Civil War movies are a common type of war movie genre, at the American Civil War is still the most violent and tragic war in the United States' history. There are so many different dimensions to the conflict that a number of different stories have come out of it or been set in the time of the Civil War itself, at least distantly alluding to it in the context of the story. Below is a list of some of the greatest Civil War movies which have been made in the near 100 year history of cinema.
"The Outlaw Josey Wales" Starring Clint Eastwood when he was in his Western bounty hunting prime, "The Outlaw Josie Wales" is one of the best Civil War movies ever made due to its grit and violence in the Western setting. It is also not your typical Civil War movie in that it takes place off the Civil War battlefield but still retains the same themes that other movies in this sub genre have.
"Gone With The Wind" One of the greatest films ever made and one of the best Civil War movies ever made, "Gone with the Wind" is one of the highest grossing and best reviewed films of all time. What makes it such a great Civil War movie is that it is epic in scope for the year in which it was made (1939) and that it came out right before the next epic war in American history: World War II.
"The Red Badge of Courage" This famous Civil War movie is one of the best ever made as it was directed by the masterful John Huston who accurately adapted the novel everyone read in high school. Audie Murphy, a real soldier himself, starred in the film.
"Glory" One of the more recent great Civil War films stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick, and tells the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, a brigade of black soldiers who fought for the North in the Civil War. It is a critically acclaimed and box office success, making it arguably one of the best Civil War movie ever made.
"Gods and Generals" A relativel unknown but critically acclaimed Civil War movie, "Gods and Generals" tells the events that led up to Gettysburg. It stars Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino and is one of the best depictions of General "Stonewall" Jackson ever put on film.