Modern Soldiers (post-Vietnam)

Selected films & documentaries. To be updated.
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1.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
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123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
5.
Act of Valor (2012)
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An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)
 
6.
The Kingdom (2007)
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A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
7.
Lone Survivor (2013)
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Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
8.
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
 
9.
Tears of the Sun (2003)
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A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too. (121 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
10.
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
 
11.
Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)
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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming. (77 mins.)
Director: Ross Katz
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
Battle for Haditha (2007)
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An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb. (97 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
15.
No Man's Land (2001)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
 
16.
The Beast of War (1988)
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During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost... (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
17.
Three Kings (1999)
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In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. (114 mins.)
 
18.
Over There (2005 TV Series)
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A dramatized take on war in Iraq. (60 mins.)
Director: Chris Gerolmo
 
19.
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
20.
Bravo Two Zero (1999 TV Movie)
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This is the true story of the most highly decorated British patrol since the Boer war: an eight man... (122 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
21.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
22.
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.)
“ 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, an element of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, of the 39th Brigade Combat Team, an element of the 1st Cavalry Division. ” - a-gallowglass
 
23.
Occupation: Dreamland (2005 Documentary)
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In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne... (78 mins.)
 
24.
The Battle for Marjah (2010 Documentary)
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On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War... (88 mins.)
Director: Anthony Wonke
“ Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment ” - a-gallowglass
 
25.
Odysseus in America (2005 Documentary)
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What matters in the heart of a soldier hasn't changed in 3,000 years.
 
26.
Severe Clear (2009 Documentary)
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As part of the first wave in the War on Terror, First Lieutenant Mike Scotti (awarded the Navy and Marine... (93 mins.)
Director: Kristian Fraga
“ United States Marine Corps Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion 11th Marines ” - a-gallowglass
 
27.
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007 Documentary)
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A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers... (81 mins.)
Director: Richard Robbins
 
28.
Hell and Back Again (2011 Documentary)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically... (88 mins.)
Director: Danfung Dennis
 
29.
Armadillo (2010 Documentary)
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In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo... (105 mins.)
 
30.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
31.
Lebanon (2009)
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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
 
32.
Beaufort (2007)
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The story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed in an outpost prior to the withdrawal of forces of 2000. (131 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
 
33.
Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (2011 TV Series)
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Following multiple US Military EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Squads, which take care of disarming or destroying dangerous improvised explosive devices (IED) from the Taliban. (44 mins.)
 
34.
Memorial Day (2011)
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Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather... (104 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fischer