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The Best American Revolution Movies

Updated December 21, 2020 3.0k votes 1.5k voters 127.0k views22 items

List RulesMovies must take place during the American Revolution.

Here is 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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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich....  more

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    John Adams

    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
    John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John...  more

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    Johnny Tremain

    Richard Beymer, Sebastian Cabot
    Johnny Tremain is a 1957 film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the 1944 Newbery...  more
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    The Crossing

    Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees
    The Crossing is a 2000 historical TV film about George Washington crossing the Delaware River...  more
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    George Washington

    Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke
    George Washington is a 1984 television miniseries directed by Buzz Kulik. The miniseries,...  more
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    1776

    Blythe Danner, Ken Howard
    1776 is a 1972 American musical film directed by Peter H. Hunt. The screenplay by Peter Stone...  more

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    Sons of Liberty

    Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard
    Sons of Liberty is a 1939 American short drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, which tells...  more
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    April Morning

    Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn
    Adapted from the novel by Howard Fast. Re-creation of the fateful morning of April 19, 1775,...  more
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    John Paul Jones

    Bette Davis, Mia Farrow
    John Paul Jones is a Technicolor 1959 biographical epic film about John Paul Jones. The film...  more
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    Drums Along the Mohawk

    Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert
    Drums Along the Mohawk is a 1939 historical Technicolor film based upon a 1936 novel of the...  more

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    The Howards of Virginia

    Cary Grant, Peter Cushing
    The Howards of Virginia is a 1940 film released by Columbia Pictures and based on the book The...  more
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    A More Perfect Union

    Craig Wasson, Roderick Cook
    A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation is a 1989 American feature film dramatizing the...  more
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    Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff
    Hamilton is a 2020 American musical drama film directed by Thomas Kail, it is a recording of...  more
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    Valley Forge

    Christopher Walken, Victor Garber
    Valley Forge is a drama and war film written by Sidney Carroll and directed by Fielder Cook....  more
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    The Scarlet Coat

    Anne Francis, George Sanders
    The Scarlet Coat is an Eastmancolor CinemaScope 1955 American historical drama and...  more
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    Revolution

    Al Pacino, Annie Lennox
    Revolution is a 1985 British historical drama film directed by Hugh Hudson, written by Robert...  more

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    The Pursuit of Happiness

    Joan Bennett, Charlie Ruggles
    The Pursuit of Happiness is a 1934 film directed by Alexander Hall. A Hessian soldier who...  more
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    Beyond the Mask

    Andrew Cheney, John Rhys-Davies
    Beyond the Mask is a 2015 American historical action-adventure film directed by Chad Burns. An...  more
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    Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

    Shailene Woodley, Marcia Gay Harden
    An American Girl Adventure is the second in the series of American Girl film series. It is a...  more
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    La Fayette

    Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins
    La Fayette is a 1961 French-Italian biographical film directed by Jean Dréville and starring...  more
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    All for Liberty

    Robert Hy Gorman, Bettina Beard
    All for Liberty is a 2009 war drama film directed by Chris Weatherhead. A Swiss-German...  more