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The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Comedy, War

The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:staring contest,  uh 1 huey helicopter,  reporter,  reference to manuel noriega,  reference to timothy leary,  government scandal,  walking over hot coals,  suicide by pistol,  walking through wall,  reference to loch ness monster,  ann arbor michigan,  secret military operation,  improvised explosive device,  crohn's disease,  paranoid fantasy,  explosive device,  roadside bomb,  bad trip,  remote viewing,  new age movement,  army training,  packing a suitcase,  doodling,  acid trip,  run over,  reference to mao tse tung,  lieutenant colonel,  daisy,  multiple narrators,  staring,  kuwait,  george w. bush,  reference to walt disney,  airbag,  reference to oprah winfrey,  hidden truth,  fire fight,  saddam hussein,  begins with text,  court martial,  buddy movie,  vietnam war veteran,  drug trip,  secret past,  army base,  first person narration,  chance meeting,  new age,  psychological torture,  hummer,  reference to ronald reagan,  reference to star wars,  liberation,  drug humor,  psychic power,  cloud,  lsd,  historical fiction,  bandage,  dark past,  hot tub,  delusion,  iraq war,  hippie,  adventurer,  black humor,  goat,  fate,  told in flashback,  vietnam war,  captive,  jogging,  jeep,  destiny,  pickup truck,  cold war,  general,  american flag,  break up,  cigar smoking,  dark comedy,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  animal in title,  archive footage,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

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. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Locations:desert
Story:kuwait,  court martial,  jeep,  dark comedy,  f word,  reporter,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout

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The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  airbag,  court martial,  hummer,  general,  cigar smoking,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:lsd,  hippie,  vietnam war,  jeep,  pickup truck,  american flag,  reference to jesus christ,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Seven Psychopaths (2012) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Comedy, Crime

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

A struggling screenwriter ('Colin Farrell (I)' (qv)) inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends ('Christopher Walken' (qv) and 'Sam Rockwell' (qv)) kidnap a gangster's ('Woody Harrelson' (qv)) beloved Shih Tzu.

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:vietnam war,  jogging,  american flag,  reference to jesus christ,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  shootout,  voice over narration,  flashback

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The Jewel Of The Nile (1985)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The Jewel Of The Nile (1985)

This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an invitation to go to some middle eastern country as a guest of the sheik, but there she is abducted and finds her- self involved with the "jewel". Jack decides to rescue her with his new partner Ralph. They all go from one adventure to another... What is the story of this "jewel"? This is why The Jewel Of The Nile (1985) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:buddy movie,  adventurer,  jogging,  destiny,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout

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)

Locations:desert
Story:lieutenant colonel,  saddam hussein,  general,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

The Hurt Locker (2008)
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)

Locations:desert
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  improvised explosive device,  explosive device,  roadside bomb,  hummer,  iraq war,  goat,  f word,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

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Inherent Vice (2014) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Inherent Vice (2014)

During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry "Doc" Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:satire
Story:first person narration,  reference to ronald reagan,  drug humor,  hippie,  fate,  captive,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  flashback

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)

Locations:desert
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  lieutenant colonel,  kuwait,  vietnam war veteran,  iraq war,  reporter,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  dancing,  flashback

War Dogs (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, War

War Dogs (2016)

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. This is why War Dogs (2016) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  army base,  iraq war,  f word,  black comedy,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  flashback

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The Messenger (2009)
Drama, Romance, War

The Messenger (2009)

While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, whose husband was killed in Iraq. His initial encounter with Olivia leads to him wanting to get to know her better, which may not be in either her or his best interest. Despite being a recovering alcoholic, the more experienced Tony tries to guide Will as best he can under their collective circumstances. (Read More)

Story:improvised explosive device,  explosive device,  fire fight,  hummer,  iraq war,  black humor,  vietnam war,  american flag,  dark comedy,  f word,  explosion

Sahara (2005) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Sahara (2005)

Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:buddy movie,  fate,  captive,  jeep,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

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. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:fire fight,  vietnam war veteran,  army base,  jeep,  cold war,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

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Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:reference to mao tse tung,  hippie,  goat,  cold war,  reference to jesus christ,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  dancing,  flashback

Kelly's Heroes (1970)
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. This is why Kelly's Heroes (1970) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:fire fight,  hippie,  jeep,  general,  dark comedy,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  explosion

Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
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? (Read More)

Story:lieutenant colonel,  army base,  lsd,  black humor,  vietnam war,  general,  cigar smoking,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  explosion

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Taking Woodstock (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Story:reference to timothy leary,  acid trip,  drug trip,  lsd,  hippie,  vietnam war,  helicopter,  dancing

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:general,  cigar smoking,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

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:kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  improvised explosive device,  army base,  iraq war,  american flag,  f word,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

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Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. This is why Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:desert
Story:fire fight,  fate,  destiny,  american flag,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Pineapple Express (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Pineapple Express (2008)

Lazy court-process clerk and stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city's most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene. Dale now has another reason to visit Saul: to find out if the weed is so rare that it can be traced back to him--and it is. As Dale and Saul run for their lives, they quickly discover that they're not suffering from weed-fueled paranoia: incredibly, the bad guys really are hot on their trail and trying to figure out the fastest way to kill them both. All aboard the Pineapple Express. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Story:drug trip,  drug humor,  hippie,  black humor,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Green Zone (2010)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Green Zone (2010)

Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone. Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader. Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan, who told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom? (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:fire fight,  hummer,  iraq war,  general,  reporter,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  explosion

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The Interview (2014)
Comedy

The Interview (2014)

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Read More)

Story:army base,  goat,  general,  cigar smoking,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, War

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a "piece of ass" and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya Vanderpoel, a fellow female western correspondent, and Fahim Ahmadzai, her Afghan translator guide. As time goes on, Kim finds that she not only may have a specific and important voice within the press corps, but that she may be losing touch with her life back in the States for good or bad. In addition, she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk, not only for herself but that for her colleagues, to get that next important story. She also has to figure out how much of what she does truly is her, and how much is being as she and the other western press corps members state is being in the "Kabubble". What may also affect her life is how much the war in Afghanistan is overtaken by other world events for which the American public is wanting information, and thus if Afghanistan has a specific time span in her life regardless of how much she may want to stay to tell what she sees as its important stories. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:reporter,  goat,  general,  american flag,  f word,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  dancing

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. This is why Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:bandage,  jeep,  american flag,  cigar smoking,  f word,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  flashback

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About Schmidt (2002)
Comedy, Drama

About Schmidt (2002)

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. (Read More)

Mood:satire
Story:reference to walt disney,  first person narration,  hot tub,  f word,  black comedy,  voice over narration,  flashback

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:hospital
Story:buddy movie,  hot tub,  hippie,  cigar smoking,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015)

In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Story:cold war,  historical fiction,  jeep,  archive footage,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

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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:escape
Story:destiny,  army base,  historical fiction,  fate,  told in flashback,  general,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. This is why Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:reference to star wars,  captive,  pickup truck,  f word,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

American Ultra (2015)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

American Ultra (2015)

Small-town stoner Mike Howell ('Jesse Eisenberg' (qv)) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn't know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted by the failed test subjects that are sent after him by the CIA. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:satire
Story:told in flashback,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

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13 Hours (2016) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
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:escape
Story:begins with text,  general,  american flag,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:absurdism,  escape,  kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:hospital
Story:general,  american flag,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:hospital
Story:delusion,  vietnam war,  captive,  archive footage,  shot in the chest,  helicopter

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2 Guns (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

2 Guns (2013)

Robert Trench, an undercover DEA agent, takes advantage of gunman Michael Stigman's idea to rob a bank to bust him and a mob boss. However, it proves too successful with much more money seized than anticipated with Trench's forces not stopping the getaway. Complicating things still more, Stigman turns out to be a Naval Intelligence agent who shoots Trench and takes the money. The interservice debacle suddenly finds Trench and Stigman in a bloody web of corrupt clandestine rivalries as they are hunted, blackmailed and isolated for the money on both sides of the law. Now, the fugitives must work together to find a way out of this situation with no one to turn to but themselves. This is why 2 Guns (2013) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:uh 1 huey helicopter,  goat,  pickup truck,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  flashback

Wild Wild West (1999) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Western

Wild Wild West (1999)

Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:general,  buddy movie,  historical fiction,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  explosion

Centurion (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Centurion (2010)

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Story:general,  begins with text,  army base,  captive,  f word,  shot in the chest,  voice over narration

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A Long Way Down (2014)
Comedy, Drama

A Long Way Down (2014)

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:chance meeting,  cigar smoking,  f word,  reporter,  black comedy,  voice over narration

Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Comedy, Drama

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Mood:satire
Locations:hospital
Story:reporter,  reference to oprah winfrey,  vietnam war veteran,  american flag,  cigar smoking,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  black comedy,  voice over narration

Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. This is why Middle Men (2009) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Story:hummer,  told in flashback,  f word,  archive footage,  shot in the chest,  voice over narration,  explosion,  flashback

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The Three Musketeers (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady. Rochefort, the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos the fighter and drinker, Porthos the pirate and lover, and Aramis the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  kidnapping
Story:secret past,  historical fiction,  captive,  dark comedy,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  explosion

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Locations:hospital
Story:delusion,  pickup truck,  break up,  f word,  reference to jesus christ,  voice over narration,  dancing,  flashback

Rules Of Engagement (2000)
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. (Read More)

Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:court martial,  vietnam war,  general,  f word,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

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Valkyrie (2008) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:lieutenant colonel,  court martial,  bandage,  general,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing

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. This is why Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009). (Read More)

Story:goat,  american flag,  f word,  shot in the chest,  helicopter,  shootout,  voice over narration,  explosion,  dancing,  flashback

Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:army base,  jeep,  cold war,  general,  shootout,  explosion

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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. (Read More)

Story:lieutenant colonel,  army base,  vietnam war,  general,  reporter,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion

Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
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)

Story:jogging,  pickup truck,  cold war,  general,  american flag,  cigar smoking,  f word,  shot in the chest,  black comedy,  helicopter,  shootout,  explosion,  dancing

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:bandage,  told in flashback,  cigar smoking,  shot in the chest,  shootout,  dancing,  flashback

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