20 films about the Vietnam War

World history does not skimp on events that give rise to military cinema. A bottomless source of inspiration for filmmakers is the Vietnam War, which left an indelible impression on millions of people. We’ve compiled a list of the best Vietnam War films, from the latest releases to hot pursuit movies.

Dangerously Close: The Battle of Longtan (2019)

A new 2019 Australian film is based on a true story and shows a historic battle that took place during the Vietnam War. About a hundred young and inexperienced recruits patrol the Longtan plantation. Suddenly, they are attacked by an enemy regiment, almost 25 times their number. A fierce battle begins, in which the unshooted youths will have to fight to the last drop of blood.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?
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Original title:
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Actors:
Travis Fimmel, Toby Blome, Alexander England…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+


Desperate Move (2019)

The next novelty of 2019 tells about a military medic who saved dozens of American soldiers during a special operation in Vietnam. However, no awards were given to William Pitsenbarger for this. After 30 years, Pentagon investigator Scott Huffman decides to find out the reason for the unfair treatment of a war veteran. Together with an eyewitness of those events, the investigator stumbles upon a government conspiracy hiding dangerous secrets.

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Original title:
The Last Full Measure

Actors:
Sebastian Stan, Alison Sudol, Asher Miles Fallica …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


At the end of the world (2018)

A young French soldier miraculously survived a terrible massacre in the Vietnamese jungle, in which his colleagues and brother were killed. Robert lives for revenge, but a chance meeting with a local girl May radically changes the Frenchman’s outlook on life. At the Cannes Film Festival, the anti-war feature film about the Vietnam War was critically acclaimed for its excellent visuals and good acting from the protagonist.

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Original title:
Les confins du monde

Actors:
Gaspard Ulliel, Guillaume Gui, Lang Khê Tran, Gerard Depardieu…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


At gunpoint (2018)

1968, Vietnam. Three months ago, the Tet Offensive broke out and most recently Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. In one combat company of the US Army, racial conflicts regularly occur, the moral values ​​​​of people are constantly questioned, and soldiers gradually cease to understand why they are here at all.

Original title:
Point Man

Actors:
Joshua Dela Cruz, Matthew Ewald, Akorye White…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 3.7

Age limit:
16+


I am a soldier (2010)

A little-known American film depicts the horrors of the Vietnam War without embellishment. Soldiers are trying to fight for life by all available means, sometimes forgetting about the principles and moral foundations of a civilized society. Guided only by primitive instincts, they lose their human form in order to escape from this monstrous place.

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Original title:
When Soldiers Cry

Actors:
Jess Weber, Doug Szczesny, Kristin Sargent…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.5, IMDb – 2.0

Age Limits :
16+


Tunnels of Death (2007)

Uwe Boll’s film tells the story of a young soldier caught in the middle of the Vietnam War. On the next assignment, he and his comrades are sent to check the tunnels dug by the enemy in order to prepare them for the transfer of troops. The usual mission ends with the death of the main part of the squad, and the few who survived will have to find a way out of this labyrinth of death.

Original title:
1968. Tunnel Rats

Actors:
Michael Pare, Wilson Bethel, Mitch Eakins…

Country:
Canada, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Rescue Dawn (2006)

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of a German soldier who dreams of becoming a military pilot. Dieter participates in combat battles in Vietnam on the side of the United States, until one day he is shot down over Laos. The pilot miraculously survives and is captured. Will he be able to get out of there, or will he die a terrible death along with other prisoners?

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Original title:
Rescue Dawn

Actors:
Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Zach Grenier …

Country:
USA, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


We were soldiers (2002)

The American war drama starring Mel Gibson is deservedly considered one of the best films about the Vietnam War. Every day more people and resources are required on the front line – at this time, a new airmobile division is at the disposal of Lieutenant Colonel Harold Moore. Her first flight promises to be the last, because the fighters are surrounded by an enemy that greatly outnumbers them.

Original title:
We Were Soldiers

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Tiger Country (2000)

Harsh everyday life awaits recruits who have fallen into an American training camp in Vietnam. They will be taught to be ready for battle at any time of the day and in any conditions, to hate their enemy and fight to the last drop of blood. The impressive cast of Joel Schumacher’s military drama will delight fans of real male cinema.

