Top 30 Realistic Vietnam War Movies

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1. 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: 275

True accounts of 2LT Philip Caputo USMC

2. 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: 353,039 | Gross: $138.53M

True adaptation of Oliver Stone 25Inf/1st Cav

3. 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: 1,589 | Gross: $0.15M

Great Infantry LRRP movie

4. Hamburger Hill (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan

Votes: 21,634 | Gross: $13.84M

True accounts of Hill 937

5. 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: 2,307

Based on accounts of/written by: R Lee Ermey (E-5 Vietnam USMC) A bit over the top with action, but some very realistic scenes and attitude.

6. 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: 95,460 | Gross: $5.49M

True accounts of LT Dieter Dengler, Navy pilot

7. A Bright Shining Lie (1998 TV Movie)

R | 118 min | Drama, War

True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Bill Paxton, Bo Eason, William L. Mansey, Karina Logue

Votes: 1,324

True accounts of LT Col John Paul Vann, US Army

8. 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, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Votes: 90,388 | Gross: $70.00M

True accounts of Sgt Ron Kovic, USMC

9. The Veteran (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, War

Thirty years on from Vietnam, a government official is trying to track down soldiers who went missing in action, in the hope that it may lead her to her father. Meanwhile, a war veteran is ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Bobby Hosea, Michael Ironside, Colin Glazer

Votes: 530

One of the first war movies filmed in Vietnam, great realistic battle scenes and language

10. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War

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: 38,259 | Gross: $18.67M

True accounts of Pvt "Erikson" (pseudonym) US Army, Documented by author Daniel Lang.

11. 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: 7,371 | Gross: $3.97M

True accounts of Lt Col Iceal Hambleton, US Air Force.

12. 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: 607

Filmed in Vietnam, great battle of Hue scenes, and tunnel warfare

13. 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: 961

Realistic Aussie Vietnam infantry movie.

14. 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: 12,381 | Gross: $5.86M

True accounts of Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese civilian during the war.

15. 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: 399

Great realistic infantry scenes.

16. 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: 3,503

Rated PG, but very realistic, covers almost all aspects of the Vietnam War.

17. 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: 2,242

First Advisor role Vietnam movie, realistic acting.

18. 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: 2,705

First Vietnam movie to deal with atrocities, fragging, drugs etc. Although it centred around soccer, still a great film.

19. In Country (1989)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

A young girl whose father died in the Vietnam War becomes determined to find out more about him and his experiences.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Emily Lloyd, Bruce Willis, Joan Allen, Kevin Anderson

Votes: 2,578 | Gross: $3.53M

Realistic PTSD Vietnam movie

20. 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: 1,424 | Gross: $1.35M

Although low budget still great infantry life in movie format

21. Purple Hearts (1984)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

In middle of the Vietnam War, a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd, Stephen Lee, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 714 | Gross: $2.08M

Half love story, half R Lee Ermey grunt infantry Nam' flick, highly recommend.

22. The Hanoi Hilton (1987)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

32 Metascore

A drama focusing on the suffering, torture, and brutal treatment the American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous P.O.W. camp in Hanoi. ... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Chetwynd | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Paul Le Mat, John Edwin Shaw, Ken Wright

Votes: 834 | Gross: $0.76M

True accounts of US POW's Hoa Lo prison, Vietnam War

23. Song of the Stork (2002)

111 min | Drama

A story about young men who had to go war to protest their country. Each of them has his own story.

Directors: Jonathan Foo, Phan Quang Binh Nguyen | Stars: Chi Bao Pham, Ngoc Bao Ta, Quang Hai Ngo, Quang Vinh Luu

Votes: 66

Vietnamese made and written war story, realistic take from the other side.

24. 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: 4,374 | Gross: $0.08M

Vietnamese made and written modern story, graphic and dark.

25. 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: 285,645 | Gross: $48.98M

Great realistic homefront scenes, not so realistic war scenes.

26. Three Seasons (1999)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bui | Stars: Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu

Votes: 2,945 | Gross: $2.02M

Vietnamese made and written war story, Keitel is great as a former Marine returning to find his daughter

27. 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: 121,707 | Gross: $78.12M

True accounts of Col Hal Moore, 1st Cav US Army. Over the top and quite cheesy only as Mel can do (Hacksaw ridge) But still realistic battle grounds.

28. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 90,817 | Gross: $26.12M

Realistic beginning battle, but artful dream story the last 2/3rds, the ladder drugs are still up for debate.

29. The 317th Platoon (1965)

100 min | War

In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre, Manuel Zarzo

Votes: 830

First French Vietnam war movie, and essentially the first "Nam flick" Great infantry scenes.

30. Flight of the Intruder (1991)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 5,821 | Gross: $14.59M

Realistic US Navy air war movie, some ground action too.



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