Worthwhile Vietnam War Movies

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1. 84C MoPic (1989)

R | 95 min | Drama, War

The title refers to the U.S. Army's former "MOS" (job code) for a combat cameraman. The story follows a unit of American G.I.s in Vietnam, all with different backgrounds and motives for being there, through the lens of his camera.

Director: Patrick Sheane Duncan | Stars: Jonathan Emerson, Nicholas Cascone, Jason Tomlins, Christopher Burgard

Votes: 1,605 | Gross: $0.15M

2. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 289,602 | Gross: $48.98M

3. The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo, Mark Neely

Votes: 2,348

4. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 357,660 | Gross: $138.53M

5. Going Back (II) (2001)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, War

A group of Marines return to Vietnam with a news crew to relive their tragic war experiences.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jaimz Woolvett, Bobby Hosea, Joseph Griffin

Votes: 612

6. War Bus (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, War

A group of soldiers in Vietnam, saving some missing in action soldiers in a schoolbus.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi | Stars: Daniel Stephen, Romano Kristoff, Urs Althaus, Gwendolyn Hung

Votes: 188

7. Behind Enemy Lines (1987)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

On a mission to rescue some P.O.W.'s, Johnny Ransom (Robert Patrick) and his men are captured by the enemy in Vietnam just when the U.S. pulls out of the war. He escapes and then goes back in with a group of men to rescue his friends.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Robert Patrick, Robert Dryer, William Steis, Morgan Douglas

Votes: 114

8. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 561,067 | Gross: $83.47M

9. The Iron Triangle (1989)

R | 91 min | Drama, War

Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Weston | Stars: Beau Bridges, Haing S. Ngor, Liem Whatley, Johnny Hallyday

Votes: 404

10. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 624,152 | Gross: $46.36M

11. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

47 Metascore

John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 143,235 | Gross: $150.42M

12. Uncommon Valor (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Fred Ward

Votes: 8,372 | Gross: $30.50M

13. We Were Soldiers (2002)

R | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott

Votes: 122,952 | Gross: $78.12M

14. A Rumor of War (1980– )

114 min | Biography, Drama, War

The memories of a US Marine lieutenant in Vietnam who slowly gets disillusioned as the war progresses.

Stars: Brad Davis, Keith Carradine, Michael O'Keefe, Richard Bradford

Votes: 278

15. The Boys in Company C (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, James Canning, Michael Lembeck

Votes: 2,741

16. Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

R | 114 min | Drama, War

During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Craig Wasson, Jonathan Goldsmith, Marc Singer

Votes: 2,278

17. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, War

In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director: Tom Jeffrey | Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt, Bryan Brown

Votes: 980

18. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 96,295 | Gross: $5.49M

19. Tour of Duty (1987–1990)

TV-14 | 47 min | Action, Drama, War

The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.

Stars: Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker, Miguel A. Núñez Jr.

Votes: 3,560

20. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava

Votes: 91,329 | Gross: $70.00M

21. Heaven & Earth (1993)

R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Drama

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Bussaro Sanruck

Votes: 12,507 | Gross: $5.86M

22. Cyclo (1995)

123 min | Crime, Drama

A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world ... See full summary »

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Le Van Loc, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Nu Yên-Khê Tran, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 4,411 | Gross: $0.08M

23. A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)

R | 112 min | Drama, War

An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.

Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly | Stars: Tony Billy, Christopher Birt, Georgina Cates, Mike Edward

Votes: 571

24. Eye of the Eagle (1987)

R | 84 min | Action, Adventure, War

"The Lost Command," a bunch of notorious renegades, terrorize South Vietnam, forcing Sgt. Zack Skinner, HQ's best man to hunt down the Command to stop its killing spree.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Brett Baxter Clark, Robert Patrick, Ed Crick, William Steis

Votes: 92

25. Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy (1989)

R | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

When soldier Anthony Glenn discovers that Mai is missing, he sets out to rescue her from the corrupt Major Sorenson pitting soldier against soldier in a bloody game of honor.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Todd Field, Andy Wood, Ken Jacobson, Shirley Tesoro

Votes: 81

26. Last Stand at Lang Mei (1989)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, War

Vietnam, 1968. Army Headquarters has written off Captain Fahey's men as Missing In Action after they were fighting deep over enemy lines. Cut off from their platoon, they must fight their ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Frederick Bailey, Marilyn Bautista, Ramon D'Salva, Carl Franklin

