9. The Hurt Locker – The Modern War Movie
This ferocious and addictive war movie was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by journalist Mark Boal drawing on his experience as an embedded reporter in Iraq. This movie has no propaganda but simply unravels the psychological realities that lurk behind the everyday deeds of soldiers in Iraq. It focuses on an elite bomb disposal squad led by William James (Jeremy Renner). With remarkable sound and strong characterization, The Hurt Locker won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.