15 Vietnam War Movies

Whether it is the World War or the Civil War of 1861, war has always provided movie makers with some brilliant stories and a fantastic theme to create something creative and realistic for the audience. The modern era has seen many wars in its period and Vietnam War was certainly a combat that lasted for more than eighteen years and witnessed deaths of more than 3 million people. Vietnam War movies are some brilliant efforts made by the movie makers to express the tragic stories that were the part of this epic warfare. Let us take a look at some of the most impressive movies based on the Vietnam War till date.

1. Full Metal Jacket

Distributed By – Warner Bros. Pictures

Directed by – Stanley Kubrick

Produced by – Stanley Kubrick

Written by – Gustav Hasford

Released On -June 26, 1987

Star Cast – Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’ Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard and Ed O’Ross

Music by Vivian Kubrick

Budget $30 million

Box office Collection – $46.3 million

Run Time – 116 minutes

Rating -  8.3/10 according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093058/)

Awards -  Nominated for Oscar and won Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 1988, David di Donatello Awards 1988 and London Critics Circle Film Awards 1988

Full Metal Jacket

2.The Deer Hunter

Distributed By -EMI (UK) Universal Pictures, Columbia, Warner US

Directed by – Michael Cimino

Produced by – Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino and John Peveral

Written by – Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle and Quinn K. Redeker

Released On- December 8, 1978 US and February 27, 1979 UK

Star Cast – Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep and George Dzundza

Music By- Stanley Myers

Budget- $15 million

Box office Collection -$50,000,000

Run Time – 182 minutes

Rating 8.2/10 according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077416/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Awards – Won five Oscars and Golden Globes USA 1979 , BAFTA Awards 1980, American Cinema Editors, USA 1979, American Movie Awards 1980 and Blue Ribbon Awards 1980

The Deer Hunter

3. Platoon

Distributed By – Orion Pictures

Directed by – Oliver Stone

Produced by – Arnold Kopelson

Written by – Oliver Stone

Released On – 24 December 1986

Star Cast- Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Defoe

Music By- Georges Delerue

Budget- $6 million

Box office Collection – $138,530,565

Run Time – 120 minutes

Rating -  8.1/10according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091763/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Awards- Won four Oscars and Golden Globes USA 1987, BAFTA Awards 1988, ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards 1988, American Cinema Editors, USA 1987 and Berlin International Film Festival 1987.


4. Jacobs Ladder

Distributed By -TriStar Pictures, Artisan Entertainment and Lions Gate Entertainment

Directed by – Adrian Lyne

Produced by – Mario Kassar, Alan Marshall, Bruce Joel Rubin and Andrew G. Vajna

Written by – Bruce Joel Rubin

Released On – November 2, 1990

Star Cast – Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello and Matt Craven

Music By- Maurice Jarre

Budget- $25 million

Box office collection $26,118,85

Run Time – 116 minutes

Rating- 7.5/10 according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099871/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Awards- Avaria Fantastic Film Festival 1991

Jacobs Ladder

5.Rescue Dawn

Distributed By – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Directed by – Werner Herzog

Produced by – Freddy Braidy, Jimmy De Brabant, Michael Dounaev, Gerald Green, Kami Naghdi, Nick N. Raslan and ElieSamaha

Written by – Werner Herzog

Released On – September 9, 2006 at Toronto International Film Festival

Star Cast – Christian Bale, Steve Zahn and Jeremy Davies

Music By- Klaus Badelt and Ernst Reijseger

Budget- $10 million

Box office Collection – $7,177,143

Run Time – 120 minutes

Rating- 7.3/10 according to IMDb

Awards- Won the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2007

Rescue Dawn

6. Cyclo

Distributed By – New Yorker Video

Directed by – TrầnAnhHùng

Produced by – Christophe Rossignon

Written by – Tran Anh Hung

Released On – 22 March 1996 (UK) and 2 August 1996 (US)

Star Cast -Le Van Loc, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Tran Nu

Music By- Tôn-ThâtTiêt

Run Time – 123 minutes

Rating- 7.2/10according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112767/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Awards – Won the Ghent International Film Festival 1995 and Venice Film Festival 1995


7. Born On The Fourth Of July

Distributed By – Universal Pictures

Directed by – Oliver Stone

Produced by – A. Kitman Ho and Oliver Stone

Written by – Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic

Released On – December 20, 1989

Star Cast – Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whaley and Willem Dafoe

Music By- John Williams

Budget- $14 million

Box office Collection – $161,001,698

Run Time – 145 minutes

Rating- 7.1/10according to IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096969/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

Awards – Won two Oscars and Golden Globes USA 1990, BMI Film & TV Awards 1990, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1990 and Directors Guild of America, USA 1990

Born On The Fourth Of July

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