terrorism The Best Terrorism Movies  

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List Rules Movies that feature terrorism as a central plot point.

The best terrorism movies serve as a reflection of our chaotic times. The problems the protagonists deal with often hit close to home, and sometimes they are even based on real-world events. Despite that, movies about terrorism are very entertaining to watch and often serve as catharsis for society. So what are the best terrorism movies? See what fans like you think in the crowdvoted ranking of movies about terrorism below. If there are any great movies you think other people missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself.

This terrorism movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about terrorism are at the top of the list. The films on this list are the most famous terrorism movies of all time. If you don’t recognize the movie, check out the trailer to get a quick preview—you might just discover a new favorite movie. Additional details such as top billed actors, director, and an overview of the movie have been provided when available.

So what movies belong on this list? Two good examples of great terrorism movies are: Body of Lies and From Paris with Love. In Body of Lies, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, a CIA agent must capture a terrorist by drawing him out of hiding. It is a plot that might not be too far from reality. If that sounds like a movie you’d like watching, then you will want to check out the highest ranked films on this list of the best terrorism movies.
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The Kingdom Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly, Jamie Foxx

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Body of Lies Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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Die Hard Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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wiabux added Air Force One Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

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The Siege Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening

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149 71
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Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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90 38
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Traitor Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels

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154 84
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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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United 93 Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon

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wiabux added Olympus Has Fallen Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd

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prasadkv added Unthinkable Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen

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Arlington Road Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack

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Four Lions Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Morris, Riz Ahmed

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wiabux added Swordfish Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

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The Sum of All Fears Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber

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Patriot Games Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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wiabux added Spy Game Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling

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wiabux added White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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From Paris with Love John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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The Devil's Own Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Julia Stiles

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wiabux added Executive Decision Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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World Trade Center Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello

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wiabux added The Peacemaker Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie

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Under Siege Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey

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Angels & Demons Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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The Baader Meinhof Complex Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl

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The Crying Game Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

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The Delta Force Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Shelley Winters

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Flight 93 Laura Mennell, Ty Olsson, Gwynyth Walsh

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Rendition Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Five Fingers Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Terrorism Movies
teddybear1029 added The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Blown Away Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker

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The General Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut

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Robert Crain added Black Sunday Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw

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punksnotdead added Stammheim Ulrich Tukur

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Morten Høj Rygaard added Carlos Martha Higareda, Édgar Ramírez, Emmanuelle Bercot

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wiabux added The Boxer Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson

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The War Within Aasif Mandvi, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen

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andry_jns added Spooks: The Greater Good Kit Harington, Lara Pulver, David Harewood

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The Assignment Ben Kingsley, Donald Sutherland, Aidan Quinn

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Fifty Dead Men Walking Rose McGowan, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers

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Homeland Security is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Terrorism Movies
Homeland Security Kal Penn, Marisol Nichols, Scott Glenn

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Into the Fire Melina Kanakaredes, JoBeth Williams, Sean Patrick Flanery

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Reign Over Me Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith

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DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Devon Bostick, Timothy Bottoms, Gregory Itzin