THESIS (mainly Iraq)

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1. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 229,523 | Gross: $51.40M

2. 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: 400,505 | Gross: $17.02M

3. Tears of the Sun (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 108,647 | Gross: $43.73M

4. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director: Biyi Bandele | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,655 | Gross: $0.05M

5. New Moon (2001)

TV-PG | 130 min | Action, Drama, War

A Muslim doctor returns to his home land where the Philippine military is at war against the MILF While he endeavors to lead his family and other civilians to safety, he struggles to reconcile his professional and religious principles.

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Cesar Montano, Caridad Sanchez, Amy Austria, Jericho Rosales

Votes: 49

6. Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino

Votes: 6,039

7. War Hunt (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, War

Dispatched to the front lines during the Korean War, an idealistic American soldier discovers the horrors of combat and comes at odds with a psychopathic member of his platoon.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: John Saxon, Charles Aidman, Sydney Pollack, Tommy Matsuda

Votes: 744

8. The War Lover (1962)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In 1943, while stationed in Britain, arrogant Captain Buzz Rickson is in command of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, but his recklessness is endangering everyone around him.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 1,558

9. 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: 19,243 | Gross: $10.91M

10. American Soldier (2015)

12 min | Short, Drama

A retired soldier is torn between taking action in the war against terrorism and taking care of his pregnant wife.

Director: Warren Mitchell | Stars: John R Mangus, Warren Mitchell, Mallory Hynes

11. Louder Than Bombs (2015)

R | 109 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid

Votes: 11,068 | Gross: $0.16M

12. Drones (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Thriller

47 Metascore

Two Airmen are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Matt O'Leary, Eloise Mumford, Whip Hubley, William Russ

Votes: 728

13. Drone (II) (2015)

14 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A rookie Air Force drone pilot finds himself increasingly attached to a target he watches from halfway around the world.

Director: Justin S. Lee | Stars: Daniel Sharman, Michael Trucco, Masud Majeed, Martin Simone

Votes: 112

14. Drone (II) (2014)

78 min | Documentary, History, War

65 Metascore

The documentary is about the covert CIA drone war. Through voices on both sides of this new technology, the film reveals crucial information about the drone war in Pakistan and offers unique insights into the nature of drone warfare.

Director: Tonje Hessen Schei | Stars: Brandon Bryant, Zubair Rehman, John Bellinger III, Mark Mazzetti

Votes: 651

15. Drone (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 91 min | Thriller

49 Metascore

Ideologies collide with fatal results when a military drone contractor meets an enigmatic Pakistani businessman.

Director: Jason Bourque | Stars: Sean Bean, Patrick Sabongui, Mary McCormack, Maxwell Haynes

Votes: 5,457

16. Drone (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

A day in the life of a Drone operator.

Director: Daniel Jewel | Stars: Ewen Bremner, Cordelia Bugeja, Nora Shields, Russell Anthony

Votes: 40

17. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,783 | Gross: $0.38M

18. My Country, My Country (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Documentary by Oscar winner Laura Poitras about the war in Iraq.

Director: Laura Poitras

Votes: 263

19. The War You Don't See (2010)

97 min | Documentary, War

Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it.

Directors: Alan Lowery, John Pilger | Stars: Julian Assange, Tony Blair, Wilfred Burchett, George W. Bush

Votes: 1,142

20. War at a Distance (2003)

54 min | Documentary

A look at production and destruction and the relation between them.

Director: Harun Farocki

Votes: 58

21. Immersion: Serious Games 3 (2009)

20 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Harun Farocki

Votes: 12

22. Respite (2007)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Harun Farocki

Votes: 78

23. Submission: Part I (2004 TV Short)

12 min | Short, Drama

Short film on the mistreatment of women in the Islam. It shows abused women, with Koran texts on their bodies that validate their mistreatment.

