Iraq, Afghanistan and The War on Terror
Soviet War in Afghanistan
1979 – 1989
The Soviet Union & Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
4 7 01. 9th Company (2010)
12 8.3 02. The Beast (1988)
2 0 03. Afghan Breakdown
1990 – 1991
Coalition Forces (US, UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia etc.)
225 7.3 04. Three Kings (1999)
3 7.5 05. Bravo Two Zero (1998)
44 7.2 06. 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.
36 7.6 07. Courage Under Fire (1996)
2 7 08. The One That Got Away (1995)
Based on Chris Ryan's account of the failed Bravo Two Zero mission.
8 10 09. Live from Baghdad (2002)
US TV film about a TV crew who cover the events of the Iraq war.
2003 – 2011
Multi National Force (US, UK etc.)
The Iraqi Insurgency (al-Qaeda etc.)
(The Iraqi armed forces switched sides to the MNF after the fall of Sadaam Hussien)
4 10 010. Generation Kill - Complete HBO Series (2010)
17 7.9 011. The Hurt Locker (2009)
333 6.9 7.412. American Sniper (2014)
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.
12 9.3 013. Homeland: The Complete First Season (2012)
1 0 014. Occupation (2009)
4 8 015. Over There - Season 1
13 7.3 016. 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.
6 7.3 017. In The Valley Of Elah (2008)
2 7 018. Battle For Haditha (2007)
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).
2 7 019. The Mark of Cain
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.
11 7.5 020. The Messenger (2010)
18 7.2 021. Stop-Loss
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.
2 9 022. 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.
21 5.9 023. Home of the Brave
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.
War in Afghanistan
2001 – Present
NATO - ISAF (US, UK, Germany, Italy etc.)
Insurgent Groups (al-Qaeda, Taliban etc.)
323 7.3 7.624. Lone Survivor (2013)
19 7.8 025. Brothers (2010)
1 0 026. Brothers (Brødre) (2004)
2 6 027. Special Forces (2012)
8 6.8 028. Lions For Lambs (2007)
The War on Terror
General films involving modern day warfare and or a terrorism theme.
10 8.8 029. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
5 7.6 030. Act of Valor (+ Digital Copy) (2012)
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.
2 9 031. The Unit - Seasons 1-4 (2010)
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)
12 6.7 032. Body Of Lies (2008)
42 7.2 033. The Kingdom (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
3 8 034. Strike Back (2010)
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