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

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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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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Spy Game is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Four Lions is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Arlington Road is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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 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 Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 25 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