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    Top 10 Best Movies About The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War was a conflict that shaped a generation. It left an indelible mark on history and has been portrayed in numerous films over the years.
    These cinematic depictions capture the complexities, the horrors, and the human stories that emerged from this turbulent period. Here are the top 10 movies depicting the Vietnam War.

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    10Casualties Of War

    A still from Casualties of war
    A still from Casualties of war

    Casualties of War‘ is a 1989 film by Brian De Palma. The movie is based on the true story of American soldiers who commit a brutal crime against a Vietnamese woman during the Vietnam War. Consequently, the movie holds 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.1/10 on IMDB.

    The movie explores the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by the soldiers involved. Through its powerful storytelling and gripping performances, the movie delves into the dehumanizing effects of war and the psychological toll it takes on individuals.

    9. Born On The Fourth Of July

    A still from Born On The Fourth Of July
    A still from Born On The Fourth Of July

    Born on the Fourth of July’ is a 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone. It is based on the autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. The movie stars Tom Cruise as Kovic, a young man whose patriotism led him to enlist in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Additionally, the film holds 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.2/10 on IMDB.

    However, after being paralyzed in combat and witnessing the mistreatment of veterans upon returning home, Kovic becomes disillusioned with the war and the government’s handling of it. In conclusion, the film chronicles Kovic’s journey from a passionate, idealistic young man to a vocal anti-war activist. 

    8. The Deer Hunter

    a still from The Deer Hunter
    a still from The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter’ is a 1978 film directed by Michael Cimino. The movie follows a group of working-class friends from Pennsylvania before, during, and after their service in the Vietnam War. The film explores the profound impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of its characters.

    The film’s haunting imagery and emotional depth have solidified its status as a classic exploration of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. As a result of its immaculate cinematography and production, it holds 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.1/10 on IMDB.

    7. Platoon

    a still from Platoon
    a still from Platoon

    Platoon’ is renowned for its authenticity and its portrayal of the horrors of war, including scenes of intense combat and the mistreatment of civilians. It is a 1986 war film directed by Oliver Stone, who drew upon his own experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

    The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and has since become a classic of the war film genre. Additionally, with all the awards it also holds impressive ratings with 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.1/10 on IMDB.

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    6. Good Morning, Vietnam

    Good Morning, Vietnam
    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Directed by Barry Levinson ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ is a 1987 comedy-drama film. It is set during the Vietnam War and follows the story of Adrian Cronauer, a radio DJ who is assigned to the Armed Forces Radio Service.

    In the film, Cronauer’s unorthodox style quickly earns him popularity among the troops. Moreover, through his broadcasts he adds humor and humanity to the lives of soldiers stationed in Vietnam, providing them a much-needed break from the harsh realities of war. The movie is also highly loved by war movie fanatics and holds 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with 7.3/10 on IMDB.

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    5. Rescue Dawn

    A still from Rescue Dawn
    A still from Rescue Dawn

    Rescue Dawn’ explores themes of resilience, survival, and the human spirit’s capacity to endure in the face of adversity. It is a 2006 war drama film directed by Werner Herzog, based on the true story of Dieter Dengler. Dieter was a U.S. Navy pilot who was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. 

    The film stars Christian Bale as Dengler, who is held as a prisoner of war in a Laotian camp. Additionally, The film follows Dengler’s harrowing ordeal as he struggles to survive in the jungle, facing starvation, torture, and the constant threat of betrayal by his captors. Moreover, the film has great reviews and holds 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.3/10 on IMDB.

    4. Full Metal Jacket

    A still from Full Metal Jacket
    A still from Full Metal Jacket

    With 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.3/10 on IMDB ‘Full Metal Jacket‘ is a beloved war film. The 1987 war film directed by Stanley Kubrick is based on the novel ‘The Short-Timers’ by Gustav Hasford. The film explores themes of dehumanization, the psychological effects of warfare, and the duality of human nature.

    The movie is set during the Vietnam War and is divided into two parts: the first follows a group of Marine recruits through basic training at Parris Island, and the second focuses on their experiences in Vietnam. All in all, the film remains one of Kubrick’s most iconic works and is regarded as a seminal film in the war genre. 

    3. Da 5 Bloods

    a still from Da 5 Bloods
    a still from Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods’ is a 2020 war film that confronts issues of racism, both past and present, highlighting the burden borne by Black soldiers during the Vietnam War. Directed by Spike Lee, the story follows a group of aging Vietnam War veterans, who call themselves the ‘Bloods’.

    The film explores themes of brotherhood, trauma, and the lingering effects of war on individuals and society. Each member of the Bloods grapples with personal demons and unresolved issues stemming from their wartime experiences. Unsurprisingly, the film is rated 6.5/10 on IMDB and 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    2. Apocalypse Now 

    A still from Apocalypse Now
    A still from Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now’ explores themes of power, morality, and the darkness inherent in human nature. It Is a 1979 epic war film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s novella ‘Heart of Darkness.’ It is set during the Vietnam War and follows Captain Benjamin L. Willard as he is tasked with assassinating Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. 

    The film is renowned for its surreal and hallucinatory style, which captures the madness and absurdity of war. With its iconic imagery, memorable performances, and philosophical undertones it’s not surprising that the film holds a whopping 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.4/10 on IMDB.

    1. Hamburger Hill 

    A still from Hamburger Hill
    A still from Hamburger Hill

    Through its realistic portrayal of the Battle of Hamburger Hill, ‘Hamburger Hill‘ offers viewers a glimpse into the courage, resilience, and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in one of the most brutal engagements of the War. Additionally, It is a 1987 war film directed by John Irvin and is based on the true story which makes it all even more daunting.

    While the movie is not as highly rated by IMDB and holds a 6.7/10 rating, the 100% on Rotten Tomatoes does it justice. The film follows the experiences of a diverse group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division as they fight to capture Hill 937. The movie showcases the intense combat and grueling conditions faced by the soldiers during the 10-day battle.

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