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A list of the best films about the US Civil War. The Civil War remains the bloodiest war in American history, resulting in the loss of 620,000 soldiers and many many more civilian casualties. Naturally, the conflict - which still echoes in contemporary US culture and politics - has provided source material for a rich variety of different films, including the iconic "Gone With the Wind" and numerous other award-winning, undisputed "classics," such as "Glory" and "Dances with Wolves."

Many of these films also have books and classic literature as their source material, including "The Red Badge of Courage" and "Gods and Generals," based on the non-fiction book "The Killer Angels."

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Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Civil War Movies Ever Made
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon

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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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Shenandoah James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

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Andersonville William H. Macy, Thomas F. Wilson, William Sanderson

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Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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Ride with the Devil Mark Ruffalo, Tobey Maguire, Jewel

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The Red Badge of Courage Audie Murphy, James Whitmore, Andy Devine

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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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The Undefeated John Wayne, Merlin Olsen, Rock Hudson

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The Beguiled Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin

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RodneyBlair added Major Dundee Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

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RodneyBlair added Run of the Arrow Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger, Brian Keith

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bojanthebest added Rio Lobo John Wayne, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam

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The General Boris Karloff, Mike Donlin, Glen Cavender

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Alvarez Kelly William Holden, Richard Widmark, Scatman Crothers

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RodneyBlair added Birth of a Nation Jim Broadbent, Robert Stephens, Bruce Payne

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They Died with Their Boots On Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, Anthony Quinn

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The Great Locomotive Chase Fess Parker, Slim Pickens, Harry Carey

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The Andersonville Trial William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Alan Hale