civil war Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era  

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List Rules Vote up the best period films set during the American Civil War that aren't necessarily about battle or even slavery.

The American Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in the history of the United States, as brothers fought each other in defense of their beliefs. The top Civil War period movies feature the human dramas that surrounded this divisive period in history. This is a list of the best movies set in the Civil War era including everything from The General to Little Women to Cold Mountain.

What films will you find on this list of movies set during the Civil War? In Dances with Wolves, Kevin Costner plays a Union soldier who becomes fascinated with the culture of Native Americans living on the frontier. This 1990 blockbuster took home seven trophies at the Academy Awards, including the award for Best Picture. Glory and Cold Mountain are both highly acclaimed Civil War period films. And then, of course, there's Gone with the Wind - this epic romance is set in the war-torn South.

Which movie set in the Civil War is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great films that are missing.

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Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Gods and Generals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Gods and Generals Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

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The Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The Free State of Jones Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Shenandoah James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The Red Badge of Courage Audie Murphy, James Whitmore, Andy Devine

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Ride with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Ride with the Devil Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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Field of Lost Shoes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Field of Lost Shoes Werner Daehn

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Sommersby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Sommersby Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, James Earl Jones

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Jezebel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Jezebel Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Margaret Lindsay

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The Journey of August King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The Journey of August King Thandie Newton, Maya Angelou, Sam Waterston

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The General is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender

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The Colt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The Colt Steve Martin, Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic

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The Conspirator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
The Conspirator Evan Rachel Wood, Alexis Bledel, Kevin Kline

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Skin Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Skin Game James Garner, Ed Asner, Louis Gossett

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Beloved is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies Set in the Civil War Era
Beloved Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover