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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly, Jamie Foxx The Kingdom is a 2007 action thriller directed by Peter Berg and starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Ashraf Barhom, with Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Piven, Richard ...more

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong 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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Munich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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Traitor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. It is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and ...more

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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
prasadkv added Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen Unthinkable is a 2010 American suspense thriller film directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Sheen and Carrie-Anne Moss. It was released direct-to-video on June 14, ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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The Siege is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Lima. Over the next four months a chilling, ...more

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Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd Olympus Has Fallen is a 2013 American action thriller film. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, with Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Cole ...more

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Charlotte Rampling Spy Game is a 2001 American spy film directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. The film grossed $62 million in the United States and $143 million worldwide and received ...more

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United 93 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson, Denny Dillon United 93 is a 2006 drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of ...more

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, but with ...more

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Arlington Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Arlington Road is a 1999 American mystery thriller film, which tells the story of a widowed George Washington University professor who suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and ...more

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Four Lions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Morris, Riz Ahmed Four Lions is a 2010 British dark comedy film. It is the feature film debut of director Chris Morris, written by Morris, Sam Bain, and Jesse Armstrong. The film is a jihad satire following a ...more

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The Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber The Sum of All Fears is a 2002 American action political thriller film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. The motion picture, which is set in the Jack ...more

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From Paris with Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Jonathan Rhys Meyers From Paris with Love is a 2010 French-American action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and directed by Pierre Morel. The screenplay was co-written by Luc Besson. The film was ...more

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Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman Swordfish is a 2001 American action crime thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. The film centers on Stanley ...more

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White House Down is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more

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True Lies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, ...more

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In the Name of the Father is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, ...more

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Executive Decision is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell Executive Decision is a 1996 American action film directed by Stuart Baird in his directorial debut. The film stars Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, Oliver Platt and John Leguizamo. The ...more

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The Devil's Own is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Julia Stiles The Devil's Own is a 1997 American action thriller film starring Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Rubén Blades, Natascha McElhone, Julia Stiles and Treat Williams. It was the final film directed ...more

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World Trade Center is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael ...more

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The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Tamara Tunie The Peacemaker is a 1997 American action/thriller film starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and directed by Mimi Leder. It was the first film released by DreamWorks. While the story takes ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
teddybear1029 added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Flight 93 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Laura Mennell, Ty Olsson, Gwynyth Walsh FLIGHT 93 tells the stirring story of the brave passengers and crew aboard hijacked United Airlines' Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. After learning of the attacks on the World Trade Center and ...more

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Under Siege is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey Under Siege is a 1992 American action film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal as a former Navy SEAL who must stop a group of mercenaries, led by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey, ...more

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Five Fingers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres Five Fingers is a 2006 drama/thriller film directed by Laurence Malkin, and written by Chad Thumann and Malkin. The film had ten producers, including actor Laurence Fishburne, who stars ...more

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The Baader Meinhof Complex is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Nadja Uhl The Baader Meinhof Complex is a 2008 German film by Uli Edel. Written and produced by Bernd Eichinger, it stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, and Johanna Wokalek. The film is based on the ...more

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Rendition is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal Rendition is a 2007 abduction thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the ...more

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker Blown Away is a 1994 action thriller film starring Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins.

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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed ...more

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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Robert Crain added Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw Black Sunday is a 1977 American thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer, based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. The film was produced by Robert Evans and starred Robert Shaw, Bruce ...more

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames Mission: Impossible – Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the sixth installment in the film series. When IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to ...more

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Carlos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Morten Høj Rygaard added Martha Higareda, Édgar Ramírez, Emmanuelle Bercot "Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, Carlos is a central figure in the history of international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, from pro-Palestinian activism to the Japanese Red Army. At once a figure ...more

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The General is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy The General is an Irish crime film directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill, who pulled off several daring heists in the early 1980s, and attracted the attention of the ...more

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One Day in September is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
One Day in September is a 1999 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald examining the 5 September 1972 murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Michael ...more

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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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The Boxer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
wiabux added Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson The Boxer is a 1997 film by Irish director Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, the film centers on the life of a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, ...more

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The Assignment is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Ben Kingsley, Donald Sutherland, Aidan Quinn The Assignment is a 1997 spy thriller film directed by Christian Duguay and starring Aidan Quinn in two roles, Donald Sutherland, and Ben Kingsley. The film, written by Dan Gordon and Sabi H. ...more

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Homeland Security is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Kal Penn, Marisol Nichols, Scott Glenn Homeland Security is a 2004 made-for-TV film, which was intended as a pilot for a series which never materialized.

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Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Katherine Heigl, Steven Seagal, Morris Chestnut Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a 1995 American action film set on board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Los Angeles. Directed by Geoff Murphy, it stars Steven ...more

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The Delta Force is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Shelley Winters The Delta Force is a 1986 American action film starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin as leaders of an elite squad of Special Forces troops based on the real life U.S. Army Delta Force unit. It ...more

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London Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Pavan Kumar Mba added Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Angela Bassett London Has Fallen is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Babak Najafi and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John. It is a ...more

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Fifty Dead Men Walking is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Rose McGowan, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers Fifty Dead Men Walking is a 2008 English-language crime thriller film written and directed by Kari Skogland. It is a loose adaptation of Martin McGartland's 1997 autobiography of the same name. ...more

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The War Within is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Aasif Mandvi, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen The War Within is a 2005 American drama film directed by Joseph Castelo and written by Ayad Akhtar, Joseph Castelo, and Tom Glynn. Distributed by HDNet Films and released by Magnolia Pictures, ...more

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Stammheim is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
punksnotdead added Ulrich Tukur Stammheim - Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht is a 1986 West German film directed by Reinhard Hauff. It tells the story of the trial in the court of Stammheim Prison of the Baader-Meinhof ...more

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Into the Fire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Melina Kanakaredes, JoBeth Williams, Sean Patrick Flanery Into the Fire is a 2005 Independent drama film from first-time director Michael Phelan that stars Sean Patrick Flanery, JoBeth Williams, and Melina Kanakaredes.

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22 July is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Thorbjørn Harr 22 July is a 2018 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the aftermath of the 2011 Norway attacks. In Norway on July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders ...more