Top 10 War Movies on Netflix

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Following the box-office success of Dunkirk (Directed by Christopher Nolan), we have decided to take a look at what other War Films are currently available to stream on Netflix. Over the course of the last couple years, Netflix themselves have actually been producing a number of their own Great War films. We have covered anything from WWII, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam and beyond.

This is a US List but if you spot any amazing War titles that we haven’t mentioned, make sure to let us know in the comments.

10. War Machine (2017) Netflix Original

Netflix’s first Original Staring Brad Pitt is ‘War Machine’, an extremely satirical war film following the deployment of General Glen McMahon to Afghanistan following his success in Iraq. The film is loosely based on real life events and actions of General Stanley McChrystal, who above all others believed that it was possible to win the Afghan war, but only if he directly disobeyed orders and asked for more troops. The movie is an entertaining comedy that nails the right amount of self-criticism, and is definitely worth watching.

9. Spectral (2016) Netflix Original

This is the only Sci-fi war film on this list, but despite that, it defiantly deserves its place. The film is packed with mystery and action as a crack special-ops team are dispatched to investigate and hopefully eliminate a deadly supernatural force that is somehow killing soldiers left and right. Locals say that the force is the ‘Spirits of War’, lurking on the battlefield, but others believe they are technologically advanced arms from the Moldova government. Starring Bruce Greenwood, Emily Mortimer and James Badge Dale this solid sci-fi film consisting of great special FX should appeal to you.

8. Sand Castle (2017) Netflix Original

‘Sand Castle’ is a recently released Netflix original that follows Pvt. Matt Ocre, (Played by Nicholas Hoult) and his quad. During the occupation of Iraq they are tasked with the difficult job of protecting a small village while they attempt to fix some well-needed water lines, that were initially burst by the American invasion. Ocre and his squad soon discover that they are deep in Taliban territory and have the overwhelming feeling that they are being watched. This well paced and accurate war movie should be on your watch-list.

7. A War (2015)

A Danish war movie about a company commander Claus M. Pedersen who is stationed in Afghanistan. Being one of the best foreign films of the year it has a great dynamic jumping between the lives and events of both Claus and his family back home who are struggling as much as him. The commander has to make many tough decisions and the film does a great job portraying the consequences and their severity. Remember that Netflix has a great service when it comes to subtitles and languages, so don’t let the film being in Danish stop you from enjoying it.

6. The Siege of Jadotville (2016) Netflix Original

Based on a true story, ‘The Siege of Jadotville’ takes place during the brutal civil war that erupted in Africa in 1961. A battalion of Irish soldiers was deployed as UN ‘peacekeeping’ troops and tasked with holding the small mining town of Jadotville. Attempting to take the lightly armed Irish off-guard, the Katangese attacked while they were attending Mass, but quick action from a lookout ensured the Irish were able to hold them off for a whole 6 days. The attackers had a strength of around 3,000-5,000 men, compared with the Irish’s 155. Astonishingly throughout the 6-day siege, not 1 Irish soldier died. Only recently have the Irish men been acknowledged for their bravery by their country.

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Alex Hirlam has been a contributor to What's on Netflix and provided weekly roundups for Australia and Canada as well as other features. Alex came to What's on Netflix for an apprenticeship where he spent a year and a half maintaining the libraries of the two regions as well as contributing content. Resides in Norwich, UK.