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, captivating, intense and emotional films and TV shows about / with civil war, brutality, war, violence, culture clash, mentor, murder, runaway, death and justice plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil war: White Sun of the Desert (1970), Hatfields & McCoys (2012), Gettysburg (1993), Salvador (1986), Assembly (2007), Dances with Wolves (1990), Hell on Wheels (2011), North and South (1985), A Peck on the Cheek (2002), 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: realistic, bleak, serious, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, resistance, politics, ira, rebellion, irish, british empire, colonialism, british army, independence, injustice, traitor ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: ireland, england, europe, medical school, london ...
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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
Plot: desert, civil war, culture clash, red army, soldier, leadership, adventure, heroic mission, war, heroes, village, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: asia, russia
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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: epic, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: old west, civil war, violence spree, post war, american civil war, feud, gunfight, rivalry, americana, family relations, horse, massacre ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: kentucky, west virginia, usa
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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, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, troops ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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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: realistic, tense, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, politics, war, photojournalist, journalist, civil rights movement, war correspondent, dictator, dictatorship, crimes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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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: epic, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: civil war, war, war crime, soldier, military life, battle zone, battles, danger, military, leadership, injustice, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s
Place: china, asia
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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: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, exciting ...
Plot: culture clash, american civil war, self discovery, redemption, friendship, civil war, native american, officer, courage, tribe, lifestyle change, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1860s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, nebraska, south dakota
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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, rivalry, native americans, haunted by the past, tough heroes, african american, train, courage, interracial relations, shooting, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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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, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, friendship, love and romance, espionage, family feud, slavery, best friends, racism, battle zone, love affair, military base ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, victorian era, 1850s, 1860s
Place: new york, usa
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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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: civil war, suicide bomber, refugee, terrorism, adoption, parents and children, family relations, on the run, uncover truth, family problems, separated, birthday ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sri lanka, asia, india
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, slave, plantation, american civil war, interracial relations, social differences, racism, misfit, society, discrimination, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: civil war, orphan, child soldier, soldier, war, child, against humanity, military, genocide, youth, life is a bitch, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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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: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, touching
Plot: civil war, innocence lost, soldier, child soldier, shaman, teenage pregnancy, slavery, massacre, murder, battle, haunted by the past, rebel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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Ride with the Devil (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, raid, war, uninhibited rivalry, romance, reincarnation, vengeance, friends, love and romance, rivalry, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: germany, missouri, st. louis missouri, texas, kansas ...
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The Beguiled (1971)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Offbeat Civil War drama in which a wounded Yankee soldier, after finding refuge in an isolated girls' school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women's sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, looking for sex, civil war, soldier, wounded soldier, school, behind enemy lines, vengeance, dangerous attraction, seminary, sexual repression, sexual awakening ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: mississippi, california
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, civil war, politics, white house, cold war, head of state, journalism, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice ...
Time: 1930s
Place: canada, mexico, medical school, montreal, washington d.c. ...
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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: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: fighting the system, civil war, politics, ira, irish, fight, terrorism, war, treason, secret service, leadership, rise and fall ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
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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, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, atrocity, mercenary, genocide, civil war, redemption, soldier, serbian, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
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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, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, journalist, orphanage, war, anti war, danger, media, rebellion, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, sarajevo, bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia ...
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Dead Birds (2004)
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of Confederate soldiers who hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank, and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, suspense, dark ...
Plot: supernatural ability, ghost, supernatural, violence, haunted house, gory, danger, torture, survival, brutality, civil war, demons ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: alabama, mexico, latin america, usa
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Admiral (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia. Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and the wife of his best friend. The revolution in his ...
Style: realistic, serious, dramatic, based on true events, tragic ending ...
Plot: political unrest, destiny, state affairs, politics, against the odds, russian civil war, russian history, russian revolution, red army, warship, admiral, love affair ...
Time: 1910s
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, treasure hunt, treasure, adventurer, car chase, civil war, beach, ship, tyrant, explorer, adventure, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, nigeria, egypt
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, USA, 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: exciting, epic, tense, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, treasure hunt, lone wolves, cons and scams, gold, good versus evil, outlaw, greed, gunfight, anti-hero, american civil war, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona
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Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sexual, epic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, betrayal, incest, palaces castles and temples, politics, political intrigue, royal family, adventure, killings, strong sexual content, political unrest ...
Time: middle ages
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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, head of state, idealism, politics, speech, president, cultural conflict, white house, human spirit, battlefield, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, war, slavery, military, civil war, sacrifice, prejudice, battle, heroic mission, freedom, 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: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, war, innocence lost, village, politics, human spirit, childhood, coming of age, parents and children, freedom, political unrest, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
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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, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, racism, human spirit, civil war, family history, american civil war, escape attempt, rape, tribe, freedom, redemption, genealogy ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s, 1860s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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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: captivating, talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, conspiracy, lawyer, president, civil war, private club, union, boarding house, trial, assassination, courtroom, execution ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., england, california
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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, lovers apart, wartime life, power of love, love and romance, love, love of one's life ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean
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