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The Best Black Ops Movies

Updated December 29, 2020 5.8k votes 916 voters 115.3k views70 items

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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  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi2
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    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber

    Released2016

    Directed byMichael Bay

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical...  more
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  • Zero Dark Thirty3
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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt

    Released2012

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow. A chronicle...  more
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  • Lone Survivor4
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    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

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  • Act of Valor5
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    Act of Valor

    Roselyn Sánchez, Alex Veadov

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Waugh, Mike McCoy

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  • Tears of the Sun6
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    Tears of the Sun

    Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci

    Released2003

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

    Tears of the Sun is a 2003 American action drama film depicting a U.S. Navy SEAL team rescue...  more
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    Shooter

    Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara

    Released2007

    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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  • The Hurt Locker9
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team...  more
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  • Elite Squad10
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    Elite Squad

    Fernanda de Freitas, Fernanda Machado

    Released2007

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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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

    S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action-thriller film directed by Clark Johnson, and is based on...  more
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  • Red13
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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  • Navy SEALs14
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    Navy SEALs

    Charlie Sheen, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byLewis Teague

    Navy SEALS is a 1990 action film, directed by Lewis Teague, written by Chuck Pfarrer and Gary...  more
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  • Green Zone15
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    Green Zone

    Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Green Zone is a 2010 British-French-American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. The...  more
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    Nikita

    Jean Reno, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1990

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Nikita, also called La Femme Nikita, is a 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film written and...  more
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    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited...  more
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  • Point of No Return18
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    Point of No Return

    Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Point of No Return is a 1993 American action film directed by John Badham and starring Bridget...  more
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  • Predator19
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Legacy

    Idris Elba, Lara Pulver

    Released2010

    Directed byThomas Ikimi

    Legacy is a 2010 psychological thriller film directed by Nigerian/British director Thomas...  more
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  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within21
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    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

    Alex Sander, Seu Jorge

    Released2010

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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  • The Raid: Redemption22
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    The Raid: Redemption

    Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim

    Released2011

    Directed byGareth Evans

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  • Deadwater23
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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
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  • Extraction24
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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

    Extraction (a.k.a. Out of the Fire) is a 2020 American action thriller film directed by Sam...  more
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    The Bourne Identity

    Matt Damon, Clive Owen

    Released2002

    Directed byDoug Liman

    The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's...  more
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