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Iraq, Afghanistan and The War on Terror

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Soviet War in Afghanistan

1979 – 1989
Main Belligerents:
The Soviet Union & Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
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The Mujahideen
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9th Company (2010)
Known as the Soviets equivilent to the Vietnam war, this film is their equivilent to 'Platoon'. A well made film based on a true story of a last stand by the Soviets against the Mujahideen.





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The Beast (1988)
aka The Beast of War

Very good film that represents a moral struggle for a young soldier who disagrees with the actions of his ruthless commander.



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Iv'e heard very good things about this movie, but it's pretty hard to get hold of, annoyingly.



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Gulf War

1990 – 1991
Main Belligerents:
Coalition Forces (US, UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia etc.)
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Iraq
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Three Kings (1999)
Fictional story about three soldiers who want to get their hands on some Iraqi gold, doesn't take itself too seriously and has some great action scenes. One of my favorites.



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Based on a real life undercover SAS mission to find Iraqi Scud missile launchers during the Gulf War in 1991. A little known classic based on the accounts of ex-SAS soldier Andy McNab.



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Jarhead - Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Simon Kunz, Ruth Gemmell
The realities of being a sniper during the Gulf War, realistic and well acted. Due to the principle of the film being to show that many of these men are specially trained and bread to kill and then in fact see no action means that the film does feature next ot know battles, so be prepared if you want to check it out.



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This film follows an Investigation into whether a female chopper commander is worthy of the Medal of Honor after she died in a crash during operation Desert Storm.



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Based on Chris Ryan's account of the failed Bravo Two Zero mission.

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US TV film about a TV crew who cover the events of the Iraq war.

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Iraq War

2003 – 2011
Main Belligerents:
Multi National Force (US, UK etc.)
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The Iraqi Insurgency (al-Qaeda etc.)

(The Iraqi armed forces switched sides to the MNF after the fall of Sadaam Hussien)
Outstanding series! From the makers of 'The Wire' comes a highly accurate account of a US recon teams time in the Iraq war.



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Follows a US bomb disposal units tour of Iraq. Doesn't seem to be everyones cup of tea, however I personally thought it was a very well made and insightful film. Would recommend to any war movie fan.



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Follows the famous Navy Seal Chris Kyle who has the most confirmed kills of any US sniper. Bradley Cooper shines in the role and although Chris Kyle was a deadly sniper, Cooper portrays the more human sides of Kyle very well and how he was torn between the duty to his country and fellow soldier and his young family back home.
The combat scenes are first rate also, the only thing I would say is that it is very one sided, but at the end of the day it is a film about Chris Kyle and I think it would have been wrong to start going off on a tanjent and detailing the rough time many Iraquies had or to start questioning the reasons for the war.
This film is about Chris Kyle and the decisions he made and it's very good.


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US Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody comes home a war hero after serving in Iraq for 8 years, however CIA agent Carrie Mathison suspects he may be plotting a terrorist attack on the US.



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Occupation (2009)
BAFTA Award–winning BBC TV serial that follows three soldiers that served in Iraq. After finishing their tour and returning to the UK each is inspired to return to Basra for their own personal reasons.



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Very different to Generation Kill, less realistic, more of a soap opera/mainstream feel to it, but enjoyed it nonetheless.



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Green Zone (2010)
Inspired by the non-fiction book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City', in Green Zone Matt Damon portrays a US Officer who along with his team are investigating in Baghdad for evidence of WMD's. They however stumble across a cover up along the way. This is a good film, I was expecting slightly better, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.



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Tommy Lee Jones plays a former detective desperatly trying to find out what happened to his son in Iraq and how that lead to his disappearance back home. Not a film to watch if you are after frontline fighting, more of a detective drama, excellent film.



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Loosely based on factual events, this movie portrays when 24 Iraqi men, women and children were killed in Haditha (14 alleged to be non-combatants), allegedly by US Marines. A contraversial film, but an interesting watch, a must see for those with a interest in the Iraq War.

(Following the films release all charges against the troops have been dropped due to lack of evidence).



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Low budget, but well made fictional story about British soldiers who are framed by their non-com for actions carried out in against prisoners in Iraq. For me, being British, it was nice to see a British movie on the Iraq war and I thought it was a good fictional story built around the Iraq war and the mistreatment of prisoners.



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The Messenger (2010)
A story about the unenviable troops who have to pass on the messages to those that have lost their loved ones.



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Deals with the issue of Stop-Loss, in which US troops can be sent back into combat even after they have served their allotted time on the front-line. Better than I expected, a good eye opener. Word of note for those looking for combat, it's focus is on back home in the USA, so combat scenes are only really shown near the beginning.



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Memorial Day (2012)
This movie tells the story of a boys who finds his Grand fathers old footlocker with his belongings from WWII in it, the Grandfather tells his Grand Son several stories from his time in the army during WWII and conversely the movie shows future pictures of when his Grand son will serve with the armed forces in Iraq.

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Samuel L. Jackson is the only actor to come out of this without losing respect for me. The movie tries to make some good points about how the war affects the soldiers once they come back home, but I felt it painted a one sided picture of what soldiers go through when they came back from Iraq. An anti-war film that laid it on a bit too thick for me, I wasn't a fan.

By all means if you are interested check it out, I'd read various critical reviews before I checked it out myself.



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War in Afghanistan

2001 – Present
Belligerents:
NATO - ISAF (US, UK, Germany, Italy etc.)
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Insurgent Groups (al-Qaeda, Taliban etc.)
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Lone Survivor (2013)
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Brothers (2010)
Another film on the effects of combat of the human psyche, well acted and a solid movie.



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The Danish original of the above.



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A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban. A French movie that has more of the kind of elements that you would relate to a traditional war movie - Action!.



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Involves three intertwining stories following the three main characters based around the Afghan war.



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The War on Terror

General films involving modern day warfare and or a terrorism theme.
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011



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Movie about the U.S Navy SEALs that stars active Navy SEALs and U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen. As a result the movie is very accurate and action packed, I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the armed forces, as you would expect however, it is, very American.




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Follows the lives of an elite special forces group simply named 'The Unit', focusing both on their missions and their lives at home. Some episodes are first class and the series as a whole is well worth a watch.

“24 meets Desperate Housewives in this gripping US drama…” (Radio Times)




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Di Caprio plays a CIA agent operating in Jordan, looking for evidence of terrorist activities. A very solid and easy to follow flick, well worth a watch.



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Set in Saudi Arabi, is seen by many as a political comment by Peter Berg, but features solid action and acting, worth a look if you're interested.



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Strike Back (2010)
Acclaimed UK fictional series Based on ex-SAS man Chris Ryan's best selling book 'Strike Back'.



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13 Hours (2016)
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Mainly features recent US (& UK etc.) and Russian/Soviet conflicts

Includes both TV shows and Movies, currently does not feature documentaries


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Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 12 15:05
Suggestions :

- Brødre (2004) : http://www.listal.com/movie/br-2004

- Home of the Brave (2006) : http://www.listal.com/movie/home-of-the-brave

- Body of lies (2008) : http://www.listal.com/movie/body-of-lies
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 12 16:03
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 12 16:35
Thanks, was thinknig about Body of Lies, wasn't a big fan of Home of the Brave to be honest, Samuel L Jackson was alright in it though.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 17 18:33
No Rambo 3?
It's a terrible movie but I believe it's set during the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Apr 19 12:01
Good point Uber and agreed, not the biggest Rambo fan, might stick it in, I'll have a think about it.

Cheers
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 18 8:16
Nice list.

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