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Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  courage,  tragedy,  military,  politics
Mood:gore
Locations:africa,  airport,  bicycle
Characters:muslim,  warrior,  soldier,  children
Period:1990s
Story:military uniform,  rescue mission,  somalia,  epileptic seizure,  u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  medal of honor,  special forces,  united nations mission,  flatbed truck,  east africa,  army rangers,  call to prayer,  u.s. army,  military intervention,  heroic military,  battle dress,  u.s. military,  epic battle,  male soldier,  food distribution,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  street shootout,  blood spurting,  usa today the newspaper,  blackened face,  burning tire,  mowing down,  cuban cigar,  peace keeping,  fingers shot off,  mosquito net,  hit with a stick,  urban warfare,  chain of command,  bird's eye shot,  rotisserie,  hearing loss,  peacekeeper,  delta force,  somali,  gunship,  blown to pieces,  wildebeest,  mouth to mouth resuscitation,  cnn,  inhaler,  infra red,  minigun,  plan gone wrong,  disembodied hand,  finger gun,  body torn apart,  idealist,  year 1992,  year 1993,  camaraderie,  grunge,  famine,  red cross,  automatic weapon,  humvee,  ammunition,  arkansas,  night vision goggles,  scrabble,  epilepsy,  pakistani,  infantry,  warlord,  brotherhood,  code,  luck,  seizure,  mosque,  war violence,  tyrant,  blood on camera lens,  asthma,  arms dealer,  marine,  militia,  gatling gun,  united nations,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  anti war,  all male cast,  donkey,  torso cut in half,  heroism,  rocket,  rpg,  broken arm,  falling to death,  stadium,  prisoner of war,  armor,  slaughter,  dead child,  shot in the face,  hunger,  chaos,  surveillance camera,  severed finger,  target practice,  bravery,  suffering,  colonel,  genocide,  honor,  severed hand,  sergeant,  mutilation,  jeep,  bullet,  captain,  disaster,  civil war,  ak 47,  african,  surgery,  riot,  chess,  battlefield,  obscene finger gesture,  dismemberment,  sacrifice,  general,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  tank,  mission,  uniform,  businessman,  pilot,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  pain,  coffee,  shot in the leg,  cigar smoking,  sniper,  drawing,  no opening credits,  truck,  throat slitting,  impalement,  army,  basketball,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  battle,  computer,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  based on book,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death,  dog

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  sergeant,  tank,  u.s. army,  heroic military,  u.s. military,  u.s. soldier,  street shootout,  automatic weapon,  war violence,  firearm,  heroism,  rpg,  prisoner of war,  armor,  captain,  battlefield,  exploding body,  mission,  uniform,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  politics
Mood:gore
Locations:airport
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:rescue mission,  u.s. marine,  street shootout,  war violence,  arms dealer,  militia,  anti war,  torso cut in half,  heroism,  rpg,  broken arm,  special forces,  chaos,  severed finger,  bravery,  honor,  severed hand,  ak 47,  riot,  chess,  battlefield,  obscene finger gesture,  general,  exploding body,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  based on book,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  politics
Characters:soldier
Period:1990s
Story:medal of honor,  colonel,  honor,  captain,  u.s. army,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  bravery,  sergeant,  battlefield,  general,  opening action scene,  tank,  pilot,  sniper,  army,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  death,  murder

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier,  children
Story:military uniform,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  disembodied hand,  ammunition,  firearm,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  target practice,  colonel,  honor,  severed hand,  mutilation,  captain,  dismemberment,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  no opening credits,  army,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  dog,  gun,  death

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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Action, Drama, History, War

We Were Soldiers (2002)

A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. This is why We Were Soldiers (2002) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. army,  heroic military,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  helicopter crash,  battle,  automatic weapon,  infantry,  warlord,  blood on camera lens,  gatling gun,  shot in the neck,  chaos,  bravery,  colonel,  sergeant,  captain,  battlefield,  general,  exploding body,  uniform,  pilot,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  based on book,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  death

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:mission,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  camaraderie,  night vision goggles,  gatling gun,  all male cast,  special forces,  shot in the face,  severed finger,  honor,  sergeant,  ak 47,  battlefield,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  based on book,  voice over narration,  explosion,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  tragedy,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  colonel,  u.s. army,  epic battle,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  gatling gun,  rpg,  prisoner of war,  special forces,  ak 47,  battlefield,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  tank,  mission,  sniper,  no opening credits,  impalement,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

