The Best Iraq War Movies Ever Made

List Rules
Movies must take place in Iraq.

Here is 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
    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • The Hurt Locker
    Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Sand Castle
    Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Logan Marshall-Green
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Fernando Coimbra
  • Jarhead
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Green Zone
    Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Body of Lies
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Battle for Haditha
    Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz, Nick Shakoour
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Nick Broomfield
  • In the Valley of Elah
    Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Paul Haggis
  • Mosul
    Is'haq Elias, Adam Bessa, Suhail Dabbach
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • The Wall
    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Doug Liman
  • The Messenger
    Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Oren Moverman
  • Taking Chance
    Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Blanche Baker
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Ross Katz
  • Last Flag Flying
    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Richard Linklater
  • War Dogs
    Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Stop-Loss
    Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
  • Karbala
    Bartłomiej Topa, Hristo Shopov, Leszek Lichota
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
  • American Soldiers
    Eddie Della Siepe, James Gilbert, Zan Calabretta
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
  • Thank You for Your Service
    Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Jason Hall
  • American Son
    Nick Cannon, Tom Sizemore, Melonie Diaz
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Neil Abramson
  • Valley of the Wolves: Iraq
    Gary Busey, Tito Ortiz, Billy Zane
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Serdar Akar
  • Grace Is Gone
    John Cusack, Shélan O'Keefe, Gracie Bednarczyk
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: James C. Strouse
  • The Tiger and the Snow
    Tom Waits, Jean Reno, Roberto Benigni
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Roberto Benigni
  • Redacted
    Don McKellar, Ohad Knoller, Abigail Savage
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Brian De Palma
  • Fair Game
    Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Doug Liman
  • Manticore
    A. J. Buckley, Heather Donahue, Jeff Fahey
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Tripp Reed