When you watch Apocalypse Now, you are not merely watching a film. You are experiencing an epic emotional and spiritual journey. By the time ‘The Horror the horror’ fades out, only then are you transported back to the real world. Apocalypse Now for me is one of the greatest films every made, and is easily my favourite among the impressive line of Francis Ford Coppola’s filmography. After every viewing, I still long to go back to the chaos of war, to revisit the forsaken rivers, and the smell of ‘Napalm trees’ in the morning.
The film was released to Mixed reviews with many critics claiming it to be ‘anticlimactic’. But that’s the thing about ‘Apocalypse Now’, the whole thing is a climax that’s keeping your eyes glued to the screen, to the jungle. The film is long in its 2 and a half hour runtime and by the end of the film one gets tired. Not tired because it was too long or bored, but because the film has managed to make you see through the eyes of the characters, and their journey is painful and long.
The film is based on Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ which also happens to be one of my favourite books. But fast forward a few decades, it would be impossible to discuss ‘the greatest films of all time’ without mentioning Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’. Here is the list of films similar to Apocalypse Now that our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Apocalypse Now on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Heart of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse
Heart of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse is a 1991 documentary about the makings of Apocalypse Now. The documentary uses behind the scenes footage and is narrated by Eleanor Coppola(Francis’s wife). It is not just a mere capture of whats happening behind the scenes, the documentary is structurally complete
and holds the tone very closely to the film.
While the film captures the chaos of war, the documentary perfectly encapsulates the difficulty in making the film. Watching the documentary makes you appreciate the masterpiece even more. The struggles that include sickness, bad weather, personal issues, and delays are all very well captured. The documentary also showcases the dangers and tensions of the directors ambition, as Coppola’s risks endangering his life and career in the process.