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A list of films that are based on war books. If a book has been turned into both a film and a TV series (or TV film), then the TV series is included.

For earlier conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — pre-1775.

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18th century

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American Revolutionary War

1775–1783

Politics

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Declaration of Independence 1924 Kenneth S. Webb USA Eve of the Revolution Carl Becker 1918 Non-fiction - - -
1 Common Sense An Englishman
(Thomas Paine)
1776 Pamphlet - - -
2 Alexander Hamilton 1931 John G. Adolfi USA Hamilton: a play in four acts Mary Hamlin &
George Arliss
1917 [1] Play - - -
3 Give Me Liberty [2] 1936 B. Reeves Eason USA "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" Patrick Henry 1775 Speech - - -
3 Sketches of the life and character of Patrick Henry (uncredited) William Wirt (uncredited) 1816 Non-fiction - - -
4 The Declaration of Independence [3] 1938 Crane Wilbur USA ? (uncredited) Thomas Jefferson (uncredited) c. 1776 Writings - - -
5 1776 1972 Peter H. Hunt USA 1776 [4][5] Peter Stone (book) & Sherman Edwards (lyrics) 1969 Musical - - -
6 John Adams * 2008 Tom Hooper USA John Adams [6] David McCullough 2001 Non-fiction - - -
n America 1924 D.W. Griffith USA America; or, The Sacrifice Robert W. Chambers 1924 Novel - - -
n The Adams Chronicles ** 1976 Paul Bogart & James Cellan Jones USA Diary and Autobiography of John Adams aka
The Adams Papers
John Adams & L.H. Butterfield (editor) 1961 Diary - - -
n Institutiones ♦ (uncredited) by order of Justinian I (uncredited) 533 Legal manual - - -
n Institutes of the Lawes of England ♦ (uncredited) Sir Edward Coke (uncredited) 1628–1644 Legal treatises - - -
n Works ♦ (uncredited) Samuel von Pufendorf (uncredited) after 1660 Legal tracts - - -
  • Paine's pamphlet creates a stir. Franklin (J. Moy Bennett) and Adams discuss aid from the French. Colonials fall into three groups: radicals (independence), conservatives (loyalty), and those favouring a compromise. At the Continental Congress, a vote on Jefferson's draft is blocked by Morris and Dickinson. With those dissenters now abstaining, Pennsylvania supports the resolution. Rodney arrives in time to carry Delaware. Independence is declared unanimously. The King is hanged in effigy.[7]
  • ♦ These are writings which the film asserts constituted a portion of Adams' legal training. Adams is criticized by a senior lawyer for only having read abridgements.
  • * TV movie.

Land operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Spirit of Lafayette 1919 James Vincent USA The Spirit of Lafayette James Mott Hallowell 190? Novel ? - - -
2 Janice Meredith 1924 E. Mason Hopper USA Janice Meredith Paul Leicester Ford 1901 Novel - - -
3 The Howards of Virginia 1940 Frank Lloyd USA The Tree of Liberty Elizabeth Page 1939 Novel - - -
n Cardigan 1922 John W. Noble USA Cardigan Robert W. Chambers 1901 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battles of Lexington and Concord

19 April 1775

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Eve of the Revolution 1924 Kenneth S. Webb USA Eve of the Revolution Carl Becker 1918 Non-fiction - - -
2 Johnny Tremain 1957 Robert Stevenson USA Johnny Tremain [8] Esther Forbes 1944 Novel - - -
3 The Bastard * 1978 Lee H. Katzin USA The Bastard John Jakes 1974 Novel - - -
4 April Morning * 1988 Delbert Mann USA April Morning Howard Fast [9] 1961 Novel - - -
Battle of Bunker Hill

17 June 1775 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 America 1924 D.W. Griffith USA America; or, The Sacrifice Robert W. Chambers 1924 Novel - - -
2 The Rebels * 1979 Russ Mayberry USA The Rebels John Jakes 1975 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Brooklyn Heights

27 August 1776

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
1 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Trenton

26 December 1776

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
1 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -
2 The Crossing * 2000 Robert Harmon USA The Crossing Howard Fast [9] 1971 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Oriskany

6 August 1777

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Drums Along the Mohawk 1939 John Ford USA Drums Along the Mohawk Walter D. Edmonds 1936 Novel - - -
Valley Forge

1777–1778

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 America 1924 D.W. Griffith USA America; or, The Sacrifice Robert W. Chambers 1924 Novel - - -
2 Valley Forge * 1975 Fielder Cook USA Valley Forge Maxwell Anderson 1934 Play - - -
3 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
3 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Monmouth

28 June 1778

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
1 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -
  • * TV movie.
Siege of Fort Sackville

23–25 February 1779

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Vincennes 1923 Edwin L. Hollywood USA The Old Northwest Frederic A. Ogg [13] 1919 Non-fiction - - -
Betrayal of West Point

September 1780

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Scarlet Coat 1955 John Sturges USA "Betrayal on the Hudson" (uncredited) Hollister Noble &
Sidney Harmon (uncredited)
195? Story - - -
2 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
2 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Kings Mountain

7 October 1780

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Frontier Woman 1924 Webster Campbell USA Pioneers of the Old Southwest: a Chronicle of the Dark and Bloody Ground Constance L. Skinner 1921 Non-fiction - - -
Siege of Yorktown

1781

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Yorktown 1924 Webster Campbell USA Washington and His Comrades in Arms George M. Wrong 1918 Non-fiction - - -
2 George Washington * 1984 Buzz Kulik USA George Washington: The Forge of Experience [12] James Thomas Flexner 1965 Biography - - -
2 George Washington in the American Revolution [12] James Thomas Flexner 1968 Biography - - -

Naval operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 John Paul Jones 1959 John Farrow USA "Nor'wester" Clements Ripley 195? Story - - -

Military justice and Courts-martial

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Scarlet Coat (uncredited) 1955 John Sturges USA "Betrayal on the Hudson" Hollister Noble &
Sidney Harmon (uncredited)
195? Story - - -

Home front

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Pursuit of Happiness 1934 Alexander Hall USA Pursuit of Happiness Lawrence Langner & Armina Marshall Langner 193? Play - - -
3 The Devil's Disciple 1987 David Hugh Jones UK & Canada The Devil's Disciple George Bernard Shaw [17] 1897 Play - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 At War with the Americans [19]
Mes services pendant la guerre americaine de 1775
Claude-Nicolas-Guillaume de Lorimier 182? /
1873
Memoir Lower Canada
2 Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile Herman Melville 1855 Novel USA
3 Arundel Kenneth Roberts [20] 1929 Novel USA
4 Oliver Wiswell Kenneth Roberts [20] 1940 Novel USA

Fourth Dutch War

1780–1784

Gordon Riots

1780

Frequently filmed: Barnaby Rudge

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Barnaby Rudge 1915 Thomas Bentley
& Cecil M. Hepworth
UK Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty Charles Dickens 1841 Novel - - -

Northwest Indian War

1785–1795

St. Clair's Defeat

4 November 1791
(The greatest defeat ever suffered by US forces at the hands of Indian warriors)

• • •

Battle of Fallen Timbers

20 August 1794

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Seekers Δ * 1979 Sidney Hayers USA The Seekers John Jakes 1975 Novel - - -
  • Δ The battle of a feature of the novel. It is unclear whether it is also a feature of the film.
  • * TV movie.

Révolte des deux sous

1786
("Tuppence Revolt", forerunner of the Canut Revolts)

Russo-Turkish War of 1787

1787–1792

Whiskey Rebellion

1794

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Alexander Hamilton 1924 Kenneth S. Webb USA Washington and His Colleagues: A Chronicle of the Rise and Fall of Federalism Henry Jones Ford 1918 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ The film begins with Washington's army in 1780, then continues through the rise and suppression of the Rebellion by militia.[21]

French Revolution

1789–1799

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Danton 1921 Dimitri Buchowetzki Germany Danton's Death Georg Büchner 1835/1902 Play - - -
2 Scaramouche 1923 Rex Ingram USA Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini 1921 Novel - - -
3 Scaramouche 1952 George Sidney USA Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini 1921 Novel - - -
4 Marat/Sade 1967 Peter Brook UK The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade [22] Peter Weiss 1963 Play - - -
5 Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 Bud Yorkin USA The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas, père 1844 Novella - - -
6 That Night in Varennes
La Nuit de Varennes
1982 Ettore Scola France & Italy La Nuit de Varennes ou l'Impossible n'est pas français Catherine Rihoit 1982 Novel - - -
7 Danton 1983 Andrzej Wajda France, Poland, West Germany The Danton Case Stanislawa Przybyszewska 1929 Play - - -
8 The Lady and the Duke 2001 "Éric Rohmer" France Ma vie sous la révolution Grace Elliott 1859 (posthumous) Memoir - - -

Frequently filmed: A Tale of Two Cities

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Only Way 1925 Herbert Wilcox UK The Only Way. A Tale of Two Cities adapted [...] from Charles Dickens’ novel Freeman Wills [23]
(& Frederick Langbridge)
1899 [1] Play - - -
1 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859 Novel - - -
2 A Tale of Two Cities 1935 Jack Conway USA A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1859 Novel - - -
2 The French Revolution [24] (uncredited) Thomas Carlyle (uncredited) 1837/1857 Novel - - -
2 A Journal of the Terror: being an account of the occurrences in the Temple during the confinement of Louis XVI [24][25] (uncredited) M. Cléry (uncredited) 18?? Journal - - -
2 Memoirs [24] (uncredited)
aka Side Lights on the Reign of Terror
Mlle des Echerolles [26] (uncredited) 1843 Memoir - - -
2 Memoirs [24] (uncredited) M. Nicholas (uncredited) 18?? Memoir - - -

Frequently filmed: The Scarlet Pimpernel

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934 Harold Young UK The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy 1903 & 1905 Play & Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: Les deux orphelines

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Orphans of the Storm 1921 D.W. Griffith USA Les deux orphelines Adolphe d'Ennery & Eugène Cormon 1874 & 1877 Play & Novel - - -

Vendée counter-revolution

1793–1796

Chouan counter-revolution

1794–1800

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Quatre-vingt-treize 1920 André Antoine,
Léonard Antoine,
Albert Capellani
France Ninety-Three
Quatrevingt-treize
Victor Hugo 1874 Novel - - -
2 Les Chouans 1946 Henri Calef France Les Chouans ou la Bretagne en 1799 Honoré de Balzac 1829 Novel - - -
3 Quatrevingt-treize * 1962 Alain Boudet France Ninety-Three
Quatrevingt-treize
Victor Hugo 1874 Novel - - -
4 Chouans! 1988 Philippe de Broca France Les Chouans ou la Bretagne en 1799 [27] (uncredited) Honoré de Balzac (uncredited) 1829 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Invasion of France in 1795

