Top Military Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Fog of War on DVD The Fog of War
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning documentary traces former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's career from government to the World Bank; but his work during the Vietnam War -- examined through archival footage and interviews -- is the real highlight.
Cast
Cast
Robert McNamara
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Why We Fight on DVD Why We Fight
Synopsis
Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, this documentary examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism.
Cast
Cast
John S.D. Eisenhower, John McCain, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson, Graydon Carter, William Kristol, James G. Roche, Richard Perle
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Tillman Story on DVD The Tillman Story
Synopsis
Pat Tillman's family comes forward to tell the real story about what happened on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan when the pro football player-turned-U.S. soldier was killed by friendly fire and not the Taliban, as first reported. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary pieces together the Tillmans' search for the truth, how they exposed a military cover-up that led to top-ranking officers and called to the carpet the likes of Donald Rumsfeld.
Cast
Cast
Pat Tillman, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent No End in Sight on DVD No End in Sight
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker (and former Brookings Institution fellow) Charles Ferguson examines the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the subsequent occupation by President George W. Bush and his administration. Featuring detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with central players, the film pulls no punches as it chronicles the twists and turns America took on the path to war.
Cast
Cast
Campbell Scott
Director
Director
Charles Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Into the Arms of Strangers on DVD Into the Arms of Strangers
Synopsis
Filmmaker Mark Jonathan Harris's Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an underground railroad -- the Kindertransport -- that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World War II. Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors movingly recount being taken from their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England. Judi Dench narrates.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench
Director
Director
Mark Jonathan Harris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Waltz with Bashir on DVD Waltz with Bashir
Synopsis
In this quasi-documentary -- which won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film -- director Ari Folman uses vivid animation to depict his struggle to unlock suppressed memories from his Israeli army service during the 1982 Lebanon War.
Cast
Cast
Ari Folman, Ori Sivan, Ronny Dayag, Shmuel Frenkel, Zahava Solomon, Ron Ben-Yishai, Dror Harazi, Mickey Leon, Yehezkel Lazarov
Director
Director
Ari Folman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Animation for Grown-ups, Military Documentaries, Military & War Dramas, Historical Documentaries, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent Restrepo on DVD Restrepo
Synopsis
Author Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, chronicling the hard work, fear and brotherhood that comes with repelling a deadly enemy in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: The Civil War on DVD Ken Burns: The Civil War
Synopsis
This documentary masterpiece from Ken Burns depicts the strategies and action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of generals, field soldiers, politicians, heroes and a beleaguered president.
Cast
Cast
Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Taxi to the Dark Side on DVD Taxi to the Dark Side
Synopsis
Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directs this Best Documentary Oscar winner that uses interviews, news footage and firsthand reports to examine the Bush administration's policy on torture. The film focuses on the case of an Afghan taxi driver who picked up three passengers and never returned home. Instead, he wound up dead at the Bagram Air Base, killed by injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers.
Cast
Cast
Brian Keith Allen
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The Nazis: A Warning from History on DVD The Nazis: A Warning from History
Synopsis
Through archival footage and interviews with those who survived Adolph Hitler's reign -- including unrepentant Nazis -- this comprehensive documentary series sheds new light on the rise of the Third Reich in Germany. Chapters reveal how the Nazi state compelled ordinary people to commit atrocities, the order and disorder within the German army, and Hitler's propensity for getting his minions to do his work, among other enlightening facts.
Cast
Cast
Samuel West
Director
Director
Laurence Rees, Tilman Remme
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Uncovered: The War on Iraq on DVD Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Synopsis
In this examination of the United States government's case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald provides compelling evidence that the Bush administration misled American citizens in the run-up to war. Crosscutting interviews with CIA analysts, weapons inspectors and military brass with press conferences and speeches from Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and former President Bush, the film paints a thought-provoking picture.
Cast
Cast
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, John Dean, Dr. Hans Blix, David Kay, Paul Wolfowitz, Karen Kwiatkowski, Scott Ritter, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald, David O. Russell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Napoleon on DVD Napoleon
Synopsis
This gripping PBS-produced offering charts the course of this larger-than-life emperor, from his birth on the island of Corsica to his eventual exile on another island, St. Helena. In between, of course, are his military exploits and achievements. Also examined are his undying love for his muse, Josephine, his marriage to an Austrian royal much younger than him and his impressive failure to conquer Russia in an ill-conceived invasion.
Cast
Cast
David McCullough, Napoleon
Director
Director
David Grubin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Devil Came on Horseback on DVD The Devil Came on Horseback
Synopsis
In this unflinching documentary chronicling the genocide in Darfur, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle is forever transformed by the atrocities he witnesses as a military observer for the African Union.
Cast
Cast
Brian Steidle, Nicholas Kristof
Director
Director
Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: The War on DVD Ken Burns: The War
Synopsis
A seven-part series brings World War II to life through the harrowing personal accounts of a handful of soldiers and others from "typical" American towns, recreating visceral scenes of the battles at Omaha Beach, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and more.
Cast
Cast
Quentin Aanenson, Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, Keith David, Josh Lucas
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent Little Dieter Needs to Fly on DVD Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Synopsis
Werner Herzog directs this fascinating, emotional documentary about the life of Dieter Dengler, a naval pilot in the Vietnam War who -- during one of his first missions -- was shot down over Laos and taken captive. Beginning with his hardscrabble youth in postwar Germany, the film explores Dengler's incredible tale of survival, from the torture he endured at the hands of the Vietcong to the daring escape he mounted with his fellow prisoners.
