Best Vietnam War Movies

The Top Ten

1 Full Metal Jacket

Because instead of the focus being on the squabbling between fellow soldiers and clashing ideas, it focuses on the war itself. - Deckard

What can you say? A masterpiece!

This should be #1

2 Platoon

I used to know someone in college who was a Vietnam war veteran that suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He always said that Platoon was the movie that most closely represented the war and what life was like there. - jfausti

It's the best movie that it's my favorite I love the song,the plot and of Charlie in between the position of either the good and the bad just like Freud's ego theory and his journal symbolizes that he is neutral of between the good and bad and he doesn't know who he is or what side of force is he in.

My dad was in the Vietnam War and when he saw this movie in the theater it was so realistic he had to walk out. Best Vietnam movie ever!

the most realistic, the bigger issues. deer hunter is really close and fmj is also great though

3 Apocalypse Now

Not only the best Vietnam War movie ever made, but also one of the greatest movies ever. It really captures the sheer madness and insanity (and horror) of the war. - Doom

Apocalypse Now give an on sight on the traumatizing effects of Americas most Night Marish war - roblist

4 The Deer Hunter
5 We Were Soldiers

This is the most realistic, entertaining, informative and educational Vietnam movie on the list. Being a soldier from that time frame I was extremely impressed.

6 Forrest Gump

Captures not just the war but the period itself and everything that was going on in the U.S. as well as in the war. The entire movie is phenomenal, a masterpiece. Also dealt with he aftermath. - davidthenurse

Best of all time

7 Back to Bataan
8 Hamburger Hill

Every Vietnam combat vet I have talked to said this film and We Were Soldiers "got it". Why this film has been overlooked I will never know, but it is the MUST SEE Vietnam combat film.

9 Good Morning, Vietnam

I effing love this movie!

10 Born on the Fourth of July

The Contenders

11 The Green Berets

Of all the top ten Vietnam war movie websites I have checked there was not one that listed this film. I may be wrong but I believe it was one of the first made. I enjoy this movie a lot even though I am not in the least a fan of John Wayne.

12 Casualties of War
13 Journey From the Fall
14 The Hanoi Hilton
15 Go Tell the Spartans

This 1978 film is one of the few American movies to tackle the ambiguities of the war -- set in 1964 towards the end of its early advisory stage -- and features great performances from Burt Lancaster and his lesser-known cast.

16 Rescue Dawn
17 The Boys in Company C
18 The Siege of Firebase Gloria
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