4War OIF/OEF Iraq and Afghanistan

by craigburma | created - 01 Jun 2012 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

See my list of BEST WAR MOVIES of all time here -> http://www.imdb.com/list/iPJvkqucd40/

This includes all titles I have watched about the War(s) on Terrorism, in particular the United States' wars in IRAQ and Afghanistan.

I try to focus more on the soldier's story and less on strategic decisions.

Several titles focus on the VERY difficult decisions combat soldiers make and the impact that has on them returning home. Boredom, terrifying moments, multiple deployments horrifying injuries and of course coping with the loss of good men and women.

In the end watching all of these only gives a 2 dimensional snippet of a experiences we (thankfully) cannot fully understand. The best we can do is help them continue to "come home" from our wars.

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1. 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: 19,368 | Gross: $1.33M

2. The Battle for Marjah (2010)

88 min | Documentary

On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke

Votes: 577

3. 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

4. Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (2007)

81 min | Documentary

A unique documentary about troops' experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on writings by soldiers, Marines, and air men. Some writings were published in the New Yorker in summer 2006. A... See full summary »

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Sharon D. Allen, Beau Bridges, Colby Buzzell, Richard Currey

Votes: 385

5. 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: 1,856 | Gross: $0.61M

6. Brothers (I) (2009)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

58 Metascore

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard

Votes: 97,894 | Gross: $28.50M

7. Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company (2006 Video)

90 min | Documentary

A documentary chronicling Lima Company 3rd Battalion 25th Marines from Columbus Ohio and they deployment to Iraq.

Director: Michael Epstein

Votes: 85

8. Camp Victory, Afghanistan (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, War

Camp Victory, Afghanistan is the true story of the American Exit Strategy. Using 300 hours of footage shot over the course of three years, the film follows a battle-tested Afghan General ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Dysinger

Votes: 196

9. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Camp Leatherneck (2010)

Documentary, History

National Geographic Explorer offers an inside look at Camp Leatherneck the U.S. Marine base of operation in Afghanistan where more than 10,000 soldiers are charged with fighting the Taliban.

Stars: Gabriel Christianson, Peter Coyote, Gerard Dempster, Al Faxon

Votes: 35

10. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Bad Voodoo's War (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

In June 2007, the Bad Voodoo Platoon deployed to Iraq during the American military surge. To capture an intimate, vivid account of the new realities of war, director Deborah Scranton (The ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Scranton | Stars: Jean-Paul Borda, Bryan Hamlin, Jeffrey Meier, Ben Nievera

Votes: 14

11. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Wounded Platoon (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the violence, depression, and stress exhibited by a platoon of Iraq War veterans whose members who have committed murder, assault, and suicide.

Director: Daniel Edge | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Jose Barco, Bruce Bastien, George Brandt

Votes: 27

12. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (2011– )

44 min | Documentary

Following multiple US Military EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Squads, which take care of disarming or destroying dangerous improvised explosive devices (IED) from the Taliban.

Stars: Sam Durham, Brad Penley, Matt Rayl, Jeremy Stein

Votes: 238

13. Where Soldiers Come From (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles four years in the lives of childhood friends as they enter a faraway war.

Director: Heather Courtney

Votes: 210 | Gross: $0.04M

14. National Geographic: 21 Days to Baghdad (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, War

National Geographic looks at the invasion of Iraq and follows U.S. soldiers as they travel twenty-ones days through a war-zone from Kuwait to Baghdad.

Stars: Terry MacDonald, Joseph L. Galloway, Judy Adamouski, Gary Scurka

Votes: 54

15. Inside the Afghanistan War (2012 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

The longest war in America's history was sparked by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Less than a month later U.S. forces entered Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban. Chronicling a ... See full summary »

Stars: Allison Black, Ryan Blum, Adrian Bonenberger, Max Bowers

Votes: 20

16. Inside the Iraq War (2009 TV Movie)


An up-close-and-personal account of the war in Iraq, featuring testimonials from veterans; videos shot vy troops; news footage from embedded journalists; and rare battlefield photos.

Votes: 22

17. Combat Zone (2007– )

50 min | Documentary, History, War

Each episode of Combat Zone focuses on a single battle, mission or moment of armed conflict from recent history. Tales of heroism, courage and valor - including stories from Korea, Vietnam and Iraq - are told by the men who fought them.

Stars: Shane Daniel Wood, Adolfo Naranjo, Lawrence Broughton, Charles W. Davidson

Votes: 22

18. Hell and Back: Special Ops Ranger (2012 TV Movie)


For the first time, the special operations training course known as Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) is documented in HELL AND BACK: SPECIAL OPS RANGERS.

Director: Bobby Williams

19. Baker Boys: Inside the Surge (2010)

Documentary, War

Best selling journalist/filmmaker Jon Steele ("War Junkies") takes a journey inside the Iraq war in a manner never before seen on camera as he stays embedded for 90 days with the boys of ... See full summary »

Director: Kern Konwiser | Stars: John Bell, Gary Bradley, Paul Brawley, Wilson Buck

Votes: 62

20. Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, History, War

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz

Votes: 6,804 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Scott MacDonald

Votes: 155,979 | Gross: $62.66M

22. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 61,842 | Gross: $70.01M

23. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,047 | Gross: $95.72M

24. The Blood of My Brother (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, War

63 Metascore

While volunteering to guard the ancient mosque in Kadhimiya, Ra'ad, an Iraqi portrait photographer, is shot and killed by an American patrol. His brother Ibrahim dreams of revenge.

