Veterans Day is a time for honoring and celebrating American veterans for their military service, and there are numerous ways to acknowledge this national holiday.
Beyond thanking a veteran or attending a parade, you can also honor and appreciate military veterans from the comfort of your home. Netflix has numerous movies that honor the sacrifice and bravery of American troops that you can watch with your family and friends.
Here are the five best military movies on Netflix to honor our troops on this Veterans Day:
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
While the film is not even 20 years old, Saving Private Ryan has still become a modern classic war movie. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, takes place in World War II and centers on a troop of soldiers who risk their lives to save one of their own, concluding with an incredibly touching final scene.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Similar to Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down has resonating themes about brothers in arms. Over 100 Army Rangers set out to retrieve missing lieutenants who are captured by Somalis in this blockbuster film directed by Ridley Scott.
Patton tells the story of one of the most well-known military men of all time: Gen. George S. Patton. The movie, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, does not shy away from showing Patton's controversial moments while also highlighting his strengths as a general through World War II.
Last Days in Vietnam (2015)
Those looking for a documentary should look no further than Last Days in Vietnam, which presents the U.S. soldiers facing a dilemma of whether to only save their fellow Americans in Vietnam or to help save the South Vietnamese from the North Vietnamese Army.
For a glimpse of the most recent American war, Restrepo offers a look at the war in Afghanistan in 2007 as seen through the eyes of the Second Platoon, Battle Company. The documentary is directed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, on assignment from Vanity Fair.