The Best Documentaries About Vietnam

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Documentary films about the Vietnam War

There have been many documentaries about the Vietnam War and the plethora of controversies that surrounded it. What are the best documentaries about the Vietnam War? This list, ranked by the community, has the best films that will educate you about the era and the war.
The films featured on this list cover a variety of topics about the Vietnam War, ranging from the history behind what brought the United States into the war, controversies and conspiracy theories involving the United States government’s role, behind the scenes details about victims who were affected by the devastations of the war, and even the impact that the Vietnam War still has to this day on all countries involved. No matter what aspect of the Vietnam War you're interested in, there is sure to be a documentary on this list for you!
This list features the best Vietnam War documentaries, including: The Anderson Platoon, The Uncounted Enemy, Going Upriver and Far From Vietnam. Vote for your favorite docs today and add any great films about the Vietnam War that aren't included -- then, be sure to check out our list of the best Vietnam War films.

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  • During the Vietnam War, numerous U.S. soldiers wrote to friends and loved ones who were waiting back home for their safe return. This documentary takes a deeper look into the letters that were sent ...more
  • Civilians are the focus in this Vietnam War documentary that examines the lives and showcases the thoughts of the North Vietnamese people. Displaying a notable amount of anti-American sentiment -- ...more
  • The World of Charlie Company is a one-hour documentary produced by CBS News in 1970 that shows what fighting North Vietnamese Army regulars in the jungles of Southeast Asia was like for a company of ...more
  • Vietnam: the Ten Thousand Day War

    Vietnam: the Ten Thousand Day War

  • At the age of 24, American director Barbara Sonneborn lost her husband in the Vietnam War. Twenty years after his death, Sonneborn sets out to interview other American and Vietnamese women whose ...more
  • The so-called "Hanoi Hilton" was far from a luxurious hospice for weary travelers. In truth, it was the American nickname for one of the most infamous POW camps of the Vietnam War. This documentary ...more
  • Four Hours in My Lai is a 1989 television documentary made by Yorkshire Television concerning the 1968 My Lai Massacre by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The film includes interviews with ...more
  • In the Shadow of the Blade is a 2004 American documentary film produced and directed by Patrick and Cheryl Fries. It won awards in the film industry and with the Vietnam veteran community, including ...more
  • A quietly austere documentary from Peter Schoendorffer, a veteran of the First Indochina War between France and Vietnam, returns the filmmaker to Vietnam in 1966, where he and a cameraman are ...more
  • Six revolutionary filmmakers from France's New Wave era come together in this documentary to demonstrate their collective contempt for the Vietnam War. The film, which includes segments directed by ...more
  • The Wall That Heals is a 1997 documentary film about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • Stolen Honor is a 45-minute video documentary that was released in September 2004. It features interviews with a number of American men who were prisoners of war in North Vietnam, who contend they ...more
  • Vietnam: The Last Battle is a 1995 Carlton Television documentary, written and presented by John Pilger, and directed by David Munro, which returns to Vietnam nearly twenty years after the Vietnam ...more
  • Marxist documentarian Emile de Antonio delivers both a condemnation of the Vietnam War and a history lesson on its roots. Beginning with the French colonialists at the turn of the 20th century and ...more
  • A Touch of Home: The Vietnam War's Red Cross Girls is an American documentary film produced and directed by Patrick and Cheryl Fries. The film tells the story of 627 young American women who served ...more
  • Vietnam Requiem was an ABC News Closeup Series television documentary directed by Bill Couturié and Jonas McCord. It was filmed in 1982, and transmitted in 1984 about the post-traumatic stress ...more
  • Into Harm's Way is a 2012 American documentary produced and directed by Jordan Kronick. The film features a series of interviews with the members of the West Point Class of 1967 and their experiences ...more
  • First Kill is a 2001 Dutch documentary film that revolves around the psychology of war. Important turning points in the Vietnam War are used to illustrate the effect of war on body and mind. The ...more
  • Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia is a 1979 British television documentary written and presented by the Australian journalist John Pilger, which was produced and directed by David Munro. The ...more
  • A Face of War is a 1968 documentary about the Vietnam War, by Eugene S. Jones. The New York Times called it "one of the great Vietnam documentaries." Roger Ebert called it a "heart-wrenching ...more
  • Soldiers in Hiding is a 1985 documentary film directed by Malcolm Clarke. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby is a 2011 American documentary film exploring the life and career of former CIA director William Egan Colby. His son Carl ...more
  • The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception was a controversial television documentary aired as part of the CBS Reports series on January 23, 1982. The 90-minute program, produced by George Crile III ...more
  • Benefit of the Doubt is a 1967 documentary on Peter Brook's anti-Vietnam protest play, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, known under the title US. It was filmed at London's Aldwych Theatre and ...more