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The Best Vietnam War Movies

Updated January 15, 2021 36.7k votes 6.8k voters 438.5k views82 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

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    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

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    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

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    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck

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    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser

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    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

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    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam15
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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

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    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul

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    Nate Parker, Michael Paré

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