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The best war movies on Hulu (September 2022)

We live in a world that is constantly at war. So it’s not surprising, then, that so much cinema attempts to dissect, understand, or even glorify war. For some, war movies offer escapist stories in which they can identify with and root for heroes. For others, war movies offer a lens through which to ponder the world we live in. Unfortunately, if you only have a Hulu subscription, you won’t find a particularly good war movie collection. Still, we’ve gone ahead and pulled out the best war movies on Hulu right now.

Not finding what you’re looking for on Hulu? Try our picks for the best war movies on Netflix.

Hell Hath No Fury (2021)
Hell Hath No Fury
5.3/10
r 94m
Genre Action, War
Stars Nina Bergman, Daniel Bernhardt, Louis Mandylor
Directed by Jesse V. Johnson
After being branded a traitor by her countrymen, a French national is abandoned and left to die. When she’s rescued by a group of American soldiers, she’s given one condition: Lead them to a cache of gold before the Nazis find it. Now, the woman must take on the German war machine, the French resistance, and the U.S. Army to find her own little slice of the world.
Green Zone (2010)
Green Zone
63 %
6.8/10
r 115m
Genre War, Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Stars Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by Paul Greengrass
There’s about 100 Matt Damon war movies out there on Hulu alone, so what makes Green Zone stand out? The film follows Damon playing a military officer on the hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. The job carries plenty of danger and the thrill leaves audiences on the edge of their seats. At the same time, the movie does a good job of not painting war as a black-and-white issue, but as one that’s deeply embedded into socioeconomic and political factors – after all, the history of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq is a fraught one that left many questioning the War on Terror in its aftermath.
The East (2020)
The East
52 %
6.9/10
137m
Genre War, Drama, Thriller, History
Stars Martijn Lakemeier, Marwan Kenzari, Jonas Smulders
Directed by Jim Taihuttu

War is not a purely American phenomenon, nor is the ugly history of colonialism. The East takes viewers to Indonesia, a colony of the Netherlands looking to gain independence after World War II. The movie looks at the conflict on a micro scale through the eyes of a young soldier coming to grips with his missions, which come increasingly at odds with his conscience. The Dutch film doesn’t pull punches when it comes to confronting the terrible things colonizers did to peoples they deemed inferior or subject to be ruled, ideas that apply throughout the western world.

Moffie (2020)
Moffie
69 %
6.8/10
104m
Genre Drama, War, Romance
Stars Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey
Directed by Oliver Hermanus
It’s 1981, Apartheid is still very much alive in South Africa, and — like all white men and boys over the age of 16 in the country at the time — Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) is conscripted into the South African Defense Force for his two years of compulsory service. While the country fights a border war with nearby Angola, Nicholas undergoes brutal training and desperately tries to hide his homosexuality and his growing attraction to another gay soldier, Dylan (Ryan de Villers). Moffie is a powerful, moving film and an unflinching study of hypermasculinity.
Shadow in the Cloud (2021)
Shadow in the Cloud
66 %
4.9/10
r 83m
Genre Horror, Action, War
Stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson
Directed by Roseanne Liang
When she boards the B-17 Bomber The Fool’s Errand, Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) already has plenty to deal with, including a strange past and the fact most of the otherwise all-male crew would rather she be preparing meals in a kitchen somewhere. But in the midst of intermittent attacks from Japanese fighters, Maude and the crew have to deal with something unexpected — a monstrous gremlin. With war drama fusing with supernatural horror, Shadow in the Cloud is a fun ride.
Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021)
Quo Vadis, Aida?
97 %
8/10
101m
Genre War, Drama
Stars Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Boris Ler
Directed by Jasmila Žbanić
In a harrowing situation, former schoolteacher Aida (Jasna Djuricic) is luckier than most. Right before the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre of the Bosnian War, Aida works as a UN translator and so, unlike most of the inhabitants of the besieged town, has access to the safety of the UN camp. But the rest of her family is still barred from entry. Through Aida’s eyes, we watch as horrors of war unfold in this unforgettable, Oscar-nominated drama.
Legion of Brothers (2017)
Legion of Brothers
77 %
5.9/10
79m
Genre Documentary
Stars Jason Amerine, George W. Bush, Mark Nutsch
Directed by Greg Barker
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the United States used special forces units extensively to take down the Taliban. The powerful documentary Legion of Brothers follows the soldiers who were sent overseas both during their tours of duty and after they come home. There’s no political agenda here. In Legion of Brothers, we hear from soldiers glad they had the opportunity to fight in Afghanistan and those who wish they had never been involved. The only agenda is to tell their stories and, above all, to highlight the brotherhood their experiences have forged.

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