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List Rules Movies must take place in Iraq.

A list of the best movies about the Iraq War, which began in 2003. The controversial invasion of Iraq provided fodder for a number of documentary films, as well as Iraq films inspired by true stories. Though some of these Iraq films took an anti-war stance, others were simply dedicated to chronicling the stories of those involved, particularly soldiers fighting on the front lines. This list of the best Iraq War films is meant to feature some of the best stories from the government and front line standpoint of the Iraq War.

What are the best war movies set in Iraq? This is an Open List, so if you don't see your favorite Iraq War film among the best Iraq War films on the list, add them at the bottom of the page. Also be sure to vote for your favorite Iraq movies so they make it to the top of the list. And if you're really into war movies in general and like to watch things like Afghanistan war movies on Netflix and Iraq war movies based on a true story, check out the top war movies list.
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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
StamatisLabrinos added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical war drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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Green Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs Green Zone is a 2010 British-French-American war thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction ...more

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Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
jmmikkola added Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama war film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with Jamie Foxx, ...more

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Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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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Battle for Haditha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz, Nick Shakoour Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out a brutal retaliation. Their violent ...more

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
jmmikkola added George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war-comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against ...more

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American Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Eddie Della Siepe, James Gilbert, Zan Calabretta American Soldiers is a 2005 film directed by Sidney J. Furie.

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In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon. The film’s title refers to the Biblical valley where the ...more

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Stop-Loss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Phillippe Stop-Loss is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures ...more

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The Messenger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Çetin Tekindor, Hümeyra, Cemal Hünal The Messenger is a 2007 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Çağan Irmak, which follows a man who travels from village to village to tell children stories about a messenger named ...more

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Valley of the Wolves: Iraq is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Gary Busey, Tito Ortiz, Billy Zane Valley of the Wolves: Iraq is a 2006 Turkish action film directed by Serdar Akar and starring Necati Şaşmaz, Billy Zane and Ghassan Massoud. The story concerns a Turkish commando team which goes ...more

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Redacted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Don McKellar, Ohad Knoller, Abigail Savage Redacted is a 2007 American war film written and directed by Brian De Palma. It is a fictional dramatization, loosely based on the 2006 Mahmudiyah killings in Mahmoudiyah, Iraq, when U.S. Army ...more

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The Tiger and the Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Tom Waits, Jean Reno, Roberto Benigni La tigre e la neve is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. The film is a romantic comedy set in contemporary Rome and in occupied Baghdad during the Iraq War. The ...more

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Grace Is Gone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Marisa Tomei, John Cusack, Mary Kay Place Grace Is Gone is a 2007 drama film starring John Cusack as a father who cannot bring himself to tell his two daughters that their mother, a soldier in the American army, has just been killed on ...more

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Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
1523368260165 added Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same ...more

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A Line in the Sand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Ross Kemp, Kayvan Novak, Saskia Reeves A Line in the Sand is a 2004 TV movie written by Gerald Seymour and directed by James Hawes.

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The Mark of Cain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Barry Sloane, Michael Byrne, Brendan Coyle The Mark of Cain is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-winning British television film first broadcast in 2007 following three young men as they experience the extremity of war ...more

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Saving Jessica Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Michael Rooker, Laura Regan Saving Jessica Lynch is a 2003 American television film that aired on NBC and featured Canadian actress Laura Regan in the title role. The film begins with the ambush of Jessica Lynch's convoy ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
1523368260165 added Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Mama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
1523368260165 added Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.

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Hood of Horror is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
OrfegaNunde added Snoop Dogg, Jason Alexander, Diamond Dallas Page Hood of Horror is a horror film adaptation of a fictional comic book, which is an anthology of three short tales set in an urban milieu in a style reminiscent of Tales From The Crypt and Tales ...more

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The Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
Joanna Douglas, Eddie Della Siepe, Zan Calabretta The Four Horsemen is a 2008 action and drama film written by Greg Mellott and directed by Sidney J. Furie.