16 of the Best Period Films You Can Stream on Netflix

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This film is set post-World War II but, in many ways, has nothing to do with the war itself. Instead, it focuses on the struggles of returning home from war. Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) have both returned to their Mississippi hometown after enlisting in the Army and fighting overseas in WWII. The two have always lived very different lives — Ronsel is black and Jamie is white in the mid-century south — but they bond over their shared experiences at war. It’s a film that explores the idea that this country sent black men to war but didn’t treat them like heroes when they returned. It’s also a reminder that there were far broader consequences of WWII than any could have imagined.

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