Best Iraq/Afghan War Documentaries

by Badlands1 | created - 12 Mar 2011 | updated - 26 Jan 2017 | Public
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1. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... See full summary »

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 8,724 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary, War

66 Metascore

In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. Cameras accompany the squad of seven on day and night patrols, as ... See full summary »

Directors: Ian Olds, Garrett Scott | Stars: Matthew Bacik, Chris Corcione, Eric Forbes, Patrick Napoli

Votes: 410

3. Only the Dead (2015)

TV-MA | 77 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Australian journalist Michael Ware's experiences in Iraq during the 2003 war and after.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware | Stars: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Michael Ware

Votes: 2,411

4. The War Tapes (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, War

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Deborah Scranton | Stars: Zack Bazzi, Duncan Domey, Ben Flanders, Mike Moriarty

Votes: 1,196 | Gross: $0.25M

5. Commando: On the Front Line (2007– )


A hard hitting ITV series that follows Royal Marines recruits from day one of training, through 32 weeks of the longest and hardest military training in the world and then to the front line in Afghanistan. A modern classic.

Votes: 234

7. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 19,710 | Gross: $1.33M

8. Mission Afghanistan (2012 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

Documentaries about 10 year Lithuanian military operations in Afghanistan. Filming Crew follow Special operation forces in South of Afghanistan and Chagcharan PRT. 2012 Season 5 documentary... See full summary »

Director: Eduardas Silva | Stars: Ross Kemp, Algis Ramanauskas, Eduardas Silva

Votes: 17

9. Ross Kemp in Afghanistan (2008– )


In the summer of 2007 Ross joins his father's old regiment, 1 Royal Anglian and, for the first time, heads to Afghanistan. Ross is immediately embedded with frontline troops where for weeks... See full summary »

Star: Ross Kemp

Votes: 321

10. Severe Clear (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

As part of the first wave in the War on Terror, First Lieutenant Mike Scotti (awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V") served on the front lines during the 21 ... See full summary »

Director: Kristian Fraga | Star: Mike Scotti

Votes: 468

11. Korengal (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

67 Metascore

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie, Aron Hijar

Votes: 2,966 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Gunner Palace (2004)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, War

70 Metascore

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.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker | Stars: Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond, Elliot Lovett

Votes: 1,863 | Gross: $0.61M

13. Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click. (2005)

155 min | Documentary

Documentary of the life of a USMC Drill Instructor, and the recruits that they mold.

Director: Canaan Brumley | Stars: Drill Instructor Maranan, Drill Instructor Martinez, Drill Instructor Liebfried, Senior Drill Instructor Sandercock

Votes: 187

14. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 13,151 | Gross: $0.27M

15. Our War (2011– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

The story of the war in Afghanistan: filmed by soldiers, shot by soldiers.

Votes: 123

16. The Recruiter (2008)

86 min | Documentary

Uncle Sam really wants you! A compelling exploration of army recruitment in the United States told through the story of Louisiana Sergeant, First Class Clay Usie, one of the most successful recruiters in the history of the U.S. Army.

Director: Edet Belzberg | Stars: Bobby Barrios, Chris Daigle, Matthew Marks, Lauren Thorton

Votes: 173

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