Top 25 Vietnam War Documentaries

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1. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary featuring letters written by U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Couturié | Stars: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves

Votes: 1,617

2. Regret to Inform (1998)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, War

In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Sonneborn | Stars: Xuan Ngoc Nguyen, Barbara Sonneborn

Votes: 295 | Gross: $0.02M

3. The Anderson Platoon (1967)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, War

The director, a French veteran of the Indochina war (La 317e Section), returned to follow a platoon of American soldiers for six weeks at the height of fighting in Vietnam in 1966. The ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Schoendoerffer | Stars: Joseph B. Anderson, Stuart Whitman

Votes: 253

4. The Ten Thousand Day War (1980– )

52 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War.

Stars: Joseph B. Anderson, Anthony Astuccio, Peter Braestrup, George R. Christmas

Votes: 205

5. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as a U.S. naval pilot in the Viet Nam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Viet Cong, recreating many events for the camera.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick

Votes: 5,131

6. Vietnam: A Television History (1983– )

660 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth look at the Vietnam War.

Stars: Will Lyman, Henry Kissinger, Tin Bui, Van Dong Pham

Votes: 271

7. Return with Honor (1998)

101 min | Documentary

The story of U.S. fighter pilots shot down over North Vietnam who became POWs for up to 8 and a half years.

Directors: Freida Lee Mock, Terry Sanders | Stars: Everett Alvarez, Ron Bliss, Fred Cherry, George Day

Votes: 197

8. Winter Soldier (1972)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History, War

For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences. Nearly 30 speak, describing atrocities personally committed or witnessed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, Scott Shimabukuro, Kenneth Campbell

Votes: 878

9. Hearts and Minds (1974)

R | 112 min | Documentary, War

68 Metascore

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis | Stars: Tin Chan, Chau Diem, Ngo Dinh Diem, John Foster Dulles

Votes: 4,792 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (2004)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

70 Metascore

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.

Director: George Butler | Stars: John Kerry, David Alston, Dan Barbiero, Douglas Brinkley

Votes: 858 | Gross: $0.61M

11. Vietnam in HD (2011– )

360 min | Documentary, History, War

Vintage footage from the Vietnam war is presented in High Definition video format along with narration from both war veterans and Hollywood voice talent. The documentary follows key events ... See full summary »

Stars: Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns, Dean Cain, Kevin Connolly

Votes: 1,205

12. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 7,788

13. In the Year of the Pig (1968)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, War

Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots. With palpable outrage, De Antonio (Point of Order, ... See full summary »

Director: Emile de Antonio | Stars: Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Joseph Buttinger, William R. Corson

Votes: 1,373

14. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,131 | Gross: $4.19M

15. Far from Vietnam (1967)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, War

In seven different segments, Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda show their sympathy and support for the North Vietnamese army during the Vietnam war.

Directors: Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Anne Bellec, Karen Blanguernon, Bernard Fresson, Maurice Garrel

Votes: 502

16. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,408 | Gross: $0.47M

18. The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965)

56 min | Documentary, War

A documentary on the war in South Vietnam shot entirely on location. There is no narration and no use of archive footage. The participants speak for themselves. The filmmakers spend time ... See full summary »

Director: Beryl Fox | Stars: Bernard Fall, Thai Nguyen

Votes: 14

19. McCullin (2012)

91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

To many, Don McCullin is the greatest living war photographer, often cited as an inspiration for today's photojournalists. For the first time, McCullin speaks candidly about his ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morris, Jacqui Morris | Stars: Harold Evans, Don McCullin, Michael Parkinson, Sue Ryder

Votes: 2,057

20. The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (2010)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

Private McKinley Nolan vanished forty years ago in Vietnam on the Cambodian frontier. Some say he was captured, some say he was a traitor, some even say he was an American operative. The US... See full summary »

Director: Henry Corra

Votes: 34

22. First Tuesday (1983–1993)
Episode: Four Hours in My Lai (1989)

Documentary

"Four Hours in My Lai" is a documentary film made by Yorkshire Television in England concerning an infamous massacres of Vietnamese civilians in Tu Cung sub-hamlet, better known to the US ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Sim | Stars: William Calley, Mark Halliley, Kenneth Hodges, Vo Thi Lien

Votes: 18

23. First Kill (2001)

55 min | Documentary, War

Veterans of the Vietnam War tell about their experiences. The disasters but also the glorious moments of war. The central figure in the documentary is the scenario writer of Full Metal ... See full summary »

Director: Coco Schrijber | Stars: Eddie Adams, Michael Herr

Votes: 150

24. The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

71 Metascore

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. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Colby

Votes: 392 | Gross: $0.18M

25. Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War (2008)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

BETWEEN THE LINES explores the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. The film looks at the dramatic effect that the Vietnam War and draft had on young American men who ... See full summary »

Directors: Scott Bass, Ty Ponder | Stars: Jerry Anderson, Pat Farley, Howard Fisher, Herbie Fletcher

Votes: 8

27. Oh, Saigon (2007)

57 min | Documentary, War

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.

Director: Doan Hoang | Stars: Nam Hoang, Van Tran, Anne Hoang, Doan Hoang

Votes: 137

28. Daughter from Danang (2002)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, War

77 Metascore

Separated at the end of the Vietnam war, an "Americanized" woman and her Vietnamese mother are reunited after 22 years.

Directors: Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco | Stars: Mai Thi Kim, Heidi Neville-Bub, Gerald Ford, Tom Miller

Votes: 537



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