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Saving Private Ryan (1998) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  rescue mission,  army,  general,  mission,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  blown to pieces,  automatic weapon,  infantry,  war violence,  blood on camera lens,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  shot in the face,  bravery,  mutilation,  captain,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder,  death

The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  politics
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:honor,  medal of honor,  captain,  civil war,  u.s. army,  army,  warlord,  code,  blood on camera lens,  gatling gun,  shot in the neck,  armor,  slaughter,  bravery,  colonel,  genocide,  severed hand,  sergeant,  battlefield,  sacrifice,  general,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  rifle,  battle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  murder,  gun,  blood

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. This is why Rambo III (1988) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:rescue mission,  colonel,  mission,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  rescue,  gunship,  blood on camera lens,  arms dealer,  rpg,  prisoner of war,  jeep,  ak 47,  chess,  battlefield,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  ambush,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  murder,  death,  violence

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American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:warrior,  soldier,  children
Story:sniper,  military uniform,  u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  u.s. military,  street shootout,  humvee,  marine,  heroism,  rpg,  shot in the face,  target practice,  bravery,  ak 47,  battlefield,  exploding body,  tank,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

Act Of Valor (2012) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Act Of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Locations:africa
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:rescue mission,  minigun,  somalia,  scrabble,  gatling gun,  heroism,  special forces,  shot in the face,  honor,  captain,  ak 47,  battlefield,  exploding body,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  truck,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  infantry,  war violence,  heroism,  shot in the face,  target practice,  bravery,  colonel,  honor,  civil war,  african,  sacrifice,  general,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on book,  death,  violence,  blood

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Themes:military,  tragedy
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:marine,  sergeant,  u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  combat,  infantry,  war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  target practice,  colonel,  genocide,  ak 47,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  dead body,  rifle,  gunfight,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on book,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  gun,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. This is why The Last Castle (2001) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:u.s. marine corps,  colonel,  general,  u.s. army,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  prisoner of war,  honor,  sergeant,  captain,  chess,  battlefield,  sacrifice,  mission,  army,  basketball,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence,  death

The Four Feathers (2002) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  camaraderie,  war violence,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  slaughter,  bravery,  honor,  general,  sniper,  army,  ambush,  combat,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  corpse,  shootout,  based on novel,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  violence

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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:army,  u.s. marine,  sergeant,  u.s. army,  heroic military,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  infantry,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  colonel,  honor,  captain,  general,  uniform,  drawing,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  death

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Locations:airport
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  u.s. marine corps,  u.s. army,  delta force,  code,  marine,  shot in the neck,  broken arm,  stadium,  special forces,  surveillance camera,  colonel,  sergeant,  mission,  sniper,  no opening credits,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood,  gun

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  courage,  politics
Locations:airport
Characters:muslim,  soldier,  children
Story:colonel,  military intervention,  epic battle,  shooting,  street shootout,  battle,  automatic weapon,  mosque,  united nations,  firearm,  donkey,  stadium,  slaughter,  chaos,  suffering,  jeep,  battlefield,  general,  tank,  uniform,  coffee,  truck,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  telephone call,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence,  blood,  dog

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Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. This is why Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  rescue mission,  u.s. marine corps,  marine,  u.s. army,  combat,  captain,  ak 47,  riot,  battlefield,  general,  opening action scene,  mission,  sniper,  no opening credits,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shootout,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood

Tears Of The Sun (2003)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle. As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that, among the refugees, is the sole survivor of the country's previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  tragedy,  military
Locations:africa
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  anti war,  rpg,  genocide,  mutilation,  captain,  civil war,  ak 47,  surgery,  battlefield,  exploding body,  mission,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  throat slitting,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  explosion,  death,  violence,  murder

Windtalkers (2002)
Action, Drama, War

Windtalkers (2002)

During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:gore
Story:u.s. marine,  code,  u.s. marine corps,  marine,  u.s. soldier,  war violence,  blood on camera lens,  bravery,  honor,  severed hand,  sergeant,  battlefield,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  throat slitting,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  violence,  gun,  death,  murder

