10 Movies for Understanding the Civil War

9. Gone with the Wind (1939)

One of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters ever, the adaption of Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel is mostly romantic Southern schlock, redeemed only by the riveting iconic scenes of Union troops under William Tecumseh Sherman burning Atlanta. Today when most Americans think of a Civil War battlefield, they picture a bucolic national park. The real war was notable for the wanton destruction it brought town and country across the American landscape.