June – July 1795

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters * 1999 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Wars of the French Revolution

1792–1802 (see also the Great French War)

Naval operations

Frequently filmed: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Horatio Hornblower series)
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hornblower: The Even Chance * 1998 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant * 1998 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
3 Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil * 1999 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
4 Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters * 1999 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Involuntary confinement

POWs
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil * 1999 Andrew Grieve UK Mr. Midshipman Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1950 Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: Retribution * 2001 Andrew Grieve UK Lieutenant Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1952 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Haitian Revolution

1791–1804

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: Toussaint by Danny Glover
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Lydia Bailey 1952 Jean Negulesco USA Lydia Bailey Kenneth Roberts [20] 1947 Novel - - -
2 San Domingo 1970 Hans-Jürgen Syberberg West Germany Betrothal in St. Domingo Heinrich von Kleist 1811 Novella - - -
  • ♠ Syberberg updated the context for Kleist's tale of tragic lovers from rebellious Haitian slaves to rebellious hash-smoking Munich hippies.[28]
Frequently filmed: Horatio Hornblower series
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hornblower: Mutiny * 2001 Andrew Grieve UK Lieutenant Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1952 Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: Retribution * 2001 Andrew Grieve UK Lieutenant Hornblower "C.S. Forester" 1952 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Bug-Jargal Victor Hugo 1826 Novel France
2 The Kingdom of this World
El reino de este mundo
Alejo Carpentier [29] 1949 Novel Cuba

Spithead and Nore Mutinies

1797

Frequently filmed: Billy Budd
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Billy Budd 1962 Peter Ustinov UK Billy Budd Louis O. Coxe &
Robert H. Chapman
1951 Play - - -
1 Billy Budd, Foretopman Herman Melville 1886/1924 (posthumous) Novella - - -

Irish Rebellion of 1798

1798

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Year of the French ** 1982 Michael Garvey Ireland & France The Year of the French Thomas Flanagan 1979 Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: Loyalty ♠ * 2003 Andrew Grieve UK Hornblower and the Hotspur "C.S. Forester" 1962 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Unrepentant Irish turncoats are active in the story set after the rebellion.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Quasi-War

1798–1800

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 John Adams * 2008 Tom Hooper USA John Adams [6] David McCullough 2001 Non-fiction - - -
  • * TV movie.

Egyptian Campaign

1798–1801

Interbellum

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hornblower: Loyalty * 2003 Andrew Grieve UK Hornblower and the Hotspur "C.S. Forester" 1962 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

19th century

Napoleonic Wars

1799–1815

Politics and Diplomacy

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Young Mr. Pitt 1942 Carol Reed UK & USA The Young Mr. Pitt Viscount Castlerosse 194? Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: Duty * 2003 Andrew Grieve UK Hornblower and the Hotspur "C.S. Forester" 1962 Novel - - -
Frequently filmed: The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Land operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Two Sergeants
I due sergenti
1936 Enrico Guazzoni Italy I due sergenti: romanzo dell'epoca napoleonica: sulla trama del dramma di D'Aubigny Paolo Lorenzini [30] 1932 Novel - - -
1 Les deux sergents B. Daubigny & A. Maillard 19?? Drama - - -
2 Suvorov
Суворов
1941 Vsevolod Pudovkin & Mikhail Doller USSR maxims [31] from
The Science of Victory
Generalissimo
Marshal
Alexander Suvorov
18?? Manual - - -
3 Kolberg 1945 Veit Harlan & Wolfgang Liebeneiner Nazi Germany Joachim Nettelbeck, Bürger zu Colberg. Eine Lebensbeschreibung, von ihm selbst aufgezeichnet. Joachim Nettelbeck 1821 Memoir - - -
3 Colberg. Historisches Schauspiel in 5 Akten. Paul Heyse [32] 1865 Play - - -
4 Wedding Night
Noc poślubna
1959 Erik Blomberg & Stanisław Możdżeński Sweden, Poland, Finland "L'Attaque du moulin" ♣
from Les Soirées de Médan
Émile Zola 1880 Story - - -
5 Hussar Ballad
Гусарская баллада
1962 Eldar Ryazanov USSR A Long Time Ago
Davnym-davno
Aleksandr Gladkov 1940 Play - - -
6 The Ashes
Popioły
1965 Andrzej Wajda Poland Popioły Stefan Żeromski 1902 Novel - - -
7 Love and Death 1975 "Woody Allen" USA Crime and Punishment (uncredited) Fyodor Dostoyevsky (uncredited) 1866 Novel - - -
8 The Duellists 1977 Ridley Scott UK "The Duel" Joseph Conrad 1908 Story - - -
9 War in the Highlands
La Guerre dans le Haut Pays
1999 Francis Reusser Switzerland, France, Belgium La Guerre dans le Haut-Pays Charles Ferdinand Ramuz 1915 Novel - - -
  • ♣ Zola's short story is set during the Franco-Prussian War.
  • ♠ The film is inspired by the life of Russian cavalry maiden Nadezhda Durova.
  • Dabrowski's Polish Legion fights with Napoleon for an independent Poland.
  • ♥ The film includes the famous "How novel" conversation which uses the titles of Dostoyevsky books as dialogue.[33]
Battle of Schöngrabern

16 November 1805

↓↓
Battle of Austerlitz

2 December 1805

↓↓
Invasion of Russia

June 1812

↓↓
Battle of Borodino

7 September 1812

↓↓
Fall of Moscow

14 September 1812

↓↓
Frequently filmed: War and Peace
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 War and Peace 1915 Vladimir Gardin & Yakov Protazanov Russian Empire War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 1863–1869 Novel - - -
2 War and Peace 1956 King Vidor Italy & USA War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 1863–1869 Novel - - -
3 War and Peace 1968 Sergei Bondarchuk USSR War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 1863–1869 Novel War and Peace 1972 UK

Land operations — Peninsular War

1807–1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Pride and the Passion 1957 Stanley Kramer USA The Gun "C.S. Forester" 1933 Novel - - -
2 Rózaniec z granatów ♠ * 1970 Jan Rutkiewicz Poland Rózaniec z granatów (?) Ksawery Pruszyński 196? Story - - -
3 Sangre de mayo
Sangre de mayo
2008 José Luis Garci Spain La Corte de Carlos IV
from Episodios nacionales
Benito Pérez Galdós 187? Novel - - -
3 El 19 de marzo y el 2 de mayo
from Episodios nacionales
Benito Pérez Galdós 187? Novel - - -
  • ♠ The Poles and the British in Spain.
  • * TV movie.
Second Siege of Saragossa

December 1808 – February 1809

What if ...
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Saragossa Manuscript
Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie
1965 Wojciech Has Poland The Saragossa Manuscript
Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse (French)
Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie (Polish)
Jan Potocki (disputed) 1815 Novel - - -
2 La Duchesse d'Avila ** 1973 Philippe Ducrest France The Saragossa Manuscript
Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse
Jan Potocki (disputed) 1815 Novel - - -
  • ** TV miniseries.
Frequently filmed: Sharpe's Eagle and sequels
Battle of Talavera

27–28 July 1809

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Eagle * 1993 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Rifles Bernard Cornwell 1981 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Siege of Almeida

July–August 1810

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Gold Δ * 1995 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Gold Bernard Cornwell 1981 Novel - - -
  • Δ The battle appears only in the novel.
    The film concerns a group of Spanish partisans who imagine they are Aztecs, cutting the hearts out of French POWs.
  • * TV movie.
Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo

20 January 1812

↓↓
Siege of Badajoz

March – April 1812 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Company * 1994 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Company Bernard Cornwell 1982 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Vitoria

21 June 1813 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Honour * 1995 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Honour Bernard Cornwell 1985 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Invasion of Gascony and Languedoc

1813–1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Siege Δ * 1996 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Siege Bernard Cornwell 1987 Novel - - -
  • Δ The programme omits the United States Navy sailors who play a large role in the novel.
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Toulouse

10 April 1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Revenge * 1997 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Revenge Bernard Cornwell 1989 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Land operations — Hundred Days

1815 (including the Neapolitan War)

Battle of Quatre Bras

16 June 1815

↓↓
Battle of Waterloo

18 June 1815

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Waterloo * 1997 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Waterloo Bernard Cornwell 1990 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Frequently filmed: The Charterhouse of Parma

Stendhal's book is said to have influenced Tolstoy in his writing of War and Peace.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 La Certosa di Parma Δ ** 1981 Mauro Bolognini Italy, France, West Germany The Charterhouse of Parma "Stendhal" 1839 Novel - - -
  • Δ The 1981 series may omit the battle. The 1948 French film does not include the battle.[34]
  • ** TV miniseries.

Naval operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Nelson 1918 Maurice Elvey UK The Life of Nelson Robert Southey 1813 Non-fiction - - -
2 Nelson 1926 Walter Summers UK The Life of Nelson Robert Southey 1813 Non-fiction - - -
3 H.M.S. Defiant 1962 Lewis Gilbert UK & USA Mutiny Frank Tilsley 19?? Novel - - -
4 Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World
2003 Peter Weir USA Master and Commander
(Aubrey–Maturin series)
Patrick O'Brian 1969 Novel - - -
4 HMS Surprise Patrick O'Brian 1973 Novel - - -
4 The Far Side of the World Patrick O'Brian 1984 Novel - - -
Frequently filmed: Horatio Hornblower series
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951 Raoul Walsh USA & UK The Happy Return "C.S. Forester" 1937 Novel - - -
1 A Ship of the Line [35] "C.S. Forester" 1938 Novel - - -
1 Flying Colours [35] "C.S. Forester" 1938 Novel - - -
2 Hornblower: Loyalty * 2003 Andrew Grieve UK Hornblower and the Hotspur "C.S. Forester" 1962 Novel - - -
3 Hornblower: Duty * 2003 Andrew Grieve UK Hornblower and the Hotspur "C.S. Forester" 1962 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.


