Period Dramas-The American Civil War Era 1849-1865

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the American Civil War 1849-1865.

While doing the list for the Period Drama-The Victorian Era, there were numerous movies set in the American Civil War era. Hence the main reason for this list, the next reason is the Victorian Era was becoming larger than anticipated. ***please note some productions are before ,and after the civil war...give or take a few years***

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1.
Queen (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen... (282 mins.)
“ quiet a departure for Halle Berry. Some parts lag, others parts just don't seem to fit together. And yet Halle's acting is the beginning to flourish, especially when she expresses her love for her first born son. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
2.
North and South (1985 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War. (561 mins.)
“ Look at the costumes of the women: wide hooped dresses and curls in their hair, men with cravats and look at the weaponary. History in the making....by the way the third part to this series without Patrick Sawzye is not even worth watching ” - eliza_gaskell
 
3.
Little Women (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ this is set after the civil war, though does not appear with all the rosy cheeks, healthy glow that war has affected the March family. Nevertheless the Mrs March and her girls are at home waiting for their father to come home from war ” - eliza_gaskell
 
4.
True Women (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
True Women is a sweeping saga of love, war and adventure. Spanning five decades from the Texas Revolution through the Civil War... (183 mins.)
Director: Karen Arthur
“ Loved Angelina's strong character in the movie, where she plays a southern belle ” - eliza_gaskell
 
5.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The one and only. The ultimate post, present and after civil war epic told from the point of view of Scarlet O'Hara. Fantastis production despite it's near behind the scene dilemna ” - eliza_gaskell
 
6.
Sommersby (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ young man comes home to his family after the civil war...but is the man the claims to be? Loosely based on the French book & film film "The Return of Martin Guerre" (1982). Didn't really mind this production. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
7.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Seen this movie several time, and never get tired of watching it. The stand out are the cast-Danzel Washington, Mathew Brodrick and Morgan Freeman. A great story based on true events. One of the most vivid scene is where Danzel is being whipped because he stole a pair of boots...why because the bias attitude of army storeman withheld boots to the 54th Regiment ” - eliza_gaskell
 
8.
Cold Mountain (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. (154 mins.)
“ Pity about the starring roles with Nicole Kidman and Jude Law. Don't get me wrong. I think they are superb actors but for me, I found something was missing. The stand out actors in this film, in my view, is Renée Zellweger and great Brendan Gleeson. Surprised to see Natalie Portman and Cillian Murphy in small roles.
***TRIVIA*** Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy both acted together before in "28 Days Later" (2002) ” - eliza_gaskell
 
9.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The life of an aging black slave, Tom, and the people he interacts with. (110 mins.)
Director: Stan Lathan
 
10.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
11.
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
“ the best story of slavery and liberation from the perspective of the men and women who were enslaved. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
12.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
13.
A Woman Called Moses (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A film about the life and career of the African American abolitionist and slave escape leader, Harriet Tubman. (240 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
14.
A Southern Yankee (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A hapless bellboy in a St. Louis hotel near the end of the Civil War is recruited by the Union secret service to impersonate a notorious Confederate spy. (90 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
 
15.
Freedom Bound (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Choice, hope, and escape from slavery are highlighted in stories spanning three centuries. Examine the... (58 mins.)
 
16.
Raintree County (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems. (160 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Starring the gorgeous Liz Taylor as the young rich New Orleans girl, Susanna Drake. Basically the story is about a young man John Wickliff Shawnessy, who marries the wrong woman. Instead of marrying his childhood sweetheart Nell Gaither (Eva Marie Saint), he weds Susanna Drake. Worth watching for the strong performances and ofcourse the late Liz Taylor.
****SPOILER***I didn't agree with the ending, where Susanna takes her own life and Nell latches onto the grieving John like a spider. Could of handled the ending a bit better, instead of ending it in 5 minutes. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
17.
Lincoln (1988 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. (188 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
18.
Tad (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Biography on Abraham Lincoln, who lost one of his sons during presidency. (120 mins.)
Director: Rob Thompson
 
19.
Gettysburg (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
 
20.
Wicked Spring (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
During the 1864 battle of the Wilderness, three Union soldiers and three Confederate Soldiers get seperated... (102 mins.)
 
21.
Gods and Generals (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
 
22.
Ironclads (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack". (94 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
23.
The Blue and the Gray (1982 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. (381 mins.)
 
24.
Andersonville (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War. (167 mins.)
 
25.
Louisiana (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Virginia Tregan returns to her home in the U.S. Deep South from a sojourn in Paris only to discover... (186 mins.)
 
