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The Best Documentaries About Vietnam

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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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    Street Scenes

    Verna Bloom
    Street Scenes, also known as Street Scenes 1970 is a documentary directed by Martin Scorsese....  more
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    Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent

    Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent is a 59-minute documentary film about a protest...  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 Wall That Heals

    Louis Gossett, Jr.
    The Wall That Heals is a 1997 documentary film about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial narrated by...  more
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    Daughter from Đà Nẵng is a 2002 documentary film about an Amerasian, Heidi Bub, born on...  more

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    Vietnam Requiem

    Peter Thomas
    Vietnam Requiem was an ABC News Closeup Series television documentary directed by Bill...  more
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    Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia

    Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia is a 1979 British television documentary written and...  more
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    Far from Vietnam

    Bernard Fresson
    Far from Vietnam is a 1967 French documentary film directed by Joris Ivens, William Klein,...  more
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    A Face of War

    A Face of War is a 1968 documentary about the Vietnam War, by Eugene S. Jones. The New York...  more
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    Return with Honor is a 1999 documentary film about American prisoners of war in the Vietnam...  more
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    The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception was a controversial television documentary aired as...  more
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    Into Harm's Way

    Into Harm's Way is a 2012 American documentary produced and directed by Jordan Kronick. The...  more
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    First Kill is a 2001 Dutch documentary film that revolves around the psychology of war....  more
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    Interviews with My Lai Veterans is a 1970 American short documentary film directed by Joseph...  more
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    Four Hours in My Lai

    Four Hours in My Lai is a 1989 television documentary made by Yorkshire Television concerning...  more
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    Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland
    F.T.A. is a 1972 American documentary film starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland and...  more
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    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a 2009...  more
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    Gene Boy Came Home is a 2007 documentary film by First Nations filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin,...  more
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    Sir! No Sir!

    Donald Sutherland
    Sir! No Sir! is a 2005 documentary by Displaced Films about the anti-war movement within the...  more
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    In the Shadow of the Blade

    In the Shadow of the Blade is a 2004 American documentary film produced and directed by...  more
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    Oh, Saigon

    Oh, Saigon is a 2007 autobiographical documentary by Vietnamese American director Doan Hoang...  more
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    Sad Song of Yellow Skin is a 1970 direct cinema-style documentary film on the effects of the...  more
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    Westmoreland V. CBS

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    Little Dieter Needs to Fly

    Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog
    Little Dieter Needs to Fly is a 1997 documentary film made for German television, written and...  more
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    Stolen Honor

    Stolen Honor is a 45-minute video documentary that was released in September 2004. It features...  more