Top 30 Realistic Vietnam War Moviesby Badlands1 | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 08 Jun 2017 | Public
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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.
True accounts of 2LT Philip Caputo USMC
2. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 359,864 | 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.
Votes: 1,610 | 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.
Votes: 22,206 | 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.
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, Biography, Drama
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Votes: 96,765 | 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.
True accounts of LT Col John Paul Vann, US Army
8. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 91,812 | 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 »
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.
Votes: 38,901 | 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
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.
Votes: 7,491 | 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.
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.
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.
Votes: 12,608 | 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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 2,613 | 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
Votes: 1,460 | 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.
Votes: 725 | 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
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 »
Votes: 846 | 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.
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 »
Votes: 4,433 | Gross: $0.08M
Vietnamese made and written modern story, graphic and dark.
25. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 291,630 | 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 »
Votes: 2,962 | 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
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.
Votes: 123,672 | 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
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.
Votes: 93,071 | 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.
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.
Votes: 5,978 | Gross: $14.59M
Realistic US Navy air war movie, some ground action too.