26.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (115 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
27.
The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley... (94 mins.)
Director: John Gray
 
28.
The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President... (95 mins.)
Director: John Gray
 
29.
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
At the beginning of the Civil War, seven friends embark on a cross-country journey in order to join the Confederate army. (101 mins.)
Director: William Hale
 
30.
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln... (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
31.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. (155 mins.)
“ not bad story, althought Matthew McConaughey seemed miscasted. Brilliant acting by Djimon Hounsou especially when he speaking for the first time in the court room ” - eliza_gaskell
 
32.
Ascension Day (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A drama focused on Nat Turner and the 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia.
Director: Akosua Busia
 
33.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished...
 
34.
How the West Was Won (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
 
35.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
36.
In the Midst of Life (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This Civil War anthology adapts three Ambrose Bierce stories "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chickamauga" and "The Mockingbird." (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
 
37.
Jezebel (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back. (104 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
38.
Friendly Persuasion (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
During the Civil War, a Quaker couple risks their lives by helping runaway slaves. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
39.
Shenandoah (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob... (105 mins.)
 
40.
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ I have tried to limit westerns in this list ” - eliza_gaskell
 
41.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights... (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Not a bad movie, with Toby Mcguire (Jake Roedel) Skeet Ulrich and singer Jewel. Humours when folks thought Jewel's baby was Toby's but in actual fact it's Skeet's...sorry forget the character names in this movie ” - eliza_gaskell
 
42.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ 1966 Italian epic spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone, with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. Some people may state the depliction of the Civil War was "b*llsh*t" in this film, I found it to be another man's point of view, which can be refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed the blowing up of the bridge. And you just can't go past this film without mentioning the music by Ennio Morricone, marriage made in heaven ” - eliza_gaskell
 
43.
Drums in the Deep South (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain. (87 mins.)
 
44.
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by cheap-labor agents out West. (102 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
 
45.
Mandingo (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. (127 mins.)
 
46.
Freedom Road (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Muhammad Ali, in a rare acting role, plays Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave in 1870's Virginia who gets elected to the U.S... (186 mins.)
Director: Ján Kadár
 
47.
Nightjohn (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief... (92 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
48.
Beloved (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter. (172 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ odd ball of a film produced and starring by Oprah Winfrey. Just proves not all Oprah touchs turns to gold ” - eliza_gaskell
 
49.
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network. (91 mins.)
Director: Don McBrearty
 
50.
The Journey of August King (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815... (91 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ a little bit out of time, but it is about slavery in America ” - eliza_gaskell
 
51.
Class of '61 (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run. (95 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
52.
The Beguiled (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts. (105 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
53.
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The true love story of the conflict between Capt. Robert Adams' dedication to the south and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country. (96 mins.)
 
54.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. (100 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
55.
Pharaoh's Army (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek... (90 mins.)
Director: Robby Henson
 
56.
A House Divided (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the aftermath of the terrible Civil War which has devastated the South, Amanda America Dixon returns... (101 mins.)
 
57.
Band of Angels (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black. (125 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
58.
The Raid (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton (83 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
59.
Dark Command (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders. (94 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
60.
Major Dundee (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1864, due to frequent Apache raids from Mexico into the US, a Union officer decides to illegally cross the border and destroy the Apache, using a mixed army of Union troops, Confederate POWs, civilian mercenaries and scouts. (123 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
61.
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Shirley Temple's father, a rebel officer, sneaks back to his rundown plantation to see his family and is arrested... (73 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
62.
Rocky Mountain (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In California during the Civil War, a Confederate patrol and a Union troop must set their differences aside in order to survive a Sioux attack. (83 mins.)
 
63.
The Undefeated (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are... (119 mins.)
 
64.
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
At the beginning of the Civil War, seven friends embark on a cross-country journey in order to join the Confederate army. (101 mins.)
Director: William Hale
 
65.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. (69 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
66.
The Red Badge of Courage (1974 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
During the Civil War, a young man enthusiastically joins the Union army thirsting to find glory and honor, but his first battle opens his eyes to the reality of how un-glorious and dishonorable war really is. (74 mins.)
Director: Lee Philips
 
67.
The Andersonville Trial (1970 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia. (150 mins.)
Director: George C. Scott
 
68.
Sons of Virginia (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Daniel Neal and his Older brother josh grew up together on a farm in Northern Virginia. Daniel the hard... (48 mins.)
Director: Dale Jackson
 
69.
Beulah Land (1980 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Miniseries detailing the lives of two Civil War families. (120 mins.)
 
70.
The Love Letter (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
20th century computer games designer Scott exchanges love letters with 19th century poet Elizabeth Whitcomb through an antique desk that can make letters travel through time. (99 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
 
71.
The Conspirator (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford