With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Fury, Birdman, and John Wick for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of World War II dramas, showbiz comedies, and vengeance-fueled thrillers.
FurySet at the tail-end of World War II, writer-director David Ayer's follow-up to Sabotage stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal as a Sherman tank troop on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Jim Parrack and Scott Eastwood co-star. Read our review here.
For more harrowing tales of war and bravery, check out this trio of World War II dramas that sprawl from the wilds of Russia to the fronts of Africa and Europe, as well as the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Defiance (2008) Daniel Craig fronts this Academy Award-nominated drama as a Jewish man who escaped the Nazis by fleeing into the Belarussian forests. There, he joined with Russian resistance fighters, becoming part of a force that would save 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell co-star; Edward Zwick directs.
Patton (1970) George C. Scott fronts this bold biopic that captured the World War II era of General George S. Patton Jr.'s distinguished military career. The film won Scott his only Oscar, while picking up six others including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. Karl Malden, Stephen Young and Michael Strong co-star; Franklin J. Schaffner directs.
Das Boot: Director's Cut (1981) This German-made drama recounts the claustrophobic war story set in the belly of a submarine. Following one German U-boat engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic, this film earned six Academy Award nominations, and became a must-see for history buffs. Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann co-star; Wolfgang Petersen directs.