Top 25 Vietnam War Movies

1980s

1 Full Metal Jacket (1987, Blu Ray)

Full Metal Jacket (1987, Blu Ray)

Published on August 11th, 2012 | by Chris

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is one of those Vietnam movies that really doesn't get old to me.  Unlike Platoon, which (for whatever reason) seems to get more dated and cliched each time I see it,... Read More


1970s

2 Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray)

Apocalypse Now (1979, Blu Ray)

Published on October 26th, 2010 | by Chris

All I can say (for starters) is that its about time!  For one, seeing "Apocalypse" in its full 2.35:1 aspect ratio is worth the price of admission alone.  Seriously.  Unless you saw it in theatres, you... Read More


1970s

3 The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Published on June 24th, 2011 | by Chris

Shamefully, I have to admit to never, ever, seeing 1978's The Deer Hunter before.  I'm not sure why, either.  I've always heard what a good movie it is.  And you know what?  They were right.... BUT.... Read More


1990s

4 Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Published on May 23rd, 2009 | by Chris

2006's Rescue Dawn was the story of US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler, as he was shot down over Vietnam, and his successful escape from the POW camp, the only person ever to achieve such a feat... Read More


1990s

5 Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris

I've always wanted to see "Jacob's Ladder" since it came out, and never had the opportunity. When it finally aired on HDNet Movies this past weekend I made a point of staying up and watching it.... Read More


1980s

7 Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Published on March 19th, 2009 | by Chris

Born on the Fourth of July is Oliver Stone's second entry in his "Vietnam Trilogy" (Platoon, Heavan and Earth) and in my opinion, is the most powerful of the three.  In fact, I would say it's... Read More


1980s

8 Full Metal Jacket (1987, Blu Ray)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Published on July 14th, 2007 | by Chris

I am in a world of shit, yes.  But I am alive, and I am not afraid. Stanley Kubrick's 1987 masterpiece Full Metal Jacket is a somewhat bizarre animal.  Is it a hardcore war movie? Is... Read More


1980s

9 Uncommon Valor (1983)

Uncommon Valor (1983)

Published on August 15th, 2007 | by Chris

Sometime in the 1980's, and I can't remember what brought it on, there was an onslaught of Vietnam MIA movies.  You had Chuck Norris in the aptly named "Mission in Action" series, and how could you... Read More


1970s

10 Hearts and Minds (1974)

Hearts and Minds (1974)

Published on February 17th, 2011 | by Chris

If you watch no other documentary about the Vietnam war, you should make it 1974's Hearts and Minds.  It's a chilling look at what (even then) was known about what was going on over there, and... Read More


2000s

11 Rescue Dawn (2007)

Rescue Dawn (2007)

Published on December 4th, 2007 | by Chris

Rescue Dawn is a based on the true story of Navy pilot Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), a Navy pilot who gets shot down over Laos during the early part of the Vietnam War on his first... Read More


1980s

12 Casualties of War (1989)

Casualties of War (1989)

Published on December 14th, 2007 | by Chris

Where do I even begin?  With the recent release of Redacted, director Brian DePalma has resurrected the spectre of the evil that men do during wartime.  Without going into great detail as to the failure of... Read More


1980s

13 Good Morning, Vietnam (1987, Blu Ray)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987, Blu Ray)

Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Chris

I remember when this movie first came out back in '87. Robin Williams "act", if you want to call it that, was just coming into its own, and the reviews were all thumbs up. And you... Read More


1980s

14 The Killing Fields (1984)

The Killing Fields (1984)

Published on March 31st, 2011 | by Chris

There are some movies which are just plain difficult to watch, but you really need to watch them anyway.  1984's The Killing Fields is one of those pictures. Towards the end of the Vietnam war, the... Read More


2010s

15 Vietnam in HD (2011, Blu Ray)

Vietnam in HD (2011, Blu Ray)

Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Chris

Its no secret that I was torn on the History Channel's WWII in HD.  I thought it was a borderline near-celebration of gore and violence.  "OOhhh, lookit all the death and blood and carnage and destruction!... Read More


1980s

16 Platoon (1986, Blu Ray)

Platoon (1986, Blu Ray)

Published on June 7th, 2011 | by Chris

I have to say, I was looking forward to seeing Oliver Stone's Platoon on Blu Ray for the first time.  But you know what?  It's still the same movie. My original review of Platoon as a... Read More


1980s

17 Platoon (1986)

Platoon (1986)

Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris

Much has been said about Oliver Stone's 1986 Platoon, culminating in a Best Picture Academy Award that year. It's the story of young Chris (Charlie Sheen), fresh off the plane into the shit. And he winds... Read More


1980s

18 First Blood (1982)

First Blood (1982)

Published on January 14th, 2009 | by Chris

Ah, the one that started it all, that introduced us to the now immortal character of John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), ex Green Beret turned ronin samurai, defender of freedom and justice wherever he's needed. Only... Read More


1980s

19 84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

84 Charlie MoPic (1989)

Published on July 3rd, 2009 | by Chris

Well, I finally managed to, um, find a way to watch this in its entirety, and quite frankly its not quite as good as I remembered.  But 84 Charlie MoPic is still a decent, little-known (and... Read More


2000s

20

Tigerland (2000)

Published on August 20th, 2010 | by Chris

Tigerland. The title refers to an "immersion" style boot camp training ground where new Army infantry recruits were sent before they boarded that plane to Vietnam. But the film's focus is merely leading up to that.... Read More


1990s

22 A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

A Bright Shining Lie (1998)

Published on February 10th, 2011 | by Chris

A Bright Shining Lie is based on the true story and biography of John Paul Vann(played by Bill Paxton), who started out as a Lt. Col. and military advisor in the early days of the Vietnam... Read More


2000s

23

We Were Soldiers (2002)

Published on November 13th, 2007 | by Chris

To be honest, I'm "on the fence" when it comes to Mel Gibson and his films.  I found "The Patriot" to be a good movie, purely from a ideological standpoint, and "Braveheart", while similar in its... Read More


1960s

24

The Green Berets (1968)

Published on January 20th, 2010 | by Chris

Well, I finally got around to watching 1968's The Green Berets again.  It's been a long, long time, and parts of it were just as I remembered, I found myself thinking much differently about it.  Age... Read More


1990s

25 Heaven & Earth (1993)

Heaven & Earth (1993)

Published on March 23rd, 2009 | by Chris

Heaven & Earth is Oliver Stone's final entry in his Vietnam Trilogy (with Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July), and likely the most controversial of the three.  Following the trials of a Vietnamese girl,... Read More


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