The Best American Revolution Movies 

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List Rules Movies must take place during the American Revolution.

A list of the best movies ever made about the American Revolution. These films all depict the events of the Revolutionary War, or events surrounding it. (For example, "Drums Along the Mohawk" is set during Revolutionary times, but focuses on the adventures of one family experiencing these events. "The Patriot" takes a similar tack, but eventually features more of the actual Revolutionary War battles.) Some of these Revolutionary war movies are based on classic literature about the Revolution, such as "Johnny Tremain" and contain imagery familiar from classic American Revolution paintings.

Because this is an open list, you can add any American Revolution films that may be missing. (But, please, only the best Revolutionay war movies!) The order of the films is also determined by Ranker Community votes, so be sure to pick your favorites! And if you want a more thorough collection of films, see Ranker's complete guide to Movies Involving the American Revolution

What are the best Revolutionary War movies? There are some great movies made about the American Revolution so take a look and decide for yourself what's the best.

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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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Directed by: Tom Hooper

John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John ...more

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Al Pacino, Annie Lennox, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1985

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Revolution is a 1985 British historical drama film directed by Hugh Hudson, written by Robert Dillon, and starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, and Nastassja Kinski. The film stars Pacino as a ...more

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Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Harmon

The Crossing is a 2000 historical TV film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton, directed by Robert Harmon. Based on the novel of the same name by Howard ...more
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Released: 1972

Directed by: Peter H. Hunt

1776 is a musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It dramatizes ...more

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Drums Along the Mohawk ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Drums Along the Mohawk is a novel by American author Walter D. Edmonds. The story follows the lives of fictional Gil and Lana Martin, settlers in the Mohawk Valley of the New York frontier ...more
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Richard Beymer, Sebastian Cabot, Dabbs Greer

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Johnny Tremain is a 1957 film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the 1944 Newbery Medal-winning children's novel of the same name by Esther Forbes, retelling the story of the years in ...more
April Morning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Susan Blakely

Released: 1988

Directed by: Delbert Mann

Adapted from the novel by Howard Fast. Re-creation of the fateful morning of April 19, 1775, on which British soldiers marched out of Boston to seize and destroy Colonial munitions stockpiled in ...more
Benedict Arnold: A Quest... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Kelsey Grammer, Aidan Quinn, John Light

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mikael Salomon

Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor is a 2003 film directed by Mikael Salomon.
The Devil's Disciple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
The Devil's Disciple Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1959

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

The Devil's Disciple is a 1959 film adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play The Devil's Disciple. The Anglo-American film was directed by Guy Hamilton who replaced Alexander Mackendrick and ...more
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donbov added Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jaclyn Smith

Released: 1984

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

George Washington is a 1984 television miniseries directed by Buzz Kulik. The miniseries, released in three parts, chronicles the life of George Washington, the 1st President of the United ...more
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donbov added Marcia Cross, Daniel Davis

Released: 1986

Directed by: William A. Graham

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation is a 1986 film directed by William A. Graham.
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donbov added Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Peter Cushing

Released: 1959

Directed by: John Farrow

John Paul Jones is a Technicolor 1959 biographical epic film about John Paul Jones. The film was made by Samuel Bronston Productions and released by Warner Bros. It was directed by John Farrow ...more
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donbov added Anne Francis, George Sanders, Michael Wilding

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Sturges

The Scarlet Coat is an Eastmancolor CinemaScope 1955 American historical drama and swashbuckler directed by John Sturges, based upon the events in the American Revolution in which Benedict ...more
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donbov added Cary Grant, Peter Cushing, Cedric Hardwicke

Released: 1940

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

The Howards of Virginia is a 1940 film released by Columbia Pictures and based on the book The Tree of Liberty written by Elizabeth Page. The Howards of Virginia live through the American ...more
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DennisGilleran added Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard

Released: 1939

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Sons of Liberty is a 1939 American short drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, which tells the story of Haym Solomon. It won an Academy Award in 1940 for Best Short Subject.
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