The Best Vietnam War Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must take place during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam War movies can almost be counted as a genre on their own--there are so many of them. This Vietnam War movies list can be organized by cast, year, director, or more. It contains the best Vietnam War movies that were ever made, including popular classic like Full Metal Jacket and more recent films, like Tunnel Rats. The best Vietnam movies place the war in correct context and capture the ethos of the environment at the time. Many of the titles on this list are from the point of view of Americans, but international and independent films are included as well.

What are the best Vietnam War films? This list of of Vietnam war movies is thorough, but it is not complete. If you see that your favorite film is missing, please add it to the list. You can click on any of the Vietnam movie names for more details and change the dropdown info to display the release date, directors, and stars. So, what are the best movies about the Viet nam war? Vote on this list to display your preferences.
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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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    Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Hamburger Hill Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    Tour Of Duty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Casualties of War Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, John C. Reilly

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    The Boys in Company C is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck, Andrew Stevens

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    The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    Bat*21 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

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    The Siege of Firebase Gloria is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser, John Calvin

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    Uncommon Valor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Uncommon Valor Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff

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    Flight of the Intruder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer, Danny Glover

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    Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Born on the Fourth of July

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    The Hanoi Hilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul, Michael Moriarty

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    Rescue Dawn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Air America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis

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    China Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    China Beach

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    Platoon Leader is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Michael Dudikoff, William Smith, Michael DeLorenzo

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    Tunnel Rats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Nate Parker, Michael Paré, Wilson Bethel

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    Tigerland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Tigerland Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon, Cole Hauser

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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Missing in Action is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, M. Emmet Walsh

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    Gardens of Stone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    James Earl Jones, James Caan, Laurence Fishburne

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    A Bright Shining Lie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Bill Paxton, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue

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    Go Tell the Spartans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer, Dolph Sweet

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    84C MoPic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Glenn Morshower, Nicholas Cascone

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    Missing in Action 2: The Begin... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Chuck Norris, Professor Tanaka, Soon-Tek Oh

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    Heaven & Earth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen

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    A Rumor of War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Laurence Fishburne, Brian Dennehy, Stacy Keach

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    The Lost Platoon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Michael Wayne, Stephen Quadros, David Parry

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    Braddock: Missing in Action II... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Chuck Norris, Keith David, Aki Aleong

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    The Iron Triangle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Beau Bridges, Johnny Hallyday, Haing S. Ngor

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    Rolling Thunder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane

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    Off Limits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Willem Dafoe, Keith David, David Alan Grier

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    Operation Dumbo Drop is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

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    Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    The Odd Angry Shot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Graham Kennedy

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    Faith of My Fathers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Scott Glenn, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Shawn Hatosy

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton

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    The Anderson Platoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Hell on the Battleground is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    William Smith, Ted Prior, Ingrid Vold

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    The War at Home is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen

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    Expendable is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Alex Morgan, Robert Muller, Nathaniel Barker

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    Birdy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Birdy Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine, Marshall Bell

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