The Best American Revolution Movies

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Vote up your favorite movies that 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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  • John Adams
    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • The Crossing
    Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Robert Harmon
  • The Patriot
    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Roland Emmerich
  • Johnny Tremain
    Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Robert Stevenson
  • Sons of Liberty
    Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • George Washington
    Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jaclyn Smith
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Buzz Kulik
  • Drums Along the Mohawk
    Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, John Carradine
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: John Ford
  • Valley Forge
    Richard Basehart, Harry Andrews, Simon Ward
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Fielder Cook
  • 1776
    William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Peter H. Hunt
  • George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: William A. Graham
  • April Morning
    Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Urich, Chad Lowe
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Delbert Mann
  • John Paul Jones
    Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Peter Cushing
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: John Farrow
  • Beyond the Mask
    Andrew Cheney, John Rhys-Davies, Kara Killmer
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Chad Burns
  • The Howards of Virginia
    Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke
    • Released: 1940
    • Directed by: Frank Lloyd
  • Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
    Shailene Woodley, John Schneider, Marcia Gay Harden
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Nadia Tass
  • A More Perfect Union
    Craig Wasson, Roderick Cook, Richard Dutcher
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Peter N. Johnson
  • The Scarlet Coat
    Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, Anne Francis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • Revolution
    Al Pacino, Annie Lennox, Donald Sutherland
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Hugh Hudson
  • La Fayette
    Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Pascale Audret
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: Jean Dréville
  • All for Liberty
    Robert Hy Gorman, Bettina Beard, Richard Bryant
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Chris Weatherhead
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
    Francis Lederer, Joan Bennett, Charlie Ruggles
    • Released: 1934
    • Directed by: Alexander Hall
  • Hamilton
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom
    • Released: 2020
    • Directed by: Thomas Kail