For the earlier exploits of Horatio Hornblower in the Wars of the French Revolution,

(See above)
Frequently filmed: Mr Midshipman Easy
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Midshipman Easy 1915 Maurice Elvey UK Mr Midshipman Easy Captain Marryat 1836 Novel - - -
2 Midshipman Easy 1935 Carol Reed UK Mr Midshipman Easy Captain Marryat 1836 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The most recent version is a 1938 Soviet production.
Frequently filmed: Toilers of the Sea
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sea Devils 1953 Raoul Walsh USA Toilers of the Sea
Les Travailleurs de la mer
Victor Hugo 1866 Novel - - -
Battle of Trafalgar

21 October 1805

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 I Remember Nelson ** 1981 [36] Simon Langton UK & Italy Vathek William Beckford 1786 Gothic novel - - -
  • ** TV miniseries.
Dalliances
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Lady Hamilton 1921 Richard Oswald Germany Liebe und Leben der Lady Hamilton &
Lord Nelsons letzte Liebe
Heinrich Vollrath Schumacher 19?? Novels - - -
2 Les amours de Lady Hamilton 1968 Christian-Jaque Italy, West Germany, France The Neapolitan Lovers & Love and Liberty Alexandre Dumas, père 1863 Novels - - -
3 Bequest to the Nation 1973 James Cellan Jones UK A Bequest to the Nation Terence Rattigan 1970 Play - - -
4 I Remember Nelson ** 1981 [36] Simon Langton UK & Italy Vathek William Beckford 1786 Gothic novel - - -

Partisans and guerrillas

The Spanish word guerrilla was first commonly used in English in reference to the Peninsular War.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Gold * 1995 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Gold Bernard Cornwell 1981 Novel - - -
2 Sharpe's Honour * 1995 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Honour Bernard Cornwell 1985 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Military intelligence and Espionage

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Reluctant Widow 1950 Bernard Knowles UK The Reluctant Widow Georgette Heyer 1946 Novel - - -
2 The Purple Mask 1955 H. Bruce Humberstone USA Le Chevalier au masque Paul Armont &
Jean Manoussi
1913? [37] Play - - -

Military hospitals

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 I Remember Nelson ** 1981 [36] Simon Langton UK & Italy Vathek William Beckford 1786 Gothic novel - - -
  • ** TV miniseries.

Military justice and Courts-martial

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 I Remember Nelson ** 1981 [36] Simon Langton UK & Italy Vathek William Beckford 1786 Gothic novel - - -
2 Sharpe's Honour * 1995 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Honour Bernard Cornwell 1985 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Involuntary confinement

POWs
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Secret of St. Ives 1949 Phil Rosen USA St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England Robert Louis Stevenson, completed by Arthur Quiller-Couch 1898 Novel (posthumous) - - -
2 St. Ives *
St. Ives
1998 Harry Hook France, Germany, Ireland, UK St. Ives: Being The Adventures of a French Prisoner in England Robert Louis Stevenson, completed by Arthur Quiller-Couch 1898 Novel (posthumous) - - -
  • * TV movie.

Home front

Frequently filmed: Le Colonel Chabert
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Le Colonel Chabert 1994 Yves Angelo France Le Colonel Chabert Honoré de Balzac 1832 Novel - - -

Justice and Retribution

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Emperor's New Clothes 2001 Alan Taylor Italy, UK, Germany The Death of Napoleon [38]
La Mort de Napoléon
"Simon Leys" 1986 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier
Denkwurdige Geschichtschreibung …
Jakob Walter 1856/1991 Memoir Württemberg,
Westphalia
2 The Autobiography of a Seaman Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald 185? Autobiography UK
3 Death to the French "C. S. Forester" 1932 Novel UK

Fourth Mysore War

1798–1799

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Challenge * 2006 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Tiger Bernard Cornwell 1997 Novel - - -

Second Maratha War

1803–1805
Arthur Wellesley's successes in India saw him brought into the war against Napoleon.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sharpe's Challenge * 2006 Tom Clegg UK Sharpe's Triumph Bernard Cornwell 1998 Novel - - -
1 Sharpe's Fortress Bernard Cornwell 1998 Novel - - -
  • ♣ Cornwell's novels are prequels to his popular Sharpe series, set in India prior to the main action of the Napoleonic Wars.
    The film however continues with the same lead actor, so it needs to be set after the Battle of Waterloo, in a fictionalized Indian setting.
  • * TV movie.

Memorial

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Veteran of Waterloo 1933 A.V. Bramble UK A Story of Waterloo Arthur Conan Doyle 1894 Play - - -
1 "A Straggler of '15"
from Round the Red Lamp
Arthur Conan Doyle 1894 Story - - -
2 Waterloo * 1937 ? UK A Story of Waterloo Arthur Conan Doyle 1894 Play - - -
2 "A Straggler of '15"
from Round the Red Lamp
Arthur Conan Doyle 1894 Story - - -
  • ♠ A play about a certain Corporal Brewster, a forgotten, penniless veteran of the Battle of Waterloo.[39] The short story covers the same ground.[40]
  • * TV movie. (The BBC made television broadcasts prior to World War II, a fact not widely known.)

Barbary Coast War

1801–1805

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Old Ironsides 1926 James Cruze USA Old Ironsides Oliver Wendell Holmes 1830 Poem - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Lydia Bailey Kenneth Roberts [20] 1947 Novel USA
  • ♠ The novel covers the Barbary Coast in addition to the Haitian Revolution.

First Serbian Uprising

1804–1813

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Bridge on the Drina
Дрини ћуприја
Ivo Andrić [41] 1945 Novel Yugoslavia

Finnish War

1808–1809

Frequently filmed: Fänrik Ståls sägner

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Fänrik Ståls sägner 1910 Carl Engdahl Sweden The Tales of Ensign Stål Johan Ludvig Runeberg 1848–1860 Epic poem - - -
2 Fänrik Ståls sägner - del I 1926 John W. Brunius Sweden The Tales of Ensign Stål Johan Ludvig Runeberg 1848 Epic poem - - -
3 Fänrik Ståls sägner - del II 1926 John W. Brunius Sweden The Tales of Ensign Stål Johan Ludvig Runeberg 1860 Epic poem - - -
4 Sven Tuuva the Hero
Sven Tuuva
1958 Edvin Laine Finland The Tales of Ensign Stål Johan Ludvig Runeberg 1848–1860 Epic poem - - -

Spanish American wars of independence

(See also Latin American wars of independence)
1808–1829
Occupation by Napoleon led to unrest in Spain's colonies.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Monroe Doctrine 1896 Edison Company USA ?  ?  ?  ? - - -
2 The Monroe Doctrine 1939 Crane Wilbur USA ? (uncredited) James Monroe (uncredited) 1820s Writings - - -

Argentine War of Independence

1810–1818

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 La guerra gaucha
La guerra gaucha
1942 Lucas Demare Argentina La guerra gaucha Leopoldo Lugones 1905 Novel - - -
Battle of San Lorenzo

3 February 1813

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Knight of the Sword
El Santo de la Espada
1970 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Argentina El Santo de la Espada Ricardo Rojas 1933 Novel - - -

Mexican War of Independence

1810–1821

Chilean War of Independence

1810–1826

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Héroes, la gloria tiene su precio [43] 2007 Cristián Galaz, Gustavo Graef-Marino, Ricardo Larraín, Rodrigo Sepúlveda Chile Balmaceda y la contrarevolución de 1891 Hernán Ramírez Necochea 1972 Non-fiction - - -
Crossing of the Andes

January – February 1817

↓↓
Battle of Chacabuco

12 February 1817

↓↓
Battle of Maipú

5 April 1818

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Knight of the Sword
El Santo de la Espada
1970 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Argentina El Santo de la Espada Ricardo Rojas 1933 Novel - - -
  • ♠ This film provides a thorough account of the war.[44]
Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Autobiography of a Seaman Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald 185? Autobiography UK

Venezuelan War of Independence

1811–1823

Battle of San Mateo

25 July 1812

↓↓
Battle of Las Queseras del Medio

2 April 1819

↓↓
Battle of Boyacá

7 August 1819

↓↓
Battle of Carabobo

24 June 1821

↓↓
Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Venezuela Heroica
Venezuela Heroica
Eduardo Blanco 1881/
1883
Novel Venezuela

Peruvian War of Independence

1811–1824

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Knight of the Sword
El Santo de la Espada
1970 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Argentina El Santo de la Espada Ricardo Rojas 1933 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The General in his Labyrinth Gabriel García Márquez [45] 1989 Novel Colombia

Argentine Civil Wars

1814?–1880?

War of 1812

1812–1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Seekers * 1979 Sidney Hayers USA The Seekers John Jakes 1975 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Land operations

Battle of Baltimore

12–15 September 1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Song of a Nation 1936 Frank McDonald USA "The Defence of Fort McHenry" aka "The Star Spangled Banner" Francis Scott Key 1814 Poem/
National anthem
- - -

Naval operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Captain Caution 1940 Richard Wallace USA Captain Caution Kenneth Roberts [20] 1934 Novel - - -

Battle of New Orleans

8 January 1815 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Buccaneer 1958 Anthony Quinn USA Lafitte, the Pirate Lyle Saxon 1930 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Lively Lady Kenneth Roberts [20] 1931 Novel USA

Tecumseh's War

1811

Red Stick War

1813–1814

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Alamo 2004 John Lee Hancock USA ? (uncredited) José Enrique de la Peña (uncredited) 1836? Memoir - - -
1 La Rebelión de Texas — Manuscrito inedito de 1836 por un oficial de Santa Anna (uncredited) Jesús Sánchez Garza (uncredited) 1955 Non-fiction - - -

Zulu Civil War

1817–1819

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Shaka Zulu *** 1986 William C. Faure South Africa Shaka Zulu Joshua Sinclair 1985 [46] Novel - - -
  • *** TV series.

Caucasian War

1817–1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The White Warrior
Agi Murad, il diavolo bianco
1959 Riccardo Freda Italy Hadji Murat Leo Tolstoy 1904/1912 (posthumous) Novel - - -
2 Prisoner of the Mountains 1996 Sergei Bodrov Russia "The Prisoner of the Caucasus" Leo Tolstoy 18?? Story - - -
  • ♠ The film updates the short story's time period to the Chechen War.

Battles of Valerik River

1840

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Lermontov 1986 Nikolai Burlyayev USSR "Death of a Poet"
"Смерть Поэта"
Mikhail Lermontov 1837 Poem - - -
1 "Valerik"
"Валерик"
Mikhail Lermontov 1840 Poem - - -

Greek War of Independence

1821–1829

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Last Man on Earth 1924 John G. Blystone USA The Last Man (uncredited) Mary Shelley (uncredited) 1826 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The film imaginatively updates the post-apocalyptic science fiction novel's setting to the Ozarks and makes it a comedy.

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Autobiography of a Seaman Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald 185? Autobiography UK

Brazilian War of Independence

1822–1825

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Autobiography of a Seaman Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald 185? Autobiography UK

Argentina-Brazil War

1825–1828

Brazilian slave revolts

19th century

Early revolts

Malê Revolt

1835

US slave revolts

19th century

Denmark Vesey's Insurrection

1822

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A House Divided: Denmark Vessey's Rebellion * 1982 Stan Lathan USA An Account of the Late Insurrection Among A Portion of the Blacks of this City James Hamilton Jr. 1822 Non-fiction - - -
  • * TV movie.

