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Gone with the Wind
Perfect 71 Points 1939

Gone with the Wind has something for everyone, and a lot of it over almost four hours. History, passion, racial controversy: Male or female, war movie or romance fan, this movie demands that you give a damn. Oh yeah, that famous line of Rhett Butler’s – “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”…

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Free State of J...
Really Great 83 Points 2016

Newton Knight is a newly essential Matthew McConaughey role that finally knights Newt Knight as a true American hero. Even more, Free State of Jones is an only-in-America story, so corny it could only be true. A deeply moral white man frees enslaved blacks and marries a black woman during the C…

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Lincoln
Really Great 86 Points 2012

A fine, fine movie, Lincoln delivers an outstanding history lesson centered on an iconic performance for the ages. With it, Stephen Spielberg continues his own ascent into the American pantheon, while Daniel Day-Lewis creates his single most memorable role.

The movie focuses on a great legi…

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WikChip Image Mrs. Lincoln & her Husband at the show
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Cold Mountain
Great 17 Points 2003

I loved the human-interest slant on this tale of the Civil War. Jude Law’s undying love for Kidman draws him back to her despite the risk of being a deserter towards the end of the war. The story is engaging, and the cast is top notch. Zellweger is not quite believable as a hardened southern gal…

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Glory
Very Good 83 Points 1989

Old fashioned and reverential, Glory shines in its rendering of an important bit of American history, its vivid recreation of several Civil War battles, and via Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning performance.

The important history recounts how the first African-American regiment….

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Gods and Generals
Very Good 83 Points 2003

The battles of 1st Bull Run, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville get brought to terribly glorious life in this opening salvo of a planned Civil War trilogy. Funded by a son of the South, Gods and Generals focuses on sympathetic Confederate heroes Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. It could …

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WikChip Video One of the signal moments in US history.
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Gettysburg
Very Good 83 Points 1993

The Civil War’s decisive battle can get extensively aired over nearly 4½ hours, and does in Gettysburg. The real battle lasted three days in July of 1863, say 36 hours actually fighting. The movie covers fully an eighth of that. Stamina is required, a long plane ride ideal.

Consider it a…

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WikChip Image Hell saved the Exceptional Nation.
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Killing Lincoln
Very Good 66 Points 2013

Admit it. You always wanted to know all the gory details about how John Wilkes Booth got into the Presidential box at Ford’s Theater, how he got away, got captured and got killed. Who hasn’t?

Killing Lincoln dramatizes that and more, providing an unflinching view of history that’s a valuab…

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Ride with the D...
Good 17 Points 1999

A surprisingly good movie about Missouri guerrilla fighters called the Bushwackers (now I know where this term comes from) who hide in the woods and skirmish against Union soldiers and loyalists called Jayhawks. The film has plenty of fighting, including an impressive gathering of rebels to ave…

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The Beguiled
Good 17 Points 2017

The first thing that came to my mind when watching Beguiled is that being around all that young, southern, estrogen laden drama is bound to be more dangerous to a Yankee soldier than most battlefields. I was not wrong. Unfortunately and despite the fact that the story was quite compelling, the m…

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