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The Best Vietnam War Movies

Updated January 15, 2021 37.8k votes 6.7k voters 437.1k 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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  • Forrest Gump1
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Platoon2
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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
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  • Full Metal Jacket3
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • We Were Soldiers4
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

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  • Apocalypse Now5
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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
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  • Hamburger Hill6
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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
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  • The Siege of Firebase Gloria7
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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
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  • Casualties of War8
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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
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  • Bat*219
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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
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  • Flight of the Intruder10
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    Flight of the Intruder

    Willem Dafoe, David Schwimmer

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Flight of the Intruder is a 1991 film directed by John Milius, based on the novel of the same...  more
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  • The Boys in Company C11
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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
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  • The Deer Hunter12
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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
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  • Uncommon Valor13
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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
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  • The Green Berets14
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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
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  • Good Morning, Vietnam15
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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
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  • Rescue Dawn16
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    Rescue Dawn

    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn

    Released2006

    Directed byWerner Herzog

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  • Born on the Fourth of July17
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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
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  • The Hanoi Hilton18
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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
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  • Gardens of Stone19
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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
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  • Go Tell the Spartans20
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    Go Tell the Spartans

    Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer

    Released1978

    Directed byTed Post

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  • Platoon Leader21
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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
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  • Tunnel Rats22
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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
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  • Air America23
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    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

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  • Jacob's Ladder24
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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. A Vietnam...  more
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  • A Bright Shining Lie25
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    A Bright Shining Lie

    Bill Paxton, Vivian Wu

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry George

    A Bright Shining Lie is an 1998 American television film based on Neil Sheehan's book of the...  more
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