Films of war: Vietnam War
Apocalypse Now (1979) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director Francis Ford Coppola's vision of man's heart of darkness revealed through the peculiar madness of the Vietnam War. 153 min. Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, G.D. Spradlin, Harrison Ford
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Oliver Stone. Follows the young Ron Kovic from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly joins up for the Vietnam War, to his return from the war as an embittered veteran, paralyzed from mid-chest down. Chronicles his disillusionment with the country's continued involvement in Vietnam, his physical struggle and his emergence as a brave new voice for thousands of disenchanted vets. 145 min
Casualties of War (1989) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Brian DePalma; featuring Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Thuy Thu Le. Based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to the gang rape and murder of a Vietnamese civilian, Private Ericksson is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve in this devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war. Based upon the book by Daniel Lang. 120 min.
Coming Home (1978) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Hal Ashby. A sad, poignant love story set against the social upheaval of the Vietnam war. Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital. And when, wounded and disillusioned, her husband returns home, they must each grapple with the full impact of a brutal, distant war that has changed their lives forever. 130 min.
Full Metal Jacket (1987) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Vietnam War drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968. 117 min.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by Barry Levinson; featuring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, Noble Willingham, J.T. Walsh, Richard Edson, Juney Smith, Richard Portnow, Floyd Vivino. Imported by the Army for an early morning radio show in Vietnam, irreverent, nonconformist disc jockey Adrian Cronauer blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.'s love him, but the brass is up in arms! 121 min.
Green Berets (1968) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
John Wayne leads his elite Special Forces troops, the toughest fighting force on earth, hand-picked and trained for anti-guerilla warfare in Vietnam, against a deadly and determined enemy. The film combines rugged action with spectacular special effects. 142 min.
Heaven and Earth (1993) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Oliver Stone. The powerful story of an American soldier who fought, a Vietnamese woman who endured, and a love caught up in the explosive wartime upheaval in Vietnam. 142 min.
Jacobs Ladder (1998) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by Adrian Lyne. Jacob is a man living in a nightmare. Having survived Vietnam, he's back home in New York City. But memories of both his wartime demons and the accidental death of his son haunt and terrorize him. Jacob's grip on reality begins to slip and only his friend can save him. 116 min.
Platoon (1986) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Oliver Stone. A young soldier in Vietnam (Sheen) discovers that his enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but fear, physical exhaustion, and anger within himself and others. Based on the first-hand experiences of director Oliver Stone. Oscar nominees Berenger and Dafoe portray sergeants Barnes and Elias; one hard and callous, the other tough yet compassionate. The two sergeants draw a fine line between the war they wage against the enemy and each other, dangerously dividing the loyalties of the platoon. 120 min.
Rambo: First Blood (1982) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by Ted Kotcheff; featuring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson-Soul. John Rambo, an ex-Green Beret hero and now a peacetime misfit, is haunted by memories of Vietnam. He soon wages his own war against a small-town sheriff who has unfairly jailed and grossly mistreated him. A life or death manhunt ensues in the "jungles" of the Pacific Northwest, where the former soldier uses his old skills to stay alive and outwit his pursuers, which now include the sheriff, his posse, and more than 200 National Guardsmen. Includes the documentary "An American hero's journey: the Rambo trilogy" and short feature "First Blood: a look back" following the feature presentation. Based on a novel by David Morrell. 96 min.
Rambo: First Blood, Part II (1985) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by George P. Cosmatos; featuring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy. John Rambo, the ex-Green Beret hero, is recruited for a covert, dangerous mission in Southeast Asia, in order to locate American MIA's. But the soldier is soon deserted in the hostile jungle with only his knife, bow and arrows. With the help of a Vietnamese girl, he vows to bring revenge to all who have become his enemies. Includes the documentary "An American hero's journey: the Rambo trilogy" following the feature presentation. 96 min.
Three Seasons (1999) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by Tony Bui. Tells the stories of several people living in or visiting post-war Vietnam, including James Hager (Harvey Keitel), an ex-G.I. searching for the daughter he left behind in the war. 110 min.
Uncommon Valor (1983) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Directed by Ted Kotcheff; featuring Gene Hackman, Fred Ward, Reb Brown, Randall "Tex" Cobb, Patrick Swayze, Harold Sylvester, Tim Thomerson, Robert Stack. For over ten years, Colonel Jason Rhodes has been living a nightmare searching for his son who is listed as "missing in action" in Vietnam. After useless appeals to the government for information, Rhodes takes matters into his own hands. With financial backing of a Texas oil tycoon and the help of his son's five Marine buddies, Rhodes prepares to carry out a daring mission. After weeks of grueling training, the courageous veterans leave for Laos. The final battle of the Vietnam conflict is about to begin. 105 min.
The Walking Dead (1995) See the Internet Movie Database's film profile
Director: Preston Whitmore. Five young marines leap out of a helicopter and into the unknown. They all joined the marines for different reason, but they find themselves in the same place - bound together in a desperate struggle for survival - lost in a jungle minefield on a suicide mission. 90 min.
Sources: UC Berkeley Moffitt Library list of War and War-era movies, and the Internet Movie Database