Vietnam war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant vietnam war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, intense, dramatic, suspense and harsh films and TV shows about / with vietnam war, soldier, dialogue, culture clash, war, brutality, storytelling, military, mentor and death plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in USA, UK, West Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as vietnam war: We Were Soldiers (2002), Heaven & Earth (1993), Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Casualties of War (1989), Apocalypse Now (1979), Air America (1990), Gardens of Stone (1987), Hamburger Hill (1987), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).

List of vietnam war movies

We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, military life, vietnam war, wartime life, death, heroes, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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 6.8
 12K
Heaven & Earth (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, village, interracial relations, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, opposites attract, crumbling marriage, survival, pregnancy, father daughter relationship, war crime, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq, california
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 8.1
 348K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, military life, jungle, military, warrior, war crime, rage, elimination, squad, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 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.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, military, vietnam veteran, fighting the system, disability, anti war, downfall, human spirit, homecoming, state affairs, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, mexico, asia, new york, usa ...
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Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: disturbing, emotional, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, rape, military, military life, sexual abuse, war crime, crimes, atrocity, dehumanization, infantrymen, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
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 8.5
 540K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: vietnam war, mission, soldier, jungle, army, anti war, insanity, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, chaos, morality, napalm ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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 5.8
 25K
Air America (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, clever, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, cia, military life, heroes, pilot, idealism, society, battle zone, refugee camp, helicopter, wartime, destiny ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, cambodia
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Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, War, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, anti war, military life, cemetery, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, vietnam veteran, army life, widow ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, iraq
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 6.7
 21K
Hamburger Hill (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, violence, insanity, jungle, anti war, war hero, massacre, lieutenant, war, military, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia
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Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, offbeat, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, radio, radio dj, anti war, war, military, rebellion, rebelliousness, rock, impossible love, radio show, media ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq
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 6.4
 7K
Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, jungle, survival, golf, rescue, war, escapades, adventure, daring rescue, heroic mission, battles ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
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The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, propaganda film, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vietnam war, military life, military, jungle, war, kidnapping, soldier, orphan, green beret, politics, adventure, culture clash ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
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Uncommon Valor (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, jungle, prison, soldier, rescue, vietnam veteran, war, survival, adventure, captivity, prison life ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, bangkok thailand, california
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The Pentagon Wars (1998)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From the director of “Made In America” and “The Money Pit” comes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive blunders in military history. Over 17 years and almost as many billion dollars have gone into devising the BFV (Bradley Fighting ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: vietnam war, gulf war, military, soldier, u.s. army, military life, undercover, state affairs, danger, power relations, workplace intrigue, army investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 70s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
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 7.3
 94K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, vietnam war, soldier, torture, violence, escape, pow, pilot, military, airplane shot down, pipe smoking, camp ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: vietnam, asia
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 7.3
 20K
Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental illness, disfigurement, soldier, war, coming of age, military, mental institution, homecoming, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey
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 7.6
 32K
Hair (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: "Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, offbeat, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, anti war, friendship, commune, skinny dipping, army, society, rebelliousness, misfit, social differences, free spirited ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: oklahoma, new york, washington d.c., manhattan new york city, manchester england ...
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Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: vietnam war, aviation, u.s. navy, bomber, bombing, war, adventure, military, vengeance, against the odds, anti war, soldier ...
Place: vietnam, europe, asia, china, france ...
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Missing in Action (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam and it's up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure starring martial arts superstar Chuck Norris.Following a daring escape from a Vietnamese POW ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, one man army, martial arts, missing in action, adventure, prison, confined, escapades, army investigation, heroic mission, master warrior ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, saigon
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Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, survival, revenge, torture, burned alive, martial arts, one man army, danger, soldier, military, escape ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: vietnam, asia, washington d.c.
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Who'll Stop the Rain (1978)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: John, a disillusioned Vietnam War journalist, turns to heroin smuggling. He cons Ray, an equally burnt out veteran into delivering the drugs stateside to his wife. Everything soon falls apart and Ray ends up on the run with John's wife trying ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, chase, heroin, police corruption, on the run, drug trade, machine gun, crime, crimes, innocence lost, society, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 281K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, emotional, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, confined, character change, anti war, innocence lost, war crime, friend ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, sniper, sergeant, war, military life, boot camp, battles, vietnam war, suicide, basic training, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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The Ninth Configuration (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. ...
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, astronaut, mental illness, murder, gang, psychosis, absurdism, crucifix, castle, army, society, palaces castles and temples ...
Place: vietnam, asia
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Platoon Leader (1988)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, vietcong, escapades, adventure, infantrymen, jungle, military, soldier, self discovery, heroes, war, u.s. army ...
Place: vietnam, asia
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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, talky
Plot: vietnam war, political unrest, fighting the system, righting the wronged, rebellion, idealism, injustice, ambition, civil action, wartime life, state affairs, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1971
Place: usa, washington d.c.
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 5K
Head (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.
Style: surreal, psychedelic, humorous, offbeat, not serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vietnam war, desert, anti war, parody, music band, disorder, goofy hero, artists and showbiz, friends, dedication event, tv show, surrealism ...
Time: 1960s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, california
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Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: realistic, rough, gloomy, bleak, serious
Plot: vietnam war, political unrest, military life, hopes, war, battles, military, soldier, haunted by the past, idealism, outpost, sergeant ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, pregnancy, military, soldier, vietcong, journalism, danger, politics, battles, infidelity, rebellion, media ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
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 6.2
 20K
House (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Roger Cobb is a author who has just separated from his wife. He moves into a new house and tries to work on a novel based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Strange things start happening around him; little things at first, but as they become ...
Style: scary, humorous, dark humor, offbeat, suspenseful ...
Plot: haunted house, vietnam war, ghost, supernatural, zombie, missing person, gory, solitude, hanging, danger, mental illness, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia
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