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The Best Military Movies and TV Shows on Fandor

Finding a good Military movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Military movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Fandor.

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1. The General

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8.1/10
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85/100
Released: 1926
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive, 'The General'—with Johnnie's lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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7.9/10
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83/100
Released: 1972
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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3. The Passion of Joan of Arc

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8.1/10
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82/100
Released: 1928
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she'd spoken to God, Jeanne d'Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Fandor & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Mesrine: Killer Instinct

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7.5/10
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77/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. The Big Combo

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73/100
Released: 1955
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever, well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the while obsessing over the gangster's girlfriend.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel, Fandor & 2 others) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. Armadillo

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7.5/10
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73/100
Released: 2010
Documentary

What it's about: ARMADILLO is an upfront account of growing cynicism and adrenaline addiction for young soldiers at war. Mads and Daniel are on their first mission in Helmand, Afghanistan. Their platoon is stationed in Camp Armadillo, right on the Helmand frontline, fighting tough battles against the Taliban. The soldiers are there to help the Afghan people, but as fighting gets tougher and operations increasingly hairy, Mads, Daniel and their friends become cynical, widening the gap between themselves and the Afghan civilisation. Mistrust and paranoia set in causing alienation and disillusion. Armadillo is a journey into the soldier’s mind and a unique film on the mythological story of man and war, staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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7. Punishment Park

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72/100
Released: 1971Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: In this fictional documentary, U.S. prisons are at capacity, and President Nixon declares a state of emergency. All new prisoners, most of whom are connected to the antiwar movement, are now given the choice of jail time or spending three days in Punishment Park, where they will be hunted for sport by federal authorities. The prisoners invariably choose the latter option, but learn that, between the desert heat and the brutal police officers, their chances of survival are slim.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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8. King and Country

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66/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: During World War I, Army Private Arthur James Hamp is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial, Captain Hargreaves, finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Kanopy).

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9. Battle for Haditha

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65/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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10. Horror Express

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6.6/10
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64/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Mysterious and unearthly deaths start to occur while Professor Saxton is transporting the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature he found in Manchuria back to Europe.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Secrets of Cinema) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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11. Zulu Dawn

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Released: 1979Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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12. The Man in the Iron Mask

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7.1/10
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49/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure, History

What it's about: Tyrannical King Louis XIV learns that he has an identical twin brother, Philippe, who was raised from birth by his late father's trusted friend D'Artagnan and his faithful musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. After Philippe falls for the king's betrothed, Spanish Princess Maria Theresa, Louis imprisons him, forcing his brother to don an iron mask that will slowly suffocate him -- and it's up to D'Artagnan to rescue him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV).

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13. Go for Broke!

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6.7/10
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48/100
Released: 1951
Drama, History

What it's about: A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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14. War Child

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48/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Documentary

What it's about: Hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal returns to Sudan where he served as a child soldier.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Ballad of the Little Soldier

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7.3/10
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47/100
Released: 1984
Documentary

What it's about: Ballad of the Little Soldier is a 1984 documentary film about child soldiers in Nicaragua.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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16. Standing Army

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42/100
Released: 2010
Documentary

What it's about: Standing Army, directed by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi, is an award-winning documentary film about the global network of U.S. military bases, the impact that these have on local populations, and the military-industrial complex that lies behind it.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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17. Light Up the Sky!

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6.3/10
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38/100
Released: 1960
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Lewis Gilbert's classic comedy drama portrays the antics of a British Army Searchlight Squad during World War II. Lieutenant Ogleby (Ian Carmichael) has his work cut out to keep his "legionnaires" at their post and not rampaging through the local countryside. The McGaffey brothers (Benny Hill and Tommy Steele) create havoc with their light-fingers and light-loving with the local girls, whilst Smithy (Johnny Briggs) pines for his sweetheart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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18. The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan

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38/100
Released: 2010
Documentary

What it's about: Private McKinley Nolan vanished 40 years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured, some say he was a traitor, some even say he was an American operative. The US Army officially claims he was radicalized and went native, joining the Viet Cong and later encountering the Khmer Rouge. In 2006, retired US Army Lt. Dan Smith, revisiting the battlefields of his youth, may have encountered the elusive McKinley, alive. So began a journey into the heart of darkness.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. Ordinary People

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6.1/10
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37/100
Released: 2009
Drama

What it's about: The story of a soldier faced with mission of executing prisoners in an unspecified place and time. The film follows a hot summer day in the life of Džoni, a twenty-year-old recruit, who is sent to an abandoned farm on an unknown mission. The soldiers wait to battle unnamed terrorists, but instead, a bus full of prisoners arrives to the barracks. The commander orders the soldiers to execute the prisoners. At first, Džoni is shocked by the cruel killings, but as more prisoners arrive, he begins to enjoy the executions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. 100 Days Before the Command

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5.3/10
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37/100
Released: 1991
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring. '100 Days Before the Command' is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of communism. Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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21. Crawlspace

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36/100
Released: 2012
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A group of elite soldiers sent to infiltrate and extract the lead science team from Pine Gap, Australia's top secret underground military compound, after it comes under attack from unknown forces. The mission is compromised when they encounter a young woman with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. As they try to escape, the group quickly discovers all is not as it seems and the facility has become a testing ground for something far more sinister.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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22. The Fur Hat

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5.3/10
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33/100
Released: 1907
Comedy

What it's about: A soldier with a fur hat hides in a closet.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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