Nat Turner's Rebellion

1831
The rebellion is mentioned in North and South.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Roots * 1977 Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman
et al.
USA Roots: The Saga of an American Family [47] Alex Haley 1976 Non-fiction (purported) [48]/
Novel
(admitted)
- - -
2 Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property 2003 Charles Burnett USA The Confessions of Nat Turner [49] William Styron 1967 Novel - - -
2 The Confessions of Nat Turner, the Leader of the Late Insurrections in Southampton, Va. Thomas Ruffin Gray 1831 Non-fiction - - -
  • † Dramatized documentary.
  • * TV miniseries.

Amistad Incident

1839

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Amistad 1997 Steven Spielberg USA Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy Howard Jones 1987 Non-fiction - - -

Other slave revolts

19th century

Baptist War

1831–1832

Ashanti War

1823–1831

Decembrist Revolt

1825

Portuguese Civil War

1828–1834

Chilean Civil War of 1829

1829–1830

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Héroes, la gloria tiene su precio [43] 2007 Cristián Galaz, Gustavo Graef-Marino, Ricardo Larraín, Rodrigo Sepúlveda Chile Balmaceda y la contrarevolución de 1891 Hernán Ramírez Necochea 1972 Non-fiction - - -

July Revolution

1830

Belgian Revolution

1830

November Uprising

1830–1831

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Droga w swietle ksiezyca * 1973 Witold Orzechowski Poland "?" Ambrose Bierce 18?? Stories - - -
  • * TV movie.

Canut Revolts

1831
1834
1848

Black Hawk War

1832

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Abraham Lincoln 1933 Director unknown USA "Gettysburg Address" Abraham Lincoln 1863 Speech - - -
2 North and South, Book II ♦ * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -

Seminole Wars

1817–1818
1835–1842
1855–1858

Texas Revolution

1835–1836

Battle of the Alamo

February – March 1836

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: The Alamo by director unknown
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Martyrs of the Alamo 1915 Christy Cabanne USA Martyrs of the Alamo (?) Theodosia Harris 191? Novel - - -
2 The Alamo 1960 John Wayne USA Thirteen Days to Glory: The Siege of the Alamo (uncredited) Lon Tinkle ♠ (uncredited) 1958 Non-fiction - - -
3 The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory * 1987 Burt Kennedy USA Thirteen Days to Glory: The Siege of the Alamo Lon Tinkle 1958 Non-fiction - - -
4 The Alamo 2004 John Lee Hancock USA ? (uncredited) José Enrique de la Peña (uncredited) 1836? Memoir - - -
4 La Rebelión de Texas — Manuscrito inedito de 1836 por un oficial de Santa Anna (uncredited) Jesús Sánchez Garza (uncredited) 1955 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ Historian Lon Tinkle, an advisor on the film, had his name removed due to its lack of historical authenticity.
  • * TV movie.

Battle of San Jacinto

21 April 1836

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Alamo 2004 John Lee Hancock USA ? (uncredited) José Enrique de la Peña (uncredited) 1836? Memoir - - -
1 La Rebelión de Texas — Manuscrito inedito de 1836 por un oficial de Santa Anna (uncredited) Jesús Sánchez Garza (uncredited) 1955 Non-fiction - - -

What if ...

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Viva Max! 1969 Jerry Paris USA Viva Max James Lehrer 1966 Novel - - -

War of the Farrapos

1835–1845

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Netto Perde Sua Alma 2001 Tabajara Ruas &
Beto Souza
Brazil Netto Perde Sua Alma Tabajara Ruas 2001 Novel - - -

War of the Confederation

1836–1839

Upper Canada Rebellion

1837

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Robert Baldwin: A Matter of Principle * 1961 John Howe Canada The Patriots: a Canadian historical play in three acts Eric Cross 1955 [51]¤ Play - - -
  • * TV movie.

Lower Canada Rebellions

1837
1838

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Quelques arpents de neige 1972 Denis Héroux Canada Candide Voltaire 1758 Novel - - -

Pastry War

1838

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 ¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! (Historia del Himno Nacional) 1943 Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes &
Ismael Rodríguez (uncredited)
Mexico "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" Francisco González Bocanegra 1853 Poem/
Himno nacional
- - -
  • ♠ Although the film is set during the Franco-Mexican War, a mocking pastry cook character references the earlier Pastry War.

The Great Trek

1830s

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Untamed 1955 Henry King USA Untamed (?) Helga Moray 195? Novel - - -
2 The Fiercest Heart 1961 George Sherman USA The Fiercest Heart Stuart Cloete 1955 Novel - - -

Blaauwekrans massacre

17 February 1838

↓↓

Battle of Italeni

9 April 1838

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Die Voortrekkers 1973 David Millin South Africa The Great Trek Oliver Ransford 1972 [1]¤ Non-fiction - - -

The Great Game

1838–1907

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 1935 Henry Hathaway USA The Lives of a Bengal Lancer [52] Francis Yeats-Brown 1930 Memoir - - -
2 Wee Willie Winkie 1937 John Ford USA Wee Willie Winkie Rudyard Kipling [53] 1888 Story - - -
3 The Drum 1938 Zoltan Korda UK The Drum A. E. W. Mason 1937 Novel - - -
4 Gunga Din [54] 1939 George Stevens USA "Gunga Din" Rudyard Kipling [53] 1892 Poem - - -
4 "Soldiers Three" (uncredited) Rudyard Kipling [53] (uncredited) 1888 Story - - -
5 Kim 1950 Victor Saville USA Kim Rudyard Kipling [53] 1901 Novel - - -
6 King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 Henry King USA King of the Khyber Rifles Talbot Mundy 1916 Novel - - -
7 The Man Who Would Be King 1975 John Huston USA "The Man Who Would Be King" Rudyard Kipling [53] 1888 Story - - -
8 Kim * 1984 John Howard Davies UK Kim Rudyard Kipling [53] 1901 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

First Afghan War

1839–1842

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan:
A Firsthand Account by One of the Few Survivors
Florentia, Lady Sale 1843 Memoir UK

Anglo-Persian War

1856–1857

Second Afghan War

1878–1880

First Opium War

1839–1842

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Tai-Pan 1986 Daryl Duke USA Tai-Pan James Clavell 1966 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 An Insular Possession Timothy Mo 1986 Novel UK

Uruguayan Civil War

1839–1851

Dominican War of Independence

1843–1849

Haitian-Dominican Wars

1849-1856

Maori Wars

1845
1872

Sikh Wars

1845–1846
1848–1849

Mexican-American War

1846–1848

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Battle of Churubusco

20 August 1847

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South ♠ * 1985 Richard T. Heffron USA North and South John Jakes 1982 Novel - - -

Battle of Chapultepec

12–13 September 1847

Occupation of Mexico City

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South ♠ * 1985 Richard T. Heffron USA North and South John Jakes 1982 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Omitted is any mention of Chapultepec Castle or the sacrifice of the six Boy Heroes, much celebrated all over Mexico.
  • * TV miniseries.

Caste War

1847–1901

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Book of Lamentations
Oficio de tinieblas
Rosario Castellanos 1962 Novel Mexico

Revolutions of 1848

1848

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Royal Flash 1975 Richard Lester UK Royal Flash George MacDonald Fraser 1970 Novel - - -

Hungarian Revolution of 1848

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Rising Sea
Föltámadott a tenger - Petőfi és Bem
1953 László Ranódy, Mihály Szemes, Kálmán Nádasdy Hungary Két férfi [56] Gyula Illyés 1936? Novel - - -
2 The Eagle and the Eaglet
A sas meg a sasfiók ♠ *
1975 Miklós Hajdúfy Hungary Zoltánka Gyula Krúdy 192? [57] Novel - - -
2 Szökevény Lõrinc Szabó 193? [57]¤ Novel - - -

Venezuelan Civil War

1848–1849

First Schleswig War

1848–1851

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Royal Flash 1975 Richard Lester UK Royal Flash George MacDonald Fraser 1970 Novel - - -

Argentine Civil War

1848–1856

Wars of Italian Independence

1848–1866 (including the Risorgimento)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 1860 1934 Alessandro Blasetti Italy "La processione incontro a Garibaldi" Gino Mazzucchi 19?? Story - - -
2 The Leopard 1963 Luchino Visconti Italy Il Gattopardo Giuseppe di Lampedusa 1958 Novel - - -

Early insurrections

1820–1830 (including the Carbonari)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Vanina Vanini 1961 Roberto Rossellini Italy Vanina Vanini Stendhal 183? /
1855 [1] (collected edition)
Novella - - -
2 The Horseman on the Roof
Le hussard sur le toit
1995 Jean-Paul Rappeneau France The Horseman on the Roof [58]
Le hussard sur le toit
Jean Giono 1951 Novel - - -

Second War of Independence

Battle of Solferino

24 June 1859 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
2 Radetzky March
Radetzkymarsch **
1995 Axel Corti &
Gernot Roll
Germany, France, Austria Radetzky March Joseph Roth 1932 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Expedition of the Thousand

1860

Taiping Rebellion

1850–1864

Crimean War

1853–1856

Battle of Balaclava

25 October 1854

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: Flashman at the Charge by director unknown
Frequently filmed: "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Balaclava 1928 Maurice Elvey & Milton Rosmer UK "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1854 Poem - - -
2 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1936 Michael Curtiz USA "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1854 Poem - - -
3 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968 Tony Richardson UK "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1854 Poem - - -
  • ♠ The scenario is a rather ridiculous one, involving an Englishwoman living in a cottage in the middle of the Crimean battlefield.[59]

Military hospitals

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Florence Nightingale 1915 Maurice Elvey UK The Life of Florence Nightingale Edward Tyas Cook 1913 Non-fiction - - -

Eureka Stockade

1854

Frequently filmed: "The Fight at Eureka Stockade"

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Eureka Stockade 1907 Arthur Cornwall & George Cornwell Australia "The Fight at Eureka Stockade" (uncredited) Henry Lawson (uncredited) 1890 Poem - - -
2 Eureka Stockade 1949 Harry Watt UK "The Fight at Eureka Stockade" (uncredited) Henry Lawson (uncredited) 1890 Poem Eureka Stockade 1984 Australia

Rentap's Sarawak rebellion

c. 1854–1861

Frequently filmed: The Tigers of Mompracem

Peruvian Civil War

1856–1858

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Índole Clorinda Matto de Turner 1891 Novel Peru
2 Jorge, el hijo del pueblo María Nieves y Bustamante 1892 Novel Peru

Second Opium War

1856–1860

Sepoy Mutiny

1857

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Campbells Are Coming Δ 1915 Francis Ford USA The Campbells Are Coming (?) Emerson Hough 19?? Story - - -
2 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1936 Michael Curtiz USA "The Charge of the Light Brigade" Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1854 Poem - - -
3 Bengal Brigade 1954 Laslo Benedek USA Bengal Tiger Hall Hunter 195? Novel - - -
4 The Chess Players 1977 Satyajit Ray India "Shatranj ke khiladi"
(हिंदी) /
"Shatranj ki bazi" (اردو)
Munshi Premchand 193? Story - - -
  • Δ (This film may be incorrectly assigned to this category by the IMDb.)
  • ♠ The film includes incidents modelled after the Sepoy Rebellion.

