20 films about special forces

These people work in any weather and act competently under any circumstances. There are no impossible tasks for them. These guys are in the Special Forces. We have prepared a selection of the best foreign films about the Marines, special forces of the United States and other countries.

Kill Team (2019)

Based on a true story, the new film offers a slightly different look at US Special Forces operations in Afghanistan. Sergeant Dix takes command of the small detachment. At first, the fighters like him for his toughness and determination, but it soon turns out that not all special forces approve of his methods.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?
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Original title:
The Kill Team

Actors:
Alexander Skarsgård, Nat Wolfe, Adam Long…

Country:
Spain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Uri: Base Assault (2019)

Another novelty of 2019 is an interesting film about Indian special forces. In the autumn of 2016, the largest terrorist attack took place in India, which claimed the lives of hundreds of people. Ten days later, an army assault detachment conducted a large-scale anti-terrorist operation, which had no analogues in the country. An exciting thriller based on real events.

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Original title:
Uri: The Surgical Strike

Actors:
Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Reina…

Country:
India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


Cavalry (2018)

The film tells about American special forces who ended up in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. The task of the sabotage detachment is to destroy the military bases of the Taliban and their leaders. A group of armed locals volunteer to help the Americans find radical Islamists. However, they warn that it is best to move around the desert on horseback.

Original title:
12 Strong

Actors:
Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Crazy (2017)

An adventure film about a squad of US Navy SEALs who are on a mission in Bosnia. Having failed the operation, the elite group is waiting for evacuation, when suddenly one of the fighters learns about the gold hidden by the Nazis in the lake. The special forces have only 10 hours to raise a treasure worth $300 million from the bottom of the lake. But for reckless marines, nothing is impossible …

Original Title :
Renegades

Cast:
J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley …

Country:
France, Belgium, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Hostile Zone (2017)

The Spanish action-packed thriller about special forces is based on real events that took place in Afghanistan in 2012. A helicopter with military medics makes an emergency landing due to difficult weather conditions. The task of the special forces is to ensure the evacuation of the wounded and the crew. To do this, you will have to survive the night under Taliban fire, and even figure out how to take a non-working helicopter with you.

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Original title:
Zona hostil

Actors:
Ariadna Gil, Raul Merida, Roberto Alamo…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


SWAT: Under Siege (2017)

The continuation of the film “SWAT: City of Angels Special Forces” tells about the joint operation of the special forces unit and the drug trafficking department. The commandos are to escort a valuable witness ready to testify against the drug cartel. On the way, the van is attacked, the detachment has to hide in the police station, which the militants begin to storm.

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Original title:
SWAT: Under Siege

Actors:
Sam Jaeger, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Jai White…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.5

Age Limits :
16+


Mountain 2 (2016)

A foreign movie about Turkish special forces is notable for the fact that real military personnel were filmed in it. Terrorists have captured a Turkish journalist in Iraq and are planning a live show execution. A stormtrooper squad needs to free the girl and bring her to Turkey. The killers follow the group on their heels, so the way home will be a long one…

Original title:
Dag II

Actors:
Ozan Agach, Bedia Akyn, Murat Arkin…

Country:
Turkey

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 8.9

Age restrictions :
16+


13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

In 2012, on the anniversary of the famous events of September 11, a terrorist group attacks the American embassy in Libya. The militants kill the ambassador and several others, and the lives of other employees are in danger. Six US special forces enter into a confrontation with the bandits. They understand that they risk dying in a fight with the enemy, but they boldly hold back assault after assault. The film is based on real events.

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Original title:
13 Hours

Actors:
John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber …

Country:
Malta, Morocco, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Marines (trilogy, 2005, 2014, 2015)

All three US Marine films are set in the Middle East. The first part, which starred several eminent actors, received a high rating and positive feedback from the audience. Subsequent parts of the franchise look weaker, but fans of stories about the marines should watch them.

Original title:
Jarhead

Actors:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx…

Country:
USA, UK, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


Raid (dilogue, 2011, 2014)

In the slums of Jakarta, there is a 15-story building – the office and residence of a local drug lord. For ten years, not a single cop was able to penetrate his territory. A detachment of special forces manages to get to the object under the cover of night. At that moment, they realize that the capture of the building has failed and they have fallen into a trap. Now the fighters will have to rely only on their own strength: try to destroy the mercenaries themselves and break out.

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Original title:
Serbuan Maut

Actors:
Iko Weiss, Joe Taslim, Donnie Alamsha …

Country:
Indonesia, France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Survivor (2013)

The top best films about American special forces include an action movie based on the events of the failed Operation Red Wings. The action takes place in the east of Afghanistan, in the province of Kunar. A special detachment of four fighters was ordered to find and eliminate the leader of the Taliban, Ahmad Shah.