Cast
Cast
Dieter Dengler
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Liberty! The American Revolution on DVD Liberty! The American Revolution
Synopsis
This PBS production showcases the events that led up to the American War for Independence, in comprehensive and sequential order. No stone is left unturned, as everything from the Boston Tea Party to the approval of the U.S. Constitution is explored. The documentary combines narration, reenactments of events, interviews with academics and historians, actors' dramatic readings of letters and diaries written at the time and much more.
Cast
Cast
Roger Rees, Campbell Scott, Terrence Mann, Donna Murphy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Hearts and Minds on DVD Hearts and Minds
Synopsis
This Academy Award-winning documentary casts a sharp eye toward the U.S. government's costly all-out effort during the Vietnam War. Director Peter Davis uses war footage, newsreels, speeches and interviews to make a compelling argument against war.
Cast
Cast
Georges Bidault, Clark Clifford, George Coker, Kay Dvorshock, Daniel Ellsberg, Randy Floyd, J. William Fulbright, William C. Westmoreland
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Death in Gaza on DVD Death in Gaza
Synopsis
Documentarians James Miller and Saira Shah planned to produce an in-depth look at the culture of martyrdom and hate pervading the Middle East. In 2003, they chronicled the lives of three Palestinian adolescents growing up in war-torn Gaza. Miller and Shah also wanted to show the Israeli side of the dispute, but during filming, Miller fell victim to the conflict when Israeli forces killed him. This HBO special relates the tragic story.
Cast
Cast
James Miller, Saira Shah
Director
Director
James Miller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, HBO, TV Documentaries
Rent Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President on DVD Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President
Synopsis
Ulysses S. Grant was one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to George Washington's former rank. Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy, and his life after the White House was filled with disaster.
Cast
Cast
Liev Schreiber
Director
Director
Adriana Bosch, Elizabeth Deane
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, Political Documentaries
Rent Gunner Palace on DVD Gunner Palace
Synopsis
Get inside the heads of our troops in Iraq via this engrossing portrait. Director Michael Tucker lived with 2/3 Field Artillery ("The Gunners") for two months and captured the humanity of these soldiers, whose barracks in the most volatile section of Baghdad are the ransacked pleasure palace of Uday Hussein. Tucker's footage provides a rare look at the lives of these soldiers, whether they're swimming in Uday's pool or raiding terrorist lairs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State on DVD Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State
Synopsis
This six-part documentary series tackles one of World War II's -- and history's -- most disquieting and repugnant subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Cast
Cast
Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Linda Hunt, Horst-Gunter Marx, Klaus Mikoleit
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, BBC
Rent Inside the U.S. Secret Service on DVD Inside the U.S. Secret Service
Synopsis
With unparalleled access to one of the world's most protective and enigmatic government organizations, National Geographic takes you to a place few outsiders have been: inside the United States Secret Service.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent War Photographer on DVD War Photographer
Synopsis
In this engrossing, Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world's combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those who face harrowing violence in places such as Kosovo, Indonesia and the West Bank. Nachtwey skirts through murky politics to tell the stories of the suffering in hopes that he can bring attention to their plight, one picture at a time.
Cast
Cast
James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill
Director
Director
Christian Frei
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Military Documentaries, Photography, Special Interest, Art & Design, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages
Rent The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War on DVD The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War
Synopsis
Charlie Wilson was a Texas congressman who became part of an unbelievable stunt in which he helped funnel more than $300 million into a covert effort to fund Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union. Going beyond the Hollywood dramatization Charlie Wilson's War, this eye-opening film details the whole shocking story of Wilson's involvement in the scheme, along with CIA agent Gust Avrakotos and socialite Joanne Herring.
Cast
Cast
Frank V. Gaide, Michelle Ashley, Melanie Morgan
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent The Ground Truth on DVD The Ground Truth
Synopsis
Director Patricia Foulkrod's powerful documentary spotlights American soldiers sharing -- with aching honesty -- their experiences on the battlefield in Iraq and back home as they try to reassemble their lives. These men and women discuss the anguish of war, the difficulties of readjusting to life after their tours of duty and the often callous treatment returning troops receive from the military and the Veterans Administration.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Patricia Foulkrod
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The French Revolution on DVD The French Revolution
Synopsis
Driven by idealism and a society in crisis, the French Revolution erupted a little more than a decade after the American Revolution. This vivid documentary brings to life France's bloody 1789 uprising. The quest to stamp out feudalism and to cultivate progressive politics, diplomacy and equality is shown through dramatic reenactments and interviews with historians. Along the way, you'll meet crucial figures like Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Doug Shultz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, History Channel
Rent Last Days in Vietnam on DVD Last Days in Vietnam
Synopsis
This documentary recounts the Vietnam War's final days, when unexpected roadblocks threatened the evacuation of America's South Vietnamese allies. Witnesses and rare footage reveal the heroism and sacrifice that played out amid the chaos.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rory Kennedy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Brothers at War on DVD Brothers at War
Synopsis
Filmmaker Jake Rademacher takes an unconventional approach to family bonding when he travels to Iraq to embed in four combat units, hoping to gain a greater understanding of the war -- and of his two brothers who are serving there. Rademacher witnesses machine gun battles and perilous reconnaissance missions, but he also gets a closer look at the sacrifices his brothers have made -- and their undying commitment to winning the fight.
