The Best Movies About Vietnam

Mar 17, 2024 | Geography, Movies

Vietnam has a long and tumultuous history, with many significant events that have been captured on film. From the French colonization to the Vietnam War and its aftermath, there are countless movies that portray various aspects of Vietnam’s past. However, not all of them accurately depict the country or its people.


1. Gun Trucks of Vietnam (2018)

Gun Trucks of VietnamIn the midst of chaos and destruction, a group of fearless men risked it all to keep their comrades safe. They were not the typical heroes you would see in movies or read about in books, but they were unsung bad boys who played a crucial role in the Vietnam War: the gun trucks.






2. 100 Missions  Surviving Vietnam (2020)

100 Missions: Surviving VietnamIn the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War, one mission was particularly daunting for American pilots – Operation Rolling Thunder. This bombing campaign aimed to destroy North Vietnam’s industrial and military infrastructure and demoralize their forces. But for the pilots involved, it was a race against time to survive their 100-mission goal.






3. Vietnam in HD (2011)

Vietnam in HD Season 1Two years after the release of its landmark Emmy-winning series WWII in HD, History shifts its focus to a new generation and one of the most controversial chapters in American history – the Vietnam War. Through this new series, viewers are invited to contemplate and reflect on the complexities of this tumultuous period. With a minimalist approach, the brand aims to spark imagination and evoke emotions, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions and interpretations.







ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM takes viewers on a journey through the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where danger lurks around every corner. In this action-packed thriller, an American ex-soldier must navigate through a treacherous underworld in order to fulfill his mission: to find and protect a young girl from falling into the wrong hands.


5. The Third Wife (2019)

May’s life takes a dramatic turn when, at the young age of fourteen, she is married off to an older man in late 19th century Vietnam. As the third wife in a polygamous household, May quickly learns that her worth and security lie in her ability to bear a male child. And with her pregnancy, this possibility becomes even more tangible.


6. PLATOON (1986)

“Chris Taylor, a young soldier fresh out of training, is thrown into the harsh and chaotic reality of the Vietnam War. As he struggles to survive in this dangerous and unpredictable environment, he becomes entangled in a power struggle between two sergeants – one representing good and justice, the other embodying evil and corruption.


7. Heaven & Earth (1993)

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Oliver Stone’s final installment of his acclaimed trilogy delves into the tumultuous life of a young Vietnamese girl. Through her eyes, we witness the devastating effects of war as she endures unimaginable suffering and struggles to survive.

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