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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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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International ...more
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Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels
Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more
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North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994.The 1985 first installment, North and South, remains the seventh-highest ...more
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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
VisualSubterfuge added Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field
Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more
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424 176
Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy
Shenandoah is a 1965 American film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, and, in her film debut, Katharine Ross. The picture was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The ...more
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571 340
Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket
Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake and tells ...more
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419 145
The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Audie Murphy, James Whitmore, Andy Devine
The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. Directed by John Huston, it was produced by Gottfried Reinhardt with Dore Schary as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Huston, ...more
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Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more
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423 221
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more
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363 147
The Horse Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson
The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin produced the movie and wrote its ...more
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254 162
Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel
Ride with the Devil is a 1999 American film directed by Ang Lee. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by James Schamus, based on a book entitled Woe to Live On, by author Daniel ...more
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215 187
The Undefeated is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson
The Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The film portrays events surrounding the French Intervention ...more
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154 138
Major Dundee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn
Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union ...more
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161 165
Rio Lobo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam
Rio Lobo is a 1970 American Western film starring John Wayne. The film was the last film directed by Howard Hawks, from a script by Leigh Brackett. The film was shot in Technicolor with a ...more
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111 168
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Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin
The Beguiled is a 1971 American drama film directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. The script was written by Albert Maltz and is based on the 1966 Southern Gothic ...more
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115 130
The Andersonville Trial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Alan Hale
The Andersonville Trial is a 1970 drama TV movie directed by George C. Scott and written by Saul Levitt.
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171 78
The Hunley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Kaka Kiki added Armand Assante
The Hunley is a 1999 television movie directed by John Gray and starring Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Michael Dolan and Christopher Bauer. The film is based on the true ...more
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148 62
Field of Lost Shoes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Jim_In_Texas added Werner Daehn
Field of Lost Shoes is a 2014 American war drama film directed by Sean McNamara and written by Dave Kennedy and Thomas Farrell. The film stars Luke Benward, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Tom ...more
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137 155
They Died with Their Boots On is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn
This film is a 1941 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Written by Æneas MacKenzie and Wally Kline, the film is a highly ...more
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121 141
The Great Locomotive Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Fess Parker, Slim Pickens, Harry Carey
The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Walt Disney Productions CinemaScope adventure film based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862 during the American Civil War. The film ...more
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119 143
The General is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender
The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film released by United Artists. Inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, which happened in 1862, the film stars Buster Keaton who co-directed it with ...more
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127 65
Ironclads is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Kaka Kiki added Ironclads Virginia Madsen, Reed Diamond, E. G. Marshall
Ironclads is a 1991 made-for-television movie produced by Ted Turner's TNT company about the events behind the creation of the CSS Virginia from the remains of the USS Merrimack and the battle ...more
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93 62
Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
Randal Greenwood added Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more
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59 129
Alvarez Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Gettysburg: Three Days of Dest... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
rocky 35 added Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny Michael Riley, Andy Redmond, James Choate
Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny is a 2004 drama film written and directed by Robert Child.