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Black Friday Movie – Watching films that pay tribute to those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces is a good way to spend the long weekend remembering those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

While Hollywood may appear to be overrun with war films that lack reverence at times, there are many that seek to honors the fallen men and women of the military.

We found several films (and two shows) that you can watch this weekend on Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, and Netflix to honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Following the success of “Saving Private Ryan,” Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks turned to HBO to tell the story of Easy Company of the United States Army 101st Airborne Division and their mission in WWII Europe, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day.

The Most Exciting Years of Our Lives (HBO Max)

In William Wyler’s somber but powerful best picture winner, three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Downfall of Black Hawk Down (HBO Max)

Elite US soldiers are dispatched to Somalia to apprehend two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, only to find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily armed Somalis. Ridley Scott’s intense and action-packed drama.

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A Strait Bridge (Netflix)

Set in September 1944, during Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.

Spike Lee’s drama about four Black veterans returning to Vietnam in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader (the late Chadwick Baseman) and the gold fortune he helped them hide, Da 5 Bloods (Netflix). It delivers all the qualities we love in “a Spike Lee joint,” stuffing in as much about Trump’s America as it can while giving longtime Lee collaborator Delray Lindo a long-deserved moment in the sun.

Dunkirk, France (HBO Max)

While Labor Day is a national holiday in the United States, we should not forget those who fought alongside our troops in wars that shaped our history. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce WWII battle in Christopher Nolan’s pulsating 2017 drama.

The Great Exodus (Amazon Prime)

In John Sturges’ popular film starring Steve McQueen and James Garner, Allied prisoners of war plan to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Hacksaw Ridge (HBO Max) Mel Gibson’s harrowing film about US Army medic Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector who refused to bear arms but was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman for single-handedly saving the lives of over 75 of his comrades while under constant enemy fire during World War II’s Battle of Okinawa. Doss is played by Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, and Hugo Weaving also appear in the film.

The Pebbles of Sand (HBO Max)

In director Robert Wise’s war drama starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough, a U.S. Naval engineer is assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China in 1926.

Tuskegee Airmen (HBO Max)

The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the best United States fighter groups during WWII. The men are followed from their training in Alabama to their combat missions abroad. Laurence Fishburne plays the lead.

When Trumpets Start to Fade (HBO Max)

In this HBO original film starring Ron Ellard, a private on the German front in the final days of WWII struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.

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