If you’re curling up at home on Memorial Day, you might be searching for a good movie or TV show that aligns with the day’s theme. Amazon Prime Video offers a wealth of war and war-related content, including both fictional stories and docuseries from educational networks like the History Channel.

We have rounded up three great Amazon Prime Video shows you should watch on Memorial Day. These selections will help you reflect on the military’s sacrifices, celebrate its triumphs, and remember its challenges. Two of these shows also provide excellent escapist entertainment if you need a break from the day’s more somber reflections.

A man sitting back in a chair with an army uniform, looking serious in The Man in the High Castle.
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The Man in the High Castle (2015-2019)

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What if things had turned out differently during World War II? “The Man in the High Castle” explores this intriguing question with a dystopian alternate history where the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan emerged victorious and now rule the world. Produced by Ridley Scott and based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, the series offers a parallel universe perspective that will make you grateful for the real-world outcome and the freedoms it provides.

With overwhelmingly positive reviews, “The Man in the High Castle” is a unique and thought-provoking series that sparks conversation. USA Today’s Kelly Lawler describes the series as a “smart take on what life might have been, with a little fantasy thrown in.” It’s the perfect show to binge on your day off, offering both entertainment and a profound appreciation for history.

Stream The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Video.

The World Wars (2014)

A man standing in a suit facing the right, a silhouette of a person in a wheelchair behind him from the miniseries The World Wars.
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Premiering fittingly on the History Channel a decade ago on Memorial Day 2014, “The World Wars” is a six-hour miniseries perfect for watching or re-watching on this commemorative day. Narrated by Jeremy Renner, the series delves into various aspects of war through interviews with experts, including historians, authors, and political figures, combined with reenactments and archival footage.

The series is introduced by President Barack Obama with a brief recorded message, setting the stage for an in-depth exploration of the 30 years of global conflict and the leaders who shaped history. The dramatic reenactments feature actors portraying influential figures, mostly unknown, to avoid the distraction of familiar Hollywood faces. Educational, compelling, and relevant, “The World Wars” is a fitting tribute to fallen soldiers and those who continue to serve, offering a profound reflection on the impact of past conflicts.

Stream The World Wars on Amazon Prime Video.

Jack Ryan (2018-2023)

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 1 – Official Trailer | Prime Video

Sometimes, the best way to spend Memorial Day is to sit back and enjoy something thrilling. “Jack Ryan” is an action-packed fictional series that will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat. The title character, played by John Krasinski (known for “The Office”), is a CIA analyst who is pulled from his desk job to work in the field. He becomes integral to stopping attacks by an Islamic terrorist, and the plot twists and turns through four seasons, exploring political warfare, internal corruption, a drug cartel, and a powerful terrorist organization.

“Jack Ryan” brings Tom Clancy’s lead character and his Ryanverse franchise to life on the small screen, set in modern times with timely themes and the classic good-guy hero story. While a political action thriller might not be the first thing that comes to mind for Memorial Day viewing, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll likely find yourself binging through all four seasons in the days (or weeks) that follow, captivated by the show’s intense and engaging storyline.

Stream Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video.

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