Many of us have been waiting for this list for a long time, and as we know war movies have been one of the most popular genres of movies for a long time, who doesn’t like to watch a war sequence in front of our eyes, the struggle of soldiers, their dedication, the mass attacks, the huge armed forces and just because of the action sequence, the movies provide us with. A person can easily fall in love with all this, just by looking at the trailer of the movie, he or she doesn’t even need to watch the movie to get hooked to it.
Recently this genre hasn’t been explored much by the makers, thus we also haven’t seen new exclusive addition to this genre, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t got some great movies to watch, there is a great list of movies that has the underlying story of a war going on, with some of the greatest casts of all time, and which will be worth every second. There may be some old movies of great artists like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more, but we have considered recent movies too and found out whatever you have asked for in this genre. This movie can be considered as someone of the best and we hope we haven’t missed any.
Another thing is that we have considered only those movies which will be available on the Netflix platform, because as we know it’s one of the greatest streaming platforms in the world, and here we go with our top 25 best war movies that can currently be enjoyed on Netflix.
1. Schindler’s List
When it comes to war movies, one of the names that we can’t ever forget is Schindler’s List, this movie came out in the year 1993 and has also received a 9.0 IMDb rating which is just extraordinary and shows how amazing the movie is, the movie follows the story of Schindler a German who had a dream, an ambition to become reach among the struggles of world war II, as we know the Jews were being sent to concentration camps and others were just massacred on the roads, now Oscar got the plan that he will maintain very friendly relation with the Nazi forces and employ the Jews, by telling them that those who work in his factories will not be taken to camps, but soon we see things changing and still the Jews being massacred and, that changing the perspective of Schindler’s and the next 6b months he does everything to protect his jew forces from the Germans.
2. The Imitation Games
Another top preference from our list is this movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the imitation game has received a lot of positive remarks for the story it is based on and it has also received an 8.0 IMDb rating after it was released in the year 2014. It follows the story of an English, mathematician, who is a genius and is on the journey to crack the enigma code, using which they will be able to tack all Nazi messages, they get together a team of genius mathematicians and struggle on their way to creating a machine that will save millions of lives, however, there is a lot of obstacles on their path along with a lot of obstacles in their personal lives, which make the movie an absolute blockbuster.
3. Beasts Of No Nation
Another absolute amazing movie, beasts of no nation, hasn’t been very famous but is currently available on Netflix, and even if you aren’t in the mood for a war movie you should just go and watch this movie, the movie came out in 2015 and has received a 7.7 IMDb rating, the story that is followed is of a poor boy in a small village of Africa, which come under attack when the government of the country falls and rebels have taken over the country, now the biggest twist is, Agu somehow ends up escaping the attack and after traveling for many days, he ends up under the native defense forces, who are planning a rebel and to take the control of the country again, Agu goes through a lot of training under them and finds a family in those forces, the movie shows the struggle of small kids getting into the military in a chaotic country.
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4. First They Killed My Father
This movie came out in the year 2017 and has received a 7.1 IMDb rating which is quite impressive, this movie is quite similar to the story of beasts of no nation, however, there is a big difference, in this movie we see the Vietnam war, which leads to the Cambodia civil war and the main reason being the Americans, as they provided no help and broke the trust of the people, now as the people of Khmer, have no place to go and are at the mercy of the Khmer Rouge forces, a father who is an officer of the national forces is killed, and it depicts the story of his daughter along with her sisters, as they struggle to be only kids to cope up with the crisis situations of the country.
5. Hacksaw Ridge
All Andrew Garfield fans already know about this movie, and if you haven’t watched this movie, then you need to watch it now, this movie came out in the year 2016 and has received an 8.1 IMDb rating which is incredible, This show follows the story of an army medic, demon, who pledged to never use any arm on the battlefield and whose main aim was to save people from the battlefield, he struggled his way into the army and that’s isn’t the only struggle of his, the army was absolutely against his ideology and somehow he gained consideration to go on the battlefield, but with his heroic efforts and saving so many people’s lives, he got the medal of honour.
Glory is a movie that can be considered a revolutionary movie, and just depicted something different from all other movies on the list, this movie came out in the year 1989 and has received a 7.8 IMDb rating which is quite moderate. The movie depicts the story of a certain promoted Robert goal shaw, from the US civil forces, and is now in charge of his own company, the only thing different about his company is it’s an all-black company, and not only do they have to fight the prejudices of the opposite forces but also from their own forces, they go through a lot of struggles and prove their worth on the battlefield.
