The Best Movies About Terrorism

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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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  • The Kingdom
    1
    Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner
    546 votes
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Peter Berg
    Charged with the most important assignment of his career, federal agent Ron Fleury (Jamie Foxx) has one week to assemble a team, infiltrate and destroy a terrorist cell based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ...more

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  • Body of Lies
    2
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
    319 votes
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
    CIA agent Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) hatches a bold but dangerous plan to capture terrorist Al-Saleem. With the help of Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) who is a master of subterfuge, Ferris creates ...more

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  • Munich
    3
    Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush
    319 votes
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    After the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and their coach at the 1972 Olympics, the Israeli government secretly assigns Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana) to carry out a series of strategic retaliations. With ...more

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  • Traitor
    4
    Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Said Taghmaoui
    211 votes
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
    When straight-arrow agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) assumes command of a special FBI task force, he becomes entangled in a web of covert operations. All the clues in Clayton's investigation point to ...more

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  • Déjà Vu
    5
    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Jim Caviezel
    8 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
    The team of top-secret program brings ATF agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) into its midst to capture the terrorist (Jim Caviezel) responsible for a ferry bombing that left hundreds dead. Its ...more

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  • The Siege
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    Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis
    215 votes
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
    After terrorists attack a bus in Brooklyn, a Broadway theater and FBI headquarters, FBI anti-terrorism expert Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) teams up with CIA agent Elise Kraft (Annette Bening) ...more

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