Once in position, the Americans run into local shepherds. The commander of the battle group decides to curtail the operation and return to base. But on the way to the place of deployment, the special forces are forced to engage in battle with a strong enemy.

Original title:
Lone Survivor

Actors:
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
16+


Goal Number One (2012)

After September 11, 2001, the CIA throws all its forces into the capture of Osama bin Laden. Special agent Maya and her partner Dan interrogate dozens of suspected collaborators. The secret services want to find a lead and reach the world criminal No. 1. However, the measures taken are not producing results. Soon Dan decides to return to Washington, but Maya cannot quit the job she has started. She analyzes the intelligence data for the thousandth time and realizes that she knows where to look for bin Laden’s contact.

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Original title:
Zero Dark Thirty

Actors:
Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler…

Country:
USA, UAE

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Law of Valor (2012)

The list of the best films about special forces includes an action movie about the rescue of a CIA employee from captivity. The woman was captured by bandits during an operational meeting in Costa Rica and hidden in a secret camp. An elite squad of fur seals land on the terrorist base in the jungle and immediately enter the battle. After rescuing the agent and eliminating the militants, the military receives valuable intelligence information about a terrorist group planning the destruction of the United States.

Original title:
Act of Valor

Actors:
Roselyn Sanchez, Jason Cottle, Alex Vidov…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Special Detachment (2011)

Incredibly realistic film about the French special forces looks at one go. A special task force is to release a French journalist from the Taliban captivity. The soldiers coped with this part of the special operation successfully, but the evacuation plan was unsuccessful. Now the group will have a 12-day passage through the pass to the military base of France.

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Original title:
Forces spéciales

Actors:
Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Tactical Strength (2011)

An action movie about the heroic actions of a special forces police unit from Los Angeles. The guys arrive at an abandoned hangar on the outskirts of the city. They believe that they will have the usual tactical training with blank shots and fake explosions. But in reality, everything happens differently.

The cops find themselves in a trap arranged by a group of real militants. Bandits surrounded the hangar and prepared an ambush. Now the police will have to confront heavily armed criminals in an unequal battle.

Original title:
Tactical Force

Actors:
Steve Austin, Michael Shanks, Michael Jai White…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 4.8

Age limit:
16+


Hurt Locker (2008)

Katherine Bigelow’s sensational feature film about a lone commando in Iraq won 6 Oscars. Instead of the deceased sergeant, Will James, a demining specialist, arrives at the American military base. Every minute the sapper is on the verge of death, but he treats it like a game. It delights and inspires some colleagues, while it annoys others.

Original title:
The Hurt Locker

Actors:
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Tears of the Sun (2003)

At the center of the film is a military coup in Nigeria, during which many civilians were killed. The American government is in a hurry to evacuate its citizens from a war-torn African country. An elite squad of fur seals is sent into the jungle to search for and rescue doctor Lena Kendricks.

The military brilliantly cope with the task, but the woman they discovered refuses to leave the danger zone herself. She demands to evacuate not only her, but also a group of Nigerian patients. The commander of the Marines has to change the plan of operation on the go.

Original title:
Tears of the Sun

Actors:
Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Houser …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Base Clayton (2003)

This feature film is set in a US Special Forces military base. A detachment of rangers was thrown into the jungle on a secret mission. The military, who arrived in helicopters for the evacuation, found only a part of the fighters. The rest died under strange circumstances. Survivors give conflicting testimonies.

One thing is clear: the drug business is involved in the events to one degree or another. A retired commando, now an employee of the Narcotics Department, Hardy, enters the case. An experienced detective is trying to unravel the tangle of witnesses’ explanations and extract the grain of truth from it.

Original title:
Basic

Actors:
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Wasp’s Nest (2002)

In this contemporary film, French special forces officer Hélène Laborie and two other fighters are tasked with escorting Albanian brothel chain owner Abedin Neksep to court. On the way, the Albanian’s henchmen ambush the convoy. Helen with colleagues and the defendant manage to slip out unscathed and take refuge in a huge abandoned warehouse.

By pure chance, bandits are robbing the warehouse at the same time. The cops and robbers have to temporarily join forces to protect themselves from Neksepa’s thugs. The confusion is added by the military, who arrive in search of a convoy that did not reach the court.

Original title:
Nid de guêpes

Actors:
Sami Naceri, Benoit Magimel, Nadia Fares…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Black Hawk (2001)

An American war action movie based on a true story completes our list of the best special forces movies. In 1993, Somalia is in the midst of a civil war: people are dying every day, the country is exhausted from hunger. Illegal armed units of local rebel Aidid intercept UN humanitarian food convoys.

To detain the criminal, a group of US Army Special Forces was sent by helicopter. Having landed, the rangers immediately get involved in a difficult unequal battle in urban conditions.

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Original title:
Black Hawk Down

Actors:
Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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