Historical Movies The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant  

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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.

If you're looking for absolute classic war movies, Netflix definitely has them. The selection changes every  month, but there are usually at least a few veritable classics available on the site. Right now, Netflix is streaming great films like Defiance, Hyena Road, Full Metal Jacket, and much more.

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? 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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Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film ...more

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The Siege of Jadotville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Mikael Persbrandt The Siege of Jadotville is a 2016 historical drama war film directed by Richie Smyth, based on Declan Power's book. Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) leads a stand off with troops ...more

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska Defiance 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 ...more

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The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly, Jamie Foxx The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller directed by Peter Berg and starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Ashraf Barhom, with Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Piven, Richard ...more

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Sand Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Logan Marshall-Green Sand Castle is an American war drama film directed by Fernando Coimbra. The film centers on Matt Ocre, a young rifleman in the United States Army, who is tasked with restoring water to a village ...more

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Hyena Road is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Hyena Road Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Allan Hawco

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Operation Chromite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Lee Jung-jae, Lee Beom-soo, Liam Neeson Operation Chromite is a 2016 South Korean war drama film directed by John H. Lee, based on true events. A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Inchon.

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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American war drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in the ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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6 Days is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
6 Days Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell

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God of War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
God of War Vincent Zhao, Sammo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata Set in 1557, it is about two Chinese generals' efforts to defeat a group of Japanese Samurai warriors who, pretending to be pirates, terrorized and took control of coastline villages in China.

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a ...more

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Love and Honor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Takuya Kimura, Kaori Momoi, Ken Ogata Love and Honor is a 2006 film set in Japan of the Edo period. It is the final film in Yoji Yamada's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy.

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes War Machine is a 2017 American satirical war film directed by David Michôd, based on the nonfiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings. An idiosyncratic general (Brad Pitt) confronts ...more

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The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find ...more

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USS Indianapolis: Men of Coura... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is a 2016 American war film directed by Mario Van Peebles. During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 300 crewmen ...more

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Good Kill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant

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First They Killed My Father is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung, Socheata Sveng First They Killed My Father is a 2017 American biographical historical thriller film directed by Angelina Jolie and written by Jolie and Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and ...more

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Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
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 ...more

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Traitor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and ...more

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Railroad Tigers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Railroad Tigers Jackie Chan, Huang Zi Tao, Jaycee Chan Railroad Tigers is a 2016 Chinese action comedy film directed by Ding Sheng and starring Jackie Chan. A railroad worker and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side ...more

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Stealth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Movies On Netflix Instant
Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Wentworth Miller Stealth is a 2005 American science fiction action film starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard, Joe Morton and Richard Roxburgh. The film was directed by Rob Cohen, director ...more