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, intense, dramatic, suspense and captivating films and TV shows about / with civil war, brutality, violence, mentor, storytelling, justice, betrayal, death, murder and war plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil war: Hatfields & McCoys (2012), Gettysburg (1993), Salvador (1986), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Cold Mountain (2003), Lincoln (2012), Glory (1989), Free State of Jones (2016), The Conspirator (2010), Blood Diamond (2006).

List of civil war movies

Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 290 min.
TV show
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, suspense, suspenseful, intense, brutal ...
Plot: civil war, american civil war, old west, vengeance, feud, violence spree, gunfight, family relations, rivalry, revenge, violence, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1910s, 1890s, victorian era ...
Place: west virginia, kentucky, 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, factual, intense, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, war, battles, military, prejudice, soldier, heroic mission, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland
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, political, sexy, factual, brutal ...
Plot: civil war, ira, rebellion, war, politics, torture, resistance, freedom, irish republican army, injustice, irish, occupation ...
Time: 1920s, post world war one, 1910s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, dublin ireland, europe, britain ...
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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: suspense, tense, political, harsh, factual ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, war, photojournalist, politics, military, dictator, war correspondent, cold war, revolution, fighting the system, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, south america, central america
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 178 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: epic, tense, exciting, breathtaking, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, old west, civil war, greed, cowboy, gunfight, american civil war, good versus evil, gold, moral ambiguity, cons and scams, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: texas, new mexico, mexico, arizona, austin texas ...
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Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania, UK
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: romantic, epic, sincere, emotional, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, civil war, love story, survival, loss of family member, war, love, romance, slavery, getting home, loss of loved one ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century, victorian era, 50s
Place: south carolina, north carolina, usa, ancient greece, appalachia ...
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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: political, epic, thought provoking, emotional, factual ...
Plot: american civil war, idealism, civil war, president, politics, american history, war, racism, head of state, leadership, courage, freedom ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, year 1865
Place: washington d.c., usa, 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, realistic, inspirational, factual, intense ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, battles, racism, slavery, freedom, prejudice, human spirit, military, heroic mission, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: massachusetts, south carolina, usa, boston, new england
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Free State of Jones (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his ...
Style: factual, intense, thought provoking, sexy, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, justice, u.s. civil war, rebellion, revolution, racism, wartime, vengeance, courage, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1920s, 60s, 1860s ...
Place: louisiana, mississippi
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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: factual, emotional, suspense, serious, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: civil war, lawyer, courtroom drama, court, historical character, conspiracy, president, assassination, politics, death sentence, courtroom, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, year 1865, 1860s
Place: usa, england, washington d.c., california
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Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: adventure, mercenary, gem, treasure hunt, greed, smuggling, civil war, brutality, escapades, journalism, rebel, obsessive quest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2003, year 1999, 2000s
Place: africa, south africa, angola, zimbabwe, morocco ...
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The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
Style: factual, emotional, intense, brutal, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, racism, preacher, civil war, rebellion, rape, torture, suffering, poverty, preaching, murder, gang rape ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
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Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, captivating, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, slavery, civil war, native americans, rivalry, ex military, courage, haunted by the past, rivals, historical character, ambitious, loss of spouse ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, suspense, compassionate, factual, political ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, jungle, soldier, civil war, navy seal, rescue mission, army, brutality, gunfight, commando, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
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: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, breathtaking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: dragon, intrigue, incest, medieval, power struggle, political intrigue, fantasy world, conflict, king, vicious, throne, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, family history, american civil war, human spirit, slave trade, escape attempt, freedom, justice, interracial relations, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s, 1860s, 70s
Place: usa, africa, england, tennessee
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
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, red army, civil war, culture clash, russian civil war, leadership, husband wife relationship, justice, cultural difference, soldier, heroes, adventure ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 60s
Place: asia, ussr, russia
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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, epic, scenic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: native american, american civil war, self discovery, culture clash, tribe, friendship, civil war, courage, native americans, native american white relationships, pride and honor, survival ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 1860s, 70s
Place: kansas, south dakota, tennessee, usa, nebraska
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Seraphim Falls (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Civil War has ended, but Colonel Morsman Carver is on one final mission – to kill Gideon, no matter what it takes. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit takes the two men through frigid snow-capped mountains and ...
Style: tense, realistic, twists and turns, suspense, intense ...
Plot: wilderness, civil war, chase, survival, vengeance, american civil war, justice, violence, war, indians, colonel, union soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during in the early 1960s.
Style: realistic, suspense, tense, factual, political ...
Plot: civil war, war, courage, politics, fight scenes, mercenary, conflict, un, betrayal, military, irish, justice ...
Time: 60s
Place: africa, congo, ireland
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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: realistic, tense, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: war, civil war, war crime, pow, battles, behind enemy lines, battle zone, military, life is a bitch, post war, military life, battlefield ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s
Place: china, asia
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
Style: gothic, scary, stylized, exciting, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, vampire hunter, supernatural, undead, tough heroes, civil war, slavery, good versus evil, head of state, monster, immortality, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s, 60s, 1810s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, new orleans, indiana
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Little Women (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, romantic, sweet, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, family outing, kids, teens
Plot: sisters, family values, first love, christmas, family bonds, sister sister relationship, women, couple relations, life changing experience, civil war, parent child relationship, everyday life ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, new york, england, usa, new england ...
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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, epic, sexy, gothic, erotic ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, romance, freedom, friendship, brutality, courage, revenge, violence, slavery, breast feeding ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: iraq, texas, missouri, germany, 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, macabre, sexy, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, incest, looking for sex, manipulation, obsession, sexuality, nudity (full frontal - brief), school, violence, boarding school, murder ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 70s
Place: california, mississippi
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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, brutal, suspense, harsh, poignant ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, revenge, cowboy, native americans, murder, vengeance, runaway, war crime, loss of son, tough heroes, civil war veteran ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 1860s
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, missouri, arizona ...
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, stylized, rough, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, vengeance, organized crime, revenge, street gang, betrayal, gang war, crime boss, courage, criminal heroes, social decay ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spanish civil war, coming of age, fascism, friendship, civil war, teacher, children, depression, latin, anarchist, family relations, countryside ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, galicia, usa ...
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Jonah Hex (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Gunslinger Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is appointed by President Ulysses Grant to track down terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), a former Confederate officer determined on unleashing hell on earth. Jonah not only secures freedom by accepting ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, rough, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: death, ambush, civil war, cowboy, superhero, american civil war, revenge, bounty hunter, gunslinger, supernatural, vengeance, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, virginia, new orleans, south carolina, washington d.c.
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Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Legendary writer Ambrose Bierce was known to be brilliant, cantankerous and romantic in all his life's passions, and was revered as one of the top storytellers of the late 19th Century. In 1890, he presented his recently published collection of ...
Style: touching, melancholic, exciting, captivating, surprise ending
Plot: civil war, american civil war, battlefield, soldier, chase, military, spy, husband wife relationship, politician, combat, battles, war ...
Time: 1890s
Place: alabama, san francisco
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