Memorial is usually the first holiday before summer, giving many a welcomed three-day weekend. But few really know what the holiday is about. The federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. But it has now evolved to be a day of remembering those who have died in military service. We’ve compiled some Netflix streaming movies that would make great flicks to watch as a way to celebrate the story behind the holiday.

18. WWII in HD

Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage thanks to the History Chanel’s special mini-series documentary.

17. Surviving the Cut

The reality TV show on the Discovery Chanel takes viewers into the intense world of military elite forces training, giving them an all-access look to what it’s like to be a sniper, diver, para-rescue man, bomb specialist and more!

16. Top Shot

The History Chanel’s reality TV show, Top Shot has 16 of the nation’s top marksmen compete to be No.1 via various types of shooting challenges.

15. The Last Days of World War II

The History Chanel’s TV documentary details the end of the Second World War in Europe and all of the aftermath…some serious subject matter!

14. The Hunt For Red October

A total class, this flick is set in 1984 and is about the USSR’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads straight for the states…is it the start of another war…?

13. Archangel

The TV movie features Daniel Craig as a British college professor working in Russia investigating mysterious surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.

12. IP Man

The first part of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun and the mentor of Bruce Lee.

11. IP Man 2

The story of Yip Man continues as part 2 tells of his migration to Hong Kong in 1949, as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts

10. 633 Squadron

The war drama surrounds an RAF squadron that’s assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway,,which is part of the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-day, by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level.

9. Iron Man 2

Superhero Tony Stark as Iron Man continues to deal with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends and new enemies.

8. Killer Elite

Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, a retired member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service is forced into action when his mentor is taken captive. His mission is to kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader.

7. Expendables

The ultimate guy movie is about a special team of mercenaries that are given an assignment to take out a corrupt military leader and stars an all-star cast of your favorite action guys!

6. The Veteran

The action thriller drama tells the story of a soldier returning from the war in Afghanistan uncovers a conspiracy involving the intelligence services and a gang of drug dealers.

5. Top Gun

Even though many women love the movie for the eye-candy, guys will appreciate the story of friendship, competition and see what it’s like for fighter pilots circa 1986.

4. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State

The documentary tells the story of Auschwitz and what it was like inside the Nazi occupied region.

3. Starship Troopers

The sci-fi comedy features humans facing off in a militaristic future doing battle against giant bugs.

2. The Bombing of Germany

The documentary describes the defining months of offensive against Germany that American forces faced, both morally and strategically.

1. The War Planes of WWII

The military documentary details all the significant war planes from WWII, as historians reveal the decisive impact that aircraft had on the outcome of the war.


Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.