Top 25 Vietnam War Documentaries

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1.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 Documentary)
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A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Viet Nam War to their families and friends back home... (84 mins.)
Director: Bill Couturie
 
2.
Regret to Inform (1998 Documentary)
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In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed... (72 mins.)
 
3.
The Anderson Platoon (1967 Documentary)
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The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon... (65 mins.)
 
4.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997 Documentary)
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. (80 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
5.
The Ten Thousand Day War (1980 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War. (52 mins.)
 
6.
Vietnam: A Television History (1983 TV Series)
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(660 mins.)
 
7.
Return with Honor (1998 Documentary)
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The story of U.S. fighter pilots shot down over North Vietnam who became POWs for up to 8 and a half years. (101 mins.)
 
8.
Winter Soldier (1972 Documentary)
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For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences... (96 mins.)
 
9.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
 
10.
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on Senator John Kerry's Navy tour of duty in Vietnam, his contributions to the peace movement that followed, and the ultimate shape of his future political career. (87 mins.)
Director: George Butler
 
11.
Vietnam in HD (2011 TV Series)
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Vintage footage from the Vietnam war is presented in High Definition video format along with narration... (360 mins.)
 
12.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
13.
In the Year of the Pig (1968 Documentary)
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots... (103 mins.)
 
14.
Far from Vietnam (1967 Documentary)
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In seven different segments, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy and... (115 mins.)
 
15.
Last Days in Vietnam (2014 Documentary)
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During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as... (98 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
 
16.
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' (2001 Documentary)
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Revisiting Platoon (53 mins.)
 
17.
The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965 Documentary)
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A documentary on the war in South Vietnam shot entirely on location. There is no narration and no use of archive footage... (56 mins.)
Director: Beryl Fox
 
18.
McCullin (2012 Documentary)
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To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists... (91 mins.)
 
19.
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (2010 Documentary)
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Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured... (79 mins.)
Director: Henry Corra
 
20.
Vietnam: Chronicles of a War (1981 Documentary)
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21.
First Tuesday (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Four Hours in My Lai (1989)
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"Four Hours in My Lai" is a documentary film made by Yorkshire Television in England concerning an infamous...
 
22.
First Kill (2001 Documentary)
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Veterans of the Vietnam War tell about their experiences. The disasters but also the glorious moments of war... (55 mins.)
Director: Coco Schrijber
 
23.
The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011 Documentary)
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A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller. The secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster... (104 mins.)
Director: Carl Colby
 
24.
Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War (2008 Documentary)
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BETWEEN THE LINES explores the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. The film looks... (52 mins.)
 
25.
Boat People (1987 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
26.
Oh, Saigon (2007 Documentary)
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Accompanied by gripping images from the war, 'Oh, Saigon' is an in-depth, compelling documentary about one refugee family's attempts to face its divided past and heal the physical and emotional wounds of the Vietnam War. (57 mins.)
Director: Doan Hoang
 
27.
Daughter from Danang (2002 Documentary)
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Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years. (83 mins.)