American films about Afghanistan

List of the best American films about Afghanistan, selected by visitors to our site: The Outpost, 12 Strong, The Kite Runner, Lone Survivor, Zero Dark Thirty, Mine, The Kill Team, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The 15:17 to Paris, Hell and Back Again.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, Bulgaria
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Survival, War, Skirmishes
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleSerious, Patriotic

A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles to defend against an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it was known, was the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghan War in 2009 and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersHorses, CIA, Special Forces, Terrorists, Heroes
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Death, Weapon
PlaceAfghanistan, Aircraft, Mountains
StyleExciting, Heavy, Touching, Disturbing

A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA, China, United Kingdom, Afghanistan
Duration02:08
CharactersWriters
PlotFriendship, Death, Birthday, Mystery, Competitions
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleSoulful

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:56
CharactersSpecial Forces, Military, Soldier, Marines
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Patriotic

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
Duration02:37
CharactersCIA, Spy, Special Forces, Terrorists, Military
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Investigation, Pursuit
PlaceAfghanistan, Helicopters
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA, Spain, Italy
Duration01:54
CharactersSnipers, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Skirmishes, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAfghanistan, Deserts
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Touching

After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier finds himself stranded in the desert. Exposed to the elements, he must survive the dangers of the desert and battle the psychological and physical toll of the treacherous conditions.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, biography
CountrySpain, USA, United Kingdom
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Death, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

When Andrew Briggman—a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan—witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic Sergeant, he considers reporting them to higher-ups. However, the heavily-armed and increasingly-violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he'll be the next target.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:37
CharactersDogs, Horses, Military, Journalists, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Dancing
PlaceAfghanistan, Aircraft, Iraq
StyleBy books, Touching

In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. Luckily, she meets Tanya Vanderpoel, a fellow journalist who takes the shell-shocked reporter under her wing. Amid the militants, warlords and nighttime partying, Barker discovers the key to becoming a successful correspondent.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersTerrorists, Heroes, Military, Soldier, Tourists
PlotOn real events, Travel, Friendship, Vacation
PlaceAfghanistan, School, Trains, Paris, France
StyleAction, By books, Heavy, Disturbing

In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. One was a college student, one was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, and the other was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, documentary, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Afghanistan
Duration01:28
CharactersDogs, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Death, Weapon, Marine Corps
PlaceAfghanistan, USA
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, family, cartoon, military
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, USA, United Kingdom, Philippines, India
Duration01:45
CharactersDogs, Police, Family, Fathers, Elephants
PlotSurvival, Friendship, Weapon, Religious, Freedom
PlacePrison, Village, Afghanistan, Aircraft, Caves
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Tense, Heartbreaking, Sad ones

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan, ruled by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genrehorror, action, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersHackers, Special Forces, Scientists, Military, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Skirmishes, Artificial Intelligence, Investigation, Death
PlacePrison, Afghanistan, USA
TimeDark ones
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating

The story follows a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, adventure, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Tanks, Revenge
PlaceVillage, Afghanistan
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains.

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersMilitary, Journalists, Soldier, Presidential
PlotWar, On real events, Weapon, Depression, Political
PlaceAfghanistan, Iraq
StyleInteresting

A rock star general bent on winning the “impossible” war in Afghanistan takes us inside the complex machinery of modern war. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:42
CharactersCIA, Special agents, Millionaires, Womanizers
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political, Cheating
PlaceAfghanistan, Party, Texas, Helicopters
TimeCold War
StyleSmart, Makes me think

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, adventure
CountryUSA
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes
PlotLove
PlaceAfghanistan, Russia, USSR, Deserts
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Combat has taken its toll on Rambo, but he's finally begun to find inner peace in a monastery. When Rambo's friend and mentor Col. Trautman asks for his help on a top secret mission to Afghanistan, Rambo declines but must reconsider when Trautman is captured.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, military, music
CountryUSA
Duration02:47
CharactersMusicians, Singers
PlotWar, Cars, Relationship, Music, Jealousy
PlaceVillage, Afghanistan, Deserts, Hotels, USA

A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.

Markimdb: 3
Genrehorror, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersHeroes, Military
PlotSurvival, Time travel, Adventure, Supernatural
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleHeavy

Haunted by the fact that he left a man behind in Afghanistan, a soldier (Bacic) pulls together a special task force to save his comrade.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
Duration01:43
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Marines
PlotWar
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersSnipers, Killers, Family, Military, FBI
PlotConspiracies
PlaceAfghanistan, USA
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Bob Lee Swagger is an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA, Turkey
Duration01:56
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Single mothers, Veterans
PlotWar, Dancing, Motorcycles
PlaceAfghanistan, USA
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, musical
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Artists
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

The chance to shine in a singing competition offers much-needed hope for a Southern middle-schooler who's drowning in worries, from bullies in the halls to turmoil at home -- and the news that his reservist father has been called back to Afghanistan.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, military, history, news
CountryUSA, Italy, Afghanistan
Duration01:33
CharactersFirefighters, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Skirmishes, Radio, Fear
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Serious

Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a U.S. platoon of courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefamily
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersDogs, Teens, Animals, Family, Military
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Revenge, Fight
PlaceAfghanistan, Caucasus, Georgia, USA
StyleLight, Tense, Touching, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:27
CharactersDogs, Hackers, Scientists
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Tsunami
PlaceSpace, Sea, Afghanistan, Nature
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Spectacular, Disturbing

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:01
CharactersHackers, Snipers, Terrorists, Hired assassins, Scientists
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Motorcycles, Death, Hostage
PlaceAfghanistan, Aircraft, England, Kitchen, London
TimeNew Year
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense

A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:33
CharactersTeens, Hired assassins, Thieves, Military, Lawyers
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Prison Break, Skirmishes, Fight
PlacePrison, Afghanistan, Aircraft, School
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersCIA, Military, Soldier, Pilots
PlotWar, Life, Family life
PlaceAfghanistan, USA
StylePsychological problems, Action, Makes me think, Serious, Disturbing

In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned bunker in the Nevada desert. But as he yearns to get back in the cockpit of a real plane and becomes increasingly troubled by the collateral damage he causes each time he pushes a button, Egan’s nerves—and his relationship with his wife—begin to unravel.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersCIA, Spy, Heroes, Friends, Partners
PlotAdventure, KGB, Chase
PlaceAfghanistan
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, For men

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for nuclear war.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Bulgaria
Duration01:59
CharactersDogs, Criminals, Veterans
PlotMotorcycles, Money, Friendship
PlaceAfghanistan, Kitchen
StyleHeavy, Tense, Makes me think, Depressive, For men

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.





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