History Gift Guide – American Civil War Movies

History Gift Guide – American Civil War Movies

Another popular subject for Hollywood to tackle is the American Civil War, here is a list of history movies based on the conflict between the North and the South.

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Gary Cooper stars as the patriarch of a pacifist Quaker family in southern Indiana trying to as hard as he can to stay out of the war.[amazon_link id=”B00004XMV9″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Gettysburg (1993)

Based on Michael Shaara’s book The Killer Angels, Gettysburg is the definitive portrayal of the most famous battle on US soil.[amazon_link id=”B0019NG73G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Glory (1989)

One of the top Civil War films, Glory tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit made up entirely of African American soldiers.[amazon_link id=”B000KX0ISQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Gods and Generals (2003)

While part drama, part documentary, Gods and Generals has the right mix to make it both entertaining and historically intriguing.[amazon_link id=”B004OA684E” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ](Buy)[/amazon_link]

Gone with the Wind (1939)

As one of the greatest films ever made, Gone with the Wind is an epic romance set in Georgia as the Civil War comes sweeping through the South.[amazon_link id=”B0013N7FZ6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

North and South (1985)

Based on the book by John Jakes, North and South follows two politically opposite families as they are swept through the violence of war and into the hardships that followed.[amazon_link id=”B0002MFGDC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Ride with the Devil (1999)

You won’t find the usual Civil War battlefields in Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil. Set during the Kansas-Missouri border war, two friends join the Confederate-sympathizing Bushwackers and experience the violent clashes with the Jayhawkers.[amazon_link id=”B0035ECHUO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Released in 1915, D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation transformed what moviemaking could be. While controversy abounds with the film, its importance as a film cannot be ignored.[amazon_link id=”B005J7K9CI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

The Blue and the Gray (1982)

Based on the works of historian Bruce Catton, The Blue and the Gray has been applauded for its historical accuracy and spectacular battle sequences.[amazon_link id=”B00005OSJP” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

The Conspirator (2010)

Directed by Robert Redford, The Conspirator tells the story of the trials of the seven men and one woman arrested for their role in killing of US President Abraham Lincoln.[amazon_link id=”B004LWZVZC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Shenandoah (1965)

Jimmy Stewart plays a Virginia farmer who has no allegiance to either side during the Civil War, until his son is taken by Union soldiers.[amazon_link id=”B00008CMT3″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Based on Stephen Crane’s novel, this film is a psychological study of an untried young Union soldier who panics in his first encounter with the enemy but regains his courage and emerges a hero.[amazon_link id=”B00007G1ZO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Cold Mountain (2003)

At the dawn of the civil war, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the confederate army. Ada has vowed to wait for Inman, but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive.[amazon_link id=”B004SIP6QI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

Andersonville (1996)

Captured Union soilders cope with life inside the Civil War’s most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. A powerful, compelling tale of war and will.[amazon_link id=”B00009AV9W” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ] (Buy) [/amazon_link]

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