Votes: 83

27. The Green Berets (1968)

G | 142 min | Drama, War

Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

Directors: Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray

Votes: 11,446 | Gross: $21.71M

28. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War

75 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

Votes: 38,679 | Gross: $18.67M

29. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 48,220 | Gross: $34.70M

30. The Bunker (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action

"The Bunker," is a fictional war torn valor story of heroism, set in the uncharted lands of "The Ho Bo Woods" in southern Vietnam 1965. Following a bogus ghost hunt for a missing special ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Black | Stars: Ken Shamrock, Mike Brown, Jess Weber, Christopher Bihrle

Votes: 1,182

31. Love and Honor (2013)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Romance, War

28 Metascore

When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.

Director: Danny Mooney | Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Aimee Teegarden, Austin Stowell

Votes: 8,651

32. Off Limits (I) (1988)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Crowe | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Gregory Hines, Fred Ward, Amanda Pays

Votes: 2,420 | Gross: $7.24M

33. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 118,196 | Gross: $123.92M

34. Bullet in the Head (1990)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam

Votes: 9,273

35. Journey from the Fall (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.

Director: Ham Tran | Stars: Kieu Chinh, Long Nguyen, Diem Lien, Jayvee Mai The Hiep

Votes: 816 | Gross: $0.64M

36. Bat*21 (1988)

R | 105 min | Drama, War

58 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 7,456 | Gross: $3.97M

37. Vietnam War Story (1987–1988)

Drama, War

An anthology series featuring stories suggested by true events occurring during the war in Vietnam, often written by Vietnam veterans.

Stars: Cameron Arnett, Tony Becker, Joshua Cadman, Cynthia Bain

Votes: 38

38. Tigerland (2000)

R | 101 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis, Clifton Collins Jr., Tom Guiry

Votes: 36,590 | Gross: $0.14M

39. China Beach (1988–1991)

120 min | Drama, History, War

The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.

Stars: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo, Concetta Tomei

Votes: 2,395

40. Platoon Leader (1988)

R | 97 min | War, Drama

A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Tony Pierce, Robert F. Lyons, Michael Dudikoff, Michael DeLorenzo

Votes: 1,445 | Gross: $1.35M

41. Coming Home (1978)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War

61 Metascore

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford

Votes: 11,466 | Gross: $32.65M

42. The Lost Platoon (1990)

R | 86 min | Action, Horror, War

An American reporter covering a civil war in Nicaragua discovers that four soldiers that he used to know during World War II are there and they are actual vampires fighting their own ... See full summary »

Director: David A. Prior | Stars: William Frederick Knight, David Parry, Stephen Quadros, Michael Wayne

Votes: 163

43. Firehawk (1993 Video)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, War

During a daring mission in Vietnam, a helicopter squadron is downed. While the soldiers try to escape capture by the Viet Cong, clues that the helicopter was sabotaged lead to brutal ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Ronald Asinas, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Raffy Curtis, Martin Kove

Votes: 114

44. White Badge (1992)

Not Rated | 122 min | War

South Korea, 1979. Han Kiju is an alcoholic novelist who has never recovered from his year long tour as a volunteer soldier in Vietnam. When he's asked to write a book about the Korean ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-yeong Jeong | Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Kyeong-yeong Lee, Hye-jin Shim, Do-hun Ahn

Votes: 179

45. How Sleep the Brave (1982)

88 min | Action, Drama

A squad of young fresh American soldiers are sent to Vietnam. Immediately upon their arrival, they are sent on a very hazardous mission into the jungle losing a couple of them on the way. ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Lawrence Day, Luis Manuel, Thomas M. Pollard, Christopher Muncke

Votes: 117

46. A Yank in Viet-Nam (1964)

80 min | War

The film follows a U.S. Marine Corps pilot (Marshall Thompson) who is shot down over the Vietnamese jungle. In his endeavor to get to safety, he meets a female guerrilla fighter (Kieu Chinh... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Thompson | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Pancho Magalona, Mario Barri, Kieu Chinh

Votes: 38

47. Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)

PG | 108 min | Drama, War

During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson (Dennis Christopher), a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Dennis Christopher, Susan Saint James, Roger Aaron Brown, Robert Englund

Votes: 202

49. Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7