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The Best Documentaries About Vietnam

Updated October 1, 2019 4.2k votes 1.1k voters 72.6k views51 items

List RulesDocumentary 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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    Vietnam: the Ten Thousand Day War

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    The World of Charlie Company

    The World of Charlie Company is a one-hour documentary produced by CBS News in 1970 that shows...  more
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    23

    Vietnam, Long Time Coming

    In 1998, World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) organized a 16-day, 1,200...  more
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    24

    17th Parallel: Vietnam in War

    17th Parallel: Vietnam in War is a 1968 French documentary film directed by Joris Ivens. The...  more
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    The Anderson Platoon is a documentary feature by Pierre Schoendoerffer about the Vietnam War,...  more
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    A Touch of Home: the Vietnam War's Red Cross Girls

    A Touch of Home: The Vietnam War's Red Cross Girls is an American documentary film produced...  more
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    Vietnam: The Last Battle

    John Pilger
    Vietnam: The Last Battle is a 1995 Carlton Television documentary, written and presented by...  more
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    Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry is a documentary film on U.S. Senator John Kerry's...  more
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    Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams
    Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is an American grammy Award–winning 1987 documentary,...  more
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    Bomb Harvest

    Bomb Harvest is a 2007 documentary film directed by Australian filmmaker Kim Mordaunt and...  more
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    15

    The Camden 28

    How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft...  more
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    The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby is a 2011 American...  more
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    Benefit of the Doubt

    Glenda Jackson, Michael Williams
    Benefit of the Doubt is a 1967 documentary on Peter Brook's anti-Vietnam protest play, with...  more
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    Regret to Inform

    Barbara Sonneborn
    On her twenty-fourth birthday, this film's director Barbara Sonneborn received a knock on her...  more
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    The Fog of War

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    This Hour Has Seven Days

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    8

    Enemy Image

    Enemy Image is a 2005 documentary film by Mark Daniels about the portrayal of warfare in...  more
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    Unclaimed

    Unclaimed is a 2013 Canadian documentary film about a man who claims to be former Special...  more
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    The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan

    Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say...  more
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    Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements is a 1985 American short documentary film produced by...  more
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    In the Year of the Pig is a 1968 American documentary film about the origins of the Vietnam...  more
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    Investigation of a Flame

    Investigation of a Flame is a 2001 documentary by Lynne Sachs about the Catonsville Nine, nine...  more
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    Virtual JFK

    Virtual JFK: Vietnam if Kennedy Had Lived is a 2008 film directed by Koji Masutani....  more
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    Soldiers in Hiding is a 1985 documentary film directed by Malcolm Clarke. It was nominated for...  more
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    The War at Home

    The War at Home is a documentary film about the anti-war movement in the Madison, Wisconsin...  more