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Civil War Movies List

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Updated October 3, 2019 219 votes 43 voters 89.3k views 28 items

Here is a list of the best Civil War movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This Civil War movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about the Civil War are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous Civil War movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the topic.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best Civil War movies?" and contains items like Glory and Gods and Generals.


Various bits of information are included with these popular Civil War movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good movies about one of the earliest American wars to enjoy.

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Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

Released: 1989

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gods and Generals is a novel which serves as a prequel to Michael Shaara's 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning work about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels. Written by Jeffrey Shaara after his ...more
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Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

Released: 2003

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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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Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1939

Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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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James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

Released: 1965

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

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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Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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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Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

Released: 1976

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film ...more

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Jim Broadbent, Robert Stephens, Bruce Payne

Released: 1983

Directed by: Mike Newell

Birth of a Nation is a 1983 television play starring Jim Broadbent as teacher Geoff Figg. It was written by David Leland and directed by Mike Newell. It was originally broadcast on ITV on 19 ...more
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Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

Released: 1990

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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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North and South

Released: 1985

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

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Andersonville is a 1996 American television film directed by John Frankenheimer about a group of Union soldiers during the American Civil War who are captured by the Confederates and sent to an ...more

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John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

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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Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn

Released: 1941

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

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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John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

Released: 1959

Directed by: John Ford

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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Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories Campbell Scott, Kip Niven, Vivian Schilling

Released: 2006

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Fess Parker, Slim Pickens, Harry Carey

Released: 1956

Directed by: Francis D. Lyon

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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Armand Assante

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Gray

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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Wicked Spring DJ Perry, Aaron Jackson, Terry Jernigan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin R. Hershberger

Wicked Spring is a 2002 American historical-based dramatic war film directed, produced, and written by Kevin Hershberger, as a his first narrative feature film, The fictional portrayal is based ...more
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William Holden, Richard Widmark, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1966

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

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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Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Siegel

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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Willard Mack, Charles K. French

Released: 1913

Directed by: Thomas H. Ince, Charles Giblyn

The Battle of Gettysburg is a 1913 American silent drama film directed by Charles Giblyn and Thomas H. Ince. The film is now considered to be lost, although some battlefield footage was used by ...more
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Brian Keith, Regis Toomey, Edward Platt

Released: 1963

Directed by: James Neilson

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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William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Alan Hale

Released: 1970

Directed by: George C. Scott

The Andersonville Trial is a 1970 drama TV movie directed by George C. Scott and written by Saul Levitt.
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Mickey Rooney, Tippi Hedren, Lee Majors

Released: 2005

Directed by: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller

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