Early American Historical Movies

by SmilinJen | created - 13 Jul 2013 | updated - 30 Jan 2016 | Public

Focusing on pre-1900 historical movies dealing with American history while leaving out 'western' types...

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1. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 206,000 | Gross: $184.21M

2. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 126,392 | Gross: $95.64M

3. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,284 | Gross: $10.77M

4. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee

Votes: 23,517 | Gross: $47.74M

5. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 126,361 | Gross: $75.51M

6. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 133 min | Drama, History, Western

7.2
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A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin

Votes: 5,123

7. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 242,028 | Gross: $198.68M

8. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 108,795 | Gross: $26.83M

9. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 215,903 | Gross: $182.21M

10. The Journey of August King (1995)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama

6.6
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The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in April 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Jason Patric, Thandie Newton, Larry Drake, Sam Waterston

Votes: 835

11. Lonesome Dove (1989)

TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.8
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Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

Stars: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane

Votes: 16,964

12. Gods and Generals (2003)

PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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30 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Votes: 13,995 | Gross: $12.87M

13. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 105,966 | Gross: $56.51M

14. Geronimo (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Western

6.5
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This story of epic courage and grace is a remarkable window on Native American life and the early years of the last and most feared Apache War Chief.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Joseph Runningfox, Nick Ramus, Michelle St. John, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 401 | Gross: $4.65M

15. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western

6.5
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The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi

Votes: 7,326 | Gross: $18.64M

16. Dead Man's Walk (1996)

PG-13 | 272 min | Western

7.3
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In this prequel to "Lonesome Dove", two young men join the Texas Rangers unit that's on a mission to annex Santa Fe.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Patricia Childress, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 1,250

17. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 570 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Todd Bridges, Robert Reed, John Amos

Votes: 13,649

18. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 75,736 | Gross: $12.71M

19. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 22,869

20. Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Approved | 72 min | Drama, History, War

5.8
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During the 1700s, in the Great Lakes region the British troops have driven the French out and with help from the mercenary Hessian troops the British plan to annihilate the native tribes of the Ottawas.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lex Barker, Helen Westcott, Lon Chaney Jr., Berry Kroeger

Votes: 116

21. Soldier Blue (1970)

R | 112 min | Western

6.9
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After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson

Votes: 4,119

22. Follow the River (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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An "inspirational" saga of a pioneer woman who is abducted by Shawnee indians.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ellen Burstyn, Eric Schweig, Tim Guinee

Votes: 383

23. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 225,695 | Gross: $113.33M

24. The Crossing (2000 TV Movie)

89 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the Hessian forces at Trenton.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché, Steven McCarthy

Votes: 1,549

25. Son of the Morning Star (1991– )

PG-13 | 187 min | Biography, History, Western

7.5
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The story of George Custer, Crazy Horse and the events prior to the battle of the Little Bighorn, told from the different perspectives of two women.

Stars: Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Stanley Anderson, Edward Blatchford

Votes: 764

26. Streets of Laredo (1995)

300 min | Drama, Western

7.4
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Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a ... See full summary »

Stars: James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Ned Beatty

Votes: 1,464

27. North and South (1985–1994)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,054

28. Thomas Jefferson (1997– )

180 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father.

Stars: Ossie Davis, Joseph Ellis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Potts

Votes: 476

29. Revolution (1985)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.2
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New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright

Votes: 5,507 | Gross: $0.36M

30. Ride with the Devil (I) (1999)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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69 Metascore

During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel Kilcher, Jeremy W. Auman

Votes: 11,718 | Gross: $0.63M

31. The Blue and the Gray (1982– )

381 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Stars: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Julia Duffy, Robin Gammell

Votes: 1,250

32. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 4,659 | Gross: $1.00M

33. Custer of the West (1967)

G | 143 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 1,018

34. The Mayflower (2006 TV Movie)

180 min | History

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Director: Lisa Quijano Wolfinger | Stars: Keith Bartlett, Paul Drinan, Edward Herrmann, Jacqueline King

Votes: 88

35. Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Adventure, History

6.4
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In 1620, the Assembly of the Pilgrims decides to emigrate to the young America because of the persecution they suffer by the English crown. The film tells the adventurous journey of the ... See full summary »

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Crenna, Jenny Agutter, Michael Beck

Votes: 114

36. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

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47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Tezas

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

Votes: 17,829 | Gross: $22.41M

37. The Alamo (1960)

Not Rated | 167 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.9
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In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 12,056 | Gross: $17.26M

38. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 455

39. Saving Lincoln (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography

5.4
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21 Metascore

The true story of Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. This unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs.

