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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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RichieBohr added Paul Giamatti
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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Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman
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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Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché
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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Drums Along the Mohawk is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Richard Beymer, Sebastian Cabot, Dabbs Greer
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
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Al Pacino, Annie Lennox, Donald Sutherland
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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April Morning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Susan Blakely
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
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Benedict Arnold: A Question of... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Kelsey Grammer, Aidan Quinn, John Light
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor is a 2003 film directed by Mikael Salomon.
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The Devil's Disciple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Revolution Movies
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster
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 Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Peter Cushing
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 Cary Grant, Peter Cushing, Cedric Hardwicke
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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donbov added Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jaclyn Smith
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
George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation is a 1986 film directed by William A. Graham.
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donbov added Anne Francis, George Sanders, Michael Wilding
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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DennisGilleran added Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard
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.