American civil war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant american civil war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic, intense, epic and captivating films and TV shows about / with american civil war, civil war, war, soldier, violence, storytelling, mentor, courage, friendship and u.s. civil war plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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american civil war movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as american civil war: North and South (1985), Gettysburg (1993), Glory (1989), Cold Mountain (2003), Dances with Wolves (1990), The Blue and the Gray (1982), Ride with the Devil (1999), Lincoln (2012), The Colt (2005), Alvarez Kelly (1966).

List of american civil war movies

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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 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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 7.9
 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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 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, lovers apart, power of love, love and romance, wartime life, friendship ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean
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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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The Blue and the Gray (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
Story: This movie is also in existance as a 3 part miniseries. America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. The plot revolves around the families of two sisters; Maggie Geyser and Evelyn Hale. The ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: american civil war, slavery, family life, head of state, political unrest, wartime life, state affairs, war, military, family relations, battles, society ...
Time: 19th century
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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, atmospheric, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, raid, war, vengeance, romance, supernatural, save the lady, reincarnation, rivalry, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: st. louis missouri, texas, missouri, kansas, germany ...
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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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 6.9
 464
The Colt (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: During the heat of battle in the midst of the Civil War, a beguilingly innocent colt is born to Union Jim Rabb's beloved mare. Refusing the orders to shoot it, lest it prove a hindrance, Rabb keeps the colt as a consolation in these desperate ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious
Plot: american civil war, soldier, battle, civil war, military life, wartime life, escapades, battle zone, officers and cadets, daring rescue, war, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, michigan, usa
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Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertently gets involved in the Civil War.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: american civil war, kidnapping, colonel, cattle, vengeance, chase, mexican, partners, dishonesty, adventurer, rescue, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, ireland, vienna, texas ...
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North and South, Book II (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 570 min.
Story: The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, family saga
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, friendship, best friends, espionage, romance, war, wartime life, society, military life, friends ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
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Field of Lost Shoes (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, touching
Plot: american civil war, war, military, teenage life, danger, youth, battle, teenage boy, courage, friendship, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1860s
Place: usa
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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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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, realistic, biting, offbeat ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, politics, slavery, civil war, white house, cold war, media, network, society, discrimination, injustice ...
Time: 1930s
Place: canada, mexico, japan, washington d.c., south africa ...
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Mysterious Island (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, light, intense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: island, american civil war, survival, giant bird, giant animal, escape, pirate, ocean, dangerous animal, adventure, stranded, family ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1950s
Place: pacific ocean
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The Keeping Room (2014)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious
Plot: american civil war, soldier, home invasion, rape, family relations, survival, military, siblings relations, danger, murder, mistaken identity, horse riding ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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My Brother's War (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Civil War drama directed by Whitney Hamilton. Grace Kieler disguises herself as a man and takes her brother's place in the Confederate army in an effort to protect him from the horrors of the war. When she meets young war widow Virginia ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: american civil war, politics, soldier, rivalry, religions or cults, battles, society, escapades, life is a bitch, wartime life, tent, corpse ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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 7.2
 14K
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: american civil war, looking for sex, civil war, behind enemy lines, soldier, wounded soldier, vengeance, school, dangerous attraction, confinement indoors, war, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: mississippi, california
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 6.8
 2K
True Women (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: True Women is a sweeping saga of love, war and adventure. Spanning five decades from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, True Women is the story of the love, friendship, survival and triumphs
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: american civil war, revolution, friendship, emancipation, civil rights, female protagonist, rivalry, political unrest, heroes, americana, rebellion, rebelliousness ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1860s, 1800s, 1830s ...
Place: texas, usa
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Andersonville (1996)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: This lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and ...
Style: serious, bleak, captivating, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, american civil war, civil war, union soldier, confederate soldier, heroes, gang, chaos, holocaust, rebellion, battles, rainy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: georgia, usa
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 6.8
 9K
Rio Lobo (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: american civil war, old west, colonel, vengeance, betrayal, crimes, rivalry, investigation, gunfight, revenge, soldier, small town ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new orleans
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Gods and Generals (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 219 min.
Story: The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point when Jackson is killed ...
Style: epic, realistic, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, war, small town, college, battle, military, heroes, couples, military life, death in the family, small town life, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 1860s, 19th century
Place: maine, virginia, west virginia, usa, washington d.c.
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 6.3
 43K
The Beguiled (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school, young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in ...
Style: gothic, sexy, suspense, romantic
Plot: sexual tension, girls' school, seduction, american civil war, union soldier, southern belle, confederate soldier, murder, rage, teacher, fear, amputee ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia
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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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 7.4
 7K
Shenandoah (1965)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, finds himself and his family in the middle of the Civil War he wants nothing to do with. When his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North the Civil War is forced upon him.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: american civil war, anti war, widower, interracial relations, war, vengeance, soldier, countryside, death in the family, heroes, vigilantism, pow ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, england
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 4.6
 544
Grey Knight (1993)
Genre: Horror, War
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Slave traders bring back evil voodoo entity that is accidently freed by the Confederate army during the Civil War. The entity possesses the bodies of the dead soldiers to create an army of its own bent on conquest, using the corpses of both the ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: zombie, supernatural, soldier, american civil war, apocalypse, deadly creature, supernatural ability, deadly, danger, war, heroic mission, survival ...
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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, mexico, arizona ...
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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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Free State of Jones (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
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, dramatic, inspirational, intense, earnest ...
Plot: american civil war, slavery, civil war, knife held to throat, house fire, retreat, bayonet, eulogy, court, binoculars, african american, voting ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1960s, 1920s
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The Retrieval (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: american civil war, bounty hunter, danger, moral dilemma, slavery, civil war, racism, survival, society, track down, escapades, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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