What if ...

Frequently filmed: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island

Verne's character of Captain Nemo is the son of a rajah, in exile following the Indian Mutiny.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1916 Stuart Paton USA Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne 1870 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Steam House aka The Demon of Cawnpore
La Maison à vapeur
Jules Verne 1880 Novel France
2 The Siege of Krishnapur [60] J. G. Farrell 1973 Novel UK

Utah War

1857–1858

Mountain Meadows massacre

11 September 1857

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 September Dawn 2007 Christopher Cain USA Mormonism Unveiled; Or The Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop John D. Lee
[61][62] (uncredited)
John D. Lee (uncredited) 1877 Memoir - - -
1 Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows [61] (uncredited) Will Bagley (uncredited) 2002 Non-fiction - - -
1 Journal of Discourses [61] (uncredited) George D. Watt (editor) (uncredited) 1854–1886 Sermons - - -
1 The Hoth Diaries [61] (uncredited) Hans Peter Emanuel Hoth (uncredited) 1853–1857 Diary - - -
1 The Mormon Kingdom [61] (uncredited) Jerald & Sandra Tanner (uncredited) 1969 Non-fiction - - -

War of Reform

1857–1861 (followed by the Franco-Mexican War [q.v.])

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 ¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! (Historia del Himno Nacional) 1943 Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes &
Ismael Rodríguez (uncredited)
Mexico "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" Francisco González Bocanegra 1853 Poem/
Himno nacional
- - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 El Zarco [63] Ignacio Manuel Altamirano 1885–1889/
1901
(posthumous)
Novel Mexico

Federal War

1859–1863

Battle of Santa Inés

10 December 1859

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Zamora, tierra y hombres libres 2009 Román Chalbaud Venezuela "Proclama de Ezequiel Zamora y José R. González" Ezequiel Zamora & José R. González 1859 Proclamation - - -

Colombian Civil War

1860–1862

Franco-Mexican War

1861–1867

Politics

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Juarez 1939 William Dieterle USA Juarez und Maximilian Franz Werfel 1925 Play - - -
2 ¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! (Historia del Himno Nacional) 1943 Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes &
Ismael Rodríguez (uncredited)
Mexico "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" Francisco González Bocanegra 1853 Poem/
Himno nacional
- - -
3 Präriejäger in Mexiko: Benito Juarez * 1988 Hans Knötzsch East Germany Präriejäger in Mexiko Karl May 1925? Novel - - -

Operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Major Dundee 1965 Sam Peckinpah USA Moby Dick (uncredited) Herman Melville (uncredited) 1851 Novel - - -
2 The Undefeated 1969 Andrew V. McLaglen USA ? (uncredited) Lewis B. Patten (uncredited) 196? Novel - - -
  • ♠ A mixed force of Union and Confederate soldiers encounters Maximilian's French in Mexico.
  • * TV movie.
Occupation of Veracruz

8 December 1861

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 ¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! (Historia del Himno Nacional) 1943 Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes &
Ismael Rodríguez (uncredited)
Mexico "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" Francisco González Bocanegra 1853 Poem/
Himno nacional
- - -
  • ♠ The French are initially supported by the British and the Spanish.
Battle of Puebla

5 May 1862 (Cinco de Mayo)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 ¡Mexicanos al grito de guerra! (Historia del Himno Nacional) 1943 Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes &
Ismael Rodríguez (uncredited)
Mexico "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" Francisco González Bocanegra 1853 Poem/
Himno nacional
- - -
  • ♠ The troops of Pres. Juárez rally at the sound of the new national anthem to defeat the French zouaves.

Refugees

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 La fuga 1944 Norman Foster Mexico "Boule de Suif" (unconfirmed) Guy de Maupassant 1880 Story - - -

American Civil War

1861–1865 (followed by Reconstruction)

Politics

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Lincoln by Steven Spielberg
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 1912 J. Stuart Blackton & James Young USA "Gettysburg Address" Abraham Lincoln 1863 Speech - - -
2 The Crisis 1916 Colin Campbell USA The Crisis Winston Churchill 1901 Novel - - -
3 Abraham Lincoln 1933 Director unknown USA "Gettysburg Address" Abraham Lincoln 1863 Speech - - -
4 The Perfect Tribute 1935 Edward Sloman USA "The Perfect Tribute" Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews 1906 Story - - -
5 North and South ♦ * 1985 Richard T. Heffron USA North and South John Jakes 1982 Novel - - -
6 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
7 The Perfect Tribute * 1991 Jack Bender USA "Lincoln Got No Applause at Gettysburg: The Perfect Tribute" Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews 1906/1987 (retitled) Story - - -
8 Lincoln [64] 2009? Steven Spielberg USA Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin 2005 Non-fiction - - -
Frequently filmed: "The Man Without a Country"
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Man Without a Country 1917 Ernest C. Warde USA "The Man Without a Country" Edward Everett Hale 1863 Story - - -
2 My Own United States 1918 John W. Noble USA "The Man Without a Country" (uncredited) Edward Everett Hale (uncredited) 1863 Story - - -
3 The Man Without a Country 1937 Crane Wilbur USA "The Man Without a Country" Edward Everett Hale 1863 Story - - -
Frequently filmed: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Inspiration for abolitionists specifically, the Union side generally.
The book is featured prominently in North and South.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Topsy and Eva 1927 Del Lord,
D.W. Griffith (uncredited),
Lois Weber (uncredited)
USA Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852 Novel - - -
1 Uncle Tom's Cabin Catherine Chisholm Cushing 192? Play - - -
2 Uncle Tom's Cabin 1927 Harry A. Pollard USA Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852 Novel - - -
3 Onkel Toms Hütte 1965 Géza von Radványi France, Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Ironically, this film provides an overtly racist treatment of the patronizing but still anti-slavery story.[65]
    "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of bigotry", as the serviceman expresses it in Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II.[66]

Prelude

(including Bleeding Kansas, Harpers Ferry)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South * 1985 Richard T. Heffron USA North and South John Jakes 1982 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.
Frequently filmed: Abe Lincoln in Illinois
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Abe Lincoln in Illinois 1940 John Cromwell USA Abe Lincoln in Illinois
[67][68]
Robert E. Sherwood 1938 Play - - -
  • * TV movie.
Frequently filmed: Gallows Glorious
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gallows Glorious * 1938 Director unknown UK Gallows Glorious Ronald Gow 1933 Play - - -
2 Gallows Glorious * 1939 Director unknown UK Gallows Glorious Ronald Gow 1933 Play - - -
3 John Brown * 1960 Max Douwes Netherlands Gallows Glorious Ronald Gow 1933 Play - - -
  • * TV movie.

Land operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A Time Out of War [69][70] 1954 Denis Sanders USA "Pickets" from The Haunts of Men [71] Robert W. Chambers 1898 Story - - -
2 Au coeur de la vie 1963 Robert Enrico France "The Mocking-Bird" Ambrose Bierce 1890? Story - - -
3 Journey to Shiloh 1968 William Hale USA Journey to Shiloh Heck Allen 1960 Novel - - -
4 The Private History of a Campaign That Failed ♦ * 1981 Peter H. Hunt USA &
West Germany
"The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" "Mark Twain" 1885 Story/Memoir - - -
5 "The War Prayer" "Mark Twain" 1916 (posthumous) Story - - -
6 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
7 The Colt * 2005 Yelena Lanskaya USA "Zherebyonok" ♥ Mikhail Sholokhov [72] 192? Story - - -
8 Ambrose Bierce:
Civil War Stories
(Segment 1)
2006 Don Maxwell USA "One Kind of Officer"
from Civil War Stories
Ambrose Bierce 1890? Story - - -
9 Dog Jack 2009 Edward T. McDougal USA Dog Jack Florence W. Biros © 1990 [73]¤ Novel - - -
  • ♠ This anthology film combines two earlier short films with one addition, noted here.
  • ♦ This adaptation combines a story of the Civil War with a later story of the Spanish-American War.[74]
  • ♥ Sholokhov's short story is set during the Russian Civil War, with the colt the foal of a Red Army mare.
  • * TV movie.
Battle of Bull Run

21 July 1861

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
2 Gods and Generals 2003 Ronald F. Maxwell USA Gods and Generals Jeffrey Shaara 1998 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Battle of Shiloh

6–7 April 1862

Occupation of Frederick

7 September 1862

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Barbara Fritchie: The Story of a Patriotic American Woman 1908 J. Stuart Blackton USA "Barbara Frietchie" John Greenleaf Whittier 1864 Poem - - -
Battle of Antietam

17 September 1862

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
2 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick USA Lay This Laurel Lincoln Kirstein 1973 Non-fiction - - -
2 One Gallant Rush Peter Burchard 1965 Non-fiction - - -
3 Gods and Generals
(Director's Cut only)
2003 Ronald F. Maxwell USA Gods and Generals Jeffrey Shaara 1998 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Battle of Fredericksburg

11–15 December 1862

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gods and Generals 2003 Ronald F. Maxwell USA Gods and Generals Jeffrey Shaara 1998 Novel - - -
Battle of Chancellorsville

30 April – 6 May 1863

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gods and Generals 2003 Ronald F. Maxwell USA Gods and Generals Jeffrey Shaara 1998 Novel - - -
Frequently filmed: The Red Badge of Courage
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Red Badge of Courage 1951 John Huston USA The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 1895 Novel The Red Badge of Courage 1974 USA
Battle of Gettysburg

1–3 July 1863

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
2 Gettysburg 1993 Ronald F. Maxwell USA The Killer Angels [75] Michael Shaara 1974 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Battle of Fort Wagner

18 July 1863

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick USA Lay This Laurel Lincoln Kirstein 1973 Non-fiction - - -
1 One Gallant Rush Peter Burchard 1965 Non-fiction - - -
Battle of Chickamauga

19–20 September 1863

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Chickamauga 1962 Robert Enrico France "Chickamauga" Ambrose Bierce 1890? Story - - -
Battle of Fort Pillow

12 April 1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Roots * 1977 Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman
et al.
USA Roots: The Saga of an American Family [47] Alex Haley 1976 Non-fiction (purported) [48]/
Novel
(admitted)
- - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Battle of the Wilderness

5–7 May 1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Battle of the Crater

30 July 1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Cold Mountain 2003 Anthony Minghella USA Cold Mountain [76] Charles Frazier 1997 Novel - - -
Battle of Jonesborough

31 August – 1 September 1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gone with the Wind
[77]
1939 Victor Fleming USA Gone with the Wind
[78][58]
Margaret Mitchell 1936 Novel - - -
Fall of Petersburg

2 April 1865

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.
Surrender at Appomattox

9 April 1865

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dixie 1924 Webster Campbell USA The Day of the Confederacy W.M. Stephenson 1919 Non-fiction - - -
2 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.

