The Best Movies to Watch on Netflix and Hulu This Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time to honor those who’ve served. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most notable movies on Netflix and Hulu about the U.S. military and veterans. From gripping dramas about World War II to sobering documentaries about how service members adjust to life after combat, these films will remind you of why we honor service members on Veterans Day.  

‘Black Hawk Down’  

Josh Hartnett stars in this 2001 Oscar-winning movie from Ridley Scott. It’s based on the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, an ill-fated military raid went horribly wrong, leading to the death of 18 U.S. soldiers and many more Somalis. Streaming on Netflix. 

‘Inglorious Basterds’ 

Quentin Tarantino rewrites the traditional World War II movie script in this Academy Award-winning film from 2009. Brad Pitt plays a U.S. army officer who leads a team of Jewish soldiers who hunt down Nazis. Meanwhile, Shosanna, a Jewish theater owner, plots to assassinate Hitler when he attends a premiere at her cinema. Streaming on Netflix. 

‘Let There Be Light’ 

This 1946 documentary directed by John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) is the fourth in a series of movies he made to support U.S. efforts in World War II. Let There Be Light focuses on returning veterans suffering what we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder. But the military didn’t want the public to see this side of the war, and the film was suppressed until the 1980s. Streaming on Netflix.

‘Megan Leavey’ 

A marine corporal named Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) is paired with an aggressive military combat dog named Rex. The pair form a tight bond and go on to save numerous lives while deployed in Iraq, as depicted in this based-on-true-story film. Streaming on Hulu. 

‘Medal of Honor’ 

This only-on-Netflix series profiles Medal of Honor recipients through a combination of interviews, dramatic reenactments, and archival footage. Eight hour-long episodes tell the story of people like Ty M. Carter, who was wounded during a Taliban attack in 2009, and Hershey Miyamura, who was decorated for his service during the Korean War. 

‘Platoon’ 

Oliver Stone based this Award-winning 1986 movie about an idealistic young military recruit (Charlie Sheen) who confronts the horrors of war on his own experiences as a soldier in Vietnam. Streaming on Hulu. 

‘The Battle of Midway’ 

Still From 'The Battle Of Midway'
Film still from The Battle of Midway | U.S. Navy/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Another WWII-era doc from Ford, this short film features combat footage from the Battle of Midway. It’s perfect companion viewing to Roland Emmerich’s Midway, the recently released epic about the same battle. Streaming on Netflix. 

‘The Great Raid’

James Franco and Benjamin Bratt star in this 2005 World War II drama about a daring raid on the Cabanatuan prison camp in the Philippines that freed 500 U.S. soldiers. Streaming on Netflix.

‘The Messenger’ 

Ben Foster next to poster for The Messenger
Ben Foster | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Oscilloscope Laboratories

A wounded Iraq war veteran (Ben Foster) is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification Office, where he and a veteran officer (Woody Harrelson) are charged with informing people that their loved ones have been killed in the line of duty. Streaming on Hulu. 

‘To Be of Service’ 

Soldiers struggling with PTSD get help from specially trained service dogs in this 2019 documentary. Streaming on Netflix. 

‘USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage’

The crew of the USS Indianapolis fight to survive after their ship is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in this 2016 movie featuring Nicolas Cage. Streaming on Netflix.