Last Updated: June 30th
War films have long-captivated audiences, showcasing tales of both humanity’s cruelty and its nobility. There is no shortage of good military films on Netflix, ranging from Hollywood classics to modern, genre-bending pictures. Here are some of the best war movies on Netflix streaming right now.
The Longest Day (1962)
This episodic, black-and-white epic features another incredible ensemble cast, including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and Sean Connery, while telling the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach on June 6th, 1944, considered to be the turning point of WWII. Like Tora! Tora! Tora!, this film spans its perspective across the battle line, this time featuring U.S., British, and German productions, with all the respective actors speaking their native language on film — a rarity in film even today. It’s still considered one of the all-time great war movies, thanks to its grand vision and attention to detail.
Mel Gibson produced, directed, and starred in this Oscar-winning tale of 13th-Century Scottish Warrior William Wallace. The script is based on Blind Harry’s epic poem The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie, which is also the source of the criticism over the film’s historical inaccuracy. Still, some factual discrepancies aside, the film was a hit with both critics and audiences, and became one of the year’s highest-grossing films.