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List Rules Movies must take place during the US Civil War.

A list of the best films about the US Civil War. The Civil War remains the bloodiest war in American history, resulting in the loss of 620,000 soldiers and many many more civilian casualties. Naturally, the conflict - which still echoes in contemporary US culture and politics - has provided source material for a rich variety of different films, including the iconic Gone With the Wind and numerous other award-winning, undisputed "classics," such as Glory and Dances with Wolves.

Many of these films also have books and classic literature as their source material, including The Red Badge of Courage and Gods and Generals, based on the non-fiction book The Killer Angels.

If you're looking for some good Civil War movies to watch with your friends, or want to learn a little something about American history by watching famous films based on that historical period, this list of the best movies about the Civil War is a great place to start. This list is open, so if your favorite Civil War film has been left off, please add it at the bottom of the page. And don't forget to vote for your favorite Civil War films, so they get to the top of the list.
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Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
VisualSubterfuge added Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made

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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Shenandoah James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Red Badge of Courage Audie Murphy, James Whitmore, Andy Devine

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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Andersonville William H. Macy, Thomas F. Wilson, William Sanderson

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The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Ride with the Devil Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel

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The Undefeated is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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Major Dundee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Major Dundee Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

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They Died with Their Boots On is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
They Died with Their Boots On Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn

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The Great Locomotive Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Great Locomotive Chase Fess Parker, Slim Pickens, Harry Carey

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The Andersonville Trial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Andersonville Trial William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Alan Hale

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The General is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender

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Birth of a Nation Jim Broadbent, Robert Stephens, Bruce Payne

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The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Beguiled Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

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The Hunley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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Field of Lost Shoes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Jim_In_Texas added Field of Lost Shoes Werner Daehn

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Ironclads is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Kaka Kiki added Ironclads Virginia Madsen, Reed Diamond, E. G. Marshall

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Alvarez Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Alvarez Kelly William Holden, Richard Widmark, Scatman Crothers

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Run of the Arrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Run of the Arrow Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger, Brian Keith

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Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Free State Of Jones Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

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The Colt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Bluemx added The Colt Steve Martin, Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic

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Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Copperhead Peter Fonda, Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen

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Beaulah Land is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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Friendly Persuasion 1956 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Friendly Persuasion 1956

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Dark Comand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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Journey to Shiloh 1968 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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The Blue and the Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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Johnny Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Johnny Shiloh Brian Keith, Regis Toomey, Edward Platt

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Cavalry Charge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Cavalry Charge

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The Conspirator is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
George Bielby added The Conspirator Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline

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Drums in the Deep South (1951) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
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