Cast
Cast
Jake Rademacher, Jenny Rademacher, Joe Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, Claus Rademacher
Director
Director
Jake Rademacher
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent Standard Operating Procedure on DVD Standard Operating Procedure
Synopsis
Through captivating interviews and dramatic reenactments, filmmaker Errol Morris documents the scandal that erupted in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, where mistreatment of detainees at the hands of members of the U.S. military was captured on film. What was the psychological state of the soldiers? Why were the pictures taken? These questions and more are explored in detail in this engaging look at one of the Iraq War's most notorious episodes.
Cast
Cast
Christopher Bradley, Joshua Feinman, Zhubin Rahbar, Daniel Novy, Cyrus King, Roy Halo, Merry Grissom, Jeff L. Green, Sarah Denning
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Battle of the Bulge: Deadliest Battle on DVD Battle of the Bulge: Deadliest Battle
Synopsis
A must-see for World War II history buffs, this documentary melds first-person narratives, historical footage and modern interpretation to tell the story of the Nazi army's push through a thin line of American soldiers in the winter of 1944 and 1945. Army veterans and historians recount the Germans' surprise attack through thick fog into Belgium, which created a bulge in Allied lines and left more than 70,000 casualties in its path.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire on DVD Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire
Synopsis
Action-packed reenactments dramatize the story of the Roman Empire in this stunning History Channel documentary series, which traces Rome from its beginnings as a struggling republic through centuries of conquest and its eventual demise. Profiles of events and people such as Julius Caesar, Constantine the Great, the Barbarian Invasion and the Invasion of Britain reveal the legacy of the empire's dramatic rise and fall.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent The Ritchie Boys on DVD The Ritchie Boys
Synopsis
This compelling documentary recounts the story of 10 Jewish intellectuals who were expelled from Nazi Germany, only to return during World War II to use their intimate knowledge of the country to wreak psychological havoc on Hitler's Nazi forces. Trained at Maryland's Camp Ritchie, these German refugees were a strange sight in the U.S. Army, but their contributions to the war effort were heroic and invaluable.
Cast
Cast
Hans Peter Hallwachs, Guy Stern, Werner Angress, Hans Spear, Victor Brombert, Richard Schifter, Philip Glaessner, Morris Parloff, Fred Howard, Rudy Michaels, Si Lewen
Director
Director
Christian Bauer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Judaica
Rent Regret to Inform on DVD Regret to Inform
Synopsis
Venturing to Vietnam 20 years after her husband's death, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn finds a landscape filled with the psychological remnants of war in this film about the common ground shared by widows on both sides of the conflict. Filled with archival footage, breathtaking visions of modern Vietnam and tragic stories from American and Vietnamese women who lost their husbands to war, this Oscar-nominated documentary details an unforgettable journey.
Cast
Cast
Barbara Sonneborn, Xuan Ngoc Nguyen
Director
Director
Barbara Sonneborn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, PBS Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Return with Honor: American Experience on DVD Return with Honor: American Experience
Synopsis
Oscar-winning filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders present the stories of the brave American fighter pilots who were shot down over North Vietnam and survived torture, solitary confinement and other harrowing experiences as prisoners of war. Among other honored veterans, the documentary features Everett Alvarez, the first American pilot captured by the Vietnamese, who was held captive for eight-and-a-half years.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, James Stockdale, John McCain, Everett Alvarez
Director
Director
Terry Sanders, Freida Lee Mock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, PBS, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Vietnam: A Television History on DVD Vietnam: A Television History
Synopsis
Fascinating and heart-wrenching in its attention to detail, this in-depth documentary, which first aired on public television in 1983, unfolds in all its painful glory the American military bête noire that is Vietnam. The show chronicles the country's failed efforts to install an anti-Communist government, a losing battle almost from the moment it started as soldiers grappled with unfamiliar terrain, guerrilla tactics, murky politics and more.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, PBS Documentaries
Rent Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality on DVD Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality
Synopsis
Noam Chomsky offers an eye-opening critique of America's current "War on Terror" in this program featuring two of his lectures -- one at Harvard University and one at MIT, where Chomsky has taught for more than 50 years. Arguing that it's a logical impossibility for such a war to be taking place, Chomsky presents his reasoning with astonishing clarity by drawing from a wealth of historical knowledge and analysis.
Cast
Cast
Noam Chomsky
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Performance Art & Spoken Word
Rent The War Tapes on DVD The War Tapes
Synopsis
Armed with minicams mounted on their gun turrets, helmets and dashboards, three National Guardsmen capture an unprecedented perspective of the Iraq war in this powerful documentary culled from more than a thousand hours of footage. Deftly interlaced with harrowing film of ambushes, explosions and severed limbs are the soldiers' complex reactions to the conflict and interviews with the women they left behind.
Cast
Cast
Zack Bazzi, Steve Pink, Mike Moriarity
Director
Director
Deborah Scranton
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam on DVD Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
Synopsis
Filmmaker Bill Couturie's poignant HBO documentary strikingly captures the gamut of emotion experienced by Vietnam veterans, as a host of celebrated actors -- including Robert De Niro and Sean Penn -- recite correspondence from American soldiers. Set to a 1960s soundtrack and accompanied by authentic news footage, still photos and home movies, these readings create an honest snapshot of a tumultuous time.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Robert Downey Jr., Ellen Burstyn, Tom Berenger, Michael J. Fox, Brian Dennehy, Josh Cruze, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves, Kevin Dillon, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe
Director
Director
Bill Couturié
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO, TV War & Politics, HBO Documentaries
Rent WWII: The Lost Color Archives on DVD WWII: The Lost Color Archives
Synopsis
Determined researchers scoured the world for color film shot during World War II and unearthed shots of Nazi rallies honoring Adolf Hitler, combat footage from across Europe and the Pacific, and scenes of liberated concentration-camp prisoners. The crisp color images bring vivid life to historical events typically conveyed in the distancing shades of black and white. Journalist Roger Mudd introduces each episode of this History Channel series.
Cast
Cast
Roger Mudd
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Hitler's Lost Sub: Nova on DVD Hitler's Lost Sub: Nova
Synopsis
"Nova" explores the mystery behind a sunken German U-boat submarine discovered off the coast of New Jersey some 50 years after World War II. Follow the divers in their six-year quest to learn the submarine's history. The team aims to uncover how the sub ended up at the bottom of the ocean so close to American soil. When the investigation points to Nazi code breakers, the divers head to Germany to present some revised World War II history.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Atomic Cafe on DVD The Atomic Cafe
Synopsis
A chilling and often hilarious reminder of Cold War-era paranoia in the United States, this film artfully compiles newsreel footage, government archives, military training films and 1950s music into a singular cinematic experience. Also covered are Washington's Communist witch hunt, the historic trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and the sagely prophetic comments of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Cast
Cast
Pierce Rafferty, Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Occupation: Dreamland on DVD Occupation: Dreamland
Synopsis
Following a unit of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division who are stationed in Iraq in a camp they've dubbed "Dreamland," filmmakers Ian Olds and Garrett Scott capture the humanity of conflict through the men and women who live it, taking you into the heart of an unfamiliar country where casualties are high. The result is an eye-opening film with no preconceived agenda that simply tells a story about war.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ian Olds, Garrett Scott
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Operation Valkyrie: Plot to Kill Hitler on DVD Operation Valkyrie: Plot to Kill Hitler
Synopsis
Produced in collaboration with the German resistance organization Forschungsgemeinschaft 20 Juli 1944, this fascinating documentary recounts the story behind the plot led by Claus von Stauffenberg to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Combining expert interviews, dramatizations and even home movies shot by Hitler's girlfriend, Eva Braun, the program offers a definitive account of the events surrounding this captivating chapter from World War II.
Cast
Cast
Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Claus von Stauffenberg
Director
Director
Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Dirty Wars on DVD Dirty Wars
Synopsis
A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill as he explores America's controversial methods of mitigating terror threats around the globe.
Cast
Cast
Jeremy Scahill, Abdul Ghafoor, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fareed, Abdul Rahman Barman, Ron Wyden, Patrick Lang, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi, Andrew Exum, Philip Giraldi, Matthew Hoh
Director
Director
Rick Rowley
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Invisible War on DVD The Invisible War
Synopsis
As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. The Invisible War exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Kirby Dick
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Inside the Vietnam War on DVD Inside the Vietnam War
Synopsis
See the Vietnam War through the eyes of those who lived through it in this compelling documentary from National Geographic. Archival film, audio recordings and personal photographs accompany veterans' recollections of their own experiences. The unflinching footage follows soldiers to the Battle of Ia Drang, the Battle of Dak To, the crucial stronghold of the Iron Triangle and other important conflicts in the 20th century's most controversial war.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV War & Politics, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars on DVD The Tuskegee Airmen: They Fought Two Wars
Synopsis
The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military airmen, were known for their heroics during World War II. Away from the front, they fought a different battle -- one that was less bombastic but just as insidious: racism. These pioneering soldiers proved to America and the rest of the world that one's race has no bearing on one's ability to protect, serve and defend a nation. This PBS documentary recounts the challenges the men faced.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, African-American Dramas
Rent Arlington: Field of Honor on DVD Arlington: Field of Honor
Synopsis
There's no other stretch of grassland more renowned than Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery, home to the remains of those who served in the military, most notably the Unknown Soldier and beloved U.S. president John F. Kennedy. This heartfelt documentary looks at the cemetery's history through interviews with men and women who've been privy to solemn events held there, as well as rare archival footage and tales passed down through the years.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Inside American Power: Air Force One on DVD Inside American Power: Air Force One
Synopsis
Reigning as the only superpower in a post-Cold War world, the United States has managed to run its government with a veiled secrecy that extends even to the press briefings and State of the Union addresses. This feature from <i>National Geographic</i> will take you deep inside the president's personal airplane, Air Force One.
