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ACWM Staff Picks: Movies and TV

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Why rewatch the same series over again? Our staff has a great selection of movies and TV that every history buff will enjoy but doesn’t lack in entertainment!

Modern Classics

  • Lincoln (2010)
    As the Civil War nears its end, President Abraham Lincoln clashes with members of his cabinet over the issue of abolishing slavery.
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
    Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. > Watch Trailer!
  • Glory (1989)
    Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. > Watch Trailer!
  • Roots (1977) A dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation. > Watch Trailer!

In the Realm of Ridiculous

  • Star Trek: The Savage Curtain (Season 3, Episode 22)
    Kirk, Spock, Abraham Lincoln, and Surak are pitted in battle against four notorious villains from history for the purpose of helping a molten rock creature’s understanding of a concept he does not understand, ‘good versus evil’.
  • Sahara (2005)
    Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the “Ship of Death” in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator. > Watch Trailer
  • National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)
    Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. > Watch Trailer
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. > Watch Trailer
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Abominations (Season 2, Episode 4)
    The team members travel to 1863, where they find themselves in the middle of the Civil War; Jax and Amaya take on a mission at a slave plantation; Sara feels the burden of being a leader; Ray fights to find his purpose. > Watch Clip!

TV We Geeked Over