Deer Hunter, The

Lists: Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979, Best Picture Winners from the 1970s, AFI 100 (2007), Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Film Quest 2019

Brief Synopsis: "A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return."

Overall Ranking: 825 (Rank from 1978: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 42.86%
Regular 42.86%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Dan O'Neill95 - The Deer Hunter deserved all the Oscars it got because of its heart-breaking, but true realities of life, and life after war, with great performances from the cast, stellar direction from Cimino, and ultimately one of the best stories about the war on Vietnam of all-time.
(full review)
J Patterson90Rewatch: 8
Jim Carrier85 - A great acting job by DeNiro, Chris Walken & Meryl Streep in one of the most depressing movies of all-time.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 6
David Baruffi80
Bryan Lienesch80 - 'The Deer Hunter' is a tough one to figure out because while it is undeniably good, it also feels like it could've been so much better.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 5
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Annwyn S50

People Involved

  • Robert De Niro (Michael Vronsky)
  • John Cazale (Stan)
  • John Savage (Steven Pushkov)
  • Christopher Walken (Nikanor „Nick“ Chevotarevich)
  • Meryl Streep (Linda)
  • George Dzundza (John)
  • Chuck Aspegren (Axel)
  • Shirley Stoler (Stevens Mother)
  • Rutanya Alda (Angela)
  • Pierre Segui (Julien)
  • Mady Kaplan (Axels Girl)
  • Amy Wright (Bridesmaid)
  • Mary Ann Haenel (Stans Girl)
  • Richard Kuss (Lindas Father)
  • Joe Grifasi (Bandleader)
  • Michael Cimino (Director)