American movies about special forces

List of the best American special forces movies selected by visitors to our site: Extraction, Attack of the Unknown, The Kill Team, Lone Survivor, S.W.A.T., Act of Valor, 12 Strong, The Raid, American Renegades, Zero Dark Thirty.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Canada, Thailand
CharactersTeens, Hired assassins, Special Forces, Tough guys, Lifeguards
PlotSkirmishes, Release of hostages, Human trafficking
PlacePrison, Jungle, India
StyleExciting, Action, For men, Disturbing

Tyler Rake, a fearless mercenary who offers his services on the black market, embarks on a dangerous mission when he is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Mumbai crime lord.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, action
CountryUSA
CharactersAliens, Special Forces
PlotUFO, Alien invasion
PlaceWild West

A SWAT team transporting a vicious crime syndicate boss must fight their way out of a county detention center during a catastrophic alien invasion.

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: 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: 6
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Partners
PlotBank robbery, Rivalry
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

Hondo Harrelson recruits Jim Street to join an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. Together they seek out more members, including tough Deke Kay and single mom Chris Sanchez. The team's first big assignment is to escort crime boss Alex Montel to prison. It seems routine, but when Montel offers a huge reward to anyone who can break him free, criminals of various stripes step up for the prize.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersCIA, Special Forces, Terrorists, Scouts, Heroes
PlaceSubmarines
StyleExciting, Patriotic, Serious, For men, Disturbing

When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack.

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
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryIndonesia, USA
Duration01:36
CharactersSpecial Forces, Killers, Warriors
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Fight, Martial Arts
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime, military
CountryFrance, Belgium, Germany, USA, Malta, Croatia, Netherlands
Duration02:19
CharactersSnipers, Gangsters, Special Forces, Strong women, Military
PlotRobbery, Skirmishes, Death, Water, Flooding
PlaceAircraft, Lake, Serbia
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

In the midst of the Balkan wars, a squad of Navy SEALs attempts to unravel a long-forgotten mystery after discovering an enormous treasure trove hidden at the bottom of a lake in Serbia.

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: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, Malta, Morocco
Duration02:20
CharactersCIA, Special Forces, Terrorists, Tough guys
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceEmbassy
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:24
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Military, Soldier, Warriors
PlotWar, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceAfrica, Helicopters
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Epic, Serious, Disturbing

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Genreaction, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersCIA, Special Forces
PlaceUSA

An elite squad of Navy SEAL's, on a covert mission to transport a prisoner off a CIA black site island prison, are trapped when insurgents attack while trying to rescue the same prisoner.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Terrorists, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Death, Marine Corps, Self-sacrifice
PlaceIraq
StyleAction, Oscars, Serious, Disturbing

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA, France, Canada, China
Duration01:51
CharactersCIA, Spy, Special Forces, Hired assassins, Special agents
PlotAdventure, Chase
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, For men

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent, Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersCIA, Special Forces, Military, Terrorists, Lifeguards
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Marine Corps, Hostage, Release of hostages
PlaceSyria, USA
StyleExciting, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton's wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:38
CharactersSpecial Forces, Military
PlotRevenge, Death, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceJungle, Helicopters
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Twisted plot, Heavy, Serious

A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Mexico
Duration01:44
CharactersAliens, Monsters, Special Forces, Heroes, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Alien invasion, Supernatural, Hunting, Chase
PlaceJungle
StyleFor men, Tense, Disturbing

Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through its eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:46
CharactersSnipers, Spy, Special Forces
PlotSlavery, Investigation, Political, Missing people
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a political career.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Terrorists, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Death, Hostage, Cheating
PlaceIraq
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense

When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. Based on true events, this is the story of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle to save their home city of Mosul.

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryBrazil, Argentina, USA, Netherlands
Duration01:53
CharactersSpecial Forces, Students, Street children, Poor
PlotOn real events
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Special Forces, Hired assassins, Killers
PlotRevenge, Relationship, Confrontation, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon has seen better days. Longtime best friend of a mob boss, Jimmy is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. But when Jimmy’s estranged son becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy has just one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

Markimdb: 5
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Special agents, Fathers
PlotTime travel, Travel, Fight, Death, Seduction
PlaceHospitals, USA, Office
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

A man's life is turned inside out after a visit from his college friend leads him into the unexpected.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersSpecial Forces, Gangsters
PlotLove, Revenge
PlaceEngland, USA
StyleExciting

Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity, transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

Markimdb: 3.8
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Monaco, Romania
Duration02:01
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Mafia, Gangsters, Special Forces
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Chess, Motorcycles, Death
PlaceAircraft, Kitchen, Hotels, USA
StyleUnexpected ending

An elite team of DEA agents are assigned to protect a dangerous drug lord and take refuge in a luxury hotel while they await extraction. They soon find themselves at the center of an ambush as the drug lord's former associates launch an explosive assault on the hotel.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersCIA, Spy, Special Forces, Terrorists, Special agents
PlotTime travel, Skirmishes, Time machine, Weapon, Saving the World
StyleSpectacular, Serious, Disturbing

Armed with only one word - Tenet - and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersSpecial Forces, Lifeguards, Submariners
PlotDisasters, Hostage, Weapon
PlaceSubmarines, Ocean, Warships
StylePatriotic

Captain Glass of the USS Arkansas discovers that a coup d'état is taking place in Russia, so he and his crew join an elite group working on the ground to prevent a war.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Bodyguards, Presidential, Guards
PlotHostage, Betrayal, Conspiracies
PlaceThe White House, Helicopters, USA
StyleExciting, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes
PlotSaving the World
StyleExplicit scenes, For men

Ex-special operative MacGruber (Forte) is called back into action to take down his archenemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer), who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying Washington, DC.

Markimdb: 4.2
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:21
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Special Forces, Rabbits, Scientists
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Internet, Fear
PlaceParallel worlds, Party, Mexico, USA
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

V/H/S: VIRAL's segments include the story of a deranged illusionist who obtains a magical object of great power, a homemade machine that opens a door to a parallel world, teenage skaters that unwillingly become targets of a Mexican death cult ritual, and a sinister, shadowy organization that is tracking a serial killer. The segments are tied together by the story of a group of fame-obsessed teens following a violent car chase in LA that unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.





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