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, emotional and intense films and TV shows about / with civil war, brutality, war, violence, courage, culture clash, idealism, death, justice and mentor 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), Savior (1998), Gettysburg (1993), Salvador (1986), 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, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, irish, torture, debate, occupation, injustice, rebel ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1910s, 20th century
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: 60s, 20th century, 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: epic, bleak, suspenseful, emotional, serious ...
Plot: civil war, war, war crime, soldier, battle zone, infantrymen, life is a bitch, heroes, military, battles, patriotism, signal ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 50s
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, rough, atmospheric, 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, 1880s, 1870s
Place: kentucky, west virginia, usa
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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, rough, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, civil war, mercenary, genocide, redemption, war, war crime, terrorism, soldier, pregnancy, rape, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, serbia, europe, bosnia, croatia ...
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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, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, military, battle, soldier, war, historical character, heroic mission, civil rights, state affairs, battle zone ...
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, captivating, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, war, media, administration, crimes, state affairs, life is a bitch, society, whistleblower ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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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, historical character, civil war, assassination, lawyer, president, conspiracy, boarding house, trial, 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: touching, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: civil war, soldier, slavery, battle, child soldier, rebel, shaman, massacre, murder, innocence lost, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: civil war, orphan, child soldier, genocide, cross dressing, against humanity, youth, soldier, military, crimes, war, life is a bitch ...
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: serious, emotional, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, slave, plantation, americana, discrimination, family relations, injustice, fighting the system, american civil war, racism, hopes ...
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, suicide bomber, refugee, terrorism, family relations, uncover truth, parents and children, on the run, family problems, separated, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sri lanka, asia, india
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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: realistic, exciting, captivating, serious, emotional ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, friendship, espionage, love and romance, family feud, slavery, military base, love triangle, foe turned friend, best friends, military ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, victorian era, 1860s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
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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: uplifting, realistic, touching, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, family history, escape attempt, freedom, rape, injustice, interracial relations, discrimination ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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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: culture clash, american civil war, self discovery, tribe, native american, civil war, friendship, warrior, officer, redemption, 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, europe ...
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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: serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, treason, secret service, war, ira, state affairs, leadership, political unrest, irish ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.
Style: realistic, emotional, rough, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: christianity, civil war, idealism, orphan, character change, protector, priest, rescue, tragic event, belief, war crime, against humanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, year 2003
Place: africa, sudan, uganda, pennsylvania, california
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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: slavery, old west, native americans, loss of spouse, rivalry, african american, courage, haunted by the past, tough heroes, 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: clever, captivating, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rebelliousness, betrayal, rivalry, intrigue, state affairs, revolution, dishonesty, political unrest, 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, France
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, suspenseful, thought provoking, rough, semi documentary
Plot: civil war, investigative, life risking, conflict, news report, liberation, female warrior, old age, weapons, colonialism, rotoscoping, part animation ...
Time: 20th century
Place: poland, cuba, 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, generation gap, political unrest, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, family relations, family life, farm, justice ...
Time: 50s, 30s, 20s, 40s, 60s ...
Place: latin america, chile, south america
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 7.0
 33K
Crimea (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film follows a romantic liaison between a young woman from Kiev, who is a supporter of the pro-European Maidan uprising, and a man from Sevastopol who joins the pro-Russian resistance in the aftermath of Maidan’s success in Kiev.
Style: propaganda film, inter cultural, based on true events, intense, enigmatic
Plot: civil war, propaganda, love, russian, occupation, politics, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, assassination, hate, betrayal
Place: ukraine
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 7.5
 2K
Rough Riders (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 184 min.
Story: In 1898 the US government decided to intervene on the side of the Cuban rebels in their struggle against Spanish rule. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt decides to experience the war first hand by promoting and joining a volunteer cavalry ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, heroic mission, war, state affairs, military life, political unrest, civil war, revolution, rescue, danger, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: cuba, latin america, new mexico
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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, year 1991, 1990s
Place: croatia, europe, former yugoslavia, new jersey, serbia ...
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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: sex trafficking, investigation, conspiracy, cover up, whistleblower, teenage prostitute, rape, politics, dishonesty, uncover truth, un, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: bosnia, sarajevo, nebraska, usa, europe ...
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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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, war, civil war, sacrifice, military, prejudice, freedom, self esteem, letter, african american ...
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, captivating, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, child soldier, innocence lost, childhood, war, politics, freedom, coming of age, family relations, youth, respect, rebel ...
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, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, vengeance, murder, revenge, war crime, cowboy, massacre, horse, chief, arson, loss of son ...
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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