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The Best Vietnam War Movies

Updated June 2, 2021 36.0k votes 6.8k voters 440.3k views82 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Vietnam war movies.

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, famous classics like Full Metal Jacket. 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 and ready for your votes. The beauty of this list is that you can vote for all your favorites not just one. 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 Vietnam war? Help decide by voting up the best Vietname war movies and vote down any that you think other fans should skip.

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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Uncommon Valor

    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

    Released1983

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

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    Casualties of War

    Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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    The Boys in Company C

    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    Bat*21

    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter Markle

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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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    Flight of the Intruder

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    The Siege of Firebase Gloria

    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser

    Released1989

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

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    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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    Born on the Fourth of July

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Hanoi Hilton

    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul

    Released1987

    Directed byLionel Chetwynd

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    Gardens of Stone

    James Earl Jones, James Caan

    Released1987

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Go Tell the Spartans

    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer

    Released1978

    Directed byTed Post

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    Platoon Leader

    Michael Dudikoff, William Smith

    Released1988

    Directed byAaron Norris

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    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    Tunnel Rats

    Nate Parker, Michael Paré

    Released2008

    Directed byUwe Boll

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    Tigerland

    Colin Farrell, Michael Shannon

    Released2000

    Directed byJoel Schumacher