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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
People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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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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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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
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
People who added this item 1441 Average listal rating (956 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
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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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 1601 Average listal rating (1019 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Jarhead (2005)
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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People who added this item 431 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
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.



People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Based on Chris Ryan's account of the failed Bravo Two Zero mission.

People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 0
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)
People who added this item 276 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
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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People who added this item 2160 Average listal rating (1427 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
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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People who added this item 929 Average listal rating (628 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
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Green Zone (2010)
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People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
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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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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
The Messenger (2010)
A story about the unenviable troops who have to pass on the messages to those that have lost their loved ones.



People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Cherry (2021)
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
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.

People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 0
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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Very different to Generation Kill, less realistic, more of a soap opera/mainstream feel to it, but enjoyed it nonetheless.



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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.



People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 9.1 IMDB Rating 0
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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War in Afghanistan

2001 – Present
Belligerents:
NATO - ISAF (US, UK, Germany, Italy etc.)
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Insurgent Groups (al-Qaeda, Taliban etc.)
People who added this item 462 Average listal rating (309 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Lone Survivor (2014)
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Outpost (2019)
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Kajaki (2014)
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
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.



People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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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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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Hyena Road (2015)
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People who added this item 84 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
12 Strong (2018)
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
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.
People who added this item 966 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 164 Average listal rating (114 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
13 Hours (2016)
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People who added this item 224 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
Act of Valor (2012)
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
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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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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
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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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Strike Back (2010)
Acclaimed UK fictional series Based on ex-SAS man Chris Ryan's best selling book 'Strike Back'.



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Modern Conflicts

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

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