The Best Afghanistan War Movies

Afghanistan War Movies

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List criteria: Movies about the Afghanistan War

In October of 2001, we dropped the first bombs inside Afghanistan, and the cameras started filming shortly after. What can I say, there’s something exciting about combat that motivates filmmakers and puts people’s asses into seats.

The invasion of Afghanistan provided tons of ammo for a host of documentaries, as well as Afghanistan films inspired by true stories.

We believe that a good war movie should tell a story while honoring the fallen, and sharing the sacrifices that today’s Warriors face.

Being historically accurate is also a plus…

This list of the Best Afghanistan War Movies represents the brutality of war as experienced by US and Allied troops. Now, this list can be easily edited. So if you don’t see your favorite Afghanistan War Film amongst those on the list, simply leave a comment below…


An incredible true story of four heroic Navy Seals ambushed on a covert mission to capture or kill Ahmad Shah. Sometime in 2005, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg, Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matthew “Axle

The Seals are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of the Afghanistan war.

In 2005 Afghanistan, Navy SEALs Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matthew “Axe” Axelson (Ben Foster) deploy on a mission of surveillance and to take out Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Though spotted by goatherds, Luttrell and his team decide not to kill them. But one of the Afghans alerts a group of Taliban fighters to the invaders, and a terrible battle ensues, in which the SEALs find themselves hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana


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Restrepo is a feature length documentary that chronicles a year with Second Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment, as they fight through the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

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In February of 2009, a platoon of Danish Soldiers accompanied by Janus Metz and his cinematographer Lars Skree arrived at Armadillo, an Army base in the Helmand Province.  Over the next six months, the duo follow the lives of young Soldiers situated less than a kilometer from Taliban positions.

The result is a gripping and highly authentic war drama, that proved intense debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of the platoon.


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Afghanistan, 1981, A Russian T-62 and it’s crew are stuck behind enemy lines. A Soldier is torn between conscience and country when Russian invades Afghanistan. After being left for dead by his Commander, he joins the rebels as they attack the Russian invaders.

Starring: George Dzundza, Jason Patric, Steven Bauer, and Stephen Baldwin


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After the brutal Taliban regime bans women from working and forbids them to leave their homes without a male escort, a 12-year old girl and her mother find themselves on the brink of starvation. With nowhere left to turn, the mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the young girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from discovering her true identity.

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The Tillman Story – 2010

Pat Tillman never thought of himself as a hero. His choice to leave a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military wasn’t done for any reason other than he felt it was the right thing to do. The fact that the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool is unfathomable and thoroughly explored in Amir Bar-Lev’s riveting and enraging documentary.

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Follow Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines into the heart of the war in Afghanistan. Their target: the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold.

Their tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.

Embedded with the troops, award-winning London Times Journalist Ben Anderson provides an intimate, sobering look at the realities of counterinsurgency warfare and combat on the ground.

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The film is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the 1980’s. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from a boot camp into the middle of the war in Afghanistan. The action is not like a boot camp at all. It is very bloody and dirty. The 9th company is defending the hill 3234, hopelessly calling for help.

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A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg – or your life.

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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war.

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Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

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Hooligans At War is a rare and unique look inside the everyday lives of soldiers fighting a war of counter insurgency. Follow Hooligan Platoon as they experience the dangers, boredom and the reality of being away from home for many months at a time. Hooligans At War is a must see film.

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Armed only with their cameras,  conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

The Hornet’s Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using real footage and told through a father and son’s eyes.

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Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merrimette is put in charge of a unit whose next mission is to resupply a remote outpost on the edge of Taliban-controlled territory. While driving through the hostile Helmand province, a Navy SEAL flags down their convoy and enlists the unit on an operation of international importance: they must help an Afghan woman famous for her defiance of the Taliban escape the country. Without tanks or air support, Merrimette and his team will need all the courage and firepower they can muster to fight their way across the war-torn country and shepherd the woman to safety.

1 Comment
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    ERIC GARDNER May 30, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    I remember several years ago seeing an ad for a Hollywood movie where Russian soldiers were fighting in Afghanistan (I think) where a squad dropped down holes to engage the enemy within. I cannot remember the title or the year, but I am sure it was made before the US entered it to fight the Taliban. Also, I do not remember any of the actors involved. One thing that I do recall was that the Russian soldiers were wearing the blue and white striped tee shirts of the Spetsnaz. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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