Historical Entertainment The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix  

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Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning? Here are the best war movies on Netflix, 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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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Black 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 ...more
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The Siege of Jadotville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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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Hyena Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Hyena Road Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Allan Hawco
Hyena Road is a 2015 Canadian war drama film written, directed by and starring Paul Gross. In Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Canadian Army troops are encountering resistance from insurgents as ...more
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Tears of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker
Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action 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 ...more
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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more
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Sand Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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) 8 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
6 Days Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell
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Shooter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Hillary added Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara, Rhona Mitra
Shooter is a 2007 American conspiracy action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. The film concerns a former U.S. Marine Scout Sniper, ...more
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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more
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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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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Good Kill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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Operation Chromite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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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Operation Red Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Operation Red Sea
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First They Killed My Father is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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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My Honor Was Loyalty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
My Honor Was Loyalty Leone Frisa, Francesco Migliore, Paolo Vaccarino
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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson
This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during the ...more
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Mine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen
Mine is a 2016 psychological thriller film directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro. After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier (Armie Hammer) finds himself stranded in the desert, ...more
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Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more
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The Hateful Eight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. In a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) find shelter in a ...more
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Spectral is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer
Spectral is a 2016 American military science fiction film directed by Nic Mathieu. The sci-fi thriller centers on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.
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Too Young the Hero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Too Young the Hero Mary-Louise Parker, Ricky Schroder, Christopher Curry
Too Young the Hero is a 1988 television movie starring Rick Schroder. It premiered on CBS on March 27, 1988. The film tells the true story of a 12-year old boy who forges his mother's signature ...more
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Platoon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more
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Kilo Two Bravo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
Kilo Two Bravo David Elliot, Mark Stanley, Scott Kyle
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Railroad Tigers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best War Movies Streaming On Netflix
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