Documents of War: The War on Terror

by mike_sean | created - 14 May 2012 | updated - 20 Feb 2015 | Public

Documentaries involving the War in Afghanistan (2001-present), the Iraq War (2003-2011), and the operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp (2002-present). Topics range from the politics and propaganda involved in the War on Terror to the soldiers and citizens affected by it.

List order is from newest to oldest (by year of release), and titles are sorted alphabetically within each year.

Related documentary list: Documents of War: The Vietnam War

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1. The Hornet's Nest (2014)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Action, History

61 Metascore

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

Directors: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud | Stars: Frank Adamski, Ofren Arrechaga, Ed Bankston, Carlos Boettcher

Votes: 2,141 | Gross: $0.31M

2. Korengal (2014)

R | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

67 Metascore

Korengal picks up where Restrepo left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war.

Director: Sebastian Junger | Stars: LaMonta Caldwell, Miguel Cortez, Stephen Gillespie, Aron Hijar

Votes: 3,386 | Gross: $0.06M

3. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Losing Iraq (2014)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

From PBS and FRONTLINE: FRONTLINE examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq and how the U.S. is being pulled back into the conflict. Drawing on interviews with policymakers and military leaders,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kirk | Stars: Will Lyman, Peter Baker, Thomas Ricks, George W. Bush

Votes: 124

4. We Are Many (2014)

110 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.

Director: Amir Amirani | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Mark Rylance, Ken Loach

Votes: 343

5. Dirty Wars (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

76 Metascore

Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.

Director: Rick Rowley | Stars: Jeremy Scahill, Nasser Al Aulaqi, Saleha Al Aulaqi, Muqbal Al Kazemi

Votes: 8,768 | Gross: $0.38M

6. Infil_exfil (2013)

60 min | Documentary, History, War

This film is an artistic look at the war in Afghanistan and the reflection and quiet still that many Veterans bring home with them. It is a collection of HD helmet camera footage of Marine ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Golembesky

Votes: 6

7. Inside Combat Rescue (2013– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Documentary

An elite Combat Rescue team of the US Air Force, rescue wounded American or Allied forces in lethal danger. Pararescuemen, or PJs, return to the front lines of Afghanistan and East Europe ... See full summary »

Votes: 586

8. The Iraq War (2013– )

60 min | Documentary

Top US, European and Iraqi leaders - political and military - tell the inside story of their private talks, phone calls, deals and clashes. Former members of Saddam Hussein's regime tell - ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Jennings, Massoud Barzani, Dick Cheney, Stephen Hadley

Votes: 64

9. The Kill Team (2013)

R | 79 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal story: Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Krauss | Stars: Adam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield, Alaina Winfield

Votes: 1,104

10. Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden (2013)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History, War

Filled with testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Nada Bakos, Peter Bergen, Philip Mudd, Jose Rodriguez

Votes: 822

11. The Network (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, History, News

47 Metascore

The Network is a documentary set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan.

Director: Eva Orner

Votes: 49

12. The Wind of Al Amal (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

'The Wind of Al Amal' explores the complicated struggle and fragmented stories of some Iraqi refugees and exiled as some of them attempt to integrate themselves into the American landscape ... See full summary »

Director: Fredric Lean | Stars: Haider Al-Saedy, Maha Alkhafaji, Bob Carey, Noam Chomsky

Votes: 497

13. Along Recovery (2012)

TV-14 | 94 min | Documentary

Army veteran Justin Springer served two tours in Iraq where he witnessed dozens of Soldiers in his unit suffer from the signature wound of the war-traumatic brain injury (TBI.) The result ... See full summary »

Director: Justin J. Springer | Stars: Sean Hollins, Josh Kisner, Torrey Kramer, Ryan Soto

Votes: 11

14. Far from Afghanistan (2012)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, War

Five accomplished, politically progressive film-makers come together to raise the collective consciousness about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, officially the longest war in U.S. history. ... See full summary »

Directors: John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson, Soon-Mi Yoo | Star: Andre Gregory

Votes: 23

15. The List (II) (2012)

84 min | Documentary

A modern day Oskar Schindler story that focuses on Kirk Johnson, a young American fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. to help ... See full summary »

Director: Beth Murphy

Votes: 18

16. Mission Afghanistan (2012 TV Movie)

42 min | Documentary

Documentaries about 10 year Lithuanian military operations in Afghanistan. Filming Crew follow Special operation forces in South of Afghanistan and Chagcharan PRT. 2012 Season 5 documentary... See full summary »

