War is, as they say, hell. But the subject makes for very good movies. From gritty thrillers that examine the psychological effects war has on humanity, to action-packed spectacles that boast heroic figures, to romances set against the conflicts of battle, Hollywood has often used war-ravaged settings to tell some of cinema’s best stories. If you’re feeling in the mood for battle, Netflix has plenty of war movies to offer. Here are the best war movies you can stream right now.
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Martin Sheen stars as a disaffected Army captain who is tasked with a secret mission to go deep into the jungle and take out a Green Beret Colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone rogue and established himself as a local god.
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Beasts of No Nation
A young boy named Agu is forced into joining a team of rebellion forces to fight in a bloody civil war that has torn his unnamed West African country apart. Idris Elba stars as the charismatic rebel leader, known only as the Commandant, who leads Agu and his fellow soldiers down a dark and violent path.
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Black Hawk Down
The 1993 Battle of Mogadishu—during with an American helicopter was downed during a raid on the Somalia city—is the subject of Ridley Scott’s star-studded and tense thriller.
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The Dirty Dozen
An impressive ensemble cast—including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, and Donald Sutherland—united to star in this action classic about a American army major who must lead a team of convicts on a assassination mission during WWII.
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This Civil War epic stars Nicole Kidman as a woman on the home front waiting for her beloved (Jude Law) to return to her, with Renée Zellwegger playing a fiery, whip-smart helping hand who helps manage an ailing farm.
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David Lean’s adaptation of the beloved book by Boris Pasternak stars Omar Sharif as the titular physician who is torn between two women in a romantic epic set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution
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First They Killed My Father
Angelina Jolie directed this drama, based on the true story of Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung’s childhood experience living under Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s, during which her family was forced into a labor camp by the Communist regime.
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Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey stars as Newton Knight, a Confederate soldier who deserts his troop to return home to his farm to be with his family. Disillusioned with the Confederate cause and radicalized by the abolitionist movement, Knight forms an anti-Confederate uprising in Jones County, Mississippi.
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The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow made history when she became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Picture for this taut and tense war thriller about the psychological stress of combat starring Jeremy Renner.
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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a feast for his fans and history buffs alike that features an incredible performance from Daniel Day-Lewis (who earned his third Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president)—as well as a starry ensemble of supporting players.
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Chris Pine plays Robert the Bruce, the crowned king of Scotland who is exiled from his country and bands together a team of fellow outlaws to assist him in his efforts to reclaim his throne.
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Roman Polanski’s WWII drama was partly inspired by his own experience seeking refuge from Nazi-controlled Poland, with Adrien Brody playing the radio pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who attempts to survive the German occupation of Warsaw.
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Steven Spielberg’s magnum opus is a film about the Holocaust that centers on one German businessman’s efforts to reconcile his own morality against the face of true evil. The film was Spielberg’s first to earn both Best Picture and Best Director, and remains his personal best.
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Tears of the Sun
This Antoine Fuqua-directed action film stars Bruce Willis as a U.S. Navy SEAL lieutenant who leads a team on a rescue mission in war-torn Nigeria to save a doctor and a group of refugees who are trapped in a hospital in the middle of the jungle.
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Brad Pitt plays a tough but wacky U.S. General who is sent to Afghanistan to clean up the military mess following eight years of war. Surrounded by exhausted and disillusioned soldiers, he finds himself up against bureaucratic obstacles in this dark war comedy.