• Across the Universe

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    2007 musical set during the Vietnam War; Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood; nominated for an Oscar; Jude is a dock worker from Liverpool who travels to the United States in the 1960s to find his estranged father. There, he falls in love with sheltered American teenager Lucy. When her brother, Max, is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, they become involved in peace activism.

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  • Air America

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    1990; Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.; Two pilots become ensnared in covert operations over Laos during the Vietnam War.

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  • Apocalypse Now

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    1979; Marlan Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall; won 2 Oscars; A United States Army officer/trained assassin is sent into the depths of a southeast Asian jungle to seek out a renegade colonel and terminate his command during the Vietnam War.

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  • Born on the Fourth of July

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    1989; Tom Cruise; A young man joins the army and fights in Vietnam, only to become a wheelchair-bound paraplegic resulting from battle. He then becomes a loud voice in the anti-war movement. Based on the life of Ron Kovic.

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  • Coming Home

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    1978; Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern; A sad, poignant love story set against the social upheaval of the Vietnam war. Set in 1968, the story concerns a woman who, while her husband is serving in Vietnam, falls in love with a paraplegic while performing volunteer work at a San Diego veterans hospital.

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  • Deer Hunter

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    1978; Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep; won 5 Oscars; Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the coal hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. It is a drama of friendship and courage and of what happens to these qualities under stress.

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  • Forrest Gump

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    1994; Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise; won 6 Oscars; The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.

  • Full Metal Jacket

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    1987; Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio; novel by Gustav Hasford; nominated for an Oscar; Vietnam war drama which begins with a depiction of the brutality of Marine Corps training and then shifts to Vietnam, focusing mainly on a group of Marines responding to the Tet Offensive of 1968.

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam

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    1987; Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker; nominated for 2 Oscars; Imported by the Army for an early morning radio show in Vietnam, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home. The G.I.'s love him, but the brass is up in arms.

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  • Hamburger Hill

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    1987; Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott; Fourteen American soldiers in Vietnam battle for a mud-covered mound of earth that chews up soldiers like meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse.

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  • Platoon

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    1986; Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen; won 4 Oscars; Platoon is the story of every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Chris Taylor arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers that his worst enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and the anger growing within himself.

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  • Rescue Dawn

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    2006; Christian Bale, Steve Zahn; When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler escapes death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were just beginning. He is taken captive by the Vietnamese Army and is forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp. Dengler and a small band of his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape. Based on a true story.

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  • We Were Soldiers

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    2002; Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott; Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life. Based on the book by Harold G. Moore & Joseph L. Galloway.

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