7. Free State Of Jones
This movie came out in the year 2016 and has received a lot of appreciation from the critics along with a 6.9 IMDb rating which is quite moderate. The story that this movie follows is based on true events and for those who know about the story of the free state of jones, this is how it became a free state, how the confederates received a thorough opposition from an army of rebels who has nothing to lose and everything to achieve, they were done toleration the tortures of the confederates and the wanted to gain a land where they can live peacefully and this was done by the leaders of the rebels, a confederate army deserter, newton knight.
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This is a fun and dramatic movie to watch, it isn’t all about brutality and struggles like all the other movies, you are actually going to enjoy every second of this movie, it came out in the year 2005 and has received a 7.0 IMDb rating which is quite moderate. The movie follows the story of Swofford, who has got into the army and is struggling to cope with how the army works, but soon he starts making friends, enjoying the phase, and ends up as one of the toughest parts of the marines, and that is as a sniper. Now he has to go through a lot of struggles, once he is demoted and gets to know a lot about his friends, while a suspicion about his girlfriend’s relations grows as he assumes she is cheating which when he returns turns out to be true.
9. Sand Castle
This is the first Netflix original on our list and it was released in the year 2017 and has received a 6.3 IMDb rating which is moderate, the story that is shown in the film is of a young American soldier who is recruited in the Iraq war and is sent to Baghdad, however, he is absolutely not interested and wants to go home, the struggle that is shown in the movie is not about the war but the after-effects of the war and how army changes a man, how army helps the locals to save them, and what fighting without any meaning can end up to. Overall, a great movie to enjoy and can be given a try.
10. Siege Of Jadotville
This movie is actually based on a book of the same title by Declan power, it was released in the year 2016 and has received a 7.2 IMDb rating which is quite impressive, the movie follows the story of the Irish diplomat to takes offensive action in the Katanga crisis because it may be a triggering point for the World War 3. This movie rescued a lot of appreciation from the fans and the critics and had a great set of casts who were a great help to the success of the movie. This movie is based on true events and Jadotville truly exists and this is just a true and accurate depiction of history.
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11. Black Hawk Down
This is one of the controversial movies on the list but heavily appreciated for its sound effects and acting skills, this movie came out in the year 2001 and has received a 7.7 IMDb rating which is quite good, the story that’s is followed in this movie is of the civil war of Cambodia and the involvement of the US forces in it, when the conditions became uncontrollable, a special task force was deployed to help the peacekeepers, and they included some of the youngest soldiers, who will be facing a full-fledged battle for the first time, though it is criticized for its depiction of Somalis, the movie is quite great and full of dramatic moments which will hook you to the movie.
This movie came out in the year 2014 and has received much appreciation for its depiction of the world war 2, and has also received a 7.5 IMDb rating and was a huge box office success, the movie is also very famous because Brad Pitt starred in this movie as the main protagonist, as we continue to the story, you must remember that it concentrated only on the struggles of the final weeks of the war, and it isn’t anything extraordinary but is especially known for the way it depicted the war situation and the struggle of the battlefield. Overall, a great movie to watch.
13. Kajaki: The True Story
This movie is also known as kilo two bravo and the original name of the movie is taken from the Kajaki dam which has the setting of the movie, this movie follows the story of a small group of soldiers who face an unknown enemy, while travelling on a dried-up river bed they discover that the soviet armies have left several activated land mines which haven’t been defused and could easily take the lives of them, but they don’t have any option but to go through all the obstacles risking their lives, this movie shows the atrocities of human warfare and has also received a 7.1 IMDb rating which is quite amazing. This movie came out in the year 2014.
14. The Photographer Of Mauthausen
Many of us who have read a bit of World War 2 history know very well what Mauthausen was, it was the mainly known for the Nazi concentration camp located there, and when it comes to the struggle which the camp prisoners faced, it is known by us because of the contribution of one legendary photographer, Francisco box, who risked everything along with his friends, to save some of the negatives of the photos, these photos depicted all the tortures the inmates have to face. The inhuman behaviour of the Nazis was brought in front of the world through some of these images and this movie shows accurately everything.
