8.5 500,292 votes

Apocalypse Now

1979 Drama, War


At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerril...

Directed by

Francis Ford Coppola

Written by

Francis Ford Coppola (Screenplay)
John Milius (Screenplay)
Joseph Conrad (Novel)
Michael Herr (Writer)


153 minutes


United States of America




Martin Sheen
as Captain Benjamin L. Willard
Marlon Brando
as Colonel Walter E. Kurtz
Robert Duvall
as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore
Frederic Forrest
as Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms
as Lance B. Johnson
Laurence Fishburne
as Tyrone 'Clean' Miller
Albert Hall
as Chief Phillips
Harrison Ford
as Colonel Lucas


Oscar for Best Sound Mark Berger Nathan Boxer Walter Murch

Oscar for Best Cinematography Vittorio Storaro

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Dean Tavoularis Angelo P. Graham George R. Nelson

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing Richard Marks Gerald B. Greenberg Lisa Fruchtman Walter Murch


#51 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#11 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#30 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#7 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire