Civil war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant civil war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic, emotional, intense and captivating films and TV shows about / with civil war, brutality, war, culture clash, violence, death, justice, mentor, courage and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil war: White Sun of the Desert (1970), Assembly (2007), Hatfields & McCoys (2012), Gettysburg (1993), Salvador (1986), Savior (1998), The Conspirator (2010), War Witch (2012), Johnny Mad Dog (2008), Queen (1993).

List of civil war movies

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody ...
Plot: civil war, resistance, rebellion, ira, politics, freedom, irish, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, rebel ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: ireland, england, europe, medical school, boston ...
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the Civil War in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalised and then demobbed, he sets off home ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, entertaining
Plot: desert, civil war, leadership, culture clash, red army, soldier, heroes, heroic mission, adventure, society, justice, homesickness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, soviet union
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 7.3
 6K
Assembly (2007)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Follows a soldier trying to gain recognition for comrades who died in 1948, at a turning point in the civil war between the communists and the nationalist forces of the Kuomintang (KMT).
Style: serious, suspenseful, emotional, bleak, epic ...
Plot: civil war, war, war crime, soldier, patriotism, signal, danger, pow, military, behind enemy lines, post war, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s
Place: china, asia
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Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 290 min.
Story: Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, return to their neighboring homes to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments.
Style: tense, atmospheric, rough, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: old west, civil war, violence spree, gunfight, family relations, rivalry, feud, american civil war, post war, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, horse ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: kentucky, west virginia, usa
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 7.7
 24K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, military, soldier, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, heroic mission, unconventional method ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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 7.5
 18K
Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, war, whistleblower, state affairs, crimes, life is a bitch, administration, deadly, media ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, mercenary, genocide, war, civil war, redemption, soldier, terrorism, war crime, pregnancy, sniper, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, bosnia, croatia ...
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The Conspirator (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, factual, emotional ...
Plot: courtroom drama, civil war, assassination, lawyer, president, conspiracy, historical character, trial, boarding house, death sentence, legal, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., england, california
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 7.1
 7K
War Witch (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Style: realistic, touching, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: civil war, soldier, child soldier, shaman, rebel, murder, massacre, battle, slavery, teenage pregnancy, innocence lost, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Liberia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: civil war, orphan, child soldier, cross dressing, genocide, crimes, life is a bitch, war, against humanity, military, soldier, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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 7.6
 1K
Queen (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
Story: A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, plantation, slave, americana, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, interracial relations, racism, american civil war, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
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A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: India
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: civil war, adoption, terrorism, suicide bomber, refugee, on the run, separated, family problems, family relations, parents and children, uncover truth, beach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sri lanka, india, asia
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North and South (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 561 min.
Story: Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, espionage, friendship, family feud, love and romance, military, rivalry, military life, love affair, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, victorian era, 1860s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
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Dances with Wolves (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide – and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, sincere, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, self discovery, culture clash, civil war, friendship, warrior, native american, officer, redemption, tribe, lifestyle change, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, south dakota, nebraska
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, anti war, war, family relations, rescue, danger, journalist, courage ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
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Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: captivating, serious, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, secret service, treason, war, ira, leadership, political unrest, state affairs, irish ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
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 8.3
 44K
Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, slavery, native americans, loss of spouse, rivalry, african american, tough heroes, courage, haunted by the past, shooting, train, business venture ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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To Kill a King (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.
Style: captivating, talky, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rebelliousness, betrayal, rivalry, intrigue, revolution, dishonesty, political unrest, state affairs, society, torture, civil war, battlefield ...
Time: 17th century
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Another Day of Life (2018)
Genre: Animation, Biography
Country: Poland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Hungary
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In 1975, Ryszard Kapuściński, a veteran Polish journalist, embarked on a seemingly suicidal road trip into the heart of the Angola's civil war. There, he witnessed once again the dirty reality of war and discovered a sense of helplessness ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, suspenseful, semi documentary, rough
Plot: civil war, investigative, life risking, news report, conflict, liberation, female warrior, old age, weapons, colonialism, rotoscoping, part animation ...
Time: 20th century
Place: cuba, poland, south africa, portugal
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The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, epic ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, political unrest, generation gap, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, family life, family relations, love and romance, farm ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 30s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: latin america, chile, south america
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Harrison's Flowers (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, war, missing person, murder, photojournalist, battles, obsessive quest, love affair, crimes, journalism, civil war, violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991
Place: croatia, former yugoslavia, europe, new jersey, eastern europe ...
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The Whistleblower (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, intellectual, factual, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, conspiracy, whistleblower, cover up, teenage prostitute, sex trafficking, rape, politics, dishonesty, uncover truth, un, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, nebraska, europe, usa ...
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 7.9
 112K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: epic, rough, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, war, civil war, sacrifice, military, prejudice, freedom, letter, african american, self esteem ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england, boston
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Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, innocence lost, childhood, war, politics, freedom, coming of age, against the odds, village, political unrest, heroes, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, vengeance, murder, revenge, cowboy, loss of son, massacre, chief, war crime, horse, arson ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
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 7.4
 227K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, president, politics, head of state, idealism, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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 8.3
 15K
Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: epic, uplifting, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: slavery, racism, rape, civil war, american civil war, escape attempt, freedom, family history, tribe, human spirit, generation gap, african american ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 161 min.
Story: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Style: tense, exciting, epic, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, lone wolves, gold, cons and scams, good versus evil, greed, gunfight, army, outlaw, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, mexico ...
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 7.2
 131K
Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Italy, Romania, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: emotional, captivating, epic, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, getting home, survival, lovers reunited, loss of family member, slavery, power of love, lovers apart, love and romance, wartime life, friendship ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean
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The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative ...
Style: rough, tense, talky, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: journalism, cia, war crime, danger, reward, friendship, vacation, journalist, vengeance, war, track down, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 2000s
Place: serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, croatia ...
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