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The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made

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List RulesMovies 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
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2015

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and... moreamazon buy button

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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... moreamazon buy button
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    Green Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Green Zone

    Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2010

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Green Zone is a 2010 British-French-American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. The... moreamazon buy button
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    Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Jarhead

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx

    Released2005

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir... moreamazon buy button

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    Body of Lies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Body of Lies

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe

    Released2008

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Body of Lies is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle... moreamazon buy button

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    Battle for Haditha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Battle for Haditha

    Yasmine Hanani, Elliot Ruiz

    Released2007

    Directed byNick Broomfield

    Iraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of their most popular... moreamazon buy button
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    In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    In the Valley of Elah

    Charlize Theron, James Franco

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Haggis

    In the Valley of Elah is a 2007 film written and directed by Paul Haggis, starring Tommy Lee... moreamazon buy button
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    Saving Jessica Lynch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Saving Jessica Lynch

    Michael Rooker, Laura Regan

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Saving Jessica Lynch is a 2003 American television film that aired on NBC and featured... moreamazon buy button
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    American Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    American Soldiers

    Eddie Della Siepe, James Gilbert

    Released2005

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    Stop-Loss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Stop-Loss

    Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2008

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

    Stop-Loss is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Ryan... moreamazon buy button
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    The Messenger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Messenger

    Çetin Tekindor, Hümeyra

    Released2008

    Directed byÇağan Irmak

    The Messenger is a 2007 Turkish drama film, written and directed by Çağan Irmak, which follows... moreamazon buy button
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    The Kill Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Kill Team

    Nat Wolff, Adam Long

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Krauss

    The Kill Team is a 2019 American action drama war film directed by Dan Krauss, based on the... moreamazon buy button

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    Valley of the Wolves: Iraq is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Valley of the Wolves: Iraq

    Gary Busey, Tito Ortiz

    Released2006

    Directed bySerdar Akar

    Valley of the Wolves: Iraq is a 2006 Turkish action film directed by Serdar Akar and starring... moreamazon buy button
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    The Tiger and the Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Tiger and the Snow

    Tom Waits, Jean Reno

    Released2005

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

    La tigre e la neve is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. The film... moreamazon buy button
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    Redacted is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Redacted

    Don McKellar, Ohad Knoller

    Released2007

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Redacted is a 2007 American war film written and directed by Brian De Palma. It is a fictional... moreamazon buy button
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    Grace Is Gone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Grace Is Gone

    Marisa Tomei, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byJames C. Strouse

    Grace Is Gone is a 2007 drama film starring John Cusack as a father who cannot bring himself... moreamazon buy button
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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid M. Rosenthal

    Jacob's Ladder is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal,... moreamazon buy button

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    Hood of Horror is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Hood of Horror

    Snoop Dogg, Jason Alexander

    Released2006

    Directed byStacy Title

    Hood of Horror is a horror film adaptation of a fictional comic book, which is an anthology of... moreamazon buy button
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    A Line in the Sand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    A Line in the Sand

    Ross Kemp, Kayvan Novak

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Hawes

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    The Mark of Cain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Mark of Cain

    Barry Sloane, Michael Byrne

    Released2007

    Directed byMarc Munden

    The Mark of Cain is a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award-winning British... moreamazon buy button
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    The Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    The Four Horsemen

    Joanna Douglas, Eddie Della Siepe

    Released2008

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    The Four Horsemen is a 2008 action and drama film written by Greg Mellott and directed by... moreamazon buy button
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    Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Mars Needs Moms

    Seth Green, Joan Cusack

    Released2011

    Directed bySimon Wells

    Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy... moreamazon buy button

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    Mama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Iraq Movies Ever Made
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    Mama

    Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

    Released2013

    Directed byAndres Muschietti

    Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and... moreamazon buy button

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