Director: Eduardas Silva | Stars: Ross Kemp, Algis Ramanauskas, Eduardas Silva

Votes: 17

17. This Is Where We Take Our Stand (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary

In March of 2008, 250 veterans and active duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC to testify from their own experience about the ... See full summary »

Directors: Bestor Cram, Mike Majoros, David Zeiger | Stars: Selena Coppa, Zollie Goodman, Clifton Hicks, Joyce Lucey

Votes: 13

18. Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy (2011)

78 min | Documentary, News

This documentary looks for an answer to the question of why the number of suicides among young American veterans and soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is so frighteningly high. ... See full summary »

Director: Simone de Vries

Votes: 54

19. Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (2011– )

44 min | Documentary

Following multiple US Military EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Squads, which take care of disarming or destroying dangerous improvised explosive devices (IED) from the Taliban.

Stars: Sam Durham, Brad Penley, Matt Rayl, Jeremy Stein

Votes: 246

20. Doctors of the Dark Side (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Crime, News

Doctors of the Dark Side is the first feature length documentary about the pivotal role of physicians and psychologists in detainee torture. The stories of four detainees and the doctors ... See full summary »

Director: Martha Davis | Stars: Diane Davis, Gian-Murray Gianino, Lee Aaron Rosen, Mercedes Ruehl

Votes: 46

21. Flat Daddy (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

As families across America endure the repeated deployment of loved ones to Iraq and Afghanistan, many attempt to fill the void with Flat Daddies and Heroes on a Stick, life-sized cardboard ... See full summary »

Directors: Nara Garber, Betsy Nagler

22. Hell and Back Again (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Action, History

81 Metascore

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and ... See full summary »

Director: Danfung Dennis | Stars: Nathan Harris, Ashley Harris, The Marines of Echo Company, Christian Cabaniss

Votes: 2,154 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Incident in New Baghdad (2011)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

U.S. Army veteran Ethan McCord recounts his life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most notorious events of the Iraq War: the slaying of two Reuters journalists, along with a ... See full summary »

Director: James Spione | Star: Ethan McCord

Votes: 71

24. Our War (2011– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

The story of the war in Afghanistan: filmed by soldiers, shot by soldiers.

Votes: 132

25. Where Soldiers Come From (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles four years in the lives of childhood friends as they enter a faraway war.

Director: Heather Courtney

Votes: 217 | Gross: $0.04M

26. Armadillo (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War

72 Metascore

Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 month, to help stabilize the country against Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director: Janus Metz

Votes: 9,008 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Baker Boys: Inside the Surge (2010)

Documentary, War

Best selling journalist/filmmaker Jon Steele ("War Junkies") takes a journey inside the Iraq war in a manner never before seen on camera as he stays embedded for 90 days with the boys of ... See full summary »

Director: Kern Konwiser | Stars: John Bell, Gary Bradley, Paul Brawley, Wilson Buck

Votes: 65

28. The Battle for Marjah (2010)

88 min | Documentary

On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke

Votes: 626

29. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Camp Leatherneck (2010)

Documentary, History

National Geographic Explorer offers an inside look at Camp Leatherneck the U.S. Marine base of operation in Afghanistan where more than 10,000 soldiers are charged with fighting the Taliban.

Stars: Gabriel Christianson, Peter Coyote, Gerard Dempster, Al Faxon

Votes: 39

30. Camp Victory, Afghanistan (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, War

Camp Victory, Afghanistan is the true story of the American Exit Strategy. Using 300 hours of footage shot over the course of three years, the film follows a battle-tested Afghan General ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Dysinger

Votes: 196

31. For Honor with Valor (2010)

76 min | Documentary, Biography, War

Ryan Hallberg is a young Iraq Veteran from Minnesota that tells his story of his life in the Military and experiences from the time that he enlisted right out of high school, to the convoy ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin McElroy | Stars: Ryan Hallberg, Cheryl Berg Wineman

32. Hooligans at War (2010)

67 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

It is a topic of debate and controversy around the world, but for the young men of Hooligan Platoon, war-torn Afghanistan is a reality they have to endure day in and day out. Directed by ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Elliott | Star: Tyler Elliott

Votes: 19

33. The Oath (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Salim Hamdan, Abu Jandal, Troy Lebane

Votes: 760 | Gross: $0.04M

34. Poster Girl (2010)

Not Rated | 38 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Apple pie cheerleader turned tough-as-nails machine gunner in the Iraq War, Sgt. Robynn Murray comes home to face a new kind of battle she never anticipated.

