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Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning? Here are the best war movies on Netflix instant, ranked by other movie lovers on Ranker. The Netflix war movies on this list include movies about World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, and more. Netflix has a ton of great contemporary military movies, but there are also war movies streaming on Netflix that take place even further in the past. Braveheart, for example, is a medieval war drama that is currently streaming on Netflix. There is also The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise, which takes place in 19th Century Japan.

If you're looking for absolute classic war movies, Netflix definitely has them. Apocalypse Now is streaming on the service, and although it's quite long at 3 hours in length, it is an absolute must-see for fans of the military genre. There is also Tora! Tora! Tora!, Black Hawk Down, and The Hunt For Red October, among many other amazing war films.

For whatever reason Netflix makes it difficult to search genres on their streaming service, so use this list of good war and military movies on Netflix to find some recommendations. These movies have been voted on by other fans of war films, so you can trust that the movies at the top of the list are your best bet if you haven't already seen them. Have you seen most of these war movies on Netflix instant? Do us a favor and give a thumbs up or down to each movie you've seen, so that you can help steer others in the right direction.
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
ibmitch added Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for its graphic and realistic portrayal of war, and ...more

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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialBlack Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 29-part series ...more

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young by Lieutenant General Hal ...more

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script ...more

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I ...more

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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, and Diane Kruger. The film tells the ...more

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialApocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. The film follows the central character, U.S. Army ...more

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Defiance Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialDefiance is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by Polish Jewish brothers who saved ...more

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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough. The film is ...more

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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Tears of the Sun Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action war drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue mission amidst the civil war in Nigeria. LT A.K. Waters commands the team sent to rescue U.S. citizen Dr. Lena Fiore Kendricks from the civil war ...more

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Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by the ...more

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Hunt for Red October Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Tim Curry The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American action thriller film based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius and Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan. The fictional story ...more

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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialTora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese war film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. ...more

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The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic war film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well as Ken Watanabe, Shin Koyamada, Tony Goldwyn, ...more

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
mark-thayer added Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht Das Boot is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. It has been exhibited both as a theatrical ...more

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Saints and Soldiers: Airborne ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed Corbin Allred, Lincoln Hoppe, John Lyde Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed is a 2012 religious-themed war film set during the invasion of Southern France in World War II. An example of LDS cinema from Excel Entertainment Group, it was directed by Ryan Little, written by Lamont Gray ...more

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Saints and Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Saints and Soldiers Larry Bagby, Kirby Heyborne, Corbin Allred Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialSaints and Soldiers is a 2003 religious-themed war drama film directed by Ryan Little and starring Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden. It is based loosely around events taking place shortly ...more

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Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Kathleen Robertson, Xzibit, Anson Mount Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden is a 2012 television film chronicling the Abbottabad compound raid and killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 by U.S. Navy SEALs. It first aired on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, November 4, ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Red Dawn Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutchersonm, Adrianne Palicki Red Dawn is a 2012 American war film directed by Dan Bradley. The screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore is based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel ...more

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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole Hauser, Finley Jacobsen, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Dylan ...more

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Machine Gun Preacher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon Machine Gun Preacher is a 2011 action biopic film about Sam Childers, a former gang biker turned preacher and defender of African orphans. The movie was based on Childers' book Another Man's War. It was written by Jason Keller, directed by Marc ...more

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Hell Is for Heroes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Hell Is for Heroes Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Bob Newhart Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve McQueen. It tells the story of a squad of U.S. soldiers from the 95th Infantry Division who, in the fall of 1944, must hold off an entire German company ...more

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The Red Baron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Red Baron Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes, Til Schweiger Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Red Baron is a 2008 German biopic directed by Nikolai Müllerschön about the World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron". It was filmed in the Czech Republic, France and Germany, entirely in ...more

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K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
K-19: The Widowmaker Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. The screenplay was adapted by ...more

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U-571 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
1479367638913 added U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton U-571 is a 2000 war film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry. In the film, a World War II German submarine is ...more

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Twelve O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson Twelve O'Clock High is a 1949 American war film about aircrews in the United States Army's Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during the early days of American involvement in World War ...more

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World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, based on the ...more

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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Centurion Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots Centurion is a 2010 British historical action-war film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on the legend of the massacre of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, ...more

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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as Guinevere. The film is unusual in reinterpreting ...more

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Rescue Dawn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies Rescue Dawn is a 2006 American war drama film directed by Werner Herzog, based on an adapted screenplay written from his 1997 documentary film Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film stars Christian Bale, and is based on the true story of ...more

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Special Forces is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Special Forces Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Tchéky Karyo Forces spéciales is a 2011 French war adventure film directed by Stéphane Rybojad and starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel, Mehdi Nebbou, and Tchéky Karyo. Filmed on location in France, Djibouti, and ...more

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Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Company of Heroes Tom Sizemore, Vinnie Jones, Neal McDonough Company of Heroes is a 2013 American film based on the video game of the same name.

