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Top 10 Vietnam Movies

10. Born on the Fourth of July

This was Ron Kovic’s true story of his battle during and following the events of the Vietnam war. His struggle with love and the loss of his legs plague him to no end as he journeys to the ends of the earth and can still find no salvation. Tom Cruise plays a convincing heroic icon at the beginning of what hopes to be a triumphant battle against evil and what inevitably proves to have been a meaningless fight against a faceless enemy.

9. Coming Home

Disturbing and depressing, Coming Home details the unfortunate realities that surround a relationship when a husband goes off to war while his wife stays back at home, yearning for comfort and intimacy. While Bruce Dern plays, practically the antagonist of the movie, he is the center of the mania that arises and symbolizes our desperate plight. Dern comes back from Vietnam with tragedy and horror in his memory only to arrive home with the soon to be knowledge that his wife played by Jane Fonda has fallen for another man who ironically has also come back from the war who has lost the use of his legs. The movie points out our flaws as a society that wants to spread peace while inadvertently spreading hopelessness and sin.

8. Heaven and Earth

Oliver Stone’s interpretive piece of the Vietnam war through the eyes of the South Vietnamese people. This along with Casualties of war is very hard to take for those with weak stomachs and/or hate of violence to women. The rape scenes are graphic and intense, but I feel it’s an important film to see to understand the full effect of the Vietnam War; to see the influence of the north Vietcong violence on these innocent lives. Our involvement in the war was certainly what we Americans remember, but in studying history, it’s always good to get the full story, and if you study history by watching movies instead of reading a friggin book, Heaven and Earth is as good a start as any for the Vietnam War.

7. Hamburger Hill

This is a classic in the Vietnam Movie selection and it’s been regarded by many to be one of the most real in it’s class. The name Hamburger Hill comes from the notion that the gun fire that our troops took from the relentless Vietcong, shredded us into gobs of red hamburger meat. This film featured a day in hell for our 3rd Battalion and other brave American soldiers that died in a war that many people agree should never have been fought.

6. Forrest Gump

As you can see from my top 10 movies of All Time, Forrest Gump made it to number 5 of my all time favorites list, and yes on this list while I’d love to judge all these movies simply by which one in total I liked the best, I judge them with a hint of opinion and a slathering of logic. Forrest Gump had only a section of the film dedicated to the war in South East Asia, and for this I cannot put it in the top 5. Forrest says hello and goodbye to his best friend Bubba in this sequence, “right there by that river in Vietnam;” his love for his friend would cause a chain reaction for every other good thing in his life to come. Vietnam was described in great detail in the short sequence of this movie, from the description of all the different kinds of rain it endured, to the fact that we blew holes in the ground to search for our enemies and even to the extent of explaining how everything in this country let us know this was a different country, all except of course the beer and the Barbecue.

The top 5 Vietnam movies, and other articles such as the Best Road Movies and Nerd Movies are just a few of soon to be long list of Top 10 Movies. Suggestions for more Top 10 Lists are also encouraged!!!


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