts of No Nation [2015] –

Based on the fierce novel by Uzodinma Iweala of the same name, the plot traces the development of Agu. Agu is a child, who is recruited to be a soldier in the African Civil War. Such radical groups are plenty in number, in a politically turbulent country. This movie shows the struggle of many such young children, who sacrifice everything. Presided over by a fierce warlord, played by the talented Idris Elba, Agu surfaces to be a strong character, who faces a cruel loss of innocence.

5. Hurt Locker [2008] –

The dynamic duo Katheryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s film ‘Hurt Locker’ won a lot of critical acclaims, even before they made ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. The film unravels the ‘addiction’ towards the idea of war, which can engulf the country, and even the soldiers. Sgt. William James is a maverick and a genius, who has a knack for defusing bombs, but ironically, he loves doing so. Bigelow dwells upon the outsider’s perspective of James, as well as his own perspective, making the audiences resonate with the film.

6. War Machine [2017] –

It’s a hard-hitting satirical take on USA’s implementation of the ‘democracy, law, and order’ in Afghanistan. The film is based on the non-fiction ‘The Operators’, written by Michael Hastings. It is his narration in the film, which contributes to the setting of a sardonic tone. The movie is set in 2009, when General Glen McMahon, after being ‘victorious’ in Iraq, is sent to Afghanistan, to remove the Taliban, and restore it as a country.

7. Pearl Harbor [2001] –

Although ‘Pearl Harbor’ can be classified as a romance, it is more of a war movie. The title of the movie being suggestive of nature, the plot is based on the deadly attacks on Pearl Harbor. The sub-plot is about the two fictional military pilots, who are competing to win over the heart of the lovely young nurse, played by Kate Beckinsale. The dramatization of Japan sneakily attacking the Navy base, and US responding to the attack, are brought to life, in a vivid manner.

8. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [2011] –

Based on the Cold War, the movie ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ is a story of a retired MI6 agent, who is brought back on the forces, to facilitate the investigate the accusations of a mole being inside the British spy agency. You may find the film a tad bit slow, but it’s high tension, as well as the suspicions of agents and spies are surely gripping enough to keep you captivated. This film was also nominated for three Oscars. The star cast is more than perfect- with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy’s brilliant performances.

9. Defiance [2008] –

‘Defiance’ is certainly one of the best films on Netflix, which is based on the real-life events. The novel ‘Defiance: The Bielski Partisans’ by Nechama Tec, sets the stage for the movie. Set during the Nazi’s takeover on Belarus, the plot revolves around the Bielski brothers, who join hands with the Jews, to form a militia. In their attempts to avoid the captivity, they also forge an alliance with the Russians, while their own ideologies are not perfectly in sync. It is a lesser-known movie and it got mixed reviews, but it is worth a watch.

10. The Longest Day [1962] –

The title is a reference to June 6, 1944, the day which changed the fate of the world, and even the course of World War II. This was the day when the Allied Forces invaded Normandy, with the world setting the sight on the USA. Utmost care was taken while making the film- and the film just goes on to show that. International and real-life locations were used, with an international star cast. It was a brilliant attempt to recreate the D-day, which is etched in the sands of time.

This particular genre is too vast to be summed up. The entire genre of ‘war movies’ emphasizes on the various virtues, traits, and perspectives, which are exhibited by the humans in such tragic times. The films listed above encompass these, in the best way possible. These films have won a lot of critical acclaims, and have moved the viewers across the globe. Netflix has a fine selection of such movies, and you would surely not regret to watch either of the above, as they give an insight into the past.