The Vietnam War was one of the most arrogant blunders on the part of the USA and a true tale of grit on part of Vietnam as history has shown us. The war in its entirety was a classic example of US interference where it was not required and ultimately sparked off protests against then-president Lyndon Johnson with one of the more famous chants being ‘LBJ, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?’
However, despite what history tells us, the soldiers themselves faced the toughest fights – on the ground where they were up against a Guerilla technique they were unfamiliar with and back home where they were treated with shame and disgust rather than as heroes for having put their lives on the line. Amidst much political speculation and turmoil surrounding the war, it’s not surprising that Hollywood too would chip in – and why not when some of the finest directors were working at the time. Here is the list of top Vietnam war movies ever. You can watch some of these best Vietnam war movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Rescue Dawn (2006)
Starring Christian Bale as Dieter Degler in this epic war drama, the film borrows the story from a 1997 documentary titled ‘Little Dieter Needs to Fly’. The story is about a US-born German pilot who gets captured by the Vietcong when his plane is shot down. His troubles start when his patriotic fervor leads him to turn down an offer of leniency by the provincial governor. Degler is taken to a prison camp and held in captivity with other pilots who are victims of malnutrition, unhygienic conditions and abuse at the hands of the guards. The story is raked with tension, from their captivity at the prison camp to the escape that goes awry to the chases through the jungle and Degler’s eventual rescue. The film shows the risk the soldiers run in going behind enemy lines and remains a testament to the brutality that some soldiers faced at the hands of the Vietcong during the war.
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9. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)