Rather than try to find some obscure point about Platoon, a movie I'm not even sure if I've ever seen before until this most recent viewing, I haven't done a Top Five on this list in awhile, so how about a list that's been done a million times by a million different nerds just like myself.
The Top Five
There are really only 4 that I believe go above and beyond the norm, but I have never seen Casualties of War or Born on the 4th of July. Though I can't imagine Oliver Stone doing another
5. Forrest Gump
Fantastic movie, but I don't think this qualifies as a
Not nearly as good as Forrest Gump by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of being a
3. The Deer Hunter
This has even less
2. Full Metal Jacket
This is bizarre because it gets so many points for the Boot Camp sequence which leads to Gomer Pyle's demise. The actual scenes from
1. Apocalypse Now
What's so great is that the Vietnam War is merely the backdrop to a re-creation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. This isn't about Viet Cong. This is about madness in its purest form. Like Dante's Inferno, it's about going deeper and deeper into the madness and the Vietnam War is perfect setting for that. Oh, let's not forget that this movie still has the best actual Vietnam War sequences on film to date, and directors have now had decades to top it and have still failed.