D-Day 2017: 5 Great World War II Movies to Stream on Netflix

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On June 6, 1944, 73 years ago today, the Allies invaded Nazi-occupied France, landing on the beaches of Normandy in the largest seaborne invasion in history. There were around 156,000 Allied troops in Normandy, with 73,000 of them Americans. It’s estimated that over 10,000 Allied troops died, while between 4,000 and 9,000 Nazi troops were killed.

The day turned the tide of the European theater of World War II in favor of the Allies. Germany finally surrendered on May 8, 1945.

World War II has proved a fruitful topic for Hollywood and filmmakers around the globe. Its effects are still felt today, as it established a new political world order where the U.S. became a superpower. It was followed by the Cold War, a rivalry between the U.S. and Soviet Union. Even though the U.S.S.R. is no more, the U.S.-Russia rivalry still dominates global affairs.

There are a few good films about World War II and other wars are now available to stream on Netflix. Sadly, Saving Private Ryan isn’t here because it’s not available to stream on Netflix or Amazon Prime. There are also many other great World War II movies nowhere to be found on Netflix, since the selection of streaming films is lacking.

Here’s a look at five World War II movies you can stream on Netflix right now. Not all of them have to do with D-Day though.

Patton

Reupload – Patton Speech – George C. Scott – 1970Be Seated Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a…2015-08-11T13:26:39.000Z

Franklin J. Schaffner’s Patton won the 1970 Best Picture Oscar and was co-written by The Godfather‘s Francis Ford Coppola. The film focuses on the life of General George S. Patton during World War II. Its opening monologue, with George C. Scott as Patton standing in front of a giant American flag, remains iconic.

The Longest Day

The Longest Day (1962) – Point Du HocThe Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about "D-Day", the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, during World War II.2009-06-19T23:31:14.000Z

The Longest Day is a three-hour, detailed look at how D-Day unfolded, featuring an all-star cast. The 1962 film took three directors to bring to life. It might not be as visceral or as violent as Saving Private Ryan, but the film’s is unique in that it shows D-Day from the perspective of the Nazis as well as the Allies.

Inglorious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds Aldo Raine SpeechBrad Pitt's awesome accent2012-01-23T16:06:01.000Z

Quite possibly Quentin Tarantino’s best film, Inglorious Basterds is a World War II fantasy of violence, double-crossing and action. Christoph Waltz gives one of the best performances in a Tarantino movie as the villainous SS Colonel Hans Landa and earned an Oscar for it. The film is a complete work of fiction though.

Schindler’s List

Schindler's List – Official® Trailer [HD]Release Date: December 15, 1993 Based on a true story, SCHINDLER'S LIST is Steven Spielberg's epic drama of World War II Holocaust survivors and the man who unexpectedly came to be their savior. Unrepentant womanizer and war profiteer Oskar Schindler uses Polish Jews as cheap labor to produce cookware for the Third Reich. But after…2013-09-20T13:05:20.000Z

Since you can’t catch Saving Private Ryan on Netflix or Amazon, you can check out the other film that earned Steven Spielberg a Best Director Oscar, Schindler’s List. Running three hours and 15 minutes, this epic film tells the story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who saved 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz.

Downfall

Hitler's Rant – Original Video with English Subtitles: Film = Downfall/Der Untergang – HD***CLICK THE CAPTIONS BUTTON ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT FOR SUBTITLES*** The scene in the German film Downfall, where Hitler realises he is defeated in Berlin, and lets of his anger at his Generals. This is the original video, parodied so many times on Youtube, it's those videos that made me watch the film if I'm…2009-10-02T17:03:32.000Z

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s two-and-a-half-hour Downfall is the story of Adolf Hitler’s last days. The German film earned unanimous praise when it was released and picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Bruno Ganz starred as Hitler. Sadly, today the film is better known for Internet parodies that add new subtitles to a scene where Hitler realizes the war is lost.

D-Day

BBC – D-Day (2004, UK)To commemorate 70 years of rememberance, Keith Douglas' incomplete poem is read by just a few of the people who fought on that day and lived long enough to make this advert possible. Directed by Stuart Douglas at Nice Shirt Films.2014-06-06T21:21:17.000Z

For a more realistic depiction of D-Day, you can check out D-Day. This is a 2004 BBC documentary that includes real footage from the war, as well as recreations. It highlights different individuals who took part in D-Day.


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