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, captivating, dramatic, intense and epic films and TV shows about / with american civil war, civil war, soldier, war, violence, death, courage, u.s. civil war, betrayal and mentor 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: Gettysburg (1993), Cold Mountain (2003), North and South (1985), Glory (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), Ride with the Devil (1999), The Blue and the Gray (1982), Lincoln (2012), Alvarez Kelly (1966), The Colt (2005).

List of american civil war movies

 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, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, union soldier ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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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, 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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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, serious, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
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, 1860s, 1850s, victorian era, 1840s
Place: new york, 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, 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, new england, south carolina, boston
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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: self discovery, american civil war, culture clash, redemption, friendship, civil war, native american, officer, courage, tribe, lifestyle change, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, south dakota, nebraska
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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: missouri, texas, germany, kansas, st. louis missouri ...
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: american civil war, slavery, head of state, wartime life, battles, war, family life, society, state affairs, political unrest, working class, military ...
Time: 19th century
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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, 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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Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertently gets involved in the Civil War.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: american civil war, cattle, colonel, mexican, kidnapping, vengeance, hostages, chase, lone wolves, cattleman, reluctant partners, rescue ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, virginia, ireland, vienna, texas ...
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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: exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: american civil war, soldier, battle, civil war, officers and cadets, war, anti war, battle zone, basic training, military life, battles, americana ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, michigan, usa
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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, japan, montreal, south africa ...
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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, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: american civil war, revenge, vengeance, civil war, murder, native american, tough heroes, arson, chief, war crime, cowboy, loss of son ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, missouri, usa, kansas, arizona
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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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, light, intense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: island, american civil war, survival, dangerous animal, giant bird, escape, pirate, giant animal, adventure, ocean, stranded, family ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1950s
Place: pacific ocean
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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: suspense, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, looking for sex, civil war, soldier, wounded soldier, school, behind enemy lines, vengeance, dangerous attraction, sexual awakening, seminary, sexual repression ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: mississippi, california
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 6.3
 41K
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, romantic, suspense
Plot: sexual tension, american civil war, union soldier, girls' school, seduction, southern belle, confederate soldier, teacher, rage, murder, wounded soldier, amputee ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: virginia
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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: serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: american civil war, rape, home invasion, soldier, survival, danger, mistaken identity, murder, siblings relations, military, family relations, shot in the head ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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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, epic, rough, realistic ...
Plot: american civil war, friendship, emancipation, civil rights, female protagonist, revolution, rebelliousness, siblings relations, old west, political unrest, society, state affairs ...
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, captivating, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Plot: american civil war, prison, union soldier, confederate soldier, civil war, anti heroes, soldier, war, prison escape, prison brawl, survival, captivity ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: georgia, 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: serious, realistic
Plot: american civil war, soldier, politics, wartime life, religions or cults, battles, escapades, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, kiss, pistol ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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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: serious, captivating, realistic, family saga
Plot: american civil war, friendship, civil war, slavery, best friends, espionage, romance, war, military life, wartime life, society, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
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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: 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, arizona, mexico ...
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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: rough, tense, bleak, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: old west, violence spree, civil war, gunfight, family relations, feud, rivalry, american civil war, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, post war, father son relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
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, u.s. civil war, confederate soldier, trench, bayonet, house fire, knife held to throat, retreat, animal bite, eulogy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1960s, 1920s
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, widower, interracial relations, vengeance, war, anti war, parents and children, countryside, society, family relations, single parent, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, england
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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, serious, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: war, american civil war, battle, college, small town, military life, student life, union soldier, confederate soldier, military, battles, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 1860s, 19th century
Place: maine, virginia, west virginia, usa, washington d.c.
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 6.2
 568
Point of Honor (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: At the start of the Civil War, a prominent Virginia family makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing all of their slaves, pitting the family against one another and testing their strength, courage and love.
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, realistic, tense
Plot: american civil war, soldier, military, civil war, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, virginia
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Deliverance Creek (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Set at the end of the Civil War, widowed mother of 3 Belle Gatlin Barlowe faces uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, dark, bleak ...
Plot: family in danger, danger, life is a bitch, parents and children, woman in danger, american civil war, strong female lead, protective parent, single mother, child care, female protagonist, determination ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa
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 7.1
 2K
Little Women (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate ...
Style: uplifting, romantic, sentimental, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: american civil war, coming of age, women, young love, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, first love, everyday life, family bonds, love story, civil war, prejudice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa
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 5.4
 11K
2001 Maniacs (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: On their way to Spring Break, college kids take a detour through an old Southern town. The people of Pleasant Valley insist the kids stay for their annual barbecue celebration... but instead of getting a taste of the old South, the old South gets a ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, scary, rough, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, small town, gory, racism, violence spree, slasher, violence, american civil war, gays and lesbians, animal cruelty, cannibalism, death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, southern usa, florida, georgia
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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: serious, tense, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, bounty hunter, slavery, civil war, african american, moral dilemma, danger, survival, track down, racism, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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