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20 best movies like The Hurt Locker (2008)

List of the best movies like The Hurt Locker (2008): The Wall, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, American Sniper, Lone Survivor, Uncommon Valor, Zaytoun, Battle for Haditha, The Kill Team, Redacted, The Divide.

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Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersSnipers, Killers, Soldier
PlotDeath, Marine Corps, Cheating
PlaceIraq, Deserts, Helicopters
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

An American sniper and his spotter engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with an Iraqi sniper.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, China, USA
Duration02:11
CharactersDogs, Teens, Gods, Special Forces, Military
PlotWar, Dancing, Soccer, Fight, American Football
PlaceSchool, Iraq, Deserts, Hotels, USA
StyleUnexpected ending, Action, Patriotic, Makes me think, Depressive

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Obsession
PlaceIraq
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

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: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Marine Corps
PlacePrison, Jungle, Vietnam
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Israel, France
CharactersDogs, Military, Friends, Soldier, Taxi drivers
PlotWar, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Death
PlaceSchool, Deserts
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot form a tentative bond in their attempt to make their way across war-torn Lebanon back to their home.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Revenge, Marine Corps
PlaceIraq, Deserts
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

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: 6.1
Genrethriller, crime, military
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:30
CharactersHeroes, Military, Journalists, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Revenge, Political
PlaceIraq
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

A fictional documentary discusses the effects the Iraq war has had on soldiers and local people through interviews with members of an American military unit, the media, and local Iraqis.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, fantastic, fantastic, thriller, thriller, drama, drama
CountryUSA, Germany, Canada, France
Duration02:02
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Apocalypse
PlaceBunker, New York
TimePost apocalypse
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Serious

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceAfghanistan, Deserts, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

British soldiers guarding the Kajaki Dam set out to rescue a three-man team after one of them loses a leg to a landmine.

Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotMartial Arts, Fight
PlaceVillage, Africa
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

Seal Team Eight must fight their way deep into Africa's Congo, decommission a secret uranium mine, and stop our most dangerous enemy from smuggling weapon's grade yellow-cake out of the country.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Chase
PlaceScotland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic

The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryCanada
CharactersSnipers, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Death
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Rivalry
PlaceIreland
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.

Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersHeroes, Military, Priests
PlotWar, Martial Arts, Revenge, Death, Chase
PlaceVietnam, Asia
StyleExciting, Serious, For men, Disturbing

When Colonel James Braddock is told that his Asian wife and 12-year-old son are still alive in Communist Vietnam, he mounts a one-man assault to free them. Armed with the latest high-tech firepower, Braddock fights his way into the heart of the country and ends up battling his way out with several dozen abused Amerasian children in tow! Struggling to keep them alive while outmaneuvering a sadistic Vietnamese officer, Braddock ignites the jungle in a blazing cross-country race for freedom.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersJournalists, Soldier, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Political, Conspiracies
PlaceIraq, Party, USA, Office
StyleAction, Tense, For men, Disturbing

A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Pilots
PlotWar, Political
PlaceIraq, Helicopters
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

A US Army officer had made a "friendly fire" mistake that was covered up and he was reassigned to a desk job. Later he was tasked to investigate a female chopper commander's worthiness to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. At first all seemed in order then he begins to notice inconsistencies between the testimonies of the witnesses....

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, film noir, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersSpy, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure, Revolution, Political, Uprising
PlaceSyria
StyleBy books, Serious, Disturbing

A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Belgium
PlotWar, Investigation, Death, Love triangle, Funeral
PlaceIraq
StyleAction, Gloomy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

A private security contractor in Iraq rejects the official explanation of his friend's death and decides to investigate.

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: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:15
CharactersSpy, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure, Abduction
PlaceVillage, England, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:40
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Teachers
PlotWar
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, By books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

The Young Lions follows the lives of three soldiers: one German and two Americans, paralleling their experiences in World War II until they meet up at the end for a confrontation

Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryTurkey
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure, Depression, Snow, Radio
PlaceTurkey
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Patriotic, Gloomy, Serious

A small task force of the Turkish army have to defend a relay station in the middle of nowhere against a possible terrorist raid.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersDogs, Heroes, Military, Soldier, Marines
PlotOn real events
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

When the rumored whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are revealed, the CIA readies a team of seasoned U.S. Navy SEALs for the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. The SEAL Team bands together to complete their mission of justice in a riveting final showdown.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersTeens, Snipers, Heroes, Military, Alcoholics
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Death
PlaceJapan, Bunker
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, Patriotic, Tense

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountrySerbia, Croatia, Hungary
Duration01:48
CharactersSnipers, Military, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Supernatural, Missing people
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The story begins a couple days after the war has ended. A group of Serbian soldiers in charge of clearing the fields from mines discovers a man sealed inside a factory's basement. A mysterious man says he is 'ours', he doesn't feel cold, isn't hungry and only asks for cigarettes. As soon as he is brought along, people start disappearing, and the infighting begins. Who is the mystery man?

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: 5.3
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz Mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:28
CharactersZombie, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Supernatural, Mental disorders, Viruses
PlaceBunker
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

In 1944, in the Belgian - German border, seven German soldiers survive an American attack in the front and lock themselves in a bunker to protect the position. Under siege by the enemy and with little ammunition, they decide to explore underground tunnels to seek supplies and find an escape route. While in the tunnel, weird things happen with the group.





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