Vietnam War Timeline

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1. Heaven & Earth (1993)

R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Drama

During the Viet Nam War, a Viet Namese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Bussaro Sanruck

Votes: 13,278 | Gross: $5.86M

1963

2. Path to War (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 165 min | Biography, Drama, War

In the mid 1960s, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Sir Michael Gambon) and his foreign-policy team debate the decision to withdraw from or escalate the war in Vietnam.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill

Votes: 3,179

November 3rd, 1964 - January 20th, 1969

3. A Bright Shining Lie (1998 TV Movie)

R | 118 min | Drama, War

True story of Army man John Paul Vann, whose military success provided him the fulfillment he never found in his personal life.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Bill Paxton, Bo Eason, William L. Mansey, Karina Logue

Votes: 1,388

March 1965

4. We Were Soldiers (2002)

R | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War, and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott

Votes: 130,061 | Gross: $78.12M

November 14th, 1965 - Battle of Ia Drang

5. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tom. T. Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 125,789 | Gross: $123.92M

1965-1966 Saigon

6. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 100,970 | Gross: $5.49M

February 1st - July 20th, 1966 - Dieter Dengler's experience as a POW

7. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

Votes: 41,028 | Gross: $18.67M

November 19th, 1966 - Incident on Hill 192

8. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,805,577 | Gross: $330.25M

1967

9. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 380,702 | Gross: $138.53M

1967 - the Vietnam/Cambodian border

10. The Boys in Company C (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

62 Metascore

In 1967, five young men undergo boot camp training before being shipped out to Vietnam. Once they get there, the experience proves worse than they could have imagined.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, James Canning, Michael Lembeck

Votes: 2,960

11. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava

Votes: 98,301 | Gross: $70.00M

October 1967

12. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 674,154 | Gross: $46.36M

1967 - Paris Island, South Carolina - 1968 Tet Offensive

13. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 310,917 | Gross: $48.98M

14. Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)

PG | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

48 Metascore

To keep the loyalty of a village during the Vietnam war, a U.S. Army officer and his unit struggle to deliver it a live elephant.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Danny Glover, Ray Liotta, Denis Leary, Doug E. Doug

Votes: 8,490 | Gross: $24.70M

1968 - South Vietnam

15. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 13,382 | Gross: $2.45M

16. Hamburger Hill (1987)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan

Votes: 23,690 | Gross: $13.84M

May 10th, 1969 - May 20th, 1969

17. Air America (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Comedy, War

33 Metascore

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins

Votes: 26,954 | Gross: $31.05M

Late 1969 Laos

18. Flight of the Intruder (1991)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 6,394 | Gross: $14.59M

mid-1960's

19. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 605,414 | Gross: $83.47M

20. Tigerland (2000)

R | 101 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis, Clifton Collins Jr., Tom Guiry

Votes: 37,923 | Gross: $0.14M

21. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 98,672 | Gross: $26.12M

October 6th, 1971 - Mekong Delta

22. The Walking Dead (1995)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

1972 Vietnam, a small group of United States Marines relive flashbacks of their contrite lives prior to serving in the military while being left to survive behind enemy lines.

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Allen Payne, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton, Vonte Sweet

Votes: 746 | Gross: $6.01M

1972

23. Bat*21 (1988)

R | 105 min | Drama, War

58 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant

Votes: 7,999 | Gross: $3.97M

April 2nd - April 12th, 1972 - Easter Offensive in South Vietnam

24. Jacknife (1989)

R | 102 min | Drama

Two Vietnam vets, search for the strength to face up to their horrific war experiences and the tragic battle they survived. Their friendship begins to splinter, when one becomes romantically involved with the other's sister.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker, Ed Harris, Sloane Shelton

Votes: 5,531 | Gross: $2.05M

25. Coming Home (1978)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War

61 Metascore

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford

Votes: 12,337 | Gross: $32.65M



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