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The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  u.s. soldier,  heroism,  special forces,  target practice,  bravery,  colonel,  sergeant,  captain,  battlefield,  general,  tank,  mission,  uniform,  sniper,  no opening credits,  truck,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  based on book,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  dog,  murder,  blood

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:target practice,  ak 47,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  dog,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Three Kings (1999)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War

Three Kings (1999)

A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. This is why Three Kings (1999) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Mood:gore
Period:1990s
Story:dead soldier,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  night vision goggles,  war violence,  gatling gun,  anti war,  special forces,  jeep,  bullet,  civil war,  surgery,  limousine,  pain,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  shot in the back,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  street shootout,  firearm,  shot in the face,  sergeant,  riot,  uniform,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)
Action, Drama, War

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiance Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  brotherhood,  war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  prisoner of war,  civil war,  battlefield,  dismemberment,  sacrifice,  exploding body,  tank,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  dead body,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  explosion,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood

Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Locations:africa,  airport,  bicycle
Characters:soldier,  children
Period:1990s
Story:food distribution,  street shootout,  cnn,  militia,  united nations,  rpg,  chaos,  target practice,  colonel,  severed hand,  mutilation,  captain,  civil war,  african,  ak 47,  pilot,  shot in the leg,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  telephone call,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  gun,  murder,  dog,  violence

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Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:male soldier,  gatling gun,  broken arm,  target practice,  bravery,  colonel,  sergeant,  battlefield,  tank,  throat slitting,  impalement,  army,  combat,  dead body,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  shootout,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. This is why Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:colonel,  rescue mission,  mission,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  rescue,  gunship,  gatling gun,  rpg,  prisoner of war,  special forces,  captain,  ak 47,  battlefield,  exploding body,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shootout,  explosion,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  violence

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military,  politics
Characters:muslim
Story:rescue mission,  mission,  pilot,  rescue,  gatling gun,  honor,  ak 47,  battlefield,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  army,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  title spoken by character,  blood,  death

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The Hurt Locker (2008) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat, behaving as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:sergeant,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  blown to pieces,  humvee,  united nations,  shot in the neck,  donkey,  chaos,  colonel,  honor,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  gunfight,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  cell phone,  telephone call,  explosion,  death,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  gun

Patton (1970)
Biography, Drama, War

Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:africa
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:general,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  infantry,  war violence,  all male cast,  armor,  suffering,  african,  battlefield,  tank,  uniform,  army,  ambush,  combat,  prayer,  gunfight,  battle,  machine gun,  shootout,  based on book,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dog,  violence

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:pilot,  epic battle,  gatling gun,  anti war,  heroism,  armor,  chaos,  bravery,  honor,  bullet,  captain,  battlefield,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  mission,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  violence

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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Drama, War

Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission? This is why Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  captain,  mission,  u.s. army,  army,  male soldier,  exploding helicopter,  gatling gun,  anti war,  slaughter,  special forces,  chaos,  general,  tank,  uniform,  cigar smoking,  no opening credits,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  based on novel,  death,  violence

Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  politics
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  sniper,  male soldier,  urban warfare,  ammunition,  blood on camera lens,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  tank,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the back,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:mission,  rescue mission,  general,  rescue,  dead soldier,  code,  war violence,  shot in the neck,  prisoner of war,  special forces,  colonel,  sergeant,  captain,  battlefield,  exploding body,  uniform,  pilot,  combat,  rifle,  gunfight,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  explosion,  based on novel,  blood,  violence

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Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Period:1990s
Story:military uniform,  u.s. marine corps,  sniper,  u.s. military,  male soldier,  u.s. soldier,  automatic weapon,  humvee,  marine,  anti war,  target practice,  honor,  sergeant,  bullet,  obscene finger gesture,  tank,  businessman,  pain,  truck,  prayer,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:marine,  sergeant,  military uniform,  rescue mission,  u.s. marine corps,  u.s. military,  male soldier,  war violence,  firearm,  target practice,  ak 47,  battlefield,  obscene finger gesture,  general,  opening action scene,  tank,  mission,  uniform,  cigar smoking,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  telephone call,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  death,  violence

The Marine (2006) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Marine (2006)

John Triton is a heroic Marine who returns home after being discharged--against his will--from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when a group of murderous diamond thieves on the run led by a merciless criminal named Rome has kidnapped his wife and John goes on a chase through the South Carolinian wilderness to retrieve her. With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission. This is why The Marine (2006) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:u.s. marine,  u.s. marine corps,  marine,  rpg,  sergeant,  ak 47,  opening action scene,  mission,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shootout,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood,  murder,  gun

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:tyrant,  shot in the face,  chaos,  target practice,  bravery,  sergeant,  captain,  riot,  battlefield,  general,  exploding body,  opening action scene,  shot in the leg,  throat slitting,  impalement,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  based on book,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  dog,  violence,  murder

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:bicycle
Characters:muslim,  warrior,  soldier
Story:military uniform,  dead soldier,  red cross,  all male cast,  donkey,  slaughter,  bravery,  suffering,  colonel,  honor,  sergeant,  general,  uniform,  shot in the forehead,  pain,  truck,  army,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  food,  corpse,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death,  gun

Platoon (1986)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:u.s. army,  combat,  infantry,  war violence,  anti war,  sergeant,  ak 47,  battlefield,  exploding body,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  impalement,  ambush,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Kelly's Heroes (1970) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Adventure, Comedy, War

Kelly's Heroes (1970)

During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion. (Read More)

Story:street shootout,  infantry,  war violence,  rocket,  prisoner of war,  colonel,  sergeant,  jeep,  captain,  battlefield,  general,  opening action scene,  tank,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  army,  combat,  gunfight,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shootout,  explosion,  blood,  violence

Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. This is why Idi I Smotri (1985) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  military
Story:military uniform,  mowing down,  automatic weapon,  war violence,  firearm,  anti war,  slaughter,  hunger,  genocide,  tank,  truck,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  machine gun,  food,  shot to death,  corpse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death,  murder,  gun,  violence

Dreamcatcher (2003)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. army,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  bird's eye shot,  humvee,  gatling gun,  heroism,  slaughter,  severed finger,  colonel,  captain,  obscene finger gesture,  general,  exploding body,  drawing,  truck,  army,  basketball,  combat,  rifle,  shooting,  computer,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  telephone call,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  blood,  dog,  murder,  violence

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White House Down (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

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. (Read More)

Themes:military,  politics
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:u.s. marine,  u.s. army,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  delta force,  automatic weapon,  ammunition,  marine,  gatling gun,  rpg,  special forces,  chaos,  ak 47,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  throat slitting,  shot in the back,  gunfight,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  shot to death,  shootout,  cell phone,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death

The Hunted (2003) is one of the best movies like Black Hawk Down (2001)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Hunted (2003)

In the green woods of Silver Falls, Oregon, Aaron Hallam, a trained assassin AWOL from the Special Forces, keeps his own brand of wildlife vigil. After Hallam brutally slew four deer hunters in the area, FBI Special Agent Abby Durrell turns to L.T. Bonham-- the one man who may be able to stop him. At first L.T. resists the mission. Snug in retirement, he's closed off to his past, the years he spent in the Special Forces training soldiers to become skilled killers. But when he realizes that these recent slaying is the work of a man he trained, he feels obligated to stop him. Accepting the assignment under the condition that he works alone, L.T. enters the woods, unarmed--plagued by memories of his best student and riddled with guilt for not responding to Aaron's tortured letters to him as he began to slip over the edge of sanity. Furious as he is with his former mentor for ignoring his pleas for help, Aaron knows that he and L.T. share a tragic bond that is unbreakable. And, even as they go into their final combat against each other, neither can say with certainty who is the hunted and who is the hunter. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:bicycle
Period:1990s
Story:military uniform,  u.s. army,  slaughter,  special forces,  honor,  mutilation,  obscene finger gesture,  dismemberment,  mission,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  throat slitting,  impalement,  shot in the back,  combat,  gunfight,  machine gun,  car accident,  helicopter,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  corpse,  shootout,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Locations:africa,  airport
Characters:soldier,  children
Story:epilepsy,  seizure,  genocide,  jeep,  african,  dismemberment,  general,  limousine,  shot in the forehead,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  dead body,  shooting,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  car accident,  food,  shot to death,  based on book,  telephone call,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun,  murder

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