10 Best Movies Based On Vietnam War

Friday, February 25 by Lori Boyd

These 10 best movies based on Vietnam War all have a different take on the Vietnam War. The best moves based on the Vietnam War show the human side of the conflict.

  1. “Full Metal Jacket” This somewhat disturbing Stanley Kubrick film chronicles a group of soldiers and their tour of duty during the Vietnam War.
  2. “Good Morning Vietnam” Robin Williams stars as a radio D.J. on Armed Forces radio. Soldiers love him but he rubs his superiors the wrong way. The movie is based on the true life story of Adrian Conquer.
  3. “Hamburger Hill” This film tells the story of Bravo Company as they try to take Hill 937. Realistic scenes show the bloody reality of war, racial tensions and men trying to survive the horrors of the Vietnam War.
  4. “Platoon” A gritty film that shows the true lives of American soldiers as see through the eyes of a new soldier in the jungles of Vietnam.
  5.  “Apocalypse Now”  This Francis Ford Coppola film is a classicanti-war movie based on “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. It stars Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall.
  6. “The Deer Hunter” This controversial film about the Vietnam War boasts an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, and Christopher Walken.
  7. “We Were Soldiers” This film is unique among Vietnam War movies because it tells the story of the troops on both sides of the conflict. The movie stars Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, and Sam Elliot.
  8. “The Boys in Company C” This Vietnam War movie shows the journey of five Marines as they get though boot camp and then try to survive the hell that is war. While in combat they are challenged to beat a rival soccer team.
  9.  “Born of the Fourth of July” Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran turned anti-war activist, is the main character in this Oliver Stone movie. Tom Cruise plays Kovic.
  10. “The Green Berets” This 1968 John Wayne film is based on the novel by Robin Moore. The best line from the movie is spoken by John Wayne, ““Out here, due process is a bullet.” 
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COMMENTS

  1. February 25, 2011 7:03 pm

    Anonymous

    Sad that none of the movies are from the Vietnamese perspective – but that’s asking too much as we move on to our next wars as ignorant as ever.


  2. February 25, 2011 7:03 pm

    griff

    “Go Tell the Spartans” is probably the “Best” Viet-nam movie, though I guess since it was before the war officially started that could be an out. I was there at the time, and could put names on the folks.
    Griff


  3. February 25, 2011 7:03 pm

    griff

    “Go Tell the Spartans” is probably the “Best” Viet-nam movie, though I guess since it was before the war officially started that could be an out. I was there at the time, and could put names on the folks.
    Griff