I must admit it…I love to watch and critique movies. I am not one to just automatically trust another review on a movie, because I have discovered that my views often do not coincide with the views of other people. I have noticed that with war movies, I watch them quite close for accuracies and inaccuracies. It somewhat “pisses me off” when the writers of war films don’t perform enough research to make sure they have their i’s dotted and their t’s crossed.
In today’s post, I am going through what I believe are the top 10 Iraq War movies. I am using my opinion, other reviewer’s opinions and sales figures to determine this list. You may disagree with my list, and if you do, that is fine. But, please be sure and let us know how you would rate them. You can do so in the comments area at the end of this post.
Now, starting with #10, here are the Top 10 Iraq War Movies:
#10 No End In Sight
This movie is a documentary that examines the many bad decisions made both in political and military aspects on the Iraq War. Interviews are made with key people such as Dick Cheney, Richard Armitage and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, as well as soldiers and Iraq citizens. It is a candid film that will make anyone who watches it think. While we may not agree with everything within this movie, I believe anyone who wants to understand the attributes of a war such as the Iraq War, should watch it.
#9 Severe Clear
On the first push into Iraq, Lieutenant Mike Scotti took a video camera to document war up front and real. This is no work of fiction some Hollywood writer made up, it is real life war in the midst of Iraq. You will see Marines killing and being killed. This movie is not for anyone that has a weak stomach, as you are going to see and hear things that may provide nightmares. It is my opinion that anyone who is considering joining the military should watch this movie to understand the possible outcome.
#8 The War Tapes
In a somewhat similar movie to Severe Clear, The War Tapes is a movie in which members of an Army National Guard unit were given video players when they were deployed to Iraq. Once part time soldiers, these men are now full time in a War. See what they saw, and feel what they felt. Box office sales for The War Tapes reached over $250,000.
#7 Battle For Haditha
This film was inspired by a situation that happened after the bloody battle in Haditha, Iraq between American service people and insurgents. A young Marine was killed by an IED and revenge was sought. Over 20 unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed in a move of retaliation. This movie shows what the stress of war can do. I give it a big thumbs up. Box office sales were not high at just over $8,000, but I truly believe all should watch this movie.
#6 In The Valley of Elah
This movie delves into the deep recesses of PTSD and drug abuse that overwhelmed many soldiers returning from the War in Iraq. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a Vietnam veteran whose son comes home from Iraq only to suddenly disappear. Finding his body, Jones decides to find the killers. Was it actually a member, or members of his son’s platoon? In the Valley of Elah is based on a true story. It had high sales reaching nearly $25 million at the box office.
#5 The Hurt Locker
Personally, I felt that The Hurt Locker had some material within it that was “over-the-top,” but the public in general accepted this movie quite well. It is about a 3 man bomb disposal team. One of the team is the new leader who is reckless. If you love action and suspense, this is a great movie. Box office sales of The Hurt Locker reached nearly $50 million.
#4 Lions For Lambs
This movie is directed by Robert Redford, and he also stars in it along with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise. This movie shows how the same story can be perceived in multiple ways depending on the person’s position. Consider what a platoon of soldiers may say in comparison to a U.S. Senator, a journalist and a college professor. While this movie is slow in spots, the story line and lessons that can be learned are immense. It brought in over $60 million at the box office.
#3 The Men Who Stare At Goats
Not every movie about the War in Iraq needs to be serious. This movie is a comedy that will have you rolling in laughter. It stars Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and Ewan McGregor. Could it be that we can use psychic powers against insurgents? I am still laughing even though I saw this movie about 4 years ago. I believe many other people laughed too since it made almost $70 million at the box office.
#2 Green Zone
While this movie is fictional, it is based on a non fiction book called Imperial Life In The Emerald City. Matt Damon plays a great part in this movie, and much of the works in this movie are reality. I highly recommend Green Zone. There is a lot of action and truth behind it.
#1 American Sniper
This movie was the true story about Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. After being the sniper with the most kills in Iraq, he came home suffering from PTSD. After getting the help he needed, Chris was helping other soldiers suffering from PTSD. This movie sold over $500 million at the box office, and I believe everyone should see it.
This is what I believe to be the Top 10 Iraq War movies. What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Please explain why and provide your list. Thanks and have a great day.