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The Best Movies About Terrorism

Updated September 15, 2020 5.7k votes 2.0k voters 406.0k views69 items

List RulesMovies 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 Sum of All Fears is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Sum of All Fears

    Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman

    Released2002

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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    Munich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    From Paris with Love is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    From Paris with Love

    John Travolta, Kelly Preston

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Air Force One

    Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman

    Released1997

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Executive Decision is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Executive Decision

    Halle Berry, Steven Seagal

    Released1996

    Directed byStuart Baird

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    Olympus Has Fallen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Olympus Has Fallen

    Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler

    Released2013

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Swordfish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Swordfish

    Halle Berry, John Travolta

    Released2001

    Directed byDominic Sena

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    The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Kingdom

    Jennifer Garner, Minka Kelly

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    White House Down is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    White House Down

    Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

    Released2013

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    The Devil's Own is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Devil's Own

    Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford

    Released1997

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

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    Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe

    Released2008

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    True Lies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Traitor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Traitor

    Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce

    Released2008

    Directed byJeffrey Nachmanoff

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Unthinkable

    Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2010

    Directed byGregor Jordan

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    United 93 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    United 93

    Olivia Thirlby, Cheyenne Jackson

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Patriot Games

    Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

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    The Peacemaker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    The Peacemaker

    Nicole Kidman, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    Five Fingers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Five Fingers

    Ryan Phillippe, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byLaurence Malkin

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    Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Blown Away

    Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1994

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    Stuber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Stuber

    Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Dowse

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    Carlos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Carlos

    Martha Higareda, Édgar Ramírez

    Released2010

    Directed byOlivier Assayas

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    Four Lions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Terrorism
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    Four Lions

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Morris

    Released2010

    Directed byChris Morris

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