Vietnam War Movies

Classic Vietnam War Movies To Watch

If you want to see dramatic War Stories you should definitely watch our picks for the best Vietnam war movies. All the movies in this ranking show military stories about the Second Indochina War that lasted from 1955 to 1975.

10. We Were Soldiers (2002)

It is written and directed by Randall Wallace. He manages to put a human face on Vietnam War soldiers from both sides. We Were Soldiers depicts the first conflict between U.S and Vietnam Troops. 

We witness cruelty, loyalty among companions and an uncommon nobility under fire. This makes us witness brave men and women abroad and at home this war piece is a must watch.

9. Casualties of War (1989)

It is a war drama film directed by Brian De Palma. Often described as one of its legendary director’s best pieces. Casualties of War offers an iconic cast and a mature take on the Vietnam War. 

A strong Band of Brothers will come crashing down as the order to abduct a Vietnamese girl to use as a sex slave in the military station tears the soldiers apart.

8. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

It is a 1989 biographical War drama film directed by Oliver Stone. This is a one-of-a-kind experience which offers a jaw-dropping story with an even more intense performance from Tom Cruise.The story deeply explores the horrors and consequences of the Vietnam War. 

A small town star athlete wants to help his country in Vietnam but after a tragic accident finds himself in Hell while being paralyzed from the chest up.

7. Rescue Dawn (2006)

It is written and directed by Werner Herzog. The movie is a brilliant take on man vs nature from its director. The story follows the surviving War pilot and prisoner Dieter Dangler who is captured by enemy forces during the Vietnam war. 

Suffering torture, hunger and illness he and his inmates must wait for the one and only moment where they can plot and Escape.

6. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

It is a 1987 comedy drama War film directed by Barry Levinson. This exceptional and unconventional Vietnam War movie explores the time of 1965 from the perspective of Adrian. Adrian is taking the job at the soldiers radio station in contrast to the dull speakers that preceded him. He is a fun Canon who tries to bring humour into the dark times. He proves to be hugely popular with the troops but infuriates his superiors with what they call his irreverent tendency.

5. The Deer Hunter (1978)

The war drama also marks the first Academy nomination for Meryl Streep.  It was released in 1978 the movie also Stars Robert De Niro John Cazale and John Savage in lead roles  

It tells the story of three Steel Workers whose lives are changed forever after fighting in the Vietnam War. The phenomenal performances and the outstanding screenplay showcased the absurdity of war and conflict. Michael Cimino captivates the audience with his powerful Direction and profound character development. 

4. Forrest Gump (1994)

It is directed by Robert Zemeckis. The story follows Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century United States. 

The movie won six Academy Awards including best picture, best director and best actor for Tom Hanks and was selected for preservation in the United States national film registry.

3. Platoon (1986)

It is written and directed by Oliver Stone. The story is based on Oliver Stone’s experiences fighting in the Vietnam War. The film story follows the Journey of a neophyte Soldier caught between two sergeants fighting for control over the platoon. 

Torn by the horrors of War and the casualties it inflicts in the forms of life and innocence, he discovers the duality in the nature of men and the moral dilemmas that arise in the face of survival.

2. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

It is a 1987 War film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The term Full Metal Jacket is used for rifle bullets encased with a hard shell that prevent it from breaking. This is why Master director Kubrick called his Visionary depiction of the Vietnam War exactly that. 

A story of soldiers trained to later survive in Vietnam shows what it takes to completely break a human being and what one must do to retain his Humanity. 

1. Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is a 1979 Epic War film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The war movie that made war movies iconic, honest, breathtaking and thrilling. 

Not only giving you an idea of how the Vietnam War destroyed human Minds but also it is a haunting ride into Primal Madness following Captain Willard who was ordered to find Colonel Kurtz who is rumoured to have set himself up in the middle of the jungle as a lethal godhead. 

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