8 Best War Shows on ‘Amazon Prime’ that highlight true military might

A significant portion of the film industry consists of war films. These outstanding movies, which have been produced for more than a century, explore honor, disaster, and the difficult moral choices made during battle and in its collateral damage. The war film industry has evolved significantly over time.

Now the question arises, where do one start watching them from? Well, the answer is simple. Amazon Prime has an acrylic collection of warfare TV series. Whether you are looking for a documentary, a historical drama or an action filled military show, Amazon Prime has you covered. We have compiled a list of TV series to help you get started.

  1. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)
  2. The First World War (2003)
  3. Rome (2005)
  4. The Pacific (2010)
  5. Generation War (2013)
  6. Vikings (2013)
  7. Hitler (2016)
  8. SEAL Team (2017)
  9. The Vietnam War (2017)

1. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994)

During World War 2 when the world was on the verge of destruction, the three most powerful men at the time, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, came together to decide the future of the war as well as of the world.

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 2
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Runtime: 3 hours 14 minutes
  • Director: Joseph Sargent
  • Main Cast: Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, John Lithgow, and Ed Begley Jr.

2. The First World War (2003)

Based on Hew Strachan’s book of the same name, this mini-series gives a detailed account of all the horrific events that took place during the First World War. The documentary is accurate yet light enough to be informative rather than traumatic.

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 10
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
  • Runtime: 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Directors: Marcus Kiggell, Simon Rockell, Ben Steele, Corina Sturmer, and Emma Wallace
  • Main Cast: Jonathan Lewis, Voja Tankosic, and Andrée Bernard

3. Rome (2005)

This show by HBO is claimed to be one of the best historical TV shows show there is and the best HBO has produced. The show, set in the 1st century BC, is about the lives of ordinary and extraordinary Romans in the last days of the Roman republic while high-rankers fight for power and wealth.

  • Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: 22
  • IMDb Rating: 8.7/10
  • Average Runtime: 52 minutes
  • Directors: Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, and John Milius
  • Main Cast: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, and Kerry Condon

4. The Pacific (2010)

The Pacific explores the activities and lives of a U.S. Marine Corps squad fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. The Pacific features a more delicate side when portraying the close bonds between Marines on the battlefield. 

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 10
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
  • Runtime: 8 hours 50 minutes
  • Director: Jeremy Podeswa, Timothy Van Patten, and David Nutter
  • Main Cast: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, and Ashton Holmes

5. Generation War (2013)

Set in Berlin in 1941, five friends, eager to become national heroes, go to a horrific war that is bound to change them if not kill them. But keeping them alive is the promise that they made to each other that will be back to celebrate Christmas together. 

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 3
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Runtime: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Director: Philipp Kadelbach
  • Main Cast: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, and Miriam Stein

6. Vikings (2013 – 2020)

Let’s explore the adventures of the greatest hero of his time, Ragnar Lothbrok. The show revolves around Ragnar’s family, his group of Viking brothers, and his rise to the position of King of the Viking tribes. In addition to being a fearless warrior, Ragnar personifies the Norse culture’s devotion to the gods because, according to legend, he is a direct descendant of the god of war and warriors; Odin.

  • Seasons: 6
  • Episodes: 93
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
  • Average Runtime: 44 minutes
  • Director: Michael Hirst
  • Main Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, and Georgia Hirst

7. Hitler (2016)

Also known as Hitler: The Rise and Fall. In this series, renowned experts explore the human being who turned into a monster, giving us a glimpse inside Hitler’s head and shedding light on his motivations and motives. They identify the crucial turning points in Hitler’s sudden success and eventual fall using the most recent research conducted over the course of his life.

  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 6
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
  • Average Runtime: 47 minutes
  • Director: Stan Griffin
  • Main Cast: Mark Lisseman, Adam Wittek, Gabriel Castilho, and Kitty de la Beche

8. SEAL Team (2017 -)

SEAL Group is a tactical show that narratives the expert and individual experiences of the best unit of Navy SEALs as they get ready for, plan for, and do the riskiest and high-stakes tasks that the United States can request from them. SEAL Team appeared on National Geographic in 2014. 

In light of his drawn-out presence as a fighter, Jason Hayes’ own personal life has taken a hit because of his leadership role on the Top Level Crew, which he holds with extraordinary regard and power.

  • Seasons: 6
  • Episodes: 104
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Average Runtime: 43 minutes
  • Director: Benjamin Cavell
  • Main Cast: David Boreanaz, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks, and Justin Melnick

9. The Vietnam War (2017)

A thorough account of US involvement in the strongly controversial war in Southeast Asia and its consequences. 

Seasons: 1

  • Episodes: 10
  • IMDb Rating: 9.1/10
  • Runtime: 16 hours 30 minutes
  • Directors: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
  • Main Cast: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, and Joachim Król

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Final Words

Whether you choose a documentary or a military drama, this list will keep you thoroughly entertained and hopefully, it won’t fail to expand your knowledge and understanding of warfare and human nature.

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