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Unfortunately, war is an unavoidable aspect of existence. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February served as a stark reminder of how near our geopolitics are to total conflict all the time, but this is nothing new.

While it is true that “war never changes,” as the narrator of the Fallout games continually says, not every war movie is the same. War pictures abound in film history, whether they depict previous wars or futuristic visions if they follow warriors on the ground or heroes in the air. There is usually always a wide crop of films showcasing both the heroism and misery of combat on Amazon’s streaming service. Here are our picks for the finest war movies available on Prime Video right now.

1. The Family Man

The Family Man is an edgy action-drama series about a middle-class man who works for the National Investigation Agency’s special cell. While attempting to safeguard the country from terrorists, he must simultaneously protect his family from the consequences of his covert, high-pressure, and low-paying profession.

The Family Man’s second season is a solid follow-up, albeit it occasionally lacks the intrigue and hilarity of its predecessor. Overall, The Family Man 2 checks all the boxes that make it worth binge-watching.

Genre: Suspense, Comedy, Drama, International, Action

Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi

Directed by: Raj and DK

2. The Expanse

The Expanse is a two-hundred-year-future thriller that follows the case of a missing young woman, which brings together a seasoned detective and a rogue ship’s captain in a race across the solar system to uncover the largest conspiracy in human history.

Although the bulk of the season’s characters have their own objectives and follow their own paths, they all revolve around a common narrative regarding escalating tensions between Martians and Earthlings and a probable conflict that threatens to break out between them.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Suspense, Drama

Stars: Cas Anvar, Thomas Jane, Dominique Tipper

Directed by: Breck Elsner, Jeff Woolnough, Terry McDonough, Robert Lieberman, Kenneth Fink, David Grossman, Thor Freudenthal, Bill Johnson, Mikael Salomon, Jennifer Phang

3. The Man In The High Castle

A young lady discovers a secret video that may contain the answer to toppling authoritarian regimes in a dystopian America governed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. What if the Allies lost WWII and Japan and Germany seized control of the United States?

Hawthorne Abendsen (born Abe Hawkes), popularly known as “The Man in the High Castle,” is a mystery individual who is said to have developed The Grasshopper Lies Heavy film series, which depicts alternate realities.

Genre: Suspense, Drama

Stars: Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

Directed by: David Semel, Daniel Percival, Ken Olin, Michael Rymer, Bryan Spicer, Nelson Mccormick, Brad Anderson, Karen Kusama, Michael Slovis

4. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Up-and-coming Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst, is thrown into a risky field assignment when he discovers a pattern in terrorist correspondence that propels him into the center of a lethal gamble.

Though not as conceptually complex as some of its geopolitical forefathers, Jack Ryan is a pleasant contribution to the genre, bolstered by excellent action scenes and a likable ensemble.

Genre: Suspense, Action, Drama

Stars: Wendell Pierce, John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

Directed by: Morten Tyldum, Daniel Sackheim, Patricia Riggen, Carlton Cuse

5. American Gods

Shadow Moon, a man serving a three-year sentence who is granted early release, is the protagonist of American Gods. Shadow Moon is employed as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard and finds himself in a hidden realm where an epic conflict between the Old and New Gods is raging.

American Gods have it all if you like old legendary Gods, folklore, and history. Amazing TV drama with fantastic plot lines. It may be confusing at first, but you will fall in love with it as the narrative progresses.

Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Drama

Stars: Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane

Directed By: Adam Kane, Vincenzo Natali, David Slade, Floria Sigismondi, Craig Zobel

6. Taken

The story follows Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret, as he contends with a personal catastrophe that rocks his life. Mills is drawn into a career as a lethal CIA operative as he strives to overcome the tragedy and pursue retribution, a position that wakes his very specific and very hazardous set of skills.

It’s an enjoyable program if you take it for what it is and don’t attempt to compare it to the movie series. It’s basically the same guy, but it’s from his early life and isn’t set in the same universe as the movies.

Genre: Action, Suspense, Drama

Stars: Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles

Directed by: Romeo Tirone, Bill Johnson, Elodie Keene, Lexi Alexander, Holly Dale, Alex Graves, Clark Johnson, Tim Matheson, Michael Offer, Sarah Pia Anderson

7.  The Looming Tower

The Looming Tower follows the “growing menace of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the late 1990s, and how the competition between the FBI and CIA at the time may have unwittingly laid the stage for the 9/11 disaster.”

The series follows members of the FBI’s I-49 Squad in New York and the CIA’s Alec Station in Washington, D.C., as they travel throughout the world, vying for information ownership while ostensibly working toward a similar objective avoiding an imminent assault on American territory. The play is based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Genre: Suspense, Erotic, Drama

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Sullivan Jones, Wrenn Schmidt

Directed by: Craig Zisk, John Dahl, Ali Selim

8. The Challenge: ETA

From its first murder in 1968 through its collapse in 2018, the tale of the terrorist organization ETA is portrayed via interviews and unreleased photos and the fight against it by the Spanish government and the Guardia Civil.

Genre: Documentary

Directed by: Hugo Stuven, Carlos Agullo

9. Too Old To Die Young

Too Old to Die Young tells the story of “a devastated police officer who, along with the man who shot his colleague, finds himself in an underworld teeming with working-class hit men, Yakuza troops, cartel assassins dispatched from Mexico, Russian mafia commanders, and gangs of juvenile murderers.”

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Stars: Miles Treller, John Hawkes, Augusto Aguilera

Directed by: Nicholas Winding Refn

10.  Deutschland

Set in divided Germany in 1983, at the height of Cold War tensions between East and West. Martin Rauch, a wide-eyed 24-year-old East German soldier plucked from obscurity, goes undercover for the East German Secret Service as a West German soldier.

According to Martin Rauch’s character, “Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can live a simple existence. You now have three options: get assassinated, go to court, or rejoin the secret service.”

The creators and executive producers Anna Winger and Jörg Winger stated: “With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany recreated itself for the fourth time in the twentieth century. Deutschland 89 is set at the so-called “end of history.” Our protagonists, spies in a country’s national security establishment that has disintegrated overnight, find themselves at a dramatic personal and professional crossroads.”

Genre: International, Drama

Stars: Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Florence Kasumba, Sylvester Groth, Sonja Gerhardt

Directed By: Florian Cossan, Arne Feldhusen

11.  Patriot

Steven Conrad developed the American comedy-drama television series Patriot. It debuted on Amazon Prime Video on November 5, 2015, with the remaining first-season episodes following on February 23, 2017. The cast members are Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad, Terry O’Quinn, and Debra Winger.

To keep Iran from getting nuclear, CIA operative John Tavner must forego all safety nets and take on a mid-level employee’s dangerous non-official cover (“NOC”) at a Milwaukee industrial plumbing business.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Suspense

Stars: Michael Dorman, Terry O’Quinn, Kurtwood Smith

Directed by: Steven Conrad

12.  Carnival Row

Carnival Row, which follows “mythical animals that have left their war-torn country and collected in the metropolis as tensions boil between inhabitants and the expanding immigrant population,” has been compared to Neil Gaiman’s Mortal Engines, among others. The inquiry into a spate of unsolved killings, power mania, unresolved love, and societal modifications are at the heart of the story, eating away at whatever uncomfortable serenity prevails.

Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Drama

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal, Anna Foerster, Andy Goddard, Jon Amiel

Wrapping up!

For some, war tv shows serve as a means of contextualizing and grappling with conflict. For some, they provide an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Your Amazon Prime Video subscription will provide you with some entertaining stories, whatever your interest in war films. These are the greatest war films available on Amazon right now.