How to watch 1917: stream the movie online from anywhere today

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Few movies in 2019 were as well received as Sam Mendes' 1917, which won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and would have scooped a whole lot more gongs at the Academy Awards were it not for Bong Joon-ho's magnus opus, Parasite. Not seen the instant WW1 classic yet? Read on and our guide explains how to watch 1917 online from anywhere in the world.

1917 cheat sheet

Released: 2019

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch

Rating (US/UK): R / 15

Without spoiling things for film fans, we can briefly outline the premise of 1917. At the height of World War I, British soldiers Lance Cpl. Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Cpl. Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) face the seemingly impossible task of delivering crucial orders to comrades entrenched deep in enemy territory. 

The drama is hammered home by the fact that one of the 1,600 British troops stuck behind enemy lines is the brother of Lance Cpl. Blake. And while the film's two leading men weren't necessarily A-listers before 1917, the movie is added some serious star gravitas courtesy of appearances from Colin Firth and Benedict Cumerbatch.

If you haven't seen it already, 1917 was one of last year's most impressive movies - so follow our guide as we explain how to watch 1917 online no matter where you are in the world.

How to watch 1917: online streaming options in the US


Streaming 1917 online in the US is easy and it's available to watch on a large number of services. The most familiar option for many may be Amazon Prime Video, which lets you rent 1917 in HD for $5.99. This option gives you 30 days to start watching the movie and 48 hours to finish it once you've pressed play, so you're free to take a break. 

Alternatively, you can buy it outright for $19.99 from Amazon. If 20 bucks sounds like a lot, just remember how much a ticket costs at your local movie theater - and you get to go to the toilet whenever you want.

Nope, it's not free like so much content is for Prime subscribers, but that's to be expected for such a new release - one that would likely still be in cinemas were it not for the coronavirus. However, if you're looking to bolster your streaming arsenal, know that Prime subscribers can binge-watch shows like The Americans, Jamestown and Downton Abbey for free with their membership - and there's even a FREE 30-day trial to let you check out Amazon's premium tier.  

If you want to watch 1917 in 4K HDR, then you should head to iTunes

How to watch 1917 online: UK streaming options


Those in the UK will need to exercise patience to watch 1917 online, as the film's VoD release isn't scheduled until May 4. However, you can pre-order it today on Amazon Prime Video for £13.99 in HD.

No, not even Amazon Prime members will get to watch 1917 for free - but there is plenty they can binge on while waiting for it. Everything from Mr. Robot, Star Trek: Picard, and Justice League to Paddington 2 comes bundled with a Prime subscription, so grab a FREE 1-month trial and check it out. 

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How to watch 1917 online in Australia


As in the UK, there was a short wait for the digital release of 1917 in Australia, but the movie is now available for outright purchase on the Google Play Store and YouTube.

While you can't rent 1917 in Australia just yet, it will cost you AU$24.99 to buy the movie from both the Google Play Store and YouTube for HD quality.

How to watch 1917 online: stream the WW1 movie in Canada


A handful of popular streaming services already have 1917 available to stream in Canada. Pricing is set at $6.99 to rent or $24.99 to buy across the board - we've had a look at most of the major options and think you may find the Microsoft Store the easiest. As well as HD and SD options, you can also watch 1917 in 4K Ultra HD there, which is a major bonus.

James Laird

James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.