The Best Iraq War Movies 

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List Rules Movies must center around the Iraq War

The best Iraq War movies ever made with posters, ranked by film fans. Movies about Iraq war on this list take place in the early 2000s and usually feature American soldiers who are serving in Iraq--many are sad, some are funny, but all of them strike an emotional chord and are considered to be the best. Many of these Iraq war films depict the complexity of the international situation at the time. This Iraq War movies list can be sorted by cast, year, director, or more.

What are the best Iraq war movies? These are not the only movies about the Iraq war, but they are the best. The following list of Iraq War films is ordered by year of release and also contains Iraq War movie titles that may be clicked on for more information. You can start your own list by copying this Iraq War films list. These movies may go hand in hand with 911 movies.
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Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more

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Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs

Released: 2010

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Green Zone is a 2010 British-French-American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction book ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a ...more

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Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz, Nick Shakoour

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nick Broomfield

Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out a brutal retaliation. Their violent ...more
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Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Phillippe

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Stop-Loss is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures ...more
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Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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Eddie Della Siepe, James Gilbert, Zan Calabretta

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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Gary Busey, Tito Ortiz, Billy Zane

Released: 2006

Directed by: Serdar Akar

Valley of the Wolves: Iraq is a 2006 Turkish action film directed by Serdar Akar and starring Necati Şaşmaz, Billy Zane and Ghassan Massoud. The story concerns a Turkish commando team which goes ...more
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Çetin Tekindor, Hümeyra, Cemal Hünal

Released: 2008

Directed by: Çağan Irmak

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Tom Waits, Jean Reno, Roberto Benigni

Released: 2005

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

La tigre e la neve is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. The film is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Rome and in occupied Baghdad during the Iraq War. The ...more
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Barry Sloane, Michael Byrne, Brendan Coyle

Released: 2007

Directed by: Marc Munden

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Ross Kemp, Kayvan Novak, Saskia Reeves

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Hawes

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Michael Rooker, Laura Regan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Markle

Saving Jessica Lynch is a 2003 American television film that aired on NBC and featured Canadian actress Laura Regan in the title role. The film begins with the ambush of Jessica Lynch's convoy ...more
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Don McKellar, Ohad Knoller, Abigail Savage

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Redacted is a 2007 American war film written and directed by Brian De Palma. It is a fictional dramatization, loosely based on the 2006 Mahmudiyah killings in Mahmoudiyah, Iraq, when U.S. Army ...more

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Marisa Tomei, John Cusack, Mary Kay Place

Released: 2007

Directed by: James C. Strouse

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Joanna Douglas, Eddie Della Siepe, Zan Calabretta

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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