7 Movies Like 12 Strong You Must See

Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, ‘12 Strong’ AKA ’12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers’ is a war film that chronicles the true story of a unit of U.S. Army Special Forces venturing into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The 2018 film highlights the bravery of real-life soldiers who were able to penetrate Afghan territory to fight Al-Qaeda and Taliban influence in Afghanistan.

The film’s action sequences are designed for excitement. Viewers may want to see more of the thrilling sequences after watching it. Well if that’s you, you’d be delighted to know that we’ve curated a list of movies you’d enjoy if you loved ’12 Strong’. You can watch most of these movies similar to ’12 Strong’ on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

7. 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

The nation’s involvement in a number of wars and conflicts around the globe has led to many movies featuring the army being made over the years. While ’12 Strong’ is set in Afghanistan, ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ takes place in Benghazi, Libya and like the former, the Michael Bay film is also based on a true story. Also titled ’13 Hours,’ the film sees half a dozen army officers hold down the fort in the face of repeated attacks by militants on a diplomatic compound.

Adapted from Mitchell Zuckoff’s eponymous 2014 book, ’13 Hours’ features Bay’s quintessential brand of mayhem but the real-life story lends somberness to the proceedings. The film shows action in a tight environment as the army men are trapped inside the compound. However, it still delivers some thrilling action in an enclosed setting.

6. Lone Survivor (2013)

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Like ’12 Strong’, ‘Lone Survivor’ also takes place in Afghanistan. Based on Marcus Luttrell’s 2007 nonfiction book with Patrick Robinson, the story details the hunt by a group SEAL officers in order to take down Ahmad Shah, the Taliban leader. ’12 Strong’ features a large ensemble of characters as in addition to the army unit they are also helped out by the local Afghani elements. In contrast, the cast of ‘Lone Survivor’ is smaller but its thrills are more contained and the movie still manages to pack a wallop in terms of the action.

5. The Outpost (2020).

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Also a true story, ‘The Outpost’ tells of a number of army men trapped in a military base deep in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan and how they deal with the events preceding the attack from the Taliban and then the attack itself. Based on Jake Tapper’s 2012 book titled ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,’ ‘The Outpost’ is also set in Afghanistan with the familiar foes the Taliban. Like ’12 Strong’, this movie also features a story of valor from a contingent of army personnel in the midst of the war in Afghanistan.

4. Jarhead (2005)

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Directed by Sam Mendes, ‘Jarhead’ takes place in the Middle East but at its focus is the Persian Gulf War that resulted in the aftermath of Iraq invading Kuwait. Based on the 2003 book by Anthony Swofford (former U.S. Marine), it is a biographical war drama film that focuses on his experiences as a soldier during the war. While the scope of ’12 Strong’ is broad and expansive, ‘Jarhead’ focuses more on the individual aspect of the war. These films show the various facets of war America has engaged in with the Middle East.

3. Black Hawk Down (2001).

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Ridley Scott directed this movie. The film’s setting is Mogadishu in Somalia. It follows the U.S. Army as it raids the city of Mogadishu that’s being ravished by the Civil War in 1993. ‘Black Hawk Down’ does not follow one point-of-view but its attention is rather distributed among a number of the army men on the ground, aiming to give a more detailed view of the happenings.

Like ’12 Strong’, ‘Black Hawk Down’ also follows a large number of characters and aims to encompass an entire army operation as opposed to the former’s focus being just a unit of the army. The films are similar in that they tell the story about the army’s involvement in an area quickly turning into chaos and violence.

2. Three Kings (1999).


‘Three Kings’ actually takes place after the end of a war, the Persian Gulf one, and is a fictional story. Three army men stumble upon a map that contains stolen loot. Soon, the trio meets the helpless victims of the war. It is a black comedy as opposed to the majority of movies concerning war, including ’12 Strong.’

What the 1999 film has in common with the aforementioned film is the way the protagonists — who are out to steal money — are still endearing to the audience as, at the end of the day, they manage to show decency even during the war. The David O. Russell directedorial is worth a look for its unique take on the war.

1. Munich (2005)


While ‘Munich’ does not feature any wars or even the army (being more closely aligned to the spy thriller genre than the war one), the events that kick off both the Steven Spielberg directorial and ’12 Strong’ are national tragedies. In the case of ’12 Strong,’ it is the 9/11 attacks while for ‘Munich’ it is the killing of 11 athletes of the Israeli contingent at the Olympics in Munich.

Both movies detail the rapid response taken by the governments whose citizens have been slaughtered, but while ’12 Strong’ puts forth a much-publicized event in a war, ‘Munich’ is concerned with a more covert set of operations. It’s no surprise that the movie is more than a simple revenge tale and has received all the praise it deserves.

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