The weekend is here and you must be wanting to watch some good movies in the comfort of your home. There’s a wide selection of classic war movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms that you can check out right now. There are classics like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket’ that warrants a re-watch, even if you’ve already seen it a thousand times. These movies tell a great story about a time when the world was facing the horrors of war and how it affected humanity.
These are the top war movies in our opinion that you can stream online right now:
‘Full Metal Jacket’ (Available on Netflix)
You can never pass up on this movie as it needs no introduction as Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War opus has been well known to appear in every war movie list. The movie is about a pragmatic U.S. Marine who witnesses the dehumanizing effects that the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits. The movie vividly explores their struggles from the brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. If you’re going to watch a war movie, it’s hard not to pass up on ‘Full Metal Jacket’.
‘Saving Private Ryan’ (Available on Amazon Prime and Netflix)
It is probably the most accurate depiction of World War 2 that deals with soldiers who were part of the brutal D-Day landings on the coast of France in Normandy. This Steven Spielberg classic has been hailed as one of the most important World War 2 movies ever made and I’ve probably watched the movie at least 12 times. The movie is about a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. The first 30 minutes of the movie is intense and probably the best opening sequences we’ve ever seen.
Zero Dark Thirty (Available on Netflix and Hotstar)
This movie isn’t necessarily a classic war movie like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ or ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and it deals with spies and a group of CIA operatives trying to hunt down Osama bin Laden. The movie tells the true story of a decade-long hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader and his eventual death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6.
‘The Siege of Jadotville’ (Netflix Original)
This historical drama set in the 1960s is about an Irish commander and his battalion of 150 men on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, Africa, to withstand a siege by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining corporations.
‘Schindler’s List’ (Available on Netflix)
The story of Oskar Schindler and his daring attempt to rescue Jewish citizens from the evil Nazi regime is a story that can never be forgotten. This true story was produced by Spielberg in the wisest, ambitious and moving manner one could ever imagine. Schindler, a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party, becomes an unlikely humanitarian by spending all his fortune to help save 1100 of his Jewish employees from Auschwitz, Poland during World War II.
‘Fury’ (Available on Netflix)
Wardaddy, along with a five-man crew, embarks on a mission that puts their lives in danger. They realise that the odds are against them, but still decide to attack the Nazi army. ‘Fury’ is set in the closing days of World War II. It follows a five-man tank crew fighting across Germany. The war is almost over, but not everyone is ready to give up on the Reich.
‘Auschwitz: The Nazis and The Final Solution’ (Available on Netflix)
Not necessarily a movie but this documentary series tackles one of history’s most horrifying subjects: the Holocaust and the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. It was a concentration camp whose name became a byword for the mass murder of Jews. It is probably one of the most important documentaries ever made about the Nazis and their plan to rid the world of Jews. The documentary details life in these concentration camps with the help of former prisoner interviews and people who worked there.