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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2022 8:41 p.m. PST

"Running from 1861 to 1865, the Civil War remains the deadliest war ever fought on American soil. The result of various factors, it was ultimately a struggle over the scourge of slavery, which led to conflicts over states' right that would see seven Southern states secede from the United States. By the time it was over, approximately 620,000 soldiers were dead and millions more injured. Many would attest that the war's ramifications are still being played out to this day. In fact, the country is arguably in the midst of a cultural civil war with direct ties to the historical one.

Oddly enough, the Civil War doesn't often get the Hollywood treatment as a direct subject. Whereas World War II or Vietnam movies frequently go into the heart of battle, those with Civil War themes tend to skirt around the event altogether. A number of classic Westerns, for example, focus instead on the frontier battles between cavalrymen and Native Americans. It would appear that Apache warriors and other tribes made for more palatable common enemies to the audiences of yore. Then again, it could just be that Americans killing Americans in droves—or conjuring the ghosts of slavery—hasn't historically made for good box-office business…."

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HMS Exeter Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2022 9:09 p.m. PST

50. Mysterious Island.
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

With 3 listing for Little Women.


nsolomon9905 Oct 2022 10:59 p.m. PST

For me, hard to go past:
- Glory
- Gettysburg (didn't like the Gods & Generals sequel)
- Lincoln
- Dances with Wolves
- Gone with the Wind (of course!!)

Murvihill06 Oct 2022 3:47 a.m. PST

I think there were 4 little women in there…
They stretched the Civil War connection pretty tight.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2022 4:51 a.m. PST

That is a very lose loose list. 🙂

Gettysburg, even though Sheen was afraid of horses and looked like he cringed whenever on one.
Gone With the Wind

North and South 2 had some decent battle scenes. Otherwise a soap opera.

arthur181506 Oct 2022 5:51 a.m. PST

Buster Keaton's 'The General' may be a comedic portrayal of the Locomotive Chase, but it's great just to see those superb steam locomotives.

The original 'Red Badge of Courage' starring Audie Murphy gets my vote for one of the best portrayals of ACW combat.

0ldYeller06 Oct 2022 6:28 a.m. PST

Many of the movies on this list have a tenuous connection to the Civil War – if any. What about Birth of a Nation, The Undefeated, Escape From Fort Bravo, Major Dundee, Gods & Generals, The Andersonville Trial (made for TV) and Ride With the Devil?

0ldYeller06 Oct 2022 6:28 a.m. PST

Also missing Dark Command.

Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2022 8:11 a.m. PST

IMO Not very many really good ones except Glory and Lincoln. A lot of just okay ones like Gettysburg. A hard era to do because it seems like the war never quite ended and a movie that works in the North might not work in the South and vice versa. Big battles are expensive.

The stories of slavery, like 12 Years a Slave, are a new dimension though.

Trajanus06 Oct 2022 12:13 p.m. PST

What idiot compiled that list? I couldn't be bothered to note all the ones that were not set in the Civil War but when you read captions with things like "set in 1880" you know its just click bait.

14Bore06 Oct 2022 12:26 p.m. PST

Free State of Jones
Red Badge of Courage
Cold Mountain
The General

My list out of what's there.

Legionarius06 Oct 2022 2:47 p.m. PST

My list: Glory, Gettysburg, Lincoln.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2022 3:11 p.m. PST

And my favorite starring Clint (not the remake) – The Beguiled!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2022 3:24 p.m. PST



Wackmole906 Oct 2022 4:25 p.m. PST

Gettysburg for the win for me.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2022 6:02 p.m. PST

This is a joke. Half the films aren't even about the Civil War. Many are just Westerners. They are missing Ride with the Devil and others that are true Civil War films.

BigfootLover06 Oct 2022 7:48 p.m. PST

The Horse Soldiers.

14Bore07 Oct 2022 1:25 a.m. PST

Oh forgot Ride with the Devil

Major Mike07 Oct 2022 5:30 a.m. PST

I'm surprised no one has mentioned The Hunley

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2022 5:55 a.m. PST

Mike, didn't it "sink" at the box office? 😉 sorry could not resist.

4DJones07 Oct 2022 10:26 a.m. PST

A Time out of War

Major Mike07 Oct 2022 3:04 p.m. PST

The Hunley was a made for TV movie, I saw it when it came out on DVD.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2022 4:46 p.m. PST

Sub, sink. Just making a bad joke. 🙂

steve dubgworth10 Oct 2022 11:00 a.m. PST

i was very fond of a '50s film Cavalry Charge or also called The Last Outpost starring Ronald Reagan bit of a plodding plot set in the South West looking at the work of the confederate cavalry raiding union supply lines, but the cavalry charge against apaches is pretty special.

Triplecdad28 Dec 2022 11:54 a.m. PST

Ride with the Devil. Gods and Generals?
Ride is, for me, one of the best movies ever.
Also, cannot remember the name, but plot involved Rebs placing a cannon on top of a mountain, that had a cave leading to the top. Decent film. Used to own it on VHS.

Bill N28 Dec 2022 12:11 p.m. PST

The plot you describe Triplecdad sounds vaguely like Menace on the Mountain, a Disney effort from around 1970. As I recall the deserters had armed themselves with Spencers.

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2022 12:36 p.m. PST

Glory, Gettysburg and Lincoln

doc mcb28 Dec 2022 5:33 p.m. PST

Ride With the devil and Glory; between them they reveal a lot.

donlowry29 Dec 2022 8:54 a.m. PST

Strange that no one has mentioned "The Horse Soldiers." True, it is a typical John Wayne film, in many ways, and the uniforms are wrong for the era. But, still, it's a pretty good movie.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 9:44 a.m. PST

@donlowry it was a fun movie. I think not mentioned because of its lack of accuracy, would be my guess. It Does have a great rendition of "Bonnie Blue Flag" in it.
Ranks with "Barry Lyndon's", "British Grenadiers", with a good stereo, the drums in that are awesome.

Obviously both must be heard on soundtracks for full effect. Barry Lyndon was a excellent soundtrack

Subject: The Bonnie Blue Flag – From – The Horse Soldiers – YouTube

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Subject: Barry Lyndon – British Grenadiers – YouTube

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Tortorella Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 9:53 a.m. PST

I loved "Horse Soldiers" as a kid until I later read Dee Brown's "Grierson's Raid" which I love to this day. Wayne just sinks every movie he is in for me as an adult.

Thanks 35th! Saves me looking them up, fabulous!

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2022 10:23 a.m. PST


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