New Nation, Expansion & Reform America (1783 - 1860)

by indeetee | created - 14 Sep 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Films & series set at a time when America was establishing its government and expanding its borders. This period also includes the Antebellum Era (1781-1860).

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1. Into the West (2005)

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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: 6,164

2. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 87,132

3. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

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: 66,960 | Gross: $44.18M

4. 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 »

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Beau Bridges, Carl Lumbly, Bill Cobbs, Kathleen York

Votes: 324

5. Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History

A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network.

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Falconer Abraham, Dwight Bacquie, Janet Bailey, Nigel Bennett

Votes: 147

6. 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 »

Stars: Ann-Margret, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Daly, Ossie Davis

Votes: 1,289

7. Champagne Charlie (1989 TV Movie)

190 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

This is the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He is a reluctant French spy and is captured and spends... See full summary »

Director: Allan Eastman | Stars: Hugh Grant, Megan Gallagher, Megan Follows, Stéphane Audran

Votes: 213

8. Belizaire the Cajun (1986)

PG | 103 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Cajun man attempts to save his town.

Director: Glen Pitre | Stars: Armand Assante, Gail Youngs, Michael Schoeffling, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 407 | Gross: $1.44M

9. Hawaii (1966)

Approved | 189 min | Drama

An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman

Votes: 2,473 | Gross: $34.56M

10. The Comancheros (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

55 Metascore

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 7,553

11. The Unforgiven (1960)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon

Votes: 6,686

12. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

75 Metascore

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 19,799

13. The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Western

An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Randolph Scott, Patrice Wymore, Dick Wesson, Philip Carey

Votes: 494

14. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 905

15. Way Down South (1939)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Music

In the pre-Civil War South, a plantation owner dies and leaves all his possessions, including his slaves, to his young son. While the deceased treated his slaves decently, his corrupt ... See full summary »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan, Steffi Duna

Votes: 174

16. Zenobia (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy

A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Oliver Hardy, Harry Langdon, Billie Burke, Alice Brady

Votes: 508

17. The Toy Wife (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, History, Romance

The beautiful and frivolous wife of a plantation owner in antebellum Louisiana proves unsatisfactory at running the household, leading her serious-minded husband to enlist the help of her unmarried sister.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Luise Rainer, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 286

18. Dixiana (1930)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

Votes: 297

19. Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

GP | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

75 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 26,489 | Gross: $47.74M

20. The Journey of August King (1995)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama

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: 866

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

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

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: 5,679

22. Dead Man's Walk (1996)

PG-13 | 272 min | Western

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: 1,399

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

92 min | Western

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: 234

24. The Courage to Love (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, History, Romance

In 19th century New Orleans creole Henriette must choose between love and devotion to the church. Neither choice is going to be easy, as there is great opposition to her ideas of breaking traditions.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Vanessa Williams, Gil Bellows, Karen Williams, Lisa Bronwyn Moore

Votes: 397

25. The Substitute Wife (1994 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Western

In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Lea Thompson, Peter Weller, Karis Paige Bryant

Votes: 484

26. The Alamo (2004)

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

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 Texas.

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

Votes: 18,808 | Gross: $22.41M

27. Canyon Passage (1946)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Drama, Music

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc

Votes: 1,777

28. Distant Drums (1951)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, Western

After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb, Ray Teal

Votes: 1,585

29. The Great Moment (1944)

Passed | 83 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey, William Demarest

Votes: 833

30. The World in His Arms (1952)

Approved | 104 min | Action, Adventure, History

In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn, John McIntire

Votes: 1,599 | Gross: $3.00M

31. Alias Grace (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi

Votes: 19,847

32. Frontier Woman (1956)

80 min | Western

Tennessee, 1838. Polly Crockett, the daughter of the legendary hero Davy Crockett of Alamo, and makes a living from hunting in the forests. These forests are still inhabited by the Indians.... See full summary »

Director: Ron Ormond | Stars: Cindy Carson, Lance Fuller, Ann Kelly, James Clayton

Votes: 12

33. Brimstone (2016)

R | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten

Votes: 31,698

34. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 589,120 | Gross: $56.67M

35. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 277,858 | Gross: $5.32M

36. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 111,002 | Gross: $25.02M

37. The Europeans (1979)

90 min | Drama, Romance

It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised in Europe and have a somewhat bohemian lifestyle reflective of their travels throughout ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy, Tim Choate

Votes: 735

38. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 639,025 | Gross: $183.64M

39. Frontier (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Follows Declan Harp, a half-Irish/half Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.

Stars: Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Greg Bryk

Votes: 13,739

40. Red River (1948)

Passed | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

Votes: 25,956

41. Grayeagle (1977)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In this variant of The Searchers (1956), a tough frontier trapper tracks the young Cheyenne warrior who kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Iron Eyes Cody, Lana Wood, Jack Elam

Votes: 480

42. Quality Street (1937)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Eric Blore, Fay Bainter

Votes: 967



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