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Top Ten terrorism movies?

What are the top 10 movies on terrorism? I’d start with Battle of Algiers, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and Michael Collins. I’d include The Baader-Meinhof Complex, which my wife and I watched the other day. It suggests something that had never occurred to me, that there was a link between the gang and ...

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What are the top 10 movies on terrorism? I'd start with Battle of Algiers, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and Michael Collins.

I'd include The Baader-Meinhof Complex, which my wife and I watched the other day. It suggests something that had never occurred to me, that there was a link between the gang and the murderous attack on the 1972 Munich Olympic games.

Dunno whether I'd include the movie Munich. I disliked it the first time I saw it, but found that it stayed with me, which for me is the real test of a film.  

What are the top 10 movies on terrorism? I’d start with Battle of Algiers, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and Michael Collins.

I’d include The Baader-Meinhof Complex, which my wife and I watched the other day. It suggests something that had never occurred to me, that there was a link between the gang and the murderous attack on the 1972 Munich Olympic games.

Dunno whether I’d include the movie Munich. I disliked it the first time I saw it, but found that it stayed with me, which for me is the real test of a film.  

Also, from 9/11, United 93. (I haven’t seen World Trade Center — Oliver Stone just gets on my nerves.)

That’s only six, at most. Surely there are more good films about terrorism.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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