Cinema often tends to produce unfortunate reflections of some really dark times. Dark times are not just horrifyingly beautiful but they also become a common ground for drama and emotions. That’s probably the reason why we watch disturbing war movies like ‘Saving Private Ryan‘ which is a perfect blend of both war and drama. But sometimes we look for something that’s closer to reality, something that brings us closer to reality: a documentary. It may not be as overly dramatized as a full feature film but it moves a lot more than a war drama because of its portrayal of the shocking raw and intense reality.
No actors but real-life heroes are out there in those old vintage footage that convey what it’s like to fight and live in real armed combats. Only when we see these footage, we get to see the true portrayal of fear buried deep in courage, rage buried inside the calm, sadness deep inside the forced smiles and real character behind the realism of all those out there in a war. So, we present a compilation of Netflix documentary films that will take you on a journey to the real dark times of actual war scenarios that show us the most inhuman acts of mankind but also give us hope. Here’s the list of really good war documentary movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
15. Thunderbolt (1947)
This documentary is set during World War II and portrays the operations of the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft of the US Airforce and the role it played in the Italian circa in 1944. The P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft were operated by the 57th Fighter Group who were stationed in Corsica. Their main motive was to weaken the German forces by bombing their basic supplies. The film shows the brutality of the war in the simplest manner. The men who flew the bomber jets were no different from normal people who had a day to day job, the only difference was that many of them did not live to see the next day, The film shows that wars are not all about flag waving and patriotism but it tells us the reality of a situation where men are worried about not making it back once they are gone. The truth is always better than whats fictionalized.
14. The Negro Soldier (1944)
Set during World War II, ‘The Negro Soldier’ portrays a time when patriotism was not as corny as it is shown in the movies these days. Back then, segregation on the basis of color was very much alive in the US. But the US was also hiring many black soldiers by the end of the war. The documentary was more of a motivator for the African Americans to serve the US Army during the war by highlighting their efforts, sacrifices, and contributions to the war. But the documentary misses out on the struggles that they were going through during the war. The documentary was made with a purpose but failed to reflect upon the absolute reality, instead it cleverly showed segments of the truth.