though more general, thin red line trumps at least half of the films on the list.
You should add the following to your list.
We were Soliders
The Siege of Firebase Gloria
The Boys of Company C
Some other worthy candidates might be Tigerland (2000), Birdy (1984) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).
I have to admit, I have never heard of Birdy, nor have I seen Tigerland, but Good Morning Vietnam is duly elected to the poll...
Damn this is a hard one. Of what currently exists I'd say Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, The Deer Hunter and Apoclaypse Now are about equal. All flawed but equal. I think the best film that will ever be made about the Vietnam War has yet to be made.
I'd agree that there are the top four and then everything else. The haves and have-nots are easily distinguished. I have to go with Apocalypse Now. Maybe not perfect, but pretty close in my book...
Its really a five horse race if you throw Coming Home in there. I believe it belongs with those films. I had trouble between Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter.Two of the greatest films of all time, regardless of the genre.
By hte way, you're missin Hamburger Hill. Is that one you didn't care for, or didn't see? I believe it's an above average film, but no loss with its abscence.
You're right jblack; it's a Vietnam flick. Loss or no loss, I'll add it...
I was under the impression Hamburger Hill was a Korean War film, but I may be wrong. I'll check it out...