Essentially two distinct movies. The portions at boot camp are as tragic as the later tense combat showdowns.
Oliver Stone's first Vietnam movie is as gritty, realistic, and horrifying as you'd expect and features one of Charlie Sheen's greatest roles.
Martin Sheen's trip downriver is as trippy a descent into hell as you'll find, perfectly marrying the horror of war with Heart of Darkness.
Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Cazale are brilliant as working-class buddies preparing go to war, with all its horrors.
A terrific ensemble cast of soldiers trys to take a hill and suffers casualties, only to find out their efforts were pointless.
Robin Williams's comic talents and dramatic chops are on display as an armed-forces radio D.J. who undergoes a moral awakening.
Among the first Vietnam War movies, this undersung flick, like Full Metal Jacket, is divided between basic training and combat.
Brian De Palma lets one episode stand as an object lesson in wartime morality: the kidnapping of a Vietnamese girl as a sex slave for GIs.
Rescue Dawn is the rare uplifting Vietnam movie, as Christian Bale keeps hope alive as a tortured POW.
In one of Tom Cruise's best performances, he becomes Ron Kovic, the gung ho soldier turned antiwar activist.