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  1. Nattydread at |

    First off, Forrest Gump was not a “Vietnam based film”. A great movie nonetheless however.

    Also ranking Full Metal Jacket above Apocalypse Now, Deer Hunter and Platoon is questionable to say the least.

    And Tropic Thunder? C’mon man!

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  2. TriviaFan at |

    If anything Full Metal Jacket has become one of those movies that have entered the realm of popular culture, with many aspects of the movie becoming popular in and of itself.

    For example, the drill sergeant played by R. Lee Ermey. While there have been movies before with the popular portrayal of the screaming drill instructor, Ermey took it to another level altogether in a magnificent and iconic portrait of the quintessential DI. And another example, the Vietnamese prostitutes with their phrases which became famous through rap songs and have since entered everyday language when people joke (‘me so horny,’ ‘me love you long time,’ yes it’s racist and stupid but there’s no denying that many people know of these phrases today without particularly knowing where it came from).

    I do like We Were Soldiers as a personal favorite, a good observation that it’s a very loving and patriotic movie compared to the usual “drugged out war crime committing” stereotypical soldier portrayed in Vietnam war related movies.

    I also thought Hamburger Hill and Gardens of Stone were worth mentioning. And maybe even First Blood.

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  3. MagnuS at |

    You completely forgot Hamburger Hill…a real classic that sites with platoon and FMJ…

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  4. VeryVietnam at |

    Disappointment. Where are the “Vietnam-based” films? These are all VIETNAM-WAR based films?

    Chalk it up to a misleading title, I was expecting a more interesting list. Where are the Vietnamese movies showcasing a dynamic culture that is changing due to modernization and market changes?

    Anyway, seems like America is stuck in the past when it comes to the topic of “Vietnam”. Certainly it’s left quite an impression in the American psyche, and no denying the impact of the war on veterans, the generations of Vietnamese who escaped the war, and Agent Orange victims… but….

    Let’s move forward, why don’t we?

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I agree. The list has been re-titled. And maybe one of our writers or a new writer can write a list based on Vietnam movies not relating to the war. Any takers?

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  5. Protection free at |

    war is really not a joke.one must be aware of it…..

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    1. ace at |

      Wow, did you, like, come up with that all by yourself? Must be stressful to be carrying weighty, philosophical ideas like that.

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  6. tim at |

    I actually think this is a decently done list except i think that full metal jacket should have been much further down the list. When it comes to the message conveyed I think born on the fourth of july is the best, and apocalypse now was the most entertaining. what really strikes me is that quite a few of these movies are considered cinematic masterpieces i dont really know of any WW2 movies (except maybe saving private ryan) that are given as much praise. I think it may have something to do with the fact that WW2 was considered a “good” war with a noble cause and vietnam was not.

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  7. Blu Ridger at |

    I would have included John Wayne’s The Green Berets, not because it’s a great film( it’s not ); but because it is the only Hollywood movie about the Vietnam war to come out during the Vietnam war.

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  8. Geoff at |

    Probably not seen outside Australia but the “The Odd Angry Shot” is a classic 1979 movie about the Vietnam War that speaks to the Australian experience/involvement. Stars a bunch of classic Aussie actors of the era including a young Bryan Brown, Graham Kennedy and a young John Jarrett (the killer from ‘Wolf Creek’) as the young fresh face SAS grunt learning about the reality of war (the Charlie Sheen of this Platoon). ” Using the byline “Everyone has got to be somewhere, and your here so you better get use to it”, Friends who are Vietnam Vets all pick it as being almost spot on in its depiction of the Aussie Vietnam experience, and how they were treated when they got home.

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  9. Jen at |

    Best list that could have been made, here. I honestly think.

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  10. Brian Beamer at |

    Really, those top four could be in any order and it would still be right – I do agree that Hamburger Hill should be on the list.

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  11. Gary at |

    Go Tell The Spartans!

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  12. maggie at |

    the list was good- had a lot of my favorites in it. I don’t think you are well-educated enough to say with such confidence that Vietnam was a failure.

    For your sentence, you meant “vain” not “vein” (transports blood)

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  13. Lachlan at |

    I’ve seen “The Odd Angry Shot” and it was a good film.

    No-one mentioned the original American Vietnam War film – “The Green Berets” with John Wayne and his “John Wayne Western movie” buddies transported from the Wild West to the Wild East. Instead of the group adopting a little Mexican boy as their mascot, in this film it’s a little Vietnamese boy as mascot.

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  14. madcap at |

    Full metal jacket is simply the best film on this list,regardless if it was about the vietnam war.It has the best director,the best dialouge,acting,suspense,music,cinematography,humor.It has it all,its a near perfect film! Platoon’s not even as good as hamburger hill,and that movie is routine and average at best.Platoon is the funniest,even though its the most serious.The acting is embarrassing,the dialouge,the cliched characters,and that cheesy score that plays evey 10 seconds,to remind us something heeeavy is happening.Its unbelievable how overrated that horrible film is.Apocalypse now is brilliant at times,but coppola really has nothing to say other than ”war is surreal”.And Brando gives one of his worst performances.I thought i was watching captain kirk,not colonel kurtz.Deer hunter is strong,mainly for the great performances.We were soldiers is crap.But there some good choices here.

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  15. Mitch at |

    come one how do you miss Hamburger Hill? Hamburger Hill captures the realism of the war better then any move IV seen to date and its also received the most praise from veterans. Hamburger HIll should be a top 5

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  16. Greg Dinskisk at |

    Alright, Full Metal Jacket’s first half was probably better than almost any war movie ever, but its second half is meh. Almost like any other war movie. Apocalypse Now should have been #1.

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  17. John Lee at |

    For my opinion, Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill are the best, but all the movies still did not show all the truth about the vietnam war there is also many things behind the screen never been reviewed.

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  18. johnnylai at |

    Hamburger Hill should have been on this list. Tropic Thunder should have not. Dead Presidents although about a bank heist gone bad should be mentioned if only for being one of the few Hollywood films to look at how the war affected black ghetto youth. And if your going to include Forrest Gump… why not throw in First Blood, Missing In Action (Chuck Norris) or the TV series Tour Of Duty?

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  19. Trent at |

    The thing about Full Metal Jacket is that it’s rewatchable and gets better the more you watch it. It has complexities and ambiguities and breaks all conventions.

    Most other big Vietnam War movies dont hold up to 2 or 3 viewings. They cheesy, cliched, borderline racist or too wrapped up in weeping over “poor American soldiers”. Millions of Vietnamese died, but we cry over poor American soldiers. Come on man. At least Full Metal Jacket deals with this hypocricy.

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  20. AnnM at |

    Thanks for posting your top 10. Love the effort. Good job. I agree with most of your list, and I will go ahead and jump on the Hamburger Hill bandwagon, you should of included Hamburger Hill. I don’t consider it number one, but definitely 4 or 5.

    Platoon is one of my favorites, however Black vets complained that it portrayed them poorly and I somewhat agree. Hamburger Hill rectified that, and then some. Every character had some sort of emotional glory, and the horrors or the Vietnam war is captured brilliantly.

    Full Metal Jacket is perfect as number one.

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