10 Most Popular Terrorist-Inspired Films

Peace can be very elusive, even for the movies. Many films are created based on the actual incidents of terrorism that happened around the world. Here is a list of films shot from all over, all of which features a storyline similar to what you might have heard on the news. However, most of these films are fictional works and not based on a true story, unless otherwise stated.

10. The Jackal

Lifetime Gross: $54,930,280

Jackal This terrorist-inspired film is based on the1973 movie, The Day of the Jackal, which in turn, is adapted from Frederick Forsyth’s novel of the same title. Released in 1997, it was directed by Michael Caton-Jones. The story is about a professional assassin who is only known by the name ‘Jackal’. He was hired to assassinate the president and that’s where the thick story plot revolved.

9. Bloody Sunday

Lifetime Gross: $773,228

Bloody_Sunday This film features the terrorist shooting that happened in Derry, Northern Island. This independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shot entirely in North Dublin. It features movie stars James Nesbitt, Alan Gildea and Gerard Crossan. It was written and directed by Paul Greengrass and produced by Mark Redhead.

8. Home of the Brave

Lifetime Gross: $1,250,000

Home of the Brave This 2006 film narrated the story of four Army Nationa Guards who served in Iraq. The four were sent on a final mission to bring medical supplies to a remote village in Iraq before heading home. They do not know that it will be their biggest and most dangerous mission yet. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, rap artist 50 Cent, and Christina Ricci.

7. The Hurt Locker

Lifetime Gross: $17,017,811

The Hurt Locker Before the Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow created The Hurt Locker first. This 2008 film is about a three-man team that is tasked to handle bomb disposals during the war of Iraq. The film starred Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie. It won a total of six Oscar awards including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

6. In the Name of the Father

Lifetime Gross: $25,096,862

In the name of the Father This 1993 British-American biographical courtroom drama stars Daniel-Day Lewis. It is based on the true story of the four people who were wrongly convicted for the Guildford pub bombings in 1974. This film was well-accepted by critics, which lead to seven Academy Award wins, including Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director and Best Picture.

5. United 93

Lifetime Gross: $31,483,450

United 93 A film by Paul Greengrass, this 2006 movie is about the events that happened aboard the United Airlines Flight 93, the same flight hijacked during the September 11 attack. The film tries to recreate the different critical moments aboard the flight that changed the fate of Iraq. The film stars Khalid Abdalla, Christian Clemenson and Cheyenne Jackson, among others. It’s a true blue American film to behold.

4. World Trade Center

Lifetime Gross: $70,278,893

Worldtrade This film probably made the closest recount of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. The film stars Nicholas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, and Michael Pena, among others. Released in 2006, the plot revolved around the adventures of police officers John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno on that fateful day of September 11, 2011.

3. Zero Dark Thirty

Lifetime Gross: $95,720,716

Zero Dark Thirty This 2012 released film is an action thriller written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The story is focused on the personality of world’s most dangerous terrorist, Osama bin Laden. It narrated the decade-long manhunt for the man whose notorious fame reach its peak after orchestrating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2. Face/Off

Lifetime Gross: $112,276,146

FaceOff This 1997 film stars John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. It features a story about a CIA agent and a terrorist whose fate has been on a whirlwind after their encounter. Director John Woo narrates the story in such a creative manner, including of course his signature ‘Gun-Fu’ and heroic bloodshed action sequences. The film also stars Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, and Gina Gershon, among others.

1. Argo

Lifetime Gross: $136,025,503

Argo Directed and co-produced by Ben Affleck, this film about a CIA agent who rescued American soldiers from Tehran. The film was inspired by the book, ‘The Master of Disguise’ by Tony Mendez and an article from Wired written by Joshuah Bearman. Ben Affleck received enormous praise for this particular film. It won him three Oscars such as Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. George Clooney and Grant Heslov were its two other producers.