contributed by Melissa Lucas, senior staff writer
The American Revolution was, hands down, one of the most significant periods in our Nation’s history. Colonists fought for years against the injustices brought by the British Empire. Interestingly, there is little cinematic portrayal of this pivotal period. There are plenty of famous war movies depicting other conflicts in U.S. history such as The Civil War, World War II, and the Vietnam War. However, a truly definitive American Revolutionary War movie has yet to appear.
Perhaps this is because early attempts at these films flopped. Perhaps it’s because there is relatively little public interest in this time period. However, due to the success of several television series set during the American Revolution, it seems most likely that the complexities of the Revolution couldn’t be accurately portrayed in just a few hours.
Regardless, there are still a handful of major motion pictures and made-for-TV movies which carefully tell the story of America’s fight for independence. Add to that a few television series that do the same, and you have the 10 best movies and television shows set during the American Revolution.
Note: You can find nearly all ten of the best American Revolutionary War movies on Netfilx or other streaming services. We’ve included links to each.