Cast
Cast
George Bush Sr., George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Jack Valenti
Director
Director
Peter Schnall
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Memphis Belle on DVD Memphis Belle
Synopsis
The B-17 Flying Fortress known as the Memphis Belle completed a remarkable 25 bombing runs during her World War II service. This film tells the story of the airmen who risked it all to fulfill those combat missions and bring their craft safely home.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Inside Special Forces on DVD National Geographic: Inside Special Forces
Synopsis
A crack unit of the U.S. Army, the Special Forces are often called upon to "get the job done" when the job is especially tough. National Geographic follows some of these elite military units in a revealing documentary as these brave men and women stealthily infiltrate Afghanistan and Iraq on top secret missions.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent The War That Made America on DVD The War That Made America
Synopsis
Actor Graham Greene -- an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in the French and Indian War between France and Britain -- narrates this gripping four-part documentary series exploring the conflict's effect on fanning the flames of colonial dissent. The conflict ultimately led to the American Revolution. The lavish production stages key episodes from the war in a dramatic retelling of a pivotal period in U.S. history.
Cast
Cast
Graham Greene, David Morse, Ed Brigadier, Charles David Richards, Jeff Monahan, John F. Carroll, Chris Davenport, Bob Elkins
Director
Director
Eric Stange, Ben Loeterman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV War & Politics, PBS Documentaries
Rent Inside American Power: The Pentagon on DVD Inside American Power: The Pentagon
Synopsis
The Pentagon is the military nerve center of the United States, reaching out to far-flung battlefields with information, technology and a culture that permeates more of America and the world than many realize. This film depicts the Pentagon's 58-year history, taking viewers into the restricted inner workings of the Pentagon, and includes coverage of the response following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Nancy LeBrun
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Baghdad ER on DVD Baghdad ER
Synopsis
Recorded over a two-month period in 2005, this HBO documentary follows the U.S. Army's medical personnel at the 86th Combat Support Hospital (inside Baghdad's "Green Zone") as they battle tirelessly to save wounded soldiers ... who just keep coming. Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill capture the gruesome realities of the conflict in Iraq -- along with the human spirit's resiliency -- in this unsettling film. Not for the fainthearted.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Matthew O'Neill, Jon Alpert
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO
Rent Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry on DVD Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry
Synopsis
This revealing documentary chronicles Senator John Kerry's tour of duty (as the skipper of a Swift Boat) in Vietnam, his controversial contributions to the peace movement that followed and, ultimately, the shape his political career after the 1960s. Directed by George Butler, this profile on the Congressman and 2004 presidential candidate illustrates how it has indeed been a long paddle upriver, politically, for John Kerry.
Cast
Cast
John Kerry, David Alston, Dan Barbiero, Harvey Bundy, Max Cleland, Bestor Cram, Chris Gregory, Richard Holbrooke, Bob Kerrey, Joe Klein
Director
Director
George Butler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent WWII in HD on DVD WWII in HD
Synopsis
This epic documentary miniseries chronicles the deeply personal stories of soldiers, sailors, journalists, nurses and others who served in the front lines of the European and Pacific theaters of World War II.
Cast
Cast
Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe, Josh Lucas, Justin Bartha, Amy Smart, LL Cool J, Steve Zahn, Jason Ritter, Ron Livingston, Tim DeKay, Mark Hefti, James Kyson , Rob Corddry
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Sir! No Sir! on DVD Sir! No Sir!
Synopsis
Filmmaker and activist David Zeiger's documentary chronicles the largely forgotten antiwar activities of American GIs and other members of the military during the Vietnam era -- actions that put them in greater peril than civilian protesters. Powerful and surprising, the film weaves together the stories of veterans who participated in the opposition movement, an effort that, by the early 1970s, found widespread support from civilians and troops alike.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Zeiger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent No Place on Earth on DVD No Place on Earth
Synopsis
This documentary sheds light on a long-untold story of World War II: the 18-month sanctuary of 38 Jewish refugees in a Ukrainian cave. Five surviving members discuss their ordeal, as the film chronicles the accidental discovery of the cave in 1993.
Cast
Cast
Chris Nicola, Saul Stermer, Sam Stermer, Sonia Dodyk, Sima Dodyk, Yetta Stermer, Sol Wexler, Erin Grunstein Halpern, Cliff Stermer
Director
Director
Janet Tobias
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The True Glory on DVD The True Glory
Synopsis
Representing the work of 1,400 cameramen (several of whom were killed or wounded while capturing battle footage), this stunning 1946 Oscar winner for Best Documentary closely examines the major events of World War II from D-Day to the fall of Berlin. Featuring an introduction by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and narration by actor Peter Ustinov, the film includes gripping firsthand accounts from soldiers and civilians.
Cast
Cast
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert Harris, Peter Ustinov
Director
Director
Garson Kanin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine on DVD S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Synopsis
This chilling documentary explores the prison camps where thousands of Cambodians were tortured by Khmer Rouge soldiers in the 1970s, incorporating accounts from both survivors and the soldiers who abused them.
Cast
Cast
Khieu Poev Ches, Houy Him, Nhieb Ho, Prakk Kahn, Top Pheap, Som Meth, Mak Thim, Nhiem Ein, Peng Kry, Chum Mey, Vann Nath
Director
Director
Rithy Panh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Southeast Asia
Rent Winter Soldier on DVD Winter Soldier
Synopsis
Banned by network television when released, this daring 1972 documentary examines reports of atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War. Using the 1971 Detroit Winter Soldier Investigation as its basis, the film features interviews with Vietnam veterans who saw or participated in the crimes paired with footage of the war. The film serves as a permanent reminder of the tragic effects of war and the human capacity for cruelty.
