Documents of War: The Vietnam War

Documentaries involving the Vietnam War (1956-1975). Topics range from the politics and propaganda involved in the conflict to the soldiers and citizens affected by it.

List order is from newest to oldest (by year of release), and titles are sorted alphabetically within each year.

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1.
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
 
2.
The Vietnam War (2017 TV Series)
An in-depth look at the American military operations in Vietnam during the 1960s and '70s as well as the growing opposition against the war within the United States.
Director: Ken Burns
 
3.
The Healing Wall (2014 Documentary)
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The development of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and it's unforeseen ability to heal a nation from one of the most controversial conflicts in U.S. history. (63 mins.)
 
4.
In Country (2014 Documentary)
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In Country follows the men of Delta 2/5(R) as they recreate, by choice, the battles of the Vietnam War once each year. Disquieting and provocative, the film asks, "what compels these men to bring this controversial war back to life?" (80 mins.)
 
5.
Nothing for Ourselves (2012 Documentary)
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In 1965 most citizens of Philadelphia thought very little about issues in Southeast Asia. When the military... (60 mins.)
Director: John Ryan Daily
 
6.
Sky Soldier (2012 TV Movie)
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Sky Soldier: Vietnam in 3D The Vietnam War is one of the most photographed in history. It was believed...
Director: Tom Jennings
 
7.
Unclaimed (2012 Documentary)
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While working in Southeast Asia, a war torn veteran of the Vietnam War discovers a mysterious man claiming to be an American MIA and so begins his struggle to prove the lost soldier's identity and reunite him with his family. (81 mins.)
 
8.
Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor (2011 Documentary)
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Twenty weeks before Khe Sanh, these men were boys, sitting in their mother's kitchens. Then they went to war... (118 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Honor in the Valley of Tears (2010 Documentary)
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The story of A-Company 1/8 4th Infantry Division, US Army during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1967. In the men's own words... (100 mins.)
Director: Eric Dow
 
12.
Killing Memories (2010 Documentary)
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Can the memories of killing and dying ever be forgotten? 'Killing Memories', is a story of five men who served together in Vietnam... (85 mins.)
Director: Pete Pepper
 
13.
The Price of Exit: Anthology (2010 Documentary)
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The PRICE OF EXIT : ANTHOLOGY summarizes the Vietnam War in I Corps, the northernmost Military Region... (117 mins.)
Director: Thomas Marshall
 
14.
Some Called Them Baby Killers... We Call Them Heroes (2010 Documentary)
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Contrary to the hero's welcome received by other veterans, the majority of men returning from Vietnam were barely given a handshake of appreciation... (93 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ray
 
15.
Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam (2009 Documentary)
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"Operation Babylift" was a $2 million dollar US initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans... (72 mins.)
Director: Tammy Nguyen
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
Shooting Grunts (2008 Documentary)
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A young combat cinematographer films grunts in Vietnam. He is seriously wounded at the battle of Khe Sanh. (82 mins.)
Director: Walt Hefner
 
18.
An Unlikely Weapon (2008 Documentary)
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In 1968, in 1/500th of a second Eddie Adams photographed a Saigon police chief, General Nygoc Loan, shooting a Vietcong guerrilla point black... (85 mins.)
Director: Susan Morgan
 
19.
Vietnam: American Holocaust (2008 Documentary)
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VIETNAM: AMERICAN HOLOCAUST exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in history, carefully... (87 mins.)
Director: Clay Claiborne
 
20.
The Camden 28 (2007 Documentary)
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The Camden 28 explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest... (83 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
Sir! No Sir! (2005 Documentary)
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This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam... (85 mins.)
Director: David Zeiger
 
23.
Diario Vietnam (2004 Documentary)
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A Puerto-Rican Vietnam veteran returns to the site where he was injured in combat 36 years prior. (90 mins.)
Stars: Rafi Matos
 
24.
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
 
25.
Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal (2004 Documentary)
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In the mid 1960's thousands of young American men left their families, homes and jobs and went to fight for their country in Southeast Asia... (43 mins.)
 
26.
A Time for Honor: Stories from Vietnam (2002 Documentary)
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Five stories of service and sacrifice, all from a small area of rural Illinois. A marine survives the siege at Khe Sahn...
Director: Craig Lindvahl
 
27.
Breathe In, Breathe Out (2001 Documentary)
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The generation gap is difficult enough to bridge on its own-add a father's service in Vietnam and the gap gets even wider... (70 mins.)
Director: Beth B.
 
28.
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
 
29.
Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent (2001 Documentary)
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An emotional, poetic, and lyrical journey back in time to reflect on the highly contested Vietnam War. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Battlefield: Vietnam (1999 Mini-Series)
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A detailed history of key Vietnam War battles, from 1954 to 1975.
 
31.
The Vietnam War: A Descent Into Hell (1999 Documentary)
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How and why America became involved in the Vietnam War.
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Vietnam Long Time Coming (1998 Documentary)
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The last American officials were airlifted out of Vietnam from the embassy roof in Saigon in 1975. Most have never returned... (130 mins.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Wall That Heals (1997 Documentary)
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37.
Protest: The Story of the Gainesville Eight (1996 Documentary)
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In 1973 in Gainesville Florida, seven former Viet Nam vets and one non-veteran were all accused of planning... (56 mins.)
Director: Alan Saperstein
 
38.
The Fall of Saigon (1995 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
39.
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
 
40.
Soldiers in Hiding (1985 Documentary)
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A grim portrait of Vietnam War Veterans, living out their lonely lives in the American wilderness, unable to cope with the lasting effects of their traumatic war experiences. (53 mins.)
Director: Malcolm Clarke
Stars: Bob Gunton
 
41.
Television's Vietnam (1985 Documentary)
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Television's Vietnam, narrated by Charlton Heston, is a two-part documentary in which military experts... (118 mins.)
 
42.
Vietnam: A Television History (1983 TV Series)
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(660 mins.)
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
The War at Home (1979 Documentary)
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. (100 mins.)
 
45.
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
 
46.
FTA (1972 Documentary)
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A documentary about a political troupe headed by actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland which traveled... (97 mins.)
Director: Francine Parker
 
47.
Operation Last Patrol (1972 Documentary)
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This documentary film follows the exploits of Ron Kovic and the Vietnam Veterans against the War on... (60 mins.)
 
48.
Sad Song of Yellow Skin (1970 Documentary)
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(59 mins.)
Director: Michael Rubbo
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
Vietnam! Vietnam! (1971 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Sherman Beck
 
51.
Street Scenes (1970 Documentary)
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In the late Spring of 1970, nationwide protests against the war in Vietnam focused in the Wall Street... (75 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
52.
A Face of War (1968 Documentary)
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Most powerful Vietnam war doco not available except on Facebook page (72 mins.)
Director: Eugene S. Jones
 
53.
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.)
 
54.
Last Reflections on a War (1968 Documentary)
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Examines the war in Vietnam through the first-hand experiences of Bernard Fall, journalist, war correspondent, and scholar. (44 mins.)
Director: Beryl Fox
 
55.
No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger (1968 Documentary)
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Filmed at an anti-war march from Harlem to the United Nations in 1967 on the occasion of Martin Luther... (86 mins.)
Director: David L. Weiss
 
56.
17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (1968 Documentary)
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During some months, the Dutch movie director Ivens and some North Vietnamese colleagues filmed the life of North Vietnamese peasants under the menace of heavy American bombardments. The result is an indictment of all forms of war. (113 mins.)
 
57.
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.)
 
58.
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.)
 
59.
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