Putting the Vietnam War On-Screen — Here Are 10 of Our Favorite Films About the Vietnam War
6. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
(1989, directed by Oliver Stone)
The first of two Oliver Stone films you’ll find on this list, Born On the Fourth of July is a film that challenges you and your beliefs. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, who, after idolizing service members throughout his childhood, enlists in the United States Marine Corps. He goes to Vietnam, is wounded, and is paralyzed. But it’s what he does when he comes home that lays testament to the arc of this film.
5. THE DEER HUNTER
(1978, directed by Michael Cimino)
Winner of the 1978 Academy Award for Best Picture, Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter is a raw look at the horrors of war that rupture the lives of both soldiers and those back at home. The themes of this film — brought out by the writing, by the cinematography, and by particularly wonderful performances by Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken — are so honest that they can be applied to any war, at any time. Definitely worth your time.
4. GOOD MORNING VIETNAM
(1987, directed by Barry Levinson)
In a way that only Robin Williams could, Barry Levinson’s Good Morning Vietnam pushes all the right buttons. Equal parts comedy and drama, the film revolves around DJ Adrian Cronauer (Williams), who is relocated from Crete to Vietnam and given the mission of raising the morale of the men with his radio program. But run-ins with middle management, as well as the war itself, threatens to put an end to all of that.