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The Best Vietnam War Movies

Updated June 15, 2020 38.4k votes 6.6k voters 435.0k views77 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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  • 1
    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Full Metal Jacket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Siege of Firebase Gloria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    The Siege of Firebase Gloria

    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser

    Released1989

    Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith

    The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a 1989 film starring Wings Hauser and R. Lee Ermey that was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Casualties of War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Casualties of War

    Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    This film is a 1989 drama film directed by Brian De Palma, with a screenplay by David Rabe,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hamburger Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Bat*21 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Bat*21

    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter Markle

    Bat*21 is a 1988 war film directed by Peter Markle, and adapted from the book by William C..... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    The Boys in Company C is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    The Boys in Company C

    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    The Boys in Company C, directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, Craig... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flight of the Intruder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Flight of the Intruder

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Milius

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    Uncommon Valor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Uncommon Valor

    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

    Released1983

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

    The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Rescue Dawn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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

    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

    Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American drama film adaptation of the best-selling... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hanoi Hilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    The Hanoi Hilton

    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul

    Released1987

    Directed byLionel Chetwynd

    The Hanoi Hilton is a 1987 Vietnam War film which focuses on the experiences of American... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gardens of Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Gardens of Stone

    James Earl Jones, James Caan

    Released1987

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Gardens of Stone is a 1987 American drama film directed by Francis Coppola, based on the novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Go Tell the Spartans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Go Tell the Spartans

    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer

    Released1978

    Directed byTed Post

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    China Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Platoon Leader is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Platoon Leader

    Michael Dudikoff, William Smith

    Released1988

    Directed byAaron Norris

    Platoon Leader is a 1988 Cannon Films film set in the Vietnam War and directed by Aaron... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tunnel Rats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Tunnel Rats

    Nate Parker, Michael Paré

    Released2008

    Directed byUwe Boll

    Tunnel Rats, also known as 1968 Tunnel Rats, is a 2008 German-Canadian war suspense film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Air America is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vietnam War Movies
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    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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