Director: Salvador Litvak | Stars: Tom Amandes, Lea Coco, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Davison

Votes: 210

40. Dream West (1986)

Biography, Drama, Western

6.9
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John Charles Fremont, the American adventurer, the free-spirited women who impelled him to dare undreamed-of-feats, and the young nation they helped to shape. The story begins in 1839 when ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Alice Krige, F. Murray Abraham, René Enríquez

Votes: 84

41. Lincoln (1988– )

188 min | Drama

7.3
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After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency.

Stars: Richard Mulligan, Deborah Adair, Tom Brennan, Gregory Cooke

Votes: 338

42. The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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April 14, 1865. As four year of Civil War draw to a close, our country again faces unforgettable tragedy: the assassination of the President. Starring Lance Henriksen as the Great ... See full summary »

Director: John Gray | Stars: Rob Morrow, Lance Henriksen, Donna Murphy, Jean Louisa Kelly

Votes: 315

43. 1776 (1972)

G | 141 min | Drama, Family, History

7.6
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A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Donald Madden

Votes: 6,710 | Gross: $6.10M

44. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

7.3
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63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 62,050 | Gross: $44.18M

45. Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (1995 TV Movie)

92 min | Western

7.1
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This western began in 1812 when the settlers tried to take away more and more territories from the indians. Tecumseh, who is the leader of the Shawnee indians, tries to do something. He ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Jesse Borrego, David Clennon, Tantoo Cardinal, Gregory Cruz

Votes: 220

46. The Oregon Trail (1959)

86 min | Western

5.0
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In 1846, a newspaperman joins an Oregon Trail wagon train to verify rumors about the U.S. government sending troops disguised as settlers there in order to claim Oregon.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Fred MacMurray, William Bishop, Nina Shipman, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 161

47. Unconquered (1947)

Approved | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff

Votes: 1,579

48. The Howards of Virginia (1940)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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During the American War of Independence, aristocratic Virginian Jane Peyton marries unsophisticated rustic surveyor Matt Howard who takes her to his Shenandoah Valley plantation and later goes to war.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Marshal

Votes: 871

49. Johnny Tremain (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Family, History

6.6
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Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 1,253

50. John Paul Jones (1959)

126 min | Action, Biography, History

7.0
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The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien

Votes: 767

51. Winners of the Wilderness (1927)

68 min | Drama, History, War

3.1
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Able wilderness fighter Colonel O'Hara loves Rene, daughter of the commander of the French forces during the French and Indian War. The Indians, under Pontiac, kidnap Rene. O'Hara hopes to rescue and wed her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Tim McCoy, Joan Crawford, Edward Connelly, Roy D'Arcy

Votes: 93

52. The Pathfinder (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure

4.8
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This adventure follows a mid-18th-century British scout through the wilderness on a mission to sneak into a French fortress.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Kevin Dillon, Graham Greene, Laurie Holden, Stacy Keach

Votes: 184

53. Mary Silliman's War (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Nancy Palk, Richard Donat, Diane D'Aquila, Paul Boretski

Votes: 60

54. Valley Forge (1975 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, War

7.2
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George Washington struggles to hold his army together at a critical point during the Revolutionary War.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Richard Basehart, Barry Snider, Harry Andrews, Alan Cauldwell

Votes: 48

55. Texas (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Adventure, History, Western

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In the beginning of the 19th Century, many white Americans are settling in the Mexican province of Texas. As the years go by, political conflicts between the settlers and the Mexican ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Maria Conchita Alonso, Benjamin Bratt, Frederick Coffin, Patrick Duffy

Votes: 386

56. One Man's Hero (1999)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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24 Metascore

"One Man's Hero" tells the little-known story of the "St. Patrick's Battalion" or "San Patricios," a group of mostly Irish, and other immigrants of the Catholic religion, who deserted to ... See full summary »

Director: Lance Hool | Stars: Tom Berenger, Joaquim de Almeida, Daniela Romo, Mark Moses

Votes: 963 | Gross: $0.23M

57. The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.6
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During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

Director: Anthony Quinn | Stars: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens

Votes: 1,868

58. Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994)

273 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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Civil War has just finished, but things in the country aren't much better, especially in the South.

