10 Best Civil War Movies

The drama of the Civil War has been the subject of Hollywood drama for a long time and has been captured most epically in these 10 best Civil War movies.  

  1. "Cold Mountain" (2003) The civil war is more of a backdrop for this movie, but the love story is great and the cast (with Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Natalie Portman, and Donald Sutherland) is terrific.
  2. "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976) Is there anything better than a Clint Eastwood movie about revenge?  This one fits the bill.
  3. "The North And The South" (1985) The North and the South is a wonderful period piece that captivated Americans when it aired as a mini-series in 1985.  The series includes performances from Patrick Swayze, Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Morgan Fairchild, Hal Holbrook, Jonathan Frakes, Forest Whitaker, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others.
  4. "Gone With the Wind" (1939) This epic drama made several quotes famous, such as "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" and "I shall never go hungry again." It depicts one woman's struggle to maintain her station in life while the war rages on. It's a great love story as well.
  5. "Gettysburg" (1993) Gettysburg has been hailed as one of the most realistic Civil War movies there ever was. Extensive detail was used by director Ronald F. Maxwell that makes this a must-see for history buffs.
  6. "Shenandoah" (1965) Jimmy Stewart plays a farmer who reluctantly becomes part of the war effort.
  7. "Gods and Generals" (2003) Gods and Generals is a prequel to Gettysburg, and includes the same detail and drama about the events leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.
  8. "Raintree County" (1957) Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift stars in this romantic drama set against the Civil War.
  9. "The Blue and the Gray" (1982) One thing the Civil War was known for was dividing the loyalties of families. The Blue and the Gray tell the story of brother fighting against brother.         
  10. "Glory" (1989) Perhaps one of the best Civil-War movies of all time. There is a scene where Denzel Washington's character is getting whipped by Matthew Broderick's character and at the end of the punishment, Washington stoically turns to Broderick with a tear in his eye that he will not let fall.  Good stuff.



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