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The Best Vietnam War Movies

Updated November 30, 2020 38.2k votes 6.7k voters 436.8k views83 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

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Platoon2
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    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Released1986

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Full Metal Jacket3
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    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • We Were Soldiers4
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    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

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  • Apocalypse Now5
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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    R. Lee Ermey, Wings Hauser

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    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

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    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter Markle

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    Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox

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  • Flight of the Intruder10
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    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Milius

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  • The Boys in Company C11
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    R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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  • Uncommon Valor13
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    Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze

    Released1983

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam15
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    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Rescue Dawn16
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    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

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  • Born on the Fourth of July17
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    Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe

    Released1989

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • The Hanoi Hilton18
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    Jeffrey Jones, David Soul

    Released1987

    Directed byLionel Chetwynd

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    James Earl Jones, James Caan

    Released1987

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer

    Released1978

    Directed byTed Post

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  • Platoon Leader22
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    Michael Dudikoff, William Smith

    Released1988

    Directed byAaron Norris

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    Nate Parker, Michael Paré

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    Directed byUwe Boll

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    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

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