15. Zero Dark Thirty
Who hasn’t heard of Osama bin laden, and this is the story of, US forces chasing the leader of al-Qaeda, this movie came out in the year 2012 and has been greatly appreciated for the level of realism it has achieved along with that the movie has also received a 7.4 IMDb rating which is quite amazing. The story shows how the chase has been going on year after year, the struggle the assumptions, the attacks which both sides had to face, the lives lost, and the interrogations that went on and on. Lastly, we see the death of bin Laden at the hands of US forces and how it happened.
16. War Dog
Now if you are looking for a film that is not completely based on war but has got the army-related, a lot of weapons, and a lot of fun, then this movie is for you. War dogs came out in the year 2016 and have received a 7.1 IMDb rating which is quite good. The movie follows the story of two ambitious guys, who end up landing a 300 million contract, for arm dealing with the allies of their country internationally, and they have to do it through a lot of risks, after going there, escaping some near-death situation, being chased, and even chasing some.
17. The Resistance Banker
This movie came out recently in the year 2020 and has received a 6.9 IMDb rating which may not be very great but is quite moderate, however, the movie is quite appreciated and is based on a true story, the story that has been shown in the movie dates back to the world war 2 periods when the Nazi armies were in power, and among all those chaos, two brothers who worked in a bank decided to use their position after seeing all the struggle the Dutch resistance forces are facing and decided to help them out in that situations, but end up getting dragged into the mess.
18. The Thin Red Line
This movie is the second adaption to jones book, sharing the same name, and it came out in the year 1998 and has been very appreciated for the real story it has shown, this movie has also received a 7.6 IMDb rating which is quite a great, in this movie we follow the incidents of Guadalcanal, which is quite famous as it proves the bravery of the soldiers, who marched deep into the enemy lands, risked everything they had, lost many men, and defeated all the Japanese preoccupied lands and their forces, just to save some of their men and a big victory for their nation.
19. Unbroken: Path To Redemption
This is a real story and the movie is based on a book that depicts the story of war veteran and Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, the movie came out in the year 2018 and has been very much appreciated, the movie doesn’t show the war scenes but shows the side effects that a veteran soldier has after the war, the tortures, the torments that haunt him throughout his life and how he is never able to return back to his normal life, now running as an athlete becomes so difficult and how Louis struggle to cope with everything that goes on. This movie has also received a 5.7 IMDb rating.
20. 6 Days
This 2017 movie has been one of the best choices on the list and is a must-watch for all the readers out there, this movie has received a 6.2 IMDb rating and is based on true events of 1980, throughout this movie we see a 6-day phase, which goes on through a constant rivalry between the armed Iranian arbs and the SAS forces, while the Iranian arbs are targeting the masses to bend the will of the US, the country is going to set an example and show how to deal with terrorism.
21. Triple Frontier
Another adventurous movie, starring a great artist which most of us are a fan of. Ben Affleck starred in triple frontier made its release in the year 2018 and has received a 6.4 IMDb rating which is quite moderate follows the story of 5 friends who used special force agents, and end up being a part of a drug lord chase, just to make their lives better, but end up instigating a lot of chaos, and end up getting into a lot of trouble. They go on dealing with everything and facing everything.
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22. Hitler: A Career
This 1977 movie has received a 7.5 IMDb rating which just shows how great of a movie this is and based on the name you are already able to understand that this movie is best on the life of Hitler, however, we don’t see much of the war scenes in this movie, this movie mainly concentrates on the early stages of Hitler’s life, him slowly rising among other people and his skills in handling people. Overall, a great, movie to watch to know a bit about history.
23. The Red Sea Diving Resort
This movie came out in the year 2019 and has received a 6.6 IMDb rating which is quite moderate, however, this can’t be considered a complete war movie, in this movie we see an agent from Israel who is tasked with one of the toughest missions and that is to save and bring back Jewish refugees from Sudan, we see this movie starring Chris Evans.
24. Life Is Beautiful
This may not be regarded as a war movie by many, but this 1997 movie is one of our recommendations, as this movie is so dramatic and tells the story of a Jewish book store owner, who pretends and with his capacity for storytelling distracts his son from the atrocities of Nazi, while they are imprisoned in a concentration camp during second world war.
25. Green Zone
The last on our list is this 2010 movie which is adapted from a book and shows the life inside of a green zone, which is Baghdad, the time frame which is shown in the movie is when the United States along with their combined forced attack Baghdad to capture the president and free the people of Iraq. We see some great actors such as Matt Damon starring in the movie.