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The Best Black Ops Movies

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A list of the best black ops movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This black ops movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about black ops are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about black ops you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous black ops movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these black ops movie titles for more information about the films.

Black operations are covert operations carried out by the government or the military usually involving high-profile targets or confidential objectives - this makes for exciting action movies!

This list of special ops movies has a variety of films in it, from RED to The Bourne Legacy.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best black ops movies?" and "What is the greatest black ops movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular black ops movies as well as special forces movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these black ops movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good black ops movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

 

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    Black Hawk Down

    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Zero Dark Thirty2
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi3
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    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Lone Survivor4
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara

    Released2007

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Act of Valor6
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    Act of Valor

    Roselyn Sánchez, Alex Veadov

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Waugh, Mike McCoy

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  • Tears of the Sun7
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    Tears of the Sun

    Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci

    Released2003

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • The Bourne Legacy8
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    The Bourne Legacy

    Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton

    Released2012

    Directed byTony Gilroy

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  • Elite Squad9
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    Elite Squad

    Fernanda de Freitas, Fernanda Machado

    Released2007

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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  • The Hurt Locker10
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • Red11
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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  • S.W.A.T.12
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    S.W.A.T.

    Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell

    Released2003

    Directed byClark Johnson

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  • American Sniper13
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Green Zone14
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    Green Zone

    Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

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  • Navy SEALs16
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    Navy SEALs

    Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byLewis Teague

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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • Point of No Return18
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    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

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  • Predator19
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • Legacy20
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    Legacy

    Idris Elba, Lara Pulver

    Released2010

    Directed byThomas Ikimi

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    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

    Alex Sander, Seu Jorge

    Released2010

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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    The Finest Hour

    Rob Lowe, Tracy Griffith

    Released1992

    Directed byShimon Dotan

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    The Raid: Redemption

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2011

    Directed byGareth Evans

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  • Deadwater24
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    Deadwater

    Lance Henriksen, James Russo

    Released2008

    Directed byRoel Reiné, Rebel Wang

    Deadwater aka BlackOps aka Nazi Dawn in the United Kingdom, is a horror film written and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Assault25
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    The Assault

    Vincent Elbaz, Marie Guillard

    Released2010

    Directed byJulien Leclercq

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