Cast
Cast
Joe Bangert, Scott Camil, Evan Haney, John Kerry, Michael Oliver, Rusty Sachs
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Be Good, Smile Pretty on DVD Be Good, Smile Pretty
Synopsis
In March 2001, when Tracy Droz Tragos happened upon a first-hand account of her father's death on a U.S. Naval swift boat in Vietnam, she decided she needed to know exactly who that 25-year-old stranger was. Be Good, Smile Pretty documents Tragos's journey of discovery and the powerfully moving, personal exploration of her grief for the father she never knew, a grief shared by the estimated 20,000 Americans whose fathers were killed in Vietnam.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Tracy Droz Tragos
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The Spartans on DVD The Spartans
Synopsis
Of the various Greek city-states, Sparta was distinctive because of the rigorous military regimen it ingrained in its people; this presentation documents the history of one of the most fascinating societies in ancient times. The program examines the militaristic, collective and organized social construction assembled by the Spartan people, from the culture's humble beginnings and rise to greatness to its ultimate demise.
Cast
Cast
Bettany Hughes
Director
Director
Melanie Archer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag on DVD Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag
Synopsis
Experience the thrill of flying at 800 mph over the Nevada desert. This riveting program takes you along for the ride as fighter pilots endure the intense Red Flag training, the ultimate endurance test for U.S. and international pilots, ground crews, mechanics and rescue personnel. Featuring thundering displays of aerial acrobatics, this edge-of-your-seat experience captures students as they attempt the most challenging flights of their careers.
Cast
Cast
John Stratton, Robert Novotny, Sam Morgan, Charles Powell, Harald Winter, Michel Perron
Director
Director
Stephen Low
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Murph: The Protector on DVD Murph: The Protector
Synopsis
Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy is the focus of this documentary tribute, which charts his career as a Navy SEAL and his heroic death in 2005. The award recognized Murphy's valorous conduct in battle on the day he was killed by the Taliban.
Cast
Cast
John McElhone, Maureen Murphy, Hector Velez Jr., Jeff Widenhofer
Director
Director
Scott Mactavish
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Shadow Company on DVD Shadow Company
Synopsis
Warfare isn't what it used to be. This fascinating documentary provides a look at the thousands of private contractors who work closely with the military to perform dangerous missions but whose role often goes unnoticed by the public back home. Are they mercenaries -- or merely civilians performing military tasks? Filmmakers Nick Bicanic and Jason Bourque explore the myriad impacts of waging a new kind of war with a new kind of soldier.
Cast
Cast
Gerard Butler, Peter Singer
Director
Director
Nick Bicanic, Jason Bourque
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent Fires of Kuwait: IMAX on DVD Fires of Kuwait: IMAX
Synopsis
Shot on location, this Oscar-nominated documentary takes viewers to the center of the first Gulf War's legacy. After Saddam Hussein has Kuwait's oil fields lit up, teams from around the world fight these fires for months to save the oil resources and reduce air pollution. Each team uses different techniques to extinguish the fires, including TNT shockwaves and tank-mounted twin MIG jet engines to blast away the flames.
Cast
Cast
Rip Torn
Director
Director
David Douglas
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, IMAX
Rent Two Days in October: American Experience on DVD Two Days in October: American Experience
Synopsis
In October 1967, a U.S. regiment walked into a Vietcong ambush that killed 61 soldiers -- and raised doubts about whether the war was winnable. Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin students protested the presence of Dow Chemical recruiters on campus. The demonstration soon spun out of control, marking the first time a protest became violent. Told by those who took part in the events, the film offers a window into a defining American moment.
Cast
Cast
Mike Hagiwara, Ping Wu
Director
Director
Robert Kenner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Battle of the X-Planes: Nova on DVD Battle of the X-Planes: Nova
Synopsis
NOVA follows the battles and backroom deal-making between Lockheed and Boeing in their race to win the largest defense contract ever, worth $1 trillion. Follow four years of decision-making regarding test flights, aviation engineering and contract negotiations that resulted in the Joint Strike Fighter -- a plane made to be adaptable, affordable and stealthy.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, PBS, TV Science & Nature, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Hell and Back Again on DVD Hell and Back Again
Synopsis
Hell And Back Again examines the long lasting effects of war with an uncommonly intimate portrait of both the extraordinary drama of war and the no less shocking experience of returning home.
Cast
Cast
Nathan Harris, Ashley Harris
Director
Director
Danfung Dennis
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest... on DVD Civil War Combat: America's Bloodiest...
Synopsis
Using interviews with Civil War experts, re-enactment footage and stirring recitations of correspondence and diaries, Civil War Combat brings to life the most crucial conflicts of the War Between the States.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Devries, Jim Lindsey
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent D-Day: The Total Story on DVD D-Day: The Total Story
Synopsis
This documentary details the crucial hours when the Allied command unleashed its combined forces on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Archival combat footage, vintage stills and eyewitness accounts bring to life the monumental event.
Cast
Cast
Gerald McRaney
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Operation Homecoming on DVD Operation Homecoming
Synopsis
Veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan recount their war experiences in this Oscar-nominated documentary, which collects the writings of soldiers and their families to give a personal view of American troops' involvement in these conflicts.