Director: Theo van Gogh

Votes: 1,495

24. Baghdad ER (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 64 min | Documentary

Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill | Stars: Jeffrey Beltran, William Berterm, Edward Dunton, James Hill

Votes: 454

25. Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (2008 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

It has been called 'the saddest acre in America.' It is also one of the most sacred. Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for young men and women who died ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill

Votes: 82

26. The Road to Fallujah (2008)

77 min | Documentary, War

An American man and Iraqi woman joined forces to document the reality of life on the ground for Iraqi civilians and become the only outsiders to live with the people of Fallujah following the battle that destroyed their holy city.

Director: Mark Manning | Stars: Rana al Aiouby, Tariq Ali, Reza Aslan, Juan Campo

Votes: 34

27. J'accuse! (1919)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama, Horror, War

The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars, Angèle Guys

Votes: 1,317

28. The Big Parade (1925)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama, Romance, War

A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War.

Directors: King Vidor, George W. Hill | Stars: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell

Votes: 5,853 | Gross: $11.00M

29. Concerning Violence (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

80 Metascore

The most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Lauryn Hill, Kati Outinen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gaetano Pagano

Votes: 585

30. The Ascent (1977)

111 min | Drama, War

Two Soviet partisans on a mission to gather food contend with the winter cold, the occupying Germans, and their own psyches.

Director: Larisa Shepitko | Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova

Votes: 5,511

31. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, War

A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war.

Director: Kazuo Hara | Stars: Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara

Votes: 1,331

32. Kippur (2000)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, War

75 Metascore

The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Liron Levo, Tomer Russo, Uri Klauzner, Yoram Hattab

Votes: 1,513 | Gross: $0.11M

33. Drifters (1929)

49 min | Documentary

A silent documentary film by John Grierson telling the story of Britain's North Sea herring fishery.

Director: John Grierson

Votes: 300

34. Over There (2005)

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, War

A dramatized take on war in Iraq.

Stars: Josh Henderson, Luke Macfarlane, Erik Palladino, Keith Robinson

Votes: 4,164

35. 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: 1,401

36. Warriors (1999 TV Movie)

175 min | Drama, War

After seeing devastating results of ethnic war in former Yugoslavia soldiers from UNPROFOR peace units find it impossible to return back to their civil lives in the UK.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Darren Morfitt, Cal MacAninch, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 2,229

37. The Gulf War (1996– )

Documentary, War

This stirring two-part series follows individuals who are affected by strange illnesses when they return home from the Persian Gulf. Jim Tuite (Ted Danson, "Cheers"), an ex-Presidential ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Holm, Emir of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein, Margaret Thatcher

Votes: 11

38. Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (1998– )
Episode: The Gulf War: Steel Rain

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, War

Uncover the best kept secrets of the air campaign in the Gulf War. From the classified spy plane missions to the clever use of deception, learn more about the controversial yet strategic plans to destroy Iraqi targets.

Stars: Charlton Heston, David A. Fulghum, Kenneth Pollack, Paul Beaver

39. National Bird (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

Drone whistleblower interviewed about borderless information gathering by the government.

Director: Sonia Kennebeck | Stars: Barack Obama, Jesselyn Radack

Votes: 528 | Gross: $0.01M

40. 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: 203,410 | Gross: $39.39M

41. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 96,780 | Gross: $5.49M

42. Syriana (2005)

R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved in and affected by it.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak

Votes: 122,036 | Gross: $50.82M

43. Blood Diamond (2006)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers

Votes: 472,135 | Gross: $57.37M

44. Stolen Seas (2012)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Crime

71 Metascore

Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon and forces you to rethink everything you thought you knew about pirates. It's November 8th, 2008 and the CEC ... See full summary »

Director: Thymaya Payne

Votes: 264

45. The End of Violence (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

Mike Max is a Hollywood producer who became powerful and rich thanks to brutal and bloody action films. His ignored wife Paige is close to leaving him. Suddenly Mike is kidnapped by two ... See full summary »

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Traci Lind, Rosalind Chao, Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 4,504 | Gross: $0.28M

46. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder