The Best Movies About Terrorism

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

The best Hollywood 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 crowd voted ranking of movies about terrorism below. The best terrorist movies are not all based on Islamic or arab terrorism.

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. 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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  • Zero Dark Thirty
    Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • The Kingdom
    Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • Body of Lies
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Munich
    Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Traitor
    Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Said Taghmaoui
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
  • Déjà Vu
    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • The Siege
    Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Air Force One
    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Die Hard
    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Patriot Games
    Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • Unthinkable
    Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Gregor Jordan
  • Spy Game
    Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
    James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • The Report
    Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Scott Z. Burns
  • The Dark Knight
    Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Christopher Nolan
  • United 93
    David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • In the Name of the Father
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Jim Sheridan
  • The Devil's Own
    Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
  • Arlington Road
    Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Mark Pellington
  • Carlos
    Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Nora von Waldstätten
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Olivier Assayas
  • Olympus Has Fallen
    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Blown Away
    Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
  • Stuber
    Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Mira Sorvino
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Michael Dowse
  • Patriots Day
    Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • From Paris with Love
    John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kasia Smutniak
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Pierre Morel