Prestige war films are already catnip to the Academy Awards, but in the case of All Quiet on the Western Front, the craze is warranted. The celebrated Edward Berger-directed project is one of the relative few Netflix original films to grab the attention of critics and Academy voters alike, having picked up multiple Oscars nominations across categories including Best Cinematography, Best International Feature Film, and Best Picture. It’s a grisly, brutal film, though never does it sensationalize the shallow glories of war.
An adaptation of the classic 1928 Erich Maria Remarque novel, All Quiet on the Western Front stars Felix Kammerer as young German soldier Paul Bäumer, thrown into the trench warfare of World War I as his innocence and naïveté are stripped from him.
Although a far cry from the popcorn flick (in the case of Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Elvis) and heartwarming (in the case of The Fabelmans and Everything Everywhere All At Once) co-tenants on the Best Picture list, All Quiet is nevertheless a deeply satisfying viewing experience, even if the resulting knot in your gut will take time to untangle.
To catch up on your Oscars viewing ahead of March’s Academy Awards ceremony, there’s only one way to watch All Quiet online: As a Netflix original, the film is streaming exclusively on the mega-streamer. The good news is you needn’t pay a dime above your basic monthly Netflix subscription to access the movie; it should be right there waiting in your films queue.
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers film, TV, books and fashion.