Since the time humankind began to understand the concept of his own territory and his sole right over it, the concept of war has been brewing slowly within the species. And as human civilization progressed further, the tools of war began improving alongside it. However, most wars in history have been fought between two or more countries. Kings declared wars against other kingdoms to bring them under his control and create a larger empire than anyone else had managed to in their history.
However, there is another kind of war that is equally dangerous: one that happens intra-state, between people of a single country. And such wars are called civil wars. Here, the country gets divided into two groups who declare war on each other in an organized form. There have been two civil wars in history which have been the most notable – the American and the Spanish Civil Wars. The American Civil War was fought between the north of the United States and the south. It was mainly fought on grounds of the fact whether it was okay to boycott slavery. While the states of the North, called the Union, were of the opinion that slavery should be abolished, the Southerners disagreed and thus began one of the most brutal wars in all of history. The Spanish Civil War was just before the Second World War and was between a dictator and a republic government.
Civil wars have ravaged and plundered many countries over the years. Numerous African countries have fought civil wars throughout the twentieth century. Keeping all this in mind, we’ve managed to compile some of the finest civil war movies of all time. So here’s the list of really good civil war movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
7. Sommersby (1993)
This movie has some great performances by Richard Gere and Jodie Foster. Gere plays the role of Jack Somersby, husband of Laurel (Foster), He had gone out to fight in the civil war and did not return for six years, which made everyone in their village presume that he was dead. But the Jack who returns is quite different from the Jack who had gone away. He is kinder to his wife and son. His shoes are two inches smaller than what the cobbler had made for him before the war, and is a a lot more generous than he was. Even the villagers begin to suspect something is wrong: they think he is an imposter who has taken up Jack’s identity.
Moreover, this Jack is sympathetic towards black people and when a group of the Knights of the White Camellia kill and drop a black plantation worker on his doorstep, he is arrested and charged with murder. Laurel tells Jack the only way for him to escape will be to tell the judge the truth. The movie is a heart-wrenching tale of American villages during and after the Civil War. It was met with both box office and critical acclaim. The film is based on a French movie called ‘The Return of Martin Guerre’ (1982), which is based on a true story.