Director: Andrew Berends

Votes: 107

25. Hell and Back Again (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Action, History

81 Metascore

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and ... See full summary »

Director: Danfung Dennis | Stars: Nathan Harris, Ashley Harris, The Marines of Echo Company, Christian Cabaniss

Votes: 2,086 | Gross: $0.04M

26. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 371,472 | Gross: $17.02M

27. Green Zone (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor

Votes: 118,539 | Gross: $35.05M

28. Stop-Loss (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, War

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown

Votes: 18,640 | Gross: $10.91M

29. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War

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.

Director: Ross Katz | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker

Votes: 11,758

30. Hooligans at War (2010)

67 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

It is a topic of debate and controversy around the world, but for the young men of Hooligan Platoon, war-torn Afghanistan is a reality they have to endure day in and day out. Directed by ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Elliott | Star: Tyler Elliott

Votes: 20

31. Make Peace or Die: The First Days of War in Iraq with 1st Battalion 5th Marines (2006 Video)

88 min | Documentary, War

"Make Peace or Die: The First Days of War in Iraq with 1 Battalion 5 Marines" is a boots-on-the-ground account of the treacherous three-week journey from the oilfields of Kuwait to Saddam ... See full summary »

Directors: Valerian Bennett, Jonathan Haug | Star: The United States Marine Corps

Votes: 7

33. Rethink Afghanistan (2009)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, War

Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding the war. The film raises critical questions regarding Afghanistan. Segments of this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Tariq Ali, Faiysal Alikhan, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Baer

Votes: 87

34. White Buffalo (2010)

26 min | Short, Drama, War

Set amidst the backdrop of a politically ambivalent theme imposed on the contemporary conscience as we know it and centered around Tommy O'Brien. The film explores his quest for redemption,... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Pac | Stars: Chris Ryden, Gemma Cooper, Nigel Mattison, Hannah Bates

Votes: 10

35. Bulletproof Salesman (2008)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq. It wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand-car war where security would become the ultimate product.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker | Star: Fidelis Cloer

Votes: 266

36. The Way We Get By (2009)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. Filled with unexpected turns, their ... See full summary »

Director: Aron Gaudet | Stars: Joan Gaudet, William Knight, Gerald Mundy

Votes: 279 | Gross: $0.11M

37. Body of War (2007)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, War

60 Metascore

The story of an injured American veteran returning home from the war Iraq is set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government's handling of the U.S.-led invasion.

Directors: Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro | Stars: Robert Byrd, Garett Reppenhagen, Cathy Smith, Nathan Young

Votes: 515 | Gross: $0.07M

38. American Jihadist (2010)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Biography, History

What makes a man willing to kill and die for God?

Director: Mark Claywell | Stars: Isa Abdullah Ali, Fawaz Gerges, Daveed Gartenstein Ross, Nate Butler

Votes: 55

39. War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, History, War

57 Metascore

War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from ... See full summary »

Directors: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Spiro Agnew, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Arnett, Wolf Blitzer

Votes: 1,034

40. Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

68 Metascore

Robert Greenwald looks at war profiteering in Iraq by private contracting companies Halliburton, CACI, and KBR.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Katy Helvenston-Wettengal, Scott Helvenston, Donna Zovko, Jozo Zovko

Votes: 1,536

41. Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary, History, War

In this documentary feature, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration's case to invade Iraq following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The film examines the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: David Albright, Robert Baer, Milton Bearden, Rand Beers

Votes: 551 | Gross: $0.03M

42. Fallout: Coming Home from the War in Iraq (2009)

51 min | Documentary

Staff Sergeant James C. Bailey, Corporal Michael Prysner, and Staff Sergeant Charlie Carlson are three very different people, but each shares a common experience - the war in Iraq. Together... See full summary »

Director: Ava Lowrey | Stars: James C. Bailey, Charlie Carlson, Michael Prysner

43. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Obama's War (2009)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary

Frontline tries to get a deeper understanding of the war in Afganistan. It interviews both American analysts and commanders on the ground and looks at reports from embedded journalists.

Stars: Athar Abbas, Abdullah Abdullah, Andrew Bacevich, Christian Cabaniss

Votes: 22

44. Inside Al Qaeda (2007 TV Movie)


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Director: David Keane

Votes: 7

45. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Interrogator (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline - In a rare interview with Ali Soufan, the FBI agent who was at the center of the 9/11 investigations, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith uncovers an insider's view of the "war on terror."

46. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: A Perfect Terrorist (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind David Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.

Director: Thomas Jennings | Stars: Thomas Jennings, Will Lyman, Arun Rath, Sebastian Rotella

Votes: 11

47. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Man Behind the Mosque (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline - It became the most controversial building in America, a mostly derelict property in lower Manhattan made infamous overnight as the Ground Zero Mosque. Going beyond ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Will Lyman, Arun Rath

48. 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.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 39,920

49. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Kill/Capture (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline - Behind the strike that killed Osama bin Laden was one of the U.S. military's best-kept secrets: a covert campaign that officials have credited with taking out ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Edge | Stars: Stephen Grey, Will Lyman, Arun Rath, Martin Smith

Votes: 6

50. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Black Money (2009)

TV-PG | 56 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates how multinational corporations illegally use slush funds, front companies, and secret payments as ways of increasing their profit. It focuses primarily on the Al Yamamah arms sales.

Stars: Robert Baer, Tim Bell, Lowell Bergman, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 33

51. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Behind Taliban Lines (2010)

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary