Iraq War Movies

by jaypreu | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Movies where the Iraq War (2003-2011) is central to the plot or the motivations of a major character. Does not include documentaries, science fiction, horror or fantasy films.

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1. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War

95 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 406,784 | Gross: $17.02M

2. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War

Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Director: Ross Katz | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker

Votes: 12,686

3. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home with his family after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 419,798 | Gross: $350.13M

4. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker, Jason Patric

Votes: 67,291 | Gross: $6.78M

5. War Dogs (2016)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

57 Metascore

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

Votes: 165,940 | Gross: $43.02M

6. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro, Mason Lee

Votes: 20,197 | Gross: $1.72M

7. Body of Lies (2008)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 206,212 | Gross: $39.39M

8. American Son (2008)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance, War

The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.

Director: Neil Abramson | Stars: Nick Cannon, Matt Sigloch, Dotan Baer, Justin Diedolf

Votes: 766

9. Megan Leavey (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, War

66 Metascore

Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 20,497 | Gross: $13.41M

10. Allegiance (I) (2012)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

37 Metascore

After his transfer request to stay stateside is approved, a lieutenant in the National Guard faces a dilemma as one of his soldiers looks to go AWOL as their unit gears up for deployment to Iraq.

Director: Michael Connors | Stars: Pablo Schreiber, Shad Moss, Seth Gabel, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 558

11. The Messenger (I) (2009)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

77 Metascore

An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Director: Oren Moverman | Stars: Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone

Votes: 33,139 | Gross: $0.07M

12. The Lucky Ones (2008)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

Three different soldiers - a woman and two men - return from war and facing the peaceful life's problems of each other.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagan

Votes: 13,215 | Gross: $0.18M

13. Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

34 Metascore

An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.

Director: Luke Moran | Stars: Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Sara Paxton, Omid Abtahi

Votes: 2,019

14. Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, History, War

65 Metascore

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz

Votes: 7,050 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Last Flag Flying (2017)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

65 Metascore

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell, J. Quinton Johnson

Votes: 20,936 | Gross: $0.97M

16. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, War

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,926 | Gross: $0.05M

17. The A-Team (2010)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

A group of Iraq War veterans look to clear their name with the U.S. Military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel

Votes: 240,613 | Gross: $77.22M

18. Green Zone (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor

Votes: 125,819 | Gross: $35.05M

19. Home of the Brave (2006)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, War

42 Metascore

Three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Brian Presley

Votes: 10,269 | Gross: $0.05M

20. The Lucky One (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

39 Metascore

A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart

Votes: 97,896 | Gross: $60.46M

21. The Marine (2006)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

A group of diamond thieves on the run kidnap the wife of a recently discharged marine who goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her.

Director: John Bonito | Stars: John Cena, Kelly Carlson, Robert Patrick, Anthony Ray Parker

Votes: 31,598 | Gross: $18.84M

22. The Mark of Cain (2007)

R | 87 min | Drama, War

Uses detailed research and explosive new testimonies by soldiers who have served in Iraq to tell an emotional fictional story of two young men very much out of their depth.

Director: Marc Munden | Stars: Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty, Naomi Bentley, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 1,410

23. The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, War

54 Metascore

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Director: Grant Heslov | Stars: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 124,243 | Gross: $32.42M

24. Redacted (2007)

R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller, War

52 Metascore

The devastating reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl by American soldiers in Samarra in 2006.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Patrick Carroll, Rob Devaney, Izzy Diaz, Ty Jones

Votes: 9,933 | Gross: $0.07M

25. Return (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.

Director: Liza Johnson | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam

Votes: 883 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | 113 min | Drama, War

45 Metascore

The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.

Director: Fernando Coimbra | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Logan Marshall-Green, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell

Votes: 17,219

27. Shadows in Paradise (2010)

87 min | Action

During a military raid to rescue in Iraq, Max Forrester's teammate and girlfriend Sasha, disappears mysteriously. Two years later, Max, who has since retired from the army receives a call ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stephen Maunder | Stars: Mark Dacascos, Armand Assante, Tom Sizemore, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 341

28. The Situation (I) (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, War

45 Metascore

The story of an American journalist, a CIA operative, and an Iraqi photographer against the backdrop of the bloody war in Iraq.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Damian Lewis, Mido Hamada, Driss Roukhe

Votes: 795 | Gross: $0.05M

29. Stop-Loss (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, War

61 Metascore

A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown

Votes: 19,344 | Gross: $10.91M

30. Thank You for Your Service (I) (2017)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, War

68 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

Director: Jason Hall | Stars: Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Joe Cole, Scott Haze

Votes: 11,191 | Gross: $9.47M

31. The Wall (II) (2017)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Votes: 22,158 | Gross: $1.80M

32. The Yellow Birds (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, War

56 Metascore

Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.

Director: Alexandre Moors | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Daniel Jose Molina, Mikey Collins, Tye Sheridan

Votes: 2,904

33. A Marine Story (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from ... See full summary »

Director: Ned Farr | Stars: Dreya Weber, Paris P. Pickard, Anthony Michael Jones, Christine Mourad

Votes: 2,114

34. American Soldiers (2005)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, History

A group of U.S. soldiers defy their country when they release mistreated prisoners.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Curtis Morgan, Zan Calabretta, Jordan Brown, Eddie Della Siepe

Votes: 2,323

35. Buried (2010)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.

Director: Rodrigo Cortés | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, José Luis García Pérez, Robert Paterson, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 144,437 | Gross: $1.03M



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