Vietnam War Movies

Born on the Fourth of July

Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American film adapted from the same named autobiography by Ron Kovic, a Vietnam war veteran. The story was about Ron Kovic’s life from childhood to adulthood when he became a soldier of U.S forces in the Vietnam war. There Ron Kovic experienced the destructive side of the war such as when the enemy was misidentified leading to the killings of innocent civilians or when young soldiers were killed or maimed in combats… After realising the war’s destruction and coming back home with disabled legs, he participated and supported the anti-war movements against the Vietnam war. Throughout its 145-minute long, the film raised up many questions about the righteous of the war.

The Siege of Firebase Gloria

The Siege of Firebase Gloria is a 1989 film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Based on a true story in Vietnam War, this movie is about the battle of U.S marines against the Vietcong in Tet Offensive in which U.S soldiers had to regain their spirits to protect the Fire base Gloria.

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film about the training and experiences of two U.S marines platoons during the Vietnam war. After the harsh training and brainwash policy, the rookies became merciless with the thought: Born to kill! When they came to Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, they observed and realized the devastating effects of the war.

Hamburger Hill

Hamburger Hill is a 1987 war film produced by RKO Pictures. Though portraying a series of combats in Vietnam war, the film shows many painful consequences and questions the meaning of the war. US soldiers’ lives in Vietnam and discriminatory behaviours of society against those who return from this war are well described.

Casualties of War

Casualties of War is a 1989 war movie about an actual story in flashback of a veteran named Max Eriksson during the Vietnam war. Five U.S soldiers kidnapped a girl from her village. Four of them raped her but the fifth refused.  The young girl was then killed in front of the helpless fifth soldier who believed justice would be done. The film describes candidly what could happen in a madness war where moral and ethics are tossed away easily.

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 anti-war movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the man who made the legendary “God Father” trilogy. It told a story of Willard, a U.S. Army officer, on a mission to kill E.Kutz, a colonel who was believed to go completely insane. Apocalypse Now was astonishingly beautiful masterpiece. The cinematography, the soundtrack and the script all are amazing together with an unusual theme. The film is not an attempt to describe an historical account of Vietnam but rather than a deep thought on the topic of power and corruption.

We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film based on the book “We Were Soldiers Once… And Young” by Lt. General Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L.Galloway. It recalled the story of the Battle of Ia Drang, which was one of the most savage battle of US history, when Hal Moore and 400 young troops surrounding by 2000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Not like other American perspective films where the enemy was always silent, We Were Soldiers was success to describe the soldiers from both sides, the Americans and their enemy, North Vietnamese soldiers

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