Since the advent of motion pictures, directors, screenwriters, and producers have been making war pictures. It’s easy to see why. The big events that shape our country and the world at large undoubtedly inspire art, introspection, and a deep desire to tell the story of the men and women who fought in these conflicts. To explore the things they went through, both on the front lines and back home when all was said and done.
So without further delay, here are 7 of the most compelling and harrowing war movies that you can watch right now on Hulu.
It is a rare film that toes the line between war film and psychological thriller but Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, pulls it off expertly. Stylish and sexy, this 2016 drama was directed by Robert Zemeckis.
This little-known Vietnam war drama is arguably one of the best movies set during this conflict. With a largely unknown cast, Tunnel Rats highlights the practice of US soldiers performing search and destroy missions via underground tunnels.
This 2016 picture by director Simon Dixon follows two mercenaries, Joe and Paddy, who are traveling through the desert in war-torn Iraq on a mission to find and kidnap the daughter of a powerful enemy. When it is revealed that their target is, in fact, Paddy’s ex-girlfriend, the two men suddenly realize that they have become adversaries.
Set in post-WWII US-Occupied Japan, this 2012 film by Peter Webber stars Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox as General MacArthur and Brigadier General Fellers (respectively) as they decide whether or not to hold the Emperor responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Allied soldiers in WWII are trapped in enemy territory in Belgium and must risk their lives to protect a British intelligence agent carrying sensitive and vital information.
Pairing two acting greats Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson together for the first time, this drama is the story of a wounded soldier who returns to finish his tour as a part of the Army’s Casualty Notification service.
When Grace’s husband Sam is considered killed in action in Afghanistan, she attempts to create a normal life for their girls and accepts the help and comfort of his younger brother. When it turns out Sam is alive and survived capture, no one is prepared for the reality of his return.