Naval operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sahara 2005 Breck Eisner USA Sahara Clive Cussler 1992 Novel - - -
Blockade running
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gone with the Wind [77] 1939 Victor Fleming USA Gone with the Wind
[78][58]
Margaret Mitchell 1936 Novel - - -
2 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -

Raiders and Irregulars

The term "commando" dates from the Boer War.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dark Command 1940 Raoul Walsh USA The Dark Command: A Kansas Iliad [79] W.R. Burnett 1938 Novel - - -
2 The Raid 1954 Hugo Fregonese USA Affair at St. Albans Herbert Ravenel Sass 195? Non-fiction? - - -
3 The Horse Soldiers 1959 John Ford USA The Horse Soldiers Harold Sinclair 195? Novel - - -
4 Major Dundee 1965 Sam Peckinpah USA Moby Dick (uncredited) Herman Melville (uncredited) 1851 Novel - - -
5 The Outlaw Josey Wales [80] 1976 Clint Eastwood USA Gone to Texas: The Rebel Outlaw Josey Wales Forrest Carter 1973 Novel - - -
6 Ride with the Devil 1999 Ang Lee USA Woe to Live On Daniel Woodrell 1998 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Confederates plan an attack on Vermont from their base in Canada.
Andrews' Raid

12 April 1862

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The General [77] 1927 Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton USA Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure (uncredited) William Pittenger ♠ (uncredited) 1863 Memoir - - -
1 The Great Locomotive Chase (uncredited) William Pittenger ♠ (uncredited) 1899 Memoir - - -
2 The Great Locomotive Chase 1956 Francis D. Lyon USA Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure (uncredited) William Pittenger ♠ (uncredited) 1863 Memoir - - -
2 The Great Locomotive Chase (uncredited) William Pittenger ♠ (uncredited) 1899 Memoir - - -
  • ♠ Cpl. (later Sgt.) William Pittenger, 2nd Ohio Infantry (1840–1904): Did Sgt. Pittenger really write two distinct books about his exploit?

Military intelligence and Espionage

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Operator 13 1934 Richard Boleslavsky USA Secret Service Operator 13 Robert W. Chambers 19?? Stories - - -
2 The Man from Dakota 1940 Leslie Fenton USA Arouse and Beware MacKinlay Kantor c. 1936 [73] Novel - - -
Frequently filmed: Secret Service
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Secret Service 1931 J. Walter Ruben USA Secret Service William Gillette 1896 Play - - -

Military justice and Courts-martial

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Sleeping Sentinel 1914 ? USA "The Sleeping Sentinel. An incident, in verse." Francis De Haes Janvier 1863 Poem - - -
2 Ambrose Bierce:
Civil War Stories
(Segment 2)
2006 Don Maxwell USA "The Story of Conscience"
from Civil War Stories
Ambrose Bierce 1890 Story - - -
Frequently filmed: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Bridge 1929 Charles Vidor USA "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Ambrose Bierce 1890 Story - - -
2 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 1962 Robert Enrico France "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" Ambrose Bierce 1890 Story - - -
3 Ambrose Bierce:
Civil War Stories

(Segment 3)
2006 Don Maxwell &
Brian James Egen
USA "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
from Civil War Stories
Ambrose Bierce 1890 Story - - -

Military hospitals

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gone with the Wind [77] 1939 Victor Fleming USA Gone with the Wind [78][58] Margaret Mitchell 1936 Novel - - -
2 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Involuntary confinement

POWs
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Held by the Enemy 1920 Donald Crisp USA Held by the Enemy William Gillette 1886 Play - - -
2 The Beguiled 1971 Don Siegel USA A Painted Devil Thomas Cullinan 196? Novel - - -
3 North and South, Book II * 1986 Kevin Connor USA Love and War John Jakes 1984 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The placement of this film in the POW table is a best guess.
  • * TV movie.
Convicts
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Littlest Rebel 1935 David Butler USA The Littlest Rebel Edward Peple 1911 Play - - -
Civilians

Occupation

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Band of Angels 1957 Raoul Walsh USA Band of Angels Robert Penn Warren 1955 Novel - - -
2 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick USA Lay This Laurel Lincoln Kirstein 1973 Non-fiction - - -
2 One Gallant Rush Peter Burchard 1965 Non-fiction - - -
3 Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? * 2000 ? USA Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? Barry Denenberg 19?? Novel ? - - -
  • * TV movie.

Home front

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dixie 1924 Webster Campbell USA The Day of the Confederacy W.M. Stephenson 1919 Non-fiction - - -
2 So Red the Rose 1935 King Vidor USA So Red the Rose Stark Young 1934 Novel - - -
3 Gone with the Wind [77] 1939 Victor Fleming USA Gone with the Wind
[78][58]
Margaret Mitchell 1936 Novel - - -
4 The Old Maid 1939 Edmund Goulding USA The Old Maid [81] Zoe Akins 1935 Play - - -
4 The Mother's Recompense Edith Wharton 1925 Novel - - -
5 Raintree County 1957 Edward Dmytryk USA Raintree County Ross Lockridge, Jr. 1948 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The problems of a Southern plantation family during wartime only increase when a Northern spy spreads rumours about slave emancipation. When the older son is killed in battle, the younger son enlists. Lee and Grant meet at Appomattox. Lee rides away.[82]
New York Draft Riots

13–16 July 1863

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Gangs of New York 2002 Martin Scorsese USA The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld (uncredited) Herbert Asbury (uncredited) 1928 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ For decades, director Scorsese had planned a film based on the book. In the end, the book is uncredited since the film ignores the history as described.[citation needed]

Demobilization

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sommersby 1993 Jon Amiel USA Arrest Memorable (uncredited) Jean de Coras (uncredited) 1565 Memoir - - -
1 The Return of Martin Guerre (uncredited) Natalie Zemon Davis (uncredited) 1983 Non-fiction - - -
2 Last Stand at Saber River * 1997 Dick Lowry USA Last Stand at Saber River Elmore Leonard 1959 Novel - - -
3 Cold Mountain 2003 Anthony Minghella USA Cold Mountain [76] Charles Frazier 1997 Novel - - -
n The Romance of Rosy Ridge 1947 Roy Rowland USA The Romance of Rosy Ridge MacKinlay Kantor 1937 [73]¤ Novella - - -
  • * TV movie.

Justice and Retribution

Lincoln Assassination

14 April 1865

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Manhunt by director unknown
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Birth of a Nation [83] 1915 D.W. Griffith USA The Clansman Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1905 Novel - - -
1 The Leopard's Spots Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1902 Novel - - -
2 They've Killed President Lincoln ♠ * 1971 Robert Guenette USA Our American Cousin (uncredited) Tom Taylor (uncredited) 1858 Play - - -
3 The Day Lincoln Was Shot * 1998 John Gray USA The Day Lincoln Was Shot Jim Bishop 1955 Non-fiction - - -
4 National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 Jon Turteltaub USA Our American Cousin (uncredited) Tom Taylor (uncredited) 1858 Play - - -
5 Manhunt 2010? In development USA Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer James L. Swanson 2006 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ Co-written by Theodore Strauss, who wrote Four Days in November, the very strong 1964 documentary about the 1963 Kennedy assassination.
  • * TV movie.
Frequently filmed: The Andersonville Trial

Levitt's play is sometimes confused with Kantor's novel Andersonville.[84]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Andersonville Trial * 1970 George C. Scott USA The Andersonville Trial Saul Levitt 1959 Play - - -
  • ♠ Also filmed in Flemish (1962), German (1972), and Serbo-Croatian (1975).
  • * TV movie.

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country Topic
1 Andersonville [84] MacKinlay Kantor 1955 Novel USA Andersonville prison
2 The Last Full Measure Jeffrey Shaara 1998 Novel USA Gettysburg to Appomattox
  • ♠ The final part of the Shaara family's trilogy.

History never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country Topic
1 Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command [85]¤ Douglas S. Freeman 19?? Non-fiction USA

What if ...

Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country Topic
1 Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore 1953 Novel USA CSA victory

Reconstruction

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Birth of a Nation [83] 1915 D.W. Griffith USA The Clansman Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1905 Novel - - -
1 The Leopard's Spots Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1902 Novel - - -
2 Freedom Road * 1979 Jan Kadar USA Freedom Road [86] Howard Fast 1944 Novel - - -
3 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III ♠ ** 1994 Larry Peerce USA Heaven and Hell John Jakes 1987 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The highlight is the settling of scores between the freedmen and the Ku Klux Klan.
  • * TV movie.
  • ** TV miniseries.

January Uprising

1863–1865

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Our God's Brother
Brat naszego boga
1997 Krzysztof Zanussi Poland Brat naszego boga Karol Wojtyła
(Pope John Paul II)
1944 Play - - -
2 Karol: A Man Who Became Pope ♦ * 2005 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction - - -
2 "Chopin's Piano"
"Fortepian Szopena"
Cyprian Norwid 1866 Poem - - -
  • ♠ The film is about Polish priest Saint Albert Chmielowski.
  • ♦ The film mentions the Uprising and Norwid's famous poem.
  • * TV movie.

Frequently filmed: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

In the original draft of Verne's novel, altered for political reasons, Captain Nemo was a Polish nobleman, in exile following the Uprising of 1863.

(See above)

Dominican Restoration War

1863–1865

Dominican Civil Wars

1865–1879
1897–1905

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 La Mañosa Juan Bosch 1936 Novella Dominican Republic
  • ♠ Bosch later became the reformist President of the Dominican Republic but he was mostly immediately overthrown by a coup in 1963.