Stars: Philip Casnoff, Kyle Chandler, Cathy Lee Crosby, Lesley-Anne Down

Votes: 1,705

59. Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western

7.4
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During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 6,638

60. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.3
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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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

Votes: 3,380

61. The Andersonville Trial (1970 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

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A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.

Director: George C. Scott | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, William Shatner, Jack Cassidy, Wright King

Votes: 378

62. Andersonville (1996 TV Movie)

167 min | Drama, History, War

7.5
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The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 1,585

63. Wicked Spring (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, War, Western

5.6
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During the 1864 battle of the Wilderness, three Union soldiers and three Confederate Soldiers get seperated from their units as twilight engulfs the ravaged battlefield. The men wander ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin R. Hershberger | Stars: Brian Merrick, DJ Perry, Terry Jernigan, Aaron Jackson

Votes: 511

64. Dog Jack (2010)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, War

6.5
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This is the story of a slave boy and his dog who escape the master's plantation, join the Union Army, and have to face their former master on the battlefield. The story is inspired by the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward T. McDougal | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Benjamin Gardner, Frank Kasy, Kenneth Craig

Votes: 88

65. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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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.

Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller, Blaine Miller | Stars: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Amy Redford

Votes: 322

66. The Colt (2005 TV Movie)

80 min | Action, Drama, History

6.9
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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, ... See full summary »

Director: Yelena Lanskaya | Stars: Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic, William MacDonald, Darcy Belsher

Votes: 444

67. The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Chris Bauer

Votes: 1,054

68. Class of '61 (1993 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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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.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Christien Anholt, Andre Braugher, Dan Futterman, Josh Lucas

Votes: 299

69. Centennial (1978–1979)

1,256 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid 1700s to the late 1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad

Votes: 2,432

70. True Women (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.8
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Covering nearly fifty years of mid-19th-century turmoil, from the tumultuous Texas Revolution to the early women's suffrage movement, "True Women" is a gripping tale of endurance, love, and above all, gritty female determination.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, Angelina Jolie, Michael York

Votes: 1,855

71. Into the West (2005– )

552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 5,830

72. The Donner Party (2009)

R | 95 min | Drama

5.2
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Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Terrence Martin | Stars: Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford, Michele Santopietro, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 876

73. 17 Miracles (2011)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, History

6.4
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The pioneer trek across the plains of the Mormon pioneers.

Director: T.C. Christensen | Stars: Jasen Wade, Emily Wadley, Jason Celaya, Natalie Blackman

Votes: 1,042

74. The Awakening Land (1978– )

333 min | Drama

8.4
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Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Hal Holbrook, Jane Seymour, Steven Keats

Votes: 357

75. Copperhead (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

5.6
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34 Metascore

An Upstate New York family is torn apart during the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: François Arnaud, Lucy Boynton, Casey Thomas Brown, Billy Campbell

Votes: 750 | Gross: $0.17M

76. Field of Lost Shoes (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, War

5.8
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28 Metascore

Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market, May 1864. A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must ... See full summary »

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Jason Isaacs, Lauren Holly, Keith David, David Arquette

Votes: 1,323

77. Pharaoh's Army (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Western

6.9
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During the American Civil War, a Union Army captain leads his rag-tag cavalry troop up a misty creek to a remote farm to appropriate enemy (Confederate) livestock. The farm is worked by ... See full summary »

Director: Robby Henson | Stars: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Joy

Votes: 495 | Gross: $0.05M

78. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 37,460 | Gross: $20.76M