19 Good Movies About the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

These are more or less in my order of preference. Warning, some of these films are not for the weak of heart. Can be very hard to watch.
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1.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
2.
Jarhead (2005)
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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
3.
Generation Kill (2008 Mini-Series)
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A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003. (70 mins.)
 
4.
Standard Operating Procedure (2008 Documentary)
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Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison. (116 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
5.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
6.
Stop-Loss (2008)
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A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army. (112 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
7.
The Messenger (2009)
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An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. (113 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
 
8.
The War Tapes (2006 Documentary)
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Called up for service in Iraq, several members of the National Guard were given digital video cameras. This film, edited from their footage, provides a perspective on a complex and troubled conflict. (97 mins.)
 
9.
Green Zone (2010)
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Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
10.
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
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A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
11.
Brothers (2009)
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A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
12.
Control Room (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage. (84 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
13.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
14.
Gunner Palace (2004 Documentary)
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American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country. (85 mins.)
 
15.
The Ground Truth (2006 Documentary)
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The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq... (72 mins.)
 
16.
Osama (2003)
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The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things... (83 mins.)
Director: Siddiq Barmak
 
17.
P.O.V. (1988 TV Series)
Episode: My Country, My Country (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The director follows a Sunni Arab doctor as he prepares to run for the early 2005 elections in Iraq.
“ Full-length Oscar-nominated film about an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad. ” - kemmerle-919-123670
 
18.
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate. (98 mins.)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
“ I haven't seen this movie but I've heard it's good. ” - kemmerle-919-123670
 
19.
Armadillo (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo... (105 mins.)
“ This isn't available in the U.S. yet and I haven't seen it but I've seen in on some "10 best" lists for 2011. Looks good. ” - kemmerle-919-123670