Original title:
Tigerland

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis, Shea Whigham…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


The Walking Dead (1995)

The film takes place in 1972, at the height of the war in Vietnam. A group of US Marines sent to rescue prisoners of war. The operation promises to be easy, but immediately after landing from a helicopter, everything goes wrong and only a few special forces remain alive. The team decides to complete the mission at any cost and get out of this hell.

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Original title:
The Walking Dead

Actors:
Allen Payne, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Air America (1990)

A gripping American comedy action thriller offering an unusual look at the Vietnam War. Pilot Billy, who is not used to changing his principles, gets a job at a cargo airline. He would hardly have agreed to fly, knowing that, together with his partner, he would have to transport weapons and drugs to Laos. But the ongoing war in Vietnam will leave no one behind, and the pilots have to act according to the situation.

Original title:
Air America

Actors:
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Military casualties (1989)

An interesting feature film about the Vietnam War is based on real events. The Vietnamese did terrible things, the Americans tried to keep up with them in cruelty. Private Ericsson witnessed one of these incidents during a combat operation. Now he has to defend his position in front of the platoon and the commander, who has long forgotten about the moral values ​​familiar to the ordinary person.

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Original title:
Casualties of War

Actors:
Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


The siege of the base “Gloria” (1989)

A detachment of marines while patrolling the territory finds itself deep in the jungle at the Gloria base. Demoralization reigns here – the soldiers freely use alcohol and drugs , including the leadership of the base. The squad leader stops this behavior and tries to organize a defense against a massive Viet Cong attack.

Original title:
The Siege of Firebase Gloria

Actors:
Wings Houser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo …

Country:
Australia, Philippines

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Call sign Bat-21 (1988)

An interesting movie about the Vietnam War based on real events. Iceal Hambleton, a fifty-year-old US Air Force colonel who has never been in real combat, is sent on his first combat mission. His plane crashes in the jungles of Vietnam, where enemies lie in wait for the officer at every turn. Iceal radios the rescue pilot and together they try to get the colonel out of the jungle.

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Original title:
Bat*21

Actors:
Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
16+


Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Stanley Kubrick’s film is deservedly included in the list of the best films about the Vietnam War, which confirms its high rating. The action of the military drama takes place on one of the many American military bases for the training of recruits. The brutal training system is designed to create real killing machines from the “salagas”. Here, young people stop wondering about the expediency of this war – they just learn to kill enemies with all available means.

Original title:
Full Metal Jacket

Actors:
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3

Age limit:
16+


Height “Hamburger” (1987)

May 1969, Vietnam. For the tenth day now, a detachment of soldiers has been trying to take a strategic height. Losses increase every day, the ground under this hill is already soaked with blood, but the detachment again and again goes into battle in order to complete the task. The fighters are fighting with their last strength, but only a few will be able to get out of there alive.

Original title:
Hamburger Hill

Actors:
Anthony Barrill, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Platoon (1986)

The Oscar-winning picture of Oliver Stone is deservedly included in the TOP films about the Vietnam War. Chris Taylor goes to volunteer service in Vietnam. Arriving at the place, the private sees with his own eyes the horrors of what is happening. In addition to external enemies, Chris is faced with internal conflicts, the most striking of which is the confrontation between two sergeants.

Original title:
Platoon

Actors:
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Rambo: First Blood 2 (1985)

Of course, we could not miss such a popular film in the 90s. Prisoner John Rambo is serving a sentence for recent crimes. Unexpectedly, the former commander visits him and offers a deal – to return to the ranks of the military for a while to carry out a secret operation, after which the charges against him will be dropped. Without thinking twice, John agrees to the deal.

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Original title:
Rambo: First Blood Part II

Actors:
Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier …

Country:
USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Apocalypse Now (1979)

The famous film with the unforgettable Marlon Brando tells about the captain of the special forces Willard, sent on a combat mission in the Cambodian jungle. He must destroy Colonel Kurtz, who organized his own cult from the locals. As he gets closer to the goal of the mission, Willard encounters the many horrors of the Vietnam War and begins to increasingly doubt the correctness of his actions.

Original title:
Apocalypse Now

Actors:
Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Deer Hunter (1978)

The film tells about the lives of three East Slavic Americans who served in the Vietnam War. The fate of the military before and after the war is shown, all the horrors of what happened and their awareness by young people. The film won universal critical acclaim and won 5 Oscars, including Best Picture of the Year.

Original title:
The Deer Hunter

Actors:
Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
18+


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