Period Dramas-The American Civil War Era 1849-1865by eliza_gaskell | created - 20 Feb 2011 | updated - 23 Oct 2012 | Public
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***
For those who are serious about Period Dramas and deem a movie/mini series worthy to be listed, add your comments.
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1. Queen (1993)
282 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into ... See full summary »
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.
2. North and South, Book I (1985)
561 min | Drama, History, Romance
Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
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
3. Little Women (1994)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.
Votes: 44,808 | Gross: $50.08M
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
4. True Women (1997 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Loved Angelina's strong character in the movie, where she plays a southern belle
5. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 268,772 | Gross: $198.68M
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
6. Sommersby (1993)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A farmer returns home from the Civil War, but his wife begins to suspect that the man is an impostor.
Votes: 18,197 | Gross: $50.08M
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.
7. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 114,546 | Gross: $26.83M
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
8. Cold Mountain (2003)
R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 133,583 | Gross: $95.64M
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)
10. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 224,397 | Gross: $184.21M
11. Roots (1977)
TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.
the best story of slavery and liberation from the perspective of the men and women who were enslaved.
12. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Not Rated | 195 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 20,810 | Gross: $10.00M
14. A Southern Yankee (1948)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, History, War
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.
15. Freedom Bound (2009 TV Movie)
G | 58 min | History
Choice, hope, and escape from slavery are highlighted in stories spanning three centuries. Examine the options for slaves willing to risk their lives for freedom. Where could they run? Whom... See full summary »
16. Raintree County (1957)
Approved | 160 min | Drama, Romance, War
A student falls in love with a Southern belle, but their relationship is complicated by her troubled past and the onset of the Civil War.
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.
20. Wicked Spring (2002)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, War, Western
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 »
21. Gods and Generals (2003)
PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 14,670 | Gross: $12.87M
25. Louisiana (1984 TV Movie)
186 min | Drama, History, Romance
Virginia Tregan returns to her home in the U.S. Deep South from a sojourn in Paris only to discover that her family plantation and its holdings have been lost. She determines to recoup her ... See full summary »
26. The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War
In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.
27. The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 94 min | Action, Drama, History
During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.
28. The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 »
30. The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History
Country doctor Samuel Mudd is unfairly punished by the U.S. Government after he unwisely shelters a wounded John Wilkes Booth during the night after Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
31. Amistad (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama, History
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.
Votes: 66,964 | Gross: $44.18M
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
American Playhouse (1981– )
Solomon Northup's Odyssey
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time ... See full summary »
34. How the West Was Won (1962)
G | 164 min | Western
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.
Votes: 17,197 | Gross: $46.50M
35. The General (1926)
Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.
39. Shenandoah (1965)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western
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.
40. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
PG | 135 min | Western
Missouri farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.
Votes: 61,131 | Gross: $31.80M
I have tried to limit westerns in this list
41. Ride with the Devil (I) (1999)
R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War
During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.
Votes: 12,361 | Gross: $0.63M
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
42. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 637,890 | Gross: $6.10M
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
43. Drums in the Deep South (1951)
Passed | 87 min | Drama, History, Romance
Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.
46. Freedom Road (1979 TV Movie)
186 min | Drama
Muhammad Ali, in a rare acting role, plays Gideon Jackson, an ex-slave in 1870's Virginia who gets elected to the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. and battles other former slaves and white ... See full summary »
47. Nightjohn (1996 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama
Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief duties at the plantation of Clel Waller are serving at table, spitting tobacco juice on... See full summary »
48. Beloved (1998)
R | 172 min | Drama, History, Horror
Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman
Votes: 6,768 | Gross: $22.85M
odd ball of a film produced and starring by Oprah Winfrey. Just proves not all Oprah touchs turns to gold
49. Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History