By Rachel Engel
Netflix has a little bit of everything: Television shows, comedies, dramas, Oscar-winners. The streaming giant also has a massive collection of documentaries, including an impressive list about military operations, wars and historical accounts.
So, if you’re a history buff looking to learn a little more, or just someone interested in the world’s military past, check out our list of the top streaming documentaries on Netflix.
1. Honor Flight
A poet, a plumber and a postmaster are just three of the heroes whose stories emerge in this film about a town’s efforts to honor its World War II vets.
2. Brothers in War
Home movies, audio tape and letters from members of Charlie Company, the last U.S. platoon sent to Vietnam, illuminate the conflict as never before.
3. Last Days in Vietnam
This documentary recounts the Vietnam War’s final days, when unexpected roadblocks threatened the evacuation of America’s South Vietnamese allies.
4. World War II Spy School
Before the CIA, there was the OSS. Discover the story behind the top secret spy agency and its groundbreaking North American training school, Camp X.
5. The Hunt for Bin Laden
Counterterrorism experts discuss their 20-year search for Osama bin Laden, which ended on May 2, 2011, when he was killed by American special forces.
6. The Wheelchair President
Examine how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ailing health and failing marriage impacted the conclusion and aftermath of World War II.
7. Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight
Following the harrowing rescue of pilot Tom Baca and his team, who were ambushed while transporting a chaplain in a helicopter during the Vietnam War.
8. Day of the Kamikaze
Examine the history behind the kamikazes, the Japanese suicide pilots of World War II, and learn how and why these men sacrificed their lives in combat.
Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington embed themselves with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, chronicling the men’s work, fear and brotherhood.
10. Unsung Heroes: The Story of American’s Female Patriots
This documentary recounts the history of women patriots fighting for the U.S. with profiles of today’s high-ranking female officers.
11. Black Ops
Using fast-paces reenactments, interviews and more, this documentary series recounts the incredible stories of the world’s elite Special Forces.
12. Wounded: The Battle Back Home
This generation’s injured veterans battle the invisible and invisible wounds of war and navigate their post-war lives through challenges and triumphs.
13. The First World War From Above
Aerial footage from 1919 captures the battlefields of World War I, revealing the destruction and devastation inflicted across Europe.
14. America’s Secret D-Day Disaster
In April 1944, a dress rehearsal for D-Day ended with over 700 American lives lost. This film is the first to document the top secret catastrophe.
15. Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Ben Kinglsey narrates this portrait of Winston Churchill that explores his impact on the course of world events and his influence on modern diplomacy.