Second Schleswig War

1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Tine 1964 Knud Leif Thomsen Denmark Tine Herman Bang 1889 Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: Peer Gynt

Ibsen's verse drama contains references to Scandinavian guilt over not coming to the aid of Denmark against Prussia and Austria.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Peer Gynt 1941 David Bradley USA Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen 1867 Play - - -

War of the Triple Alliance

1864–1870

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Netto Perde Sua Alma 2001 Tabajara Ruas &
Beto Souza
Brazil Netto Perde Sua Alma Tabajara Ruas 2001 Novel - - -

Austro-Prussian War

1866

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Great Cretan Revolt

1866–1869

Cretan Rebellion of 1889

Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Captain Michalis
Ο καπετάν Μιχάλης
Nikos Kazantzakis 1953 Novel Greece

Glorious Revolution in Spain

1868

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Fencing Master
El maestro de esgrima
1992 Pedro Olea Spain The Fencing Master Arturo Pérez-Reverte 1988 Novel - - -

Franco-Prussian War

1870–1871

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Mademoiselle Fifi 1944 Robert Wise USA "Mademoiselle Fifi" Guy de Maupassant 1882 Story - - -
1 "Boule de Suif" from
Les Soirées de Médan
Guy de Maupassant 1880 Story - - -
2 The Green Mare 1959 Claude Autant-Lara France La Jument verte Marcel Aymé 1933 Novel - - -

Paris Commune

1871

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Komunaris chibukhi 1929 Kote Mardjanishvili USSR Pipe of a Communard Ilya Ehrenburg 19?? Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 La Débâcle Émile Zola 1892 Novel France

Third Carlist War

1872–1876

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 La Cigarette Jules Claretie 1890 Novel France
2 Peace in War
Paz en la guerra
Miguel de Unamuno 1895 Novel/
Memoir
Spain

French colonial conflicts in North Africa

18??–19??

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Under Two Flags 1936 Frank Lloyd USA Under Two Flags Ouida 1867 Novel - - -
2 Fort Saganne 1984 Alain Corneau France Fort Saganne [87] Louis Gardel 1980 Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: Beau Geste and sequels

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Beau Geste 1926 Herbert Brenon USA Beau Geste P.C. Wren 1924 Novel - - -
2 Beau Sabreur 1928 John Waters USA Beau Sabreur P.C. Wren 1926 Novel - - -
3 Beau Ideal 1931 Herbert Brenon USA Beau Ideal P.C. Wren 1928 Novel - - -
4 Beau Geste 1939 William A. Wellman USA Beau Geste P.C. Wren 1924 Novel - - -
5 Hermoso ideal 1948 Alejandro Galindo Mexico Beau Ideal P.C. Wren 1928 Novel - - -
6 Beau Geste 1966 Douglas Heyes USA Beau Geste P.C. Wren 1924 Novel - - -
7 Beau Geste ** 1982 Douglas Camfield UK Beau Geste P.C. Wren 1924 Novel - - -
  • ♠ In the 1948 Mexican version, Mexico and Spain are added to the storyline before the Foreign Legion.[88]
  • ** TV miniseries.

Cypress Hills massacre

1 June 1873
The incident which led to the formation of the Northwest Mounted Police.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Englishman's Boy * 2008 John N. Smith Canada The Englishman's Boy
[89][90]
Guy Vanderhaeghe 1996 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Revolt of the Muckers

1874 [91]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A Paixão de Jacobina 2002 Fábio Barreto Brazil Videiras de Cristal Luiz Antonio de Assis Brasil 1990 Novel - - -

US Indian Wars

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dances with Wolves [92] 1990 Kevin Costner USA Dances with Wolves Michael Blake 1988 Novel - - -

Tonquin Incident

June 1811

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 This Woman Is Mine [93] 1941 Frank Lloyd USA "I, Jack Lewis" Gilbert W. Gabriel 194? Story - - -

Apache Wars

1851–1886

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Rio Grande 1950 John Ford USA "Mission with No Record" James Warner Bellah 1947 Story - - -
2 Only the Valiant 1951 Gordon Douglas USA Only the Valiant Charles Marquis Warren 1943 Novel - - -
3 Hondo 1953 John Farrow USA "The Gift of Cochise" Louis L'Amour 194? Story - - -
4 A Distant Trumpet 1964 Raoul Walsh USA A Distant Trumpet Paul Horgan 1951 Novel - - -
5 Duel at Diablo 1966 Ralph Nelson USA Apache Rising Marvin H. Albert 1957 Novel - - -

Sioux War of 1865

Sand Creek Massacre

29 November 1864

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Soldier Blue 1970 Ralph Nelson USA Arrow in the Sun Theodore V. Olsen 196? Novel - - -

Snake War

1864–1868

Bannock War

1878

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Silver River 1948 Raoul Walsh USA ? "Stephen Longstreet" 194? Novel - - -
  • ♠ This film may have an error in its historical chronology.[94]

Black Hills War

1876–1877
(See also Great Sioux War of 1876-77)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson 1976 Robert Altman USA Indians Arthur Kopit 1969 Play - - -
Battle of Powder River

17 March 1876

Battle of the Little Bighorn

25–26 June 1876

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Tonka 1958 Lewis R. Foster USA Tonka David Appel 195? Novel - - -
2 The Glory Guys 1965 Arnold Laven USA The Dice of God Hoffman Birney 1956 Novel - - -
3 Little Big Man 1970 Arthur Penn USA Little Big Man Thomas Berger 1964 Novel - - -
4 Son of the Morning Star * 1991 Mike Robe USA Son Of The Morning Star: Custer And The Little Bighorn [95] Evan S. Connell 1984 Non-fiction - - -
  • * TV movie.
What if ...
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer * 1977 Glenn Jordan USA The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer Douglas C. Jones 197? Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Cheyenne War

1878–1879

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 White Feather 1955 Robert D. Webb USA White Feather (?) John Prebble 195? Story (?) - - -

South American Indian Wars

Conquest of the Chaco

1870–1917

Conquest of the Desert

1872–1881

Russo-Turkish War

1877–1878

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Under the Yoke 1952 Dako Dakovski Bulgaria Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov 1893 Novel Under the Yoke 1990 Bulgaria

Siege of Plevna

1877 [11]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Turkish Gambit 2005 Dzhanik Faiziyev Russia & Bulgaria The Turkish Gambit Boris Akunin 1998 Novel - - -

Romanian War of Independence

1877–1878

Zulu War

1879 [96]

Battle of Isandlwana

22 January 1879

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Zulu Dawn 1979 Douglas Hickox USA, South Africa Zulu Dawn Cy Endfield 1979 Non-fiction - - -

Siege of Rorke's Drift

22–23 January 1879

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield UK ? John Prebble 196? Article - - -

War of the Pacific

1879–1883

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: Adiós al Séptimo de Línea by Alex Bowen & Diego Rougier

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Héroes, la gloria tiene su precio [43] 2007 Cristián Galaz, Gustavo Graef-Marino, Ricardo Larraín, Rodrigo Sepúlveda Chile Balmaceda y la contrarevolución de 1891 Hernán Ramírez Necochea 1972 Non-fiction - - -
2 Adiós al Séptimo de Línea 2010 Alex Bowen &
Diego Rougier
Chile Adiós al Séptimo de Línea Jorge Inostrosa Cuevas 1955 Epic novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Saltpeter War (?)
La Guerra del Salitre
Guillermo Thorndike 1977–1979 Tetralogy Peru

First Boer War

1880–1881

Battle of Bronkhorstspruit

20 December 1880

↓↓

Battle of Laing's Nek

28 January 1881

↓↓

Battle of Majuba Hill

27 February 1881

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Majuba 1968 David Millin South Africa The Hill of Doves Stuart Cloete 1941 Novel - - -

North-West Rebellion

1885

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 North West Mounted Police 1940 Cecil B. DeMille USA The Royal Canadian Mounted Police [97] (uncredited) R.C. Fetherstonhaugh (uncredited) 1938 [51][1] Non-fiction - - -
2 Big Bear 1998 Gil Cardinal Canada The Temptations of Big Bear [98] (uncredited) (unconfirmed) Rudy Wiebe 1973 Novel - - -

Serbo-Bulgarian War

1885

Frequently filmed: Arms and the Man

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Chilean Civil War of 1891

1891

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Héroes, la gloria tiene su precio [43] 2007 Cristián Galaz, Gustavo Graef-Marino, Ricardo Larraín, Rodrigo Sepúlveda Chile Balmaceda y la contrarevolución de 1891 Hernán Ramírez Necochea 1972 Non-fiction - - -

Johnson County Cattle War

1892

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Johnson County War ** 2002 David S. Cass Sr. Germany & USA Riders of Judgment "Frederick Manfred" 1957 Novel - - -
  • ** TV miniseries.

First Matabele War

1893

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Shangani Patrol 1970 David Millin Rhodesia A Time to Die Robert Cary 1968 Non-fiction - - -

Second Matabele War

1896–1897

Cuban War of Independence

1895–1898

War of Canudos

1896–1897

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Antônio Conselheiro e a Guerra dos Pelados 1977 Guga de Oliveira Brazil Os Sertões aka
Rebellion in the Backlands
Euclides da Cunha 1902 Non-fiction - - -
2 Guerra de Canudos 1997 Sérgio Rezende Brazil Os Sertões aka
Rebellion in the Backlands (uncredited)
Euclides da Cunha (uncredited) 1902 Non-fiction - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The War of the End of the World Mario Vargas Llosa [99] 1981 Novel Peru

Greco-Turkish War of 1897

1897

Battle of Velestino

4 May 1897 [100]

Classics never filmed
# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 "A Fragment of Velestino" [101]
"A Battle in Greece"
Stephen Crane 1897/
1936
Essay/
Reportage
USA
2 "Death and the Child" [102]
from The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure
Stephen Crane 1898 Story USA

Mahdist War

(War of the Sudan)
1898

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Young Winston 1972 Richard Attenborough UK My Early Life: A Roving Commission Winston Churchill [103] 1930 Memoir - - -
1 The River War (uncredited) Winston Churchill [103] 1899 Memoir - - -
  • ♠ This film spans two wars, concluding with the Boer War.

Frequently filmed: The Light That Failed

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Light That Failed 1939 William A. Wellman USA The Light That Failed Rudyard Kipling [53] 1890 Novel - - -

Battle of Omdurman

2 September 1898

Frequently filmed: The Four Feathers
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Four Feathers 1915 J. Searle Dawley USA The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
2 The Four Feathers 1921 René Plaissetty [104] UK The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
3 The Four Feathers 1929 Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, & Ernest B. Schoedsack USA The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
4 The Four Feathers 1939 Zoltan Korda UK The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
5 Storm Over the Nile 1955 Zoltan Korda & Terence Young UK The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
5 The Four Feathers * 1977 Don Sharp UK The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
6 The Four Feathers 2002 Shekhar Kapur UK & USA The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason 1902 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Fashoda Crisis

1898

Scramble for Africa

1880–1914

Battle of Lougou

1898

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sarraounia 1986 Med Hondo France & Burkina Faso Sarraounia Abdoulaye Mamani 1980 Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: The War of the Worlds

Wells' science fiction novel about a Martian invasion is traditionally considered to be his commentary on European colonialism.[citation needed]

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Piracy

19th century

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A High Wind in Jamaica 1965 Alexander Mackendrick UK A High Wind in Jamaica Richard Hughes 1929 Novel - - -
2 The Light at the Edge of the World 1971 Kevin Billington USA, Liechtenstein, Spain, Switzerland The Lighthouse at the End of the World
Le Phare du bout du monde
Jules Verne (and Michel Verne) 1905 (posthumous) Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: The Pirates of Penzance

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Pirates of Penzance 1983 Wilford Leach USA & UK The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty W. S. Gilbert (libretto) 1879 Savoy opera - - -

War in the abstract

19th century

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Twice filmed: "The War Prayer"

Mark Twain wrote his story in reaction to the Spanish-American War, but the story itself is general, and not specific.
So far, adaptations have chosen to assign it to specific conflicts.

