War movies speak straight to our hearts. Irrespective of nationality, language and culture, they have a universal appeal. War is a curse upon humanity and some films often remind us of the pain and horror that it brings to people. But there are several other war movies that are made to display patriotism or convey other political messages. Though their stands on war may vary, one thing that is common in all war movies is their emotional appeal. These films may be pro-war or anti-war, but they take us straight to the center of the action. They show us battlefields where death and life dance together, hand in hand; they reveal human beings who act like gods and devils at the same time. With that said, here’s the list of really good army movies on Amazon Prime that are available to stream right now:
14. Last Days in Vietnam (2016)
The Academy Award-nominated docudrama ‘Last Days in Vietnam‘ chronicles the last few days of the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese city of Saigon is surrounded by the North Vietnamese Army. The terrified South Vietnamese people desperately search for shelters. The Americans on the ground, mostly soldiers and diplomats, face the biggest moral crisis of their lives. Washington has ordered to evacuate all the American citizens from the southern part of Vietnam with immediate effect and the order specifically says ”only American citizens”. If the soldiers and diplomats try to save the Vietnamese people who run for their lives, it will be treason.
Based on the actual massive evacuation, which is called Operation Frequent Wind, from Saigon, ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ captures the moral crisis, embarrassment and confusion of the American military personnel who are trapped in a war they have nothing to do with. Produced and directed by Rory Kennedy, ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ features interviews of Henry Kissinger, Richard Armitage, Frank Snepp, Stuart Herrington, and Terry McNamara among others.
13. City of Ghosts (2017)
‘City of Ghosts’ takes us to the medieval hell created by ISIS in Raqqa, Syria during the reign of the terrorist outfit. The docudrama follows the Syrian media activist group, ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.’ The volunteer group is formed by some unknown citizen journalists. They risk their lives and families to document and report the ground-level devastation of their country. The group members record each and every atrocities committed by the fanatics who used Raqqa as their de facto capital during the occupation. The reports from the group became the singular and solid evidence for the fact that the people of Raqqa never welcomed the ISIS. In the midst of utter chaos and blackout, the group was the only reliable and credible source of information for the foreign media. ‘City of Ghosts‘ is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman.