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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 Films to Watch on Veterans Day (And the Rest of the Week)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

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While there are many movies that deserve to be watched today — Deer Hunter, Coming Homing, Born on the Fourth of July, even Forrest Gump — here are five films that we think should be added to your Netflix queue for today and the rest of the week.
The Best Years of Our Lives
A film about WWII that debuted almost immediately after the last troops came home (1946), the movie shares the story of three servicemen readjusting to civilian life after leaving the Air Force. It's a great film that touches on the struggles of leaving the war zone behind; the Academy loved it as well, it won seven Oscars in 1947.

Saving Private Ryan

This Steven Spielberg film brought audiences to the battlefront of WWII, and the Omaha Beach scene is singed in our minds forever. We also suggest you read this little-known story about an American spy who managed (for a time) to trick the Germans into thinking D-day was happening somewhere else.

Vietnam, Long Time Coming
This documentary shares the trek of Vietnam veterans across Southern Vietnam by bicycle as they look back at the war and current relationships with the Vietnamese. You can watch this 1998 for free on the Snag Films site.

Good Morning, Vietnam
This is two fold for us; we're still sifting through all our favorite Robin Williams films, and this one is no exception. It's a good day to watch this and remember the Vietnam Veterans in our lives and Williams.

The Hurt Locker
We have a family member who diffused bombs in Iraq during the mid-aughts, and said this film would likely stand throughout the rest of time as the most accurate portrayal of what the job was all about.

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