Historically Accurate Movies That Are Worth Watching

Full Metal Jacket Shows American Soldiers’ Perspective On Vietnam

Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket is a Vietnam War-era drama about two privates (Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio) under an aggressive drill instructor. Later, the privates are shipped off to Vietnam to be readied for combat. The film received a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was wildly popular at the box office.

Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket
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Warner Bros./MovieStillsDB

Critics from Time, Metacritic, and more thought Full Metal Jacket was an accurate portrayal of this time in American history. The movie touched on themes of masculinity, military brainwashing, and testing one’s limitations.