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Ironclad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Ironclad Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox Ironclad is a 2011 adventure film directed by Jonathan English. Written by English and Erick Kastel, based on a screenplay by Stephen McDool, the cast includes James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Vladimir Kulich, Mackenzie Crook, Jason Flemyng, Derek ...more

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Into the White is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Into the White Rupert Grint, David Kross, Florian Lukas Into the White is a film set during the Second World War and directed by Petter Næss.It is inspired by and loosely based on real-life events that occurred in Norway during the war. Into the White was written by Ole Meldgaard, Dave Mango ...more

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Battle for Haditha is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Battle for Haditha Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz, Nick Shakoour Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialIraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out a brutal retaliation. Their violent house-searches lead to the massacre of 24 people, ...more

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My Way is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
My Way Fan Bingbing, Nicole Jung, Lee Yeon-hee My Way is a 2011 South Korean war film by Kang Je-gyu which stars Jang Dong-gun along with Japanese actor Joe Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. This film is inspired by the true story of a Korean named Yang Kyoungjong who was captured ...more

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The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Eagle Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Eagle is a 2011 historical adventure film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from Rosemary Sutcliff's historical adventure novel The Eagle ...more

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Red Cliff Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro Red Cliff is a Chinese epic war film from 2008-2009, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and the events at the end of the Han dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in ancient China. The film was directed by John Woo, and ...more

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SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Line... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines Tom Sizemore, Langley Kirkwood, Tanya van Graan SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines is a 2014 war film directed by Roel Reiné and starring Tom Sizemore. It is the fourth installment in the series, as well as the sequel to Behind Enemy Lines, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil and Behind ...more

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The Assassins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Assassins Chow Yun-Fat, Liu Yifei, Roy Cheung The Assassins, previously known as Bronze Sparrow Terrace or Bronze Sparrow Platform, is a Chinese historical drama film directed by Zhao Linshan, starring Chow Yun-fat as Cao Cao, a prominent warlord who became the de facto head of the central ...more

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The Wind That Shakes the Barle... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Wind That Shakes the Barley Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Written by long-time Loach collaborator Paul Laverty, this drama tells the fictional story ...more

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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Peacemaker Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and directed by Mimi Leder. It was the first film released by DreamWorks. While the story takes place all over the world, it was shot primarily in ...more

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Mission of the Shark: The Saga... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis David Caruso, Stacy Keach, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is a 1991 film directed by Robert Iscove.

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The Warlords is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
The Warlords Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro The Warlords, previously known as The Blood Brothers, is a 2007 epic war film directed by Peter Chan and starring Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei. The film was released on December 13, 2007 simultaneously in most of Asia, ...more

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is a 2012 action adventure sci-fi film written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Jon M. Chu.

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Saving General Yang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Saving General Yang Raymond Lam, Ekin Cheng, Bryan Leung Saving General Yang is a 2013 Hong Kong film directed by Ronny Yu. The story is based on the legendary Generals of the Yang Family. The film was selected as part of the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival. ...more

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Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Killing Season John Travolta, Robert De Niro, Milo Ventimiglia Killing Season is a 2013 American action thriller film written by Evan Daugherty and directed by Mark Steven Johnson for Millennium Films, as the first on-screen pairing of actors John Travolta and Robert De Niro. The film pertains to a ...more

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White Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
White Vengeance Liu Yifei, Anthony Wong, Andy On White Vengeance, also known as Hong Men Yan, is a 2011 Chinese historical film directed by Daniel Lee, starring Leon Lai, Feng Shaofeng, Liu Yifei, Zhang Hanyu, Anthony Wong, Jordan Chan, Andy On, Xiu Qing and Jia Qing. The film is loosely ...more

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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seedi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Vivian Hsu, Yuichi Kimura, Masanobu Ando Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is a 2011 Taiwanese historical drama epic film directed by Wei Te-Sheng and produced by John Woo, based on the 1930 Wushe Incident in central Taiwan. The full version of the film shown in Taiwan is divided ...more

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Legendary Amazons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Legendary Amazons Cecilia Cheung, Cheng Pei-pei, Yukari Oshima Legendary Amazons is a 2011 Chinese film based on the stories of the Yang Clan Generals. The film was directed by Frankie Chan and starred Richie Jen, Cecilia Cheung, Cheng Pei-pei, Liu Xiaoqing and Kathy Chow. The film is based on the same ...more