The Lesser Jihadby jasonforno | created - 04 Jan 2013 | updated - 6 days ago | Public
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1. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 95,157 | Gross: $66.66M
Soviet-Afghan War 1980-1988
2. House of Saddam (2008– )
TV-MA | 232 min | Biography, Drama, History
A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.
3. Courage Under Fire (1996)
R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.
Votes: 43,755 | Gross: $59.03M
Gulf War 1990-1991
4. Live from Baghdad (2002 TV Movie)
Unrated | 108 min | Drama, War
CNN producer Robert Wiener, his colleague and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.
Gulf War 1990-1991
5. Jarhead (2005)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 154,262 | Gross: $62.66M
Gulf War 1990-1991
6. Three Kings (1999)
R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
Votes: 146,646 | Gross: $60.65M
Gulf War 1990-1991
8. The Devil's Double (2011)
R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.
Votes: 56,500 | Gross: $1.36M
Iran-Iraq War 1987
9. The Siege (1998)
R | 116 min | Action, Thriller
The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist, leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, that lead to the declaration of martial-law.
Votes: 61,796 | Gross: $40.98M
10. United 93 (2006)
R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Votes: 88,605 | Gross: $31.57M
September 11th, 2001
11. World Trade Center (2006)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
Votes: 71,311 | Gross: $70.28M
September 11th-12th, 2001
12. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Votes: 88,611 | Gross: $31.85M
September 11th, 2001-2002
13. 12 Strong (2018)
R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
November 2001 The War in Afghanistan
14. A Mighty Heart (2007)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History
Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.
Votes: 25,082 | Gross: $9.18M
January 23rd-31st, 2002 Karaci, Pakistan
15. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.
Votes: 40,770 | Gross: $23.05M
2003 Afghanistan/Pakistan (Operation Enduring Freedom)
16. Generation Kill (2008)
TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War
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.
Invasion of Iraq March 19th-May 1st, 2003
17. Green Zone (2010)
R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 117,407 | Gross: $35.05M
War in Iraq April 2003
18. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 365,397 | Gross: $17.02M
Iraq War 2003-2004
19. American Sniper (2014)
R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.
Votes: 370,499 | Gross: $350.13M
Iraq War 2003-2009/2013
21. Rendition (2007)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.
Votes: 50,145 | Gross: $9.74M
22. Body of Lies (2008)
R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
Votes: 187,978 | Gross: $39.39M
War in Iraq 2003-2008
24. Stop-Loss (2008)
R | 112 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 18,525 | Gross: $10.91M
2003 Iraq War
25. Home of the Brave (2006)
R | 106 min | Action, Drama, War
Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.
Votes: 9,703 | Gross: $0.05M
27. In the Valley of Elah (2007)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 63,372 | Gross: $6.78M
28. The Messenger (I) (2009)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.
Votes: 31,177 | Gross: $0.07M
29. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War
30. Lone Survivor (2013)
R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 229,301 | Gross: $125.10M
War in Afgahistan - Operation Red Wing June 27th, 2005
31. Lions for Lambs (2007)
R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, War
Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.
Votes: 43,335 | Gross: $15.00M
War in Afgahistan
32. Brothers (I) (2009)
R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War
A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.
Votes: 96,465 | Gross: $28.50M
War in Afgahistan October 2007
33. Fort Bliss (2014)
116 min | Drama, War
After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.
35. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)
R | 113 min | Drama, War
19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad--contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Votes: 16,108 | Gross: $1.72M
36. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 234,808 | Gross: $95.72M
2003-May 2nd, 2011
37. Fair Game (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.
Votes: 41,348 | Gross: $9.53M
38. 13 Hours (2016)
R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History
During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Votes: 87,160 | Gross: $52.85M
2012 Benghazi, Libya
40. Eye in the Sky (2015)
R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
Votes: 64,038 | Gross: $18.70M
41. Patriots Day (2016)
R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, History
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
Votes: 58,515 | Gross: $31.89M
Aril 15th, 2013 Boston, MA