Tired of holiday cartoons? Need a break from crowded malls and jammed parking lots? Grab some popcorn (or Christmas cookies), your favorite comfy chair, and turn the sound system up. These 10 movies are available on Nexflix this month:
Black Hawk Down
Based on the true story of a US mission in Somalia gone wrong, this Ridley Scott-directed movie won two Oscars and two noms and made Josh Hartnett a household name.
Saving Private Ryan
Sure, it’s on TBS basically every time you flip the channel. Yes, you probably have at least one quote memorized. (And that’s why we’re not going to give you a synopsis of this one.) But seriously… who doesn’t love Tom Hanks? And watching this masterpiece without ads every three minutes? It’s perfection on a winter night.
Out in 2015 from a Canadian filmmaker, this movie explores the murkiness of war and the fluidity of morality as Canadian Forces try to build Hyena Road in an area held by the Taliban.
Another film centering on the war in Afghanistan, Restrepo is a documentary following journalists Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington as they embed with a US platoon in an outpost in the Korengal Valley.
Tears of the Sun
What list of war movies would be complete without Bruce Willis? This action-adventure takes us into the Nigerian jungle as Navy SEALs try to rescue a doctor and 70 refugees.
Michelle Monaghan stars as a soldier returning from Afghanistan and trying to repair the relationship with her five-year-old son. Winning awards at film festivals, including the GI Film Festival, this movie takes a close look at the emotional strains and sacrifices parents make during deployment.
Based on a true story from WWII, Defiance follows four brothers who protect more than 1,000 refugees from the Nazis. Given the frightening uptick in neo-Nazi sympathy in the US in recent days, this is a must-watch if only to remember how evil Nazism is.
Patton is an iconic, cultural touchstone in both the military and civilian communities…. almost as iconic as the general himself. George C. Scott, who acted in the title role, refused the the Oscar for Best Actor– a first in Academy Award history.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Is there a more fitting war movie for December? This movie focuses on both the Japanese and American viewpoints of Pearl Harbor– a day that continues to live on in world memory and infamy.
Twelve O’Clock High
This underdog classic features Gregory Peck as a brigadier general in charge of a group of bombers who fly daylight raids into Nazi Germany and occupied France during WWII.