Films about the Age of the Revolutionary Wars

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook.

The most important wars included for this period are:

  • American Revolutionary Wars (1775–83)
  • French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars War (1792–15)
  • Latin American Wars of Independence (1810–30)

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Director(s): Hunt, Peter H.
Year of Publication: 1972
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A Broadway musical of the founding of the United States. Colonial elites debate and eventually sign the Declaration of Independence.

Director(s): Conway, Jack
Year of Publication: 1935
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An adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel, a tragic love story unfolds during the French Revolution. Lucy Manette falls in love with Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat framed for treason. His lawyer Sidney Carton substitutes his life for...

Director(s): Chahine, Youssef
Year of Publication: 1985
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Adieu Bonaparte examines the Napoleonic Wars through the French campaign in Egypt in 1798. General Cafarelli is transformed by his experiences there, rejecting his militarism and embracing Enlightenment ideals by supporting the...

Director(s): Felder, Clarence
Year of Publication: 2012
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In 1775, Henry Felder, a Swiss-German colonist, lives with his family in the back-country of the British colony of South Carolina. He and his community are suffering under British injustice. After many years of struggling with corrupt British...

Director(s): Taviani, Paolo
Year of Publication: 1974
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Revolutionary fervor sweeps the Italian states in the early 19th century. A Lombard aristocrat returns home after his incarceration for revolutionary work in France. Old friends convince him to support a peasant uprising in a southern Italian...

Director(s): Griffith, D.W.
Year of Publication: 1924
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Director D.W. Griffith's sweeping account of the American Revolutionary War. Two lovers on opposite sides find themselves at key places throughout the war such as Bunker Hill, Paul Revere's ride, and the presidential inauguration of George...

Director(s): Mann, Delbert
Year of Publication: 1988
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A coming of age story set at the dawn of the American Revolution. Young Adam Cooper struggles to gain the approval of his father. He immediately signs up to join the local militia when warned about the British presence near Concord and Lexington...

Director(s): Pivotto, Sebastián
Year of Publication: 2010
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This biographical drama reveals the last ten years of the life of General Manuel Belgrano, one of the leaders during Argentine Wars for Independence. After rising to prominence after the May Revolution, Belgrano led a series of military campaigns...

Director(s): Salomon, Mikael
Year of Publication: 2003
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This biographical television film offers a portrait of Benedict Arnold during the American Revolutionary War. Once an admired and respected general for the Continental Army, Arnold abandons the call for revolution for the love a woman. He then...

Director(s): Burns, Chad
Year of Publication: 2015
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On the eve of the American Revolution, an ex-mercenary comes out of hiding to join the Patriot cause for independence. 

Director(s): Murat, Lúcia
Year of Publication: 2000
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Conflict between indigenous communities and the Portuguese arise in 18th century Brazil. A cartographer charged with documenting the landscape discovers a different way of life when he encounters an indigenous woman within the interior. Their...

Director(s): Wajda, Andrzej
Year of Publication: 1983
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In another masterpiece work, director Andrzej Wajda uses the Frech Revolution to criticize state repression of Poland's Solidarity movement. Revolutionary leader Georges Danton returns to Paris after Robespierre establishes the Reign of Terror to...

Director(s): Ford, John
Year of Publication: 1939
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A newly married couple settles on the New York frontier at the dawn of the American Revolution. Local Indian nations sided with the British, leading raids on the Martin family and their neighbors. The Martin's persistence at forging a life on the...

Director(s): Walker, Noland
Year of Publication: 2009
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This documentary tells the story of General Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian Revolution, and the creation of the first black republic in the modern world. Born enslaved, Louverture wins his freedom only to risk it by supporting the most...

Director(s): Jacquot, Benoît
Year of Publication: 2012
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A young servant girl at Versailles witnesses the French Revolution. Sidonie is devoted to Marie Antoinette, staying with her when other servants and aristocrats flee. She agrees to help the Queen's friend escape. 

Director(s): Huston, John
Year of Publication: 1975
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Produced for the National Park Service in preparation for the American bicentennial, director John Huston dramatizes the founding of the United States through key events.

Director(s): Hopper, E. Mason
Year of Publication: 1924
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A love story between major events of the American Revolutionary War. A disguised British aristocrat and a wealthy landowner's daughter fall in love, but the war and major political events keep them apart. His war ventures earn him the trust of...

Director(s): Ivory, James
Year of Publication: 1995
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A semi-fictional account of Thomas Jefferson's years in Paris before the French Revolution. French liberals turned to Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence and was US minister to France between 1784-89, to guide them toward `...

Director(s): Hooper, Tom
Year of Publication: 2008
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This acclaimed biopic covers the political career of John Adams, second President of the United States. From the 1770 Boston Massacre and the American Revolution to his post-presidency, Adams is presented as independent, ardent defender of...

Director(s): Farrow, John
Year of Publication: 1959
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A biography of Jones, deemed the "Father of the American Navy" due to his work in the American Revolutionary War. Jones, a Scotsman who loathes the British, finds work on the seas as a slaver before briefly settling in British North America. He...

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