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For later conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — 1898–1926.

References

Bibliography

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the British Library.
    Source: British Library Integrated Catalogue.
  2. ^ Recipient of the 1937 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Colour.
  3. ^ Recipient of the 1939 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Two-reel.
  4. ^ Recipient of the Tony Award in 1969.
  5. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival in 1998.
  6. ^ a b Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 2002.
  7. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 162-163. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
    Dr. Hartley, writing in 1940, somewhat favours the 1924 film (Webb), since in the 1938 remake (Wilbur), "the Rodney incident is overdramatized".
  8. ^ Recipient of the Newbery Medal in 1944.
  9. ^ a b Fast was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1953.
  10. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 163. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Designated by Stephen Crane as one of the Great Battles of the World, from his book of the same title.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 1973.
  13. ^ Ogg was President of the American Political Science Association from 1940–1941.
  14. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 165. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  15. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 164. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  16. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 165-166. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  17. ^ Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
  18. ^ Source: Halliwell (q.v.), p. 737.
  19. ^ First published in Invasion du Canada, edited by H.-A.-J.-B. Verreau, Montreal, 1873. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  20. ^ a b c d e f Roberts was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 1957 for his historical novels.
  21. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 71. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  22. ^ Recipient of the Tony Award in 1966.
  23. ^ The British Library associates Freeman Wills with Freeman Wills Crofts, but his career apparently begins in 1920, not 1899.
  24. ^ a b c d Source: IMDb, but further corroboration is lacking. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
  25. ^ Cléry, Jean Baptiste Cant Hanet. A journal of the Terror: being an account of the occurrences in the Temple during the confinement of Louis XVI, by M. Cléry, the King's valet-de-chambre (London: Folio Society, 1955).
    Source: Wikipedia article on Pauline de Tourzel.
    The valet Cléry is quoted by Carlyle in his French Revolution.
  26. ^ Source: The Reign of Terror: Memoirs of Mlle des Echerolles, review, New York Times, 7 May 1904. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
  27. ^ French Wikipédia: « Libre adaptation du roman d'Honoré de Balzac. » Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  28. ^ Source: Allmovie review by Dan Pavlides, 200?.
  29. ^ Carpentier was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 1977.
  30. ^ Lorenzini was the nephew of "Carlo Collodi", author of Pinocchio. The nephew wrote a sequel to his uncle's work, as well as other children's books, under the pseudonym "Collodi Nipote". Lorenzini was editor of Topolino, Italy's Mickey Mouse magazine.
    "[Lorenzini p]artecipò all realizzazione del film (1936) "I due sergenti" diretto da Enrico Guazzoni con Gino Cervi e Alida Maria Altenburger (ovvero Alida Valli al suo debutto cinematografico), tratto dal suo "I due sergenti: romanzo dell'epoca napoleonica: sulla trama del dramma di D'Aubigny", Firenze, 1932."
    Source: Biblioteca dei miei ragazzi: Collodi Nipote (Italian) Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  31. ^ Source: IMDb plot summary by Les Adams.
  32. ^ Heyse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1910.
  33. ^ The conversation takes place in prison between Boris and his father.
    Father: "... he was a raw youth."
    Boris: "Raw youth? He was an idiot."
    The novels named, in conversation order, are: Crime and Punishment (Raskolnikov, "he killed two ladies"), The Brothers Karamazov, The Possessed, The Raw Youth, The Idiot, The Insulted and Injured, The Gambler, and The Double.
    The conversation occurs shortly before Boris's mock execution. Dostoyevsky, in history, was the subject of a Tsarist mock execution.
  34. ^ Source: IMDb review by Bob Taylor, 2004.
  35. ^ a b Joint recipients of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1938.
  36. ^ a b c d Source: Acorn DVD. The IMDb information on this series is incorrect, giving the year as 1982 and the nationality as UK. The series is in fact a co-production between ATV and RAI.
  37. ^ French Wikipédia lists a production of the play in 1913 with Firmin Gémier as director and actor.
  38. ^ Recipient of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 1992.
  39. ^ Source: War Plays 2005, Finborough Theatre, London.
  40. ^ A Straggler of '15
  41. ^ Andrić was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961.
  42. ^ It could even, conceivably, have been a comedy, about a husband, or father, named Monroe.
  43. ^ a b c d On the historical value of the miniseries, Rodrigo Sepúlveda, one of the directors (of the episode "Portales"), has this to say: "Con estas películas nadie aprenderá mucha historia." ("With these films, nobody will learn much history.") So now Chile can do it Hollywood-style.
  44. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Matum", 1998.
  45. ^ García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
  46. ^ Source: IMDb page on Joshua Sinclair, Trivia section.
  47. ^ a b Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize Special Award in 1977.
  48. ^ a b For the controversies assailing Roots, see Alex Haley.
  49. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1968.
  50. ^ a b Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 73. This two-reel short film is currently (as of June 2009) not listed at the IMDb.
    Dr. Hartley, who is normally very careful in his praise, describing most films as "Good", had this to say about Abraham Lincoln (1933), writing in 1940: "Excellent. One of the best films on Lincoln. Extremely well cast. The film is well dated and follows good chronological order."
    He continues to make a strong recommendation to his readership of history teachers: "It may well be used in connection with the study of pre-Civil War and Civil War periods."
  51. ^ a b Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of Library and Archives Canada.
    Source: Library Search.
  52. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Biography) in 1930.
  53. ^ a b c d e f g Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907.
  54. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1999.
  55. ^ Source: Pearce (q.v.), p. 165.
  56. ^ Source: IMDb. Hungarian Wikipedia does not list a source.
  57. ^ a b No publication details for this title are available at the British Library.
    Source: British Library Integrated Catalogue.
  58. ^ a b c d e Listed in the 100 livres du siècle, from a poll organized by FNAC and Le Monde in 1999.
  59. ^ Source: IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2004. This is the original, and only, IMDb review of the film.
  60. ^ Recipient of the Booker Prize in 1973.
  61. ^ a b c d e Source: communication with the homesite of screenwriter Carole Whang Schutter by the editor ("Varlaam"), 22 June 2009.
  62. ^ Screenwriter Schutter lists 48 sources in her novelization. She considers this book to be particularly significant: White Flag: America's First 9/11, by Wayne Capurro.
  63. ^ The novel is "considerada una joya de la literatura mexicana", according to Spanish Wikipedia.
  64. ^ Source: Clarke (q.v.), p. 8.
  65. ^ Source: IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2008. This is the original, and only, IMDb review of the film.
  66. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Varlaam", 1999. This is the original, and only, IMDb review of the film. This film later became controversial following an exposé about its authenticity.[citation needed]
  67. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
  68. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival in 1994.
  69. ^ Recipient of the 1955 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Two-reel.
  70. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2006.
  71. ^ Source: Films of Robert W. Chambers, Larry Loc. Retrieved on 2009-08-30.
  72. ^ Sholokhov was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965.
  73. ^ a b c Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  74. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Theo Winthrop", 2005.
  75. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.
  76. ^ a b Recipient of the National Book Award in 1997.
  77. ^ a b c d e Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1989.
  78. ^ a b c d Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.
  79. ^ Source: Rara-Avis bibliography of W.R. Burnett
  80. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1996.
  81. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1935.
  82. ^ Source: Hartley (q.v.), p. 168-169. Information on this film at the IMDb is incomplete.
  83. ^ a b Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1992.
  84. ^ a b Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1956.
  85. ^ Recommended by John Keegan who, in a series of lectures, succinctly summarized the historiography of the Second World War. Source: Keegan (q.v.), Ch. 2, p. 40.
  86. ^ Fast's novel has a foreword by W. E. B. Du Bois.
  87. ^ Recipient of the Grand Prix du Roman in 1980.
  88. ^ Source: IMDb review by Richard O'Brien, 2004. This is the original, and only, IMDb review of the film.
  89. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1996.
  90. ^ Shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award in 1998.
  91. ^ This appears to have no connection to the novel The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs, initially serialized in 1913.
  92. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2007.
  93. ^ Source: The Suicide Bomber of Clayoquot Sound, Revived, The Tyee, Claudia Cornwall, March 14, 2008.
  94. ^ According to plot descriptions, the film takes place at a time when U.S. Grant is President, and the Shoshone are "on the warpath" (TCM) with the US. However, according to Wikipedia's dating, Grant's presidency (1869–1877) misses the periods of hostility with the Shoshone.
  95. ^ Recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1985.
  96. ^ Current publications from the British National Army Museum call this conflict by its traditional name, the "Zulu War", and not by the recent coinage, the "Anglo-Zulu War".
  97. ^ Publisher: Carrick & Evans, New York, 1938.
  98. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1973.
  99. ^ Vargas Llosa was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 1994.
  100. ^ Source: Wertheim (q.v.), p. 21.
  101. ^ Source: Wertheim (q.v.), p. 114.
  102. ^ Source: Wertheim (q.v.), pp. 86–88.
  103. ^ a b Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
  104. ^ Franco-American director René Plaissetty also appeared in the controversial Mission to Moscow as an actor.
  105. ^ Dr. Hartley, in his now-forgotten book, is very thorough in documenting educational films for the benefit of his readership of elementary and high school teachers, and explaining where prints can be rented, typically at "$5.00 for two weeks". But while Hartley can devote nearly a page to his plot synopsis and review, he provides no cast or crew information at all, other than the book from which the film was adapted. So combining Hartley with the complementary information at the IMDb gives a full picture in many cases.
    The editor is using a copy of Hartley discovered in Toronto in 2008. The copy had been discarded by the library at Pepperdine College, now University, in Los Angeles in Sept. 1966.
    As noted above, Hartley documents a series of silent historical films made in 1924, apparently of very high quality, which do not now circulate. They have 0 votes (or fewer than 5) at the IMDb, and the information about them there is of the kind that comes from a catalogue listing rather than a screening. Someone should make these titles available again.
    This American series reminds the editor of a Canadian series made c. 1961 by the National Film Board, under the supervision of the late historian J.M.S. Careless: historical short subjects handled in depth for students of history, rather than the general commercial audience.

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