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

    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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    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

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

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    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

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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    The Siege of Firebase Gloria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser, John Calvin

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    Bat*21 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

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    Tour Of Duty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    The Boys in Company C is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck, Andrew Stevens

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    Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

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

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    The Green Berets is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

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

    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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    The Hanoi Hilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul, Michael Moriarty

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    Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Rescue Dawn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    China Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Air America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis

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

    Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon, Cole Hauser

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

    Nate Parker, Michael Paré, Wilson Bethel

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    Missing in Action is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

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

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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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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    The Lost Platoon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Michael Wayne, Stephen Quadros, David Parry

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    Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Rolling Thunder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Tommy Lee Jones, Dabney Coleman, William Devane

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    Braddock: Missing in Action II... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Chuck Norris, Keith David, Aki Aleong

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    Off Limits is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Willem Dafoe, Keith David, David Alan Grier

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    The Iron Triangle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Beau Bridges, Johnny Hallyday, Haing S. Ngor

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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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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

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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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    The Anderson Platoon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Faith of My Fathers is listed (or ranked) 45 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) 46 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies

    Bernie Mac, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton

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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

    Nicolas Cage, Matthew Modine, Marshall Bell

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