War movies appeal to the history buff in all of us; the person who wants to know how each major event shaped our lives, as we know it today. They offer a glimpse into the trials, hardships, techniques and heart-wrenching stories of soldiers who fought some of the greatest wars in history. A war movie is full of action and dialogue, of emotion and humanity that other genres have a difficult time achieving in a similar way. This article features the list of the 7 best war movies on Netflix to help you decide which one might suit your tastes the best.
1. Patton (1970)
|Release Date on Netflix||July 1, 2014|
|Director||Franklin J. Schaffner|
|Runtime||2 hours 52 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.0 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||95%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix United Kingdom and Netflix Canada|
Reaching the number 89 spot on the top 100 American Film Institute’s List of the Greatest Movies of All Time, Patton is a biographical tale of General George S. Patton, a World War II hero found in the heart of controversy. The film follows his wartime accomplishments and activities starting with his North African campaign and ending with the removal from his position of power.
– The speech that opens Patton is a compilation of a number of speeches that the real life General Patton gave.
– Actor and former Commander in Chief wanted the lead role, but the film’s producers never offered it to him.
2. Downfall (2004)
|Release Date on Netflix||September 9, 2014|
|Runtime||2 hours 36 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.3 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||91%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix United Kingdom and Netflix Netherlands, Netflix Sweden, Netflix Denmark, Netflix Norway and Netflix Finland|
Downfall sits at number two on our list of the 10 best war movies on Netflix and earned an impressive 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Set in 1942, Downfall follows the story of Traudi Junge who just got her dream job of being Adolf Hitler’s secretary during the height of his reign of power. It is narrated by the real Traudi Junge, detailing Hitler’s final days as he rails against those he believes are betraying him. It also follows other notorious Nazis who are preparing for the end.
– In the conference room scene, you can see a world map in the background that features Korea, the Soviet Union and China, all with their post-war borders.
– The tale is told from the real-life experience of Traudi Junge.
3. The Longest Day (1962)
|Release Date on Netflix||August 1, 2014|
|Director||Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald and Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Runtime||2 hours 58 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||7.8 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||92%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Canada|
Earning a comfortable rating of 92 percent on hard-to-please Rotten Tomatoes, The Longest Day follows the U.S. Army and the Allied Forced as they land at Normandy and then travel into territories of France. Because of ignorance, arrogance and Adolf Hitler slumbering away, the German military’s response is delayed and negative actions result.
– Frustrated by what he thought was the inaccurate information portrayed in The Longest Day, Dwight. D. Eisenhower walked off the set after just a few minutes of being on it.
– Actor Sean Connery was in the process of filming his starring role in Dr. No (1962) and thereby asked for his scenes to be filmed swiftly so that he could get back to Jamaica to film it, too.
4. The Imitation Game (2014)
|Release Date on Netflix||May 19, 2015|
|Runtime||1 hour 54 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.1 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||90%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Brazil|
One of the top-rated films in this roundup of the 10 best war movies on Netflix, this Oscar-winning film, The Imitation Game, follows Alan Turing, Cambridge alumnus played by Benedict Cumberbatch, to crack a few Nazi codes that even cryptanalysts had believed were unsolvable. His team analyzes these codes while Turing constructs a machine that is able to decipher them. His team is successful in cracking these codes but events do not turn out in favor of the quiet genius.
– The Imitation Game is a true story based on real-life mathematician Alan Turing.
– The star Benedict Cumberbatch and the character that he portrays, Alan Turing, are actually 17th cousins with roots dating back to the 14th century.
5. The Desert Fox (1951)
|Release Date on Netflix||October 1, 2014|
|Runtime||1 hour 28 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||7.0 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||71%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States|
The Desert Fox followed Field Marshal Erwin Rommel who takes on the Allied Forces during World War II by leading the German troops into action. He becomes a national hero and even gains respect from his enemies, but his techniques anger Adolf Hitler, who Rommel is planning to assassinate. Hitler eventually learns of his plans and gives the Field Marshal a terrifying ultimatum.
– The Desert Fox was mainly filmed in Borrego Springs, San Diego County, California.
– This film took advantage of authentic black and white combat footage that had been archived and used in Desert Victory (1943), a British Documentary.
– All of the soldiers featured in the scenes of the D-Day battle are real-life US troops.