The Best Movies To Watch on Memorial Day

Today, we honor the lives of the heroic men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and liberties.

In an effort to spread awareness of the African-American war experience, we’ve created a list of incredible war films that reflect the stories of African-American war heroes.

Here’s our list of the most significant war films that include African-Americans.

Platoon

A line is drawn between two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris (Charlie Sheen) himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. Starring Keith David, Forrest Whitaker and Reggie Johnson.

Glory

The heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, Glory stars Denzel Washington, Andre Braugher, RonReaco Lee, and Morgan Freeman. Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Oscar(r) – winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.

Courage Under Fire

When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman (Meg Ryan) to recieve a medal honor, he finds himself plunged into an apparent cover-up surrounding the actions that led to her death. As he struggles to uncover the truth, he also finds himself forced to confront his own tormenting demons.

Miracle at St. Anna

Directed by Spike Lee, MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA follows four members of the U.S. Army’s all-black 92nd Infantry Division, the Buffalo Soldiers, that are trapped behind enemy lines after one of them risks his life to save a traumatized Italian boy. Separated from their unit, they find themselves in a remote Tuscan village where they experience the tragedy and the triumph of war. Based on the highly praised novel by James McBride, and filled with exceptional battle scenes and action, it’s a gripping and inspiring story that will touch the goodness within us all and never let go. Starring Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Omar Benson Miller, Omari Hardwick , and Kerry Washington.

Men of Honor

It’s a battle of the Oscar winners. A conventional biopic inspired by the life of Carl Brashear. Played with gravity and gumption by Cuba Gooding Jr., Brashear was the first African American to become a master diver in the U.S. Navy, despite the lingering effects of segregation, opposition from Navy brass, and the amputation of his left leg following a tragic on-duty accident. Robert De Niro adds marquee value and salty bluster as Billy Sunday, the drunken, redneck (and fictionalized) Master Chief who watches, with gradual admiration, as Brashear attains his ultimate goal through sheer force of will.

Hurt Locker

Iraq. Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Stars Anthony Mackie.

Red Tails

The film is set in 1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options — including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country — and the fate of the free world. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Nate Parker and Tristan Wilds.

Buffalo Soldiers (Full Movie)

Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache warrior named Vittorio who slaughters the settlers in New Mexico. The film examines the racial tensions that existed between the black soldiers and some of the white soldiers and the truths about the Indian invaders. Stars Danny Glover, Glynn Turman, Clifton Powell, and Mykelti Williamson.

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