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The Best Vietnam War Movies

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.

The Best Vietnam War Movies Films
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    Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck, Andrew Stevens

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    Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, John C. Reilly

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    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

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    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser, John Calvin

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    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer, Danny Glover

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    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul, Michael Moriarty

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    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis

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    Michael Dudikoff, William Smith, Michael DeLorenzo

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    Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon, Cole Hauser

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    Nate Parker, Michael Paré, Wilson Bethel

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

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    James Earl Jones, James Caan, Laurence Fishburne

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    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer, Dolph Sweet

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    Bill Paxton, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Chen

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    Glenn Morshower, Nicholas Cascone

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    Laurence Fishburne, Brian Dennehy, Stacy Keach

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    Chuck Norris, Professor Tanaka, Soon-Tek Oh

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane

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    Michael Wayne, Stephen Quadros, David Parry

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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Beau Bridges, Johnny Hallyday, Haing S. Ngor

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    Willem Dafoe, Keith David, David Alan Grier Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Chuck Norris, Keith David, Aki Aleong

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    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Bryan Brown, John Jarratt, Graham Kennedy

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    Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton

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    Ray Liotta, Danny Glover, Denis Leary

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    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    William Smith, Ted Prior, Ingrid Vold

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    Scott Glenn, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Shawn Hatosy

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    Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine, Marshall Bell

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