Director: Sara Nesson

Votes: 307

35. Restrepo (2010)

R | 93 min | Documentary, War

85 Metascore

A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger | Stars: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney, LaMonta Caldwell

Votes: 21,152 | Gross: $1.33M

36. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Wounded Platoon (2010)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary

Frontline investigates the violence, depression, and stress exhibited by a platoon of Iraq War veterans whose members who have committed murder, assault, and suicide.

Director: Daniel Edge | Stars: Robert Alvarez, Jose Barco, Bruce Bastien, George Brandt

Votes: 31

37. Four Days Inside Guantanamo (2010)

100 min | Documentary, History, News

73 Metascore

The interrogation recordings of the underaged Canadian Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Omar Khadr, by Canadian intelligence personnel are presented with observations by his attorneys and former cell mates.

Directors: Luc Côté, Patricio Henríquez

Votes: 157

38. Afghanistan, Land of Wonders (2009)

52 min | Documentary, War

Afghan and Russian war veterans look back on Afghanistan, the "Land of Wonders", at the time of the Soviet occupation. Aside from the human suffering and tragedy, there is a room to look at the beautiful aspects of Afghanistan.

Directors: Jorrit Kamminga, Kim Taminiau, Johan Zielstra

39. Brothers at War (2009)

R | 110 min | Documentary, War

60 Metascore

An intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The... See full summary »

Director: Jake Rademacher | Stars: Jake Rademacher, Isaac Rademacher, Joe Rademacher, Mahmoud Hamid Ali

Votes: 560 | Gross: $0.15M

40. Diary of a Disgraced Soldier (2009)

70 min | Documentary, Music, News

In Iraq 2003, Corporal Martin Webster filmed fellow soldiers beating Iraqi youths during rioting in Al Amara. Two years later, a British newspaper obtained his footage. The story that ran ... See full summary »

Directors: Richard Atkinson, Neil Cole, Chris Rowe | Star: Martin Webster

Votes: 7

41. Fallout: Coming Home from the War in Iraq (2009)

51 min | Documentary

Staff Sergeant James C. Bailey, Corporal Michael Prysner, and Staff Sergeant Charlie Carlson are three very different people, but each shares a common experience - the war in Iraq. Together... See full summary »

Director: Ava Lowrey | Stars: James C. Bailey, Charlie Carlson, Michael Prysner

42. How to Fold a Flag (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

Follows U.S. soldiers as they create new lives post Iraq from a Congressional candidate in Buffalo to a cage fighter in Louisiana, set against the backdrop of the 2008 election.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker | Stars: Javorn Drummond, Michael Goss, Jon Powers, Stuart Wilf

Votes: 44

44. Redemption (III) (2009)

89 min | Documentary

A portrait of three deserters from the American army, who now live in Canada. In Redemption, they speak about their memories of the war in Iraq, a war that they all now view as senseless. "... See full summary »

Director: Sabrina Wulff | Stars: Corey Glass, Dale Landry, Dean Walcott

Votes: 7

45. Rethink Afghanistan (2009)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, War

Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding the war. The film raises critical questions regarding Afghanistan. Segments of this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Tariq Ali, Faiysal Alikhan, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Baer

Votes: 88

46. Severe Clear (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

As part of the first wave in the War on Terror, First Lieutenant Mike Scotti (awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V") served on the front lines during the 21 ... See full summary »

Director: Kristian Fraga | Star: Mike Scotti

Votes: 473

47. Speaking of Baghdad (2009)

28 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Their words. Our voices. An acclaimed international cast performs stories of life during the war from Iraqi writers in Baghdad. Screened on Link TV, at festivals, six times for Amnesty International, and at universities.

Director: George Larkin | Stars: Jamila Alina, Elisa K. Blandford, Sanjay Chandani, Naz Deravian

48. The Surge: The Whole Story (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

In 2007, the situation in Iraq was desperate and required a new strategy...the Surge. THE SURGE: THE WHOLE STORY is a definitive account from those who were there, including interviews with... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Van Dusen | Stars: Nasier Abadi, Kenneth Adgie, Lloyd Austin, Jeffrey Bannister

Votes: 16

49. The Triangle of Death (2009)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary