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Movies about the Iraq, Afghanistan wars

Published 1556 GMT (2356 HKT) January 20, 2015
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"American Sniper," with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, is poised to become by far the most popular movie about the recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are some others. Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Entertainment
Kathryn Bigelow's 2009 drama "The Hurt Locker" won the Best Picture Oscar but was criticized by some veterans as being unrealistic. It earned just $17 million in North American theaters. Voltage Pictures
"Zero Dark Thirty," also directed by Bigelow and released in 2012, explored the search for Osama bin Laden. It drew controversy for its depictions of torture as an intelligence-gathering tool. Columbia Pictures
"Green Zone," a 2010 thriller, starred Matt Damon as an Army officer searching Iraq in vain for weapons of mass destruction. Conservatives complained it was anti-American, and the movie was a box-office flop. Universal Pictures
Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" starred Mark Wahlberg, right, as real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was rescued from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 2013 movie grossed $125 million. Greg Peters/Universal Pictures
The 2008 drama "Stop-Loss" starred Channing Tatum and Ryan Phillippe as troubled Iraq War vets who struggle to adapt to life back home in Texas. Audiences largely ignored it. Paramount Pictures
Paul Haggis' somber 2007 drama "In the Valley of Elah" starred Tommy Lee Jones as a military father searching for his missing son, an Iraq War vet, and Charlize Theron as a detective. It grossed less than $7 million in the U.S. Warner Independent Pictures
"Redacted," directed by Brian De Palma, was loosely based on a shameful 2006 episode in which U.S. soldiers raped and killed an Iraqi teen, along with her family. The film won an award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival but was shunned by audiences in the U.S. Film Farm
The 2007 documentary "No End in Sight" took a critical look at the U.S. occupation of Iraq. It was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary. Red Envelope Entertainment
Jessica Biel co-starred in "Home of the Brave," a little-seen 2006 drama about Army National Guard soldiers adjusting to life back home after serving in Iraq. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Based on a true story, "Taking Chance" starred Kevin Bacon as a lieutenant colonel escorting the body of a fallen Marine back to his hometown. The drama aired on HBO in 2009. HBO Films
Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan. Their resulting 2010 documentary, "Restrepo," was hailed as a visceral look at modern warfare. Outpost Films