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Vietnam War Memory Project

This guide has been developed to assist students and instructors participating in Pensacola State College's Vietnam War Memory Project.


Major Motion Pictures About the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War provided fertile ground for films, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s.  Below is a list of DVDs available through the PSC libraries.

Coming Home (1978)     "A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there."





The Deer Hunter (1978)    "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."





Apocalypse Now (1979)  "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."




Platoon (1986)     "A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man."



Full Metal Jacket (1987)  "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. "






Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)    "Imported by the Army for an early morning radio show in Vietnam, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) blasts the formerly staid, sanitized airwaves with a constant barrage of rapid-fire humor and the hottest hits from back home."





Hamburger Hill (1987)  "A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War."






Born on the 4th of July (1989)     "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."




We Were Soldiers (2002)    "The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it."





Rescue Dawn (2006)     "A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Viet Nam War."