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Movies about Islamic terrorism

While terroristic attacks in Europe contribute to increase tension and we are being overwhelmed by a plethora of unprecedented violence, it may be interesting to see how filmmaking has tried to represent the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism. Rather than Hollywood productions such as Zero Dark Thirty, there are also films rising to the challenge of understanding the reasons behind the actions of the attackers: Paradise Now, telling the story of two young kamikaze wannabes, is a good example of this. You should, of course, integrate the list we’re proposing with strictly related themes such as Arab-Israeli Conflicts and 09/11/01, as well as the ones about Middle East conflicts.

The best on Islamic terrorism: true stories, war films and even a couple of comedies!

Most of the films about Islamic attacks are strong thrillers, like the already mentioned Zero Dark Thirty or the ingenious Traitor. Those looking for spy stories and adrenaline can also consider A Most Wanted Man, The Kingdom and Body of Lies with Leonardo di Caprio and Russell Crowe. There are also less bumpy but full of psychological tension films: among them the underestimated “Five Fingers” and Eye in the Sky, with Helen Mirren. Two more dramatic can’t-be-missed works are London River and Of Gods and Men. Four Lions attempts the difficult challenge of being ironic on an extremely delicate issue: it is a comedy about four wannabes jihadist from Sheffield, in England. Also The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen, plays the comic card, and behind the apparent foolishness, some satirical inspiration on western contradictions really hit the target.

The most recent films about terrorism and Islam, from Libya of “13 Hours” to London of “Codice Unlocked” (2017)

The cinematography of the last few years has offered quite a lot of material about this issue: Survivor and the recent Unlocked are two good thrillers, valid as an entertaining product, less valid as a socio-political follow-up. On the contrary, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi highlights the fighters’ point of view very well, on the front line during an attack of an American military base in Libya. The excellent Snowden, also based on a true story, reflects on the technological and social implications of the anti-terrorism policy in the USA. Patriots Day, finally, reconstructs with extreme precision, the hours and the days, immediately following the attack implemented during the marathon of 2013 by two Chechen brothers.

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2018

On Her Shoulders

On Her Shoulders

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2018

12 Strong

12 Strong

  • 6,0

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2018

The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris

  • 5,5

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2017

Stronger

Stronger

  • 7,0

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2017

American Assassin

American Assassin

  • 6,0

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2017

Unlocked

Unlocked

  • 6,0

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2016

Patriots Day

Patriots Day

  • 7,3

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2016

Snowden

Snowden

  • 7,7

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2016

Sniper: Ghost Shooter

Sniper: Ghost Shooter

  • 5,7

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2016

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen

  • 6,0

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2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

  • 7,0

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2015

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

  • 5,0

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2015

Rabin, the Last Day

Rabin, the Last Day

  • 4,0

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2015

Made in France

Made in France

  • 7,0

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2015

A Good American

A Good American

  • 7,3

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2015

Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr

Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr

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2015

Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

  • 7,0

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2015

The Algerian

The Algerian

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2015

A Song for Jenny

A Song for Jenny

  • 7,0

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2015

Survivor

Survivor

  • 6,5

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2014

Dying of the Light

Dying of the Light

  • 5,0

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2014

Camp X-Ray

Camp X-Ray

  • 7,0

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2014

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

  • 7,0

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2014

Kamikaze

Kamikaze

  • 6,3

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2014

The Green Prince

The Green Prince

  • 7,0

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2013

A Thousand Times Good Night

Tusen ganger god natt

  • 7,0

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2013

God's Slave

Esclavo de Dios

  • 6,5

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2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • 6,0

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2013

Horses of God

Les Chevaux de Dieu

  • 7,0

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2012

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

  • 7,5

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2012

Voyage sans retour

Voyage sans retour

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2012

Inch'Allah

Inch'Allah

  • 7,0

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2012

The Attack

The Attack

  • 7,0

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2012

The Dictator

The Dictator

  • 6,0

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2012

Paris Under Watch

Aux yeux de tous

  • 6,0

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2012

Cleanskin

Cleanskin

  • 6,0

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2011

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Une bouteille à la mer

  • 7,0

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2011

Source Code

Source Code

  • 7,0

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2011

The Human Resources Manager

Shlichuto Shel Hamemune Al Mashabei Enosh

  • 6,5

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2010

The Assault

L'assaut

  • 6,0

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2010

Of Gods and Men

Des hommes et des dieux

  • 7,0

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2010

Four Lions

Four Lions

  • 7,0

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2010

Five Minarets in New York

Five Minarets in New York

  • 6,0

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2009

Anita

Anita

  • 7,0

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2009

London River

London River

  • 7,0

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2008

Body of Lies

Body of Lies

  • 7,0

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2008

Traitor

Traitor

  • 7,5

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2008

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

  • 6,3

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2007

Rendition

Rendition

  • 6,0

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2007

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

  • 7,0

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