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The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made  

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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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Alvarez Kelly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
William Holden, Richard Widmark, Scatman Crothers
Alvarez Kelly is a 1966 war film set in the American Civil War starring William Holden and Richard Widmark. The film was based on the historic Beefsteak Raid of September 1864 led by Confederate ...more
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The Conspirator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
George Bielby added Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline
The Conspirator is a 2010 historical drama film directed by Robert Redford based on an original screenplay by James D. Solomon. It is the debut film of the American Film Company. The film tells ...more
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Friendly Persuasion 1956 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Friendly Persuasion 1956
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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bri... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Pierre Danny, St├ęphane Fey, Roger Jacquet
As a Confederate spy is about to be hanged, the rope breaks and he falls to the water below. He dodges bullets and heads off for home. He finally reaches it, but as his wife hugs him he ...more
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Run of the Arrow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger, Brian Keith
Run of the Arrow is a 1957 western film written, directed and produced by Samuel Fuller and starring Rod Steiger, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, Jay C. Flippen and a young Charles Bronson. Set at ...more
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The Last Confederate: The Stor... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
billthekid added Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, Lee Majors
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams is a 2007 film starring Julian Adams, Amy Redford, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Joshua Lindsey, and Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren about the ...more
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The Gray Ghost - John Singleto... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
billthekid added The Gray Ghost - John Singleton Mosby
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Copperhead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Copperhead Peter Fonda, Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen
Copperhead is an independent Canadian/American film directed by Ron Maxwell. It stars Billy Campbell. Shot at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick, Canada and set in upstate New ...more
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Abe Lincoln in Illinois is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Ruth Gordon, Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart
Abe Lincoln in Illinois is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln from his departure from Kentucky until his election as President of the United States. ...more
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Wicked Spring / Virginia 1864 ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
billthekid added Wicked Spring / Virginia 1864 Bruderkrieg - 2002
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Mosbys Marauders - Kurt Russel... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
billthekid added Mosbys Marauders - Kurt Russell ganz jung 1967
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Dark Command is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Walter Pidgeon
Dark Command is a 1940 Western film starring Claire Trevor, John Wayne and Walter Pidgeon loosely based on Quantrill's Raiders during the American Civil War. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the ...more
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Santa Fe Trail is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Ronald Reagan, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn
Santa Fe Trail is a 1940 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey and Ronald Reagan. Written by Robert Buckner, the film is ...more
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The Perfect Tribute is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
wadenpeacock added The Perfect Tribute Jason Robards
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The Raid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added based on the St. Albans VT Raid during the American Civil War
The Raid is a 1954 Technicolor American film set during the American Civil War. It stars Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone and Lee Marvin. It is loosely based on a true incident, the St. ...more
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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
VanRoberts added Drums in the Deep South (1951)
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Johnny Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Brian Keith, Regis Toomey, Edward Platt
Johnny Shiloh is a 1963 television film that originally aired as two episodes of The Wonderful World of Disney based on the life of John Clem, who was called "Johnny Shiloh"
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Class of '61 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
MarkLN added Class of '61 Clive Owen, Laura Linney, Josh Lucas
Class of '61 is a 1993 television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War. The film was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta ...more
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The Colt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Bluemx added Steve Martin, Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic
The Colt is a 2005 television movie made for Hallmark Channel. The film is set during the American Civil War, and is based on the short story by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov.
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Saving Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Saving Lincoln Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison, Creed Bratton
Saving Lincoln is a 2012 biographical film written by Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak, directed by Salvador Litvak.
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Civil War - Ein Krieg kennt ke... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
billthekid added Civil War - Ein Krieg kennt keine Helden
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The Day Lincoln Was Shot is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Wil Wheaton, Lance Henriksen, Donna Murphy
The Day Lincoln Was Shot is an 1998 American television film based on the book by Jim Bishop. It is a re-creation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, co-written and directed by John Gray, ...more
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Journey to Shiloh 1968 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Journey to Shiloh 1968
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The Prisoner of Shark Island is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added Gloria Stuart, Francis McDonald, Warner Baxter
The Prisoner of Shark Island is a 1936 film loosely based on the life of Samuel Mudd, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by John Ford, and starring Warner Baxter and Gloria Stuart.
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In the Electric Mist is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Valdave added John Goodman, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Steenburgen
In the Electric Mist is a 2009 Franco-American drama/mystical film based on the novel In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke. It is directed by Bertrand Tavernier, written ...more