Cast
Cast
Beau Bridges, Robert Duvall, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Gorham, Justin Kirk, John Krasinski, Josh Lucas, Blair Underwood, Peter O'Meara, Robert MacNeil, Tobias Wolff, Anthony Swofford, James Salter
Director
Director
Richard E. Robbins
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS
Rent Body of War on DVD Body of War
Synopsis
Tomas Young left for Iraq a gung-ho soldier. He returned home paralyzed, struggling to deal with his physical limitations and his changing feelings about the war. This eye-opening documentary looks at the raging debate over the war in Iraq through the eyes of this courageous young hero who signed up for the military two days after Sept. 11, only to be sent to Iraq where a bullet shattered his life physically and emotionally.
Cast
Cast
Tomas Young
Director
Director
Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent Holocaust: Dachau and Sachsenhausen on DVD Holocaust: Dachau and Sachsenhausen
Synopsis
With the help of heart-wrenchingly explicit archival footage, this somber documentary captures the daily realities of two of the Third Reich's most notorious concentration camps, Dachau and Sachsenhausen, where thousands of innocent prisoners died. At Dachau alone -- the more notorious of the two camps -- more than 500 experimental operations were performed on healthy subjects during 1941 and 1942.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Lessons of Darkness on DVD Lessons of Darkness
Synopsis
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog went to Kuwait in 1992 to document the aftermath of the first Gulf War, focusing on the devastating oil fires set by retreating Iraqi soldiers that transformed the country's beautiful landscape. Herzog, who also made the films Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, crafts a moving and mostly silent presentation accompanied by classical music and moments with Kuwaitis lamenting the devastation of the war.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Germany, Foreign Regions
Rent National Geographic: Vietnam's Unseen War on DVD National Geographic: Vietnam's Unseen War
Synopsis
You haven't seen everything there is to see about the Vietnam War if you haven't viewed this sobering documentary from the highly regarded National Geographic team of filmmakers. Complementing the recently released book <i>Another Vietnam</i>, this film captures the war as seen through the eyes (and lenses) of Vietnamese photographers.
Cast
Cast
Keith David
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq on DVD Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq
Synopsis
Nearly every soldier who survives the Iraq War experiences an "alive day," in which they narrowly escape death on the battlefield. This sobering, Emmy-nominated documentary examines 10 veterans who suffer from "alive day" physical and emotional trauma. Recovering back home, the soldiers discuss the effect their brutal experiences have had on their views of the war and serving their country. The film was executive produced by actor James Gandolfini.
Cast
Cast
James Gandolfini
Director
Director
Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Documentaries, HBO, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The Hornet's Nest on DVD The Hornet's Nest
Synopsis
Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Hotel Terminus on DVD Hotel Terminus
Synopsis
Nazi Gestapo leader Klaus Barbie excelled at torture, earning him the epithet "the Butcher of Lyons." Through a series of interviews, this powerful Oscar-winning documentary explores the life of the infamous war criminal, beginning with his childhood and moving on to his career as an SS interrogator. After the war, Barbie spent 40 years in hiding, was eventually deported from Bolivia and, in 1987, stood trial for crimes against humanity.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Barbie, Jeanne Moreau, Marcel Ophüls
Director
Director
Marcel Ophüls
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Germany, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Carrier on DVD Carrier
Synopsis
Filmed during a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of ground troops, this in-depth documentary takes an insider's tour of the USS Nimitz, one of America's most storied aircraft carriers.
Cast
Cast
Chris Altice, Doug Booher, Ted Branch, Randy Brock, Susan Clapp, Laurie Coffey, Cindi Costa, Peter H. Daly, Alex Dietrich, Lonnie Fields, Brian Foster, David Fravor, Christian Garzone, Willie Johnson, Justin Knox, Kevin McLaughlin, Shaneka McReed, Christopher L. Penton
Director
Director
Maro Chermayeff
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Audie Murphy: Great American Hero on DVD Audie Murphy: Great American Hero
Synopsis
This installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series profiles Congressional Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, a brave soldier who held off 250 Germans and six tanks during combat in World War II and parlayed his fame into a career as an actor and writer. Using newsreel footage and clips from his postwar films -- including Murphy's portrayal of himself in the film version of his autobiography -- this portrait reveals a true American hero.
Cast
Cast
Audie Murphy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, A&E
Rent The Day After Trinity on DVD The Day After Trinity
Synopsis
This compelling documentary about the construction of the first atomic bomb combines archival footage of the project with interviews and the reflections of brilliant physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the effort but later came to regret it.
Cast
Cast
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Director
Director
Jon Else
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries
Rent American Experience: Robert E. Lee on DVD American Experience: Robert E. Lee
Synopsis
Despite being on the losing end in the American Civil War, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee remains one of the nation's most vital and popular military leaders. This installment of PBS's documentary series chronicles his entire life. The in-depth program explores Lee's character and accomplishments, from his complicated relationship with his father to his shunning of the Union Army and subsequent unlikely successes as commander of the South.
Cast
Cast
Jason Alan Carvell, Kara Jackson, Michael Murphy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent In the Year of the Pig on DVD In the Year of the Pig
Synopsis
Filmed at the height of the Vietnam War, director Emile de Antonio's unabashedly subjective documentary blasts American involvement in the conflict, with startling and disturbing images adding emotional intensity to this scathing critique. Through news footage and interviews with military figures, journalists and politicians, the provocative filmmaker traces modern Southeast Asian history and makes an argument for Vietnamese self-determination.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Berrigan, Thruston B. Morton, David Halberstam, Jean Lacouture, Harrison Salisbury, William R. Corson, Paul Mus, Charlton Osburn, Kenneth P. Landon
Director
Director
Emile de Antonio
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Hitler's Children on DVD Hitler's Children
Synopsis
The descendants of Adolf Hitler's inner circle -- including Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler and Amon Goeth -- come to terms with their infamous surnames and the role their families played in the Holocaust.
Cast
Cast
Bettina Goering, Katrin Himmler, Monika Goeth, Rainer Hoess, Eldad Beck, Niklas Frank, Yael Bedarshi
Director
Director
Chanoch Zeevi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent The Marines on DVD The Marines
Synopsis
This PBS documentary salutes the United States Marine Corps by examining what it takes to become a Marine and what it truly means to be one, outlining the rigorous training process that each recruit must endure to become a commissioned officer. Originally formed in 1775 as a naval infantry to guard the fledgling United States of America, the Corps has since evolved into a highly respected elite branch of the military.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Reich Underground on DVD The Reich Underground
Synopsis
Near the end of World War II, the Third Reich constructed a secret massive underground tunnel system. Today, experts explore the contents of the tunnels and examine the inhuman conditions the involuntary workers were forced to endure.
Cast
Cast
Peter Buchholz
Director
Director
Michael Kloft
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Russian Revolution in Color on DVD Russian Revolution in Color
Synopsis
The Russian Revolution brought about the end of the reign of the czars and saw the rise of communism. This compilation of rarely seen color and colorized footage brings the reality of the civil war vividly to life. Noted historians offer their insights on these events that occurred nearly a century ago, events that paved the way for the formation of the Soviet Union and still resonate today.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, BBC
Rent Hitler in Colour on DVD Hitler in Colour
Synopsis
Composed entirely of original color film, this documentary chronicles Hitler's rise to power, from his 1933 election to the 1945 fall of Berlin. Rare color footage is combined with eyewitness accounts and excerpts from diaries and correspondence. Footage includes Nazi rallies, Hitler's meeting with Lloyd George, the Buchenwald concentration camp, Warsaw's Jewish ghetto, the invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain and the fall of Berlin.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Apocalypse: World War ll on DVD Apocalypse: World War ll
Synopsis
Actor Martin Sheen narrates this compelling six-part documentary that uses rarely seen archival and amateur film footage -- once deemed "unfit for civilians to see" -- to tell the story of World War II in a way that it's never been told before. Segments cover the rise of the Nazi party, the fall of Dunkirk, the battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor and the Pacific arena, the liberation of France, and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Cast
Cast
Martin Sheen
Director
Director
Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent History Channel: Pearl Harbor on DVD History Channel: Pearl Harbor
Synopsis
With ample archival footage, detailed personal accounts by both American and Japanese forces and commentary from historians, The History Channel's documentary goes behind the headlines of this infamous first strike against the United States in 1941. Also included in this program on Pearl Harbor is a detailed look at Adm. Chester Nimitz, who was instrumental in rebuilding the destroyed United States Navy to fighting strength.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Horror in the East on DVD Horror in the East
Synopsis
Japan's shocking treatment of World War II POWs and the country's refusal to surrender are examined in this two-part program. From cultural, political and economic factors to the assault on Nanking and the brutality of Japan's POW camps, the complex story is told through archival footage and interviews with former Japanese soldiers, kamikazes and Allied POWs. The presentation also includes documentaries on the Indian army and the war in Burma.
Cast
Cast
Edward Herrmann
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, British TV, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, United Kingdom, BBC, Foreign Regions
Rent Little Big Horn: American Experience on DVD Little Big Horn: American Experience
Synopsis
In this documentary for PBS's acclaimed "American Experience" series, filmmaker Paul Stekler and Native American novelist James Welch use journals, oral accounts and archival feature films to examine the controversial Battle of Little Big Horn. It's a watershed moment in U.S. history that continues to foster heated debate to this very day. Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American writer Scott Momaday narrates.
Cast
Cast
Scott Momaday, James Welch
Director
Director
Jacqueline Shearer, Andrea Kalin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent War Feels Like War: POV on DVD War Feels Like War: POV
Synopsis
This film documents the lives of reporters and photographers who circumvent military media control to get access to the real Iraq War. As invading armies sweep into the country, several journalists in Kuwait decide to travel in their wake. Risking their lives to discover the true impact of war on civilians, the journalists record their frustration, fear and horror, as well as the difficulties they experience returning to normal life back home.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Esteban Uyarra
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Military Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent National Geographic: Surviving West Point on DVD National Geographic: Surviving West Point
Synopsis
West Point has turned many young men and women into disciplined soldiers who stand ready to do America's bidding when the call is given. Stand front and center before a group of young cadets who give their all to survive at the illustrious academy.
Cast
Cast
Stephan Cox
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Over 93,000 movies & TV shows available to rent