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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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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: 266,716 | Gross: $198.68M

2. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War

6.4
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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 20,624 | Gross: $10.00M

3. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 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, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,145

4. Song of the South (1946)

Approved | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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54 Metascore

The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear.

Directors: Harve Foster, Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett, Luana Patten

Votes: 10,237 | Gross: $63.72M

5. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.3
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A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 10,621 | Gross: $21.91M

6. Scarlett (1994)

PG-13 | 360 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Atlanta, 1873. It's another day (Melanie's funeral, in fact), and Scarlett is determined to win back Rhett (who's spending a lot of time with Belle Watling). First, she goes to Tara and ... See full summary »

Stars: Joanne Whalley, Timothy Dalton, Annabeth Gish, Julie Harris

Votes: 2,653

7. The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Western

5.0
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The sole surviving Texas Ranger of an ambush arranged by the outlaw leader Butch Cavandish returns to fight back as a great masked western hero - The Lone Ranger.

Director: William A. Fraker | Stars: Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Clark

Votes: 1,664 | Gross: $12.62M

8. Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941)

Passed | 59 min | Comedy, Music, Western

6.1
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In Texas after the Civil War, Ballard has declared martial law intending to drive the ranchers out of the county. When Col. Davis ousts Ballard and Roy is elected Sheriff, his man Stacy ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Marjorie Reynolds, Cy Kendall

Votes: 124

9. The Desperado (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.0
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From 1870 to 1873, Texas suffered under the carpetbag administration of reconstructionist Governor E. J. Davis (the name and the stated conditions was about the last of anything authentic ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Wayne Morris, Jimmy Lydon, Beverly Garland, Rayford Barnes

Votes: 52

10. Southward Ho! (1939)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Music

6.8
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In post Civil War Texas a former Union officer is the government's chief law enforcement official and tax collector. Roy discovers that the man is also the head of an outlaw gang.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Wade Boteler

Votes: 85

11. The Fabulous Texan (1947)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Romance, War

6.8
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A couple of Confederate soldiers, returning home from the Civil War, find Texas transformed into an armed camp with a quasi-dictator gathering up land and power as fast as he can. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Bill Elliott, John Carroll, Catherine McLeod, Albert Dekker

Votes: 49

12. Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942)

Approved | 62 min | Music, Western

5.9
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Jim Mallory returns from the Civil War to Texas to find his father, Colonel Mallory, leading a band of land grabbers and carpet-baggers during the Reconstruction Era. He learns of this from... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Jennifer Holt

Votes: 48

13. Come on, Rangers! (1938)

Passed | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Music

6.3
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Disbanded Texas Rangers are gathered together to help the U.S. Cavalry put an end to marauding outlaws.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, Lynne Roberts, Raymond Hatton, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 81

14. San Antone Ambush (1949)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Western

3.3
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Following the Civil War, Federal Comissioner Shattuck has organized a gang to help him ride roughshod over the Texans. They rob a U. S. Army payroll wagon, kill the cavalry escort, make off... See full summary »

Director: Philip Ford | Stars: Monte Hale, Bette Daniels, Paul Hurst, Roy Barcroft

Votes: 15

15. Movies of Color: Black Southern Cinema (2002 Video)

55 min | Documentary

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Film scholars discuss movies made by and for Blacks in the segregated America of the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Tom Thurman | Stars: Stanley Booth, John Cawelti, Bishetta Merritt, Charles Pace

16. The Presidents (2005– )
Episode: A. Johnson to Arthur (1865-1885) (2005)

Documentary, Biography, History

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About US Presidents 17) Andrew Johnson (1865-1869), 18) Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877), 19) Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881), 20) James A. Garfield (1881) and 21) Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885).

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Ken Ackerman, Paul Bergeron, George W. Bush



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