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The Spanish-American War Movies & TV

The Buffalo Soliders (1992)

This made-for-television documentary offers a glimpse at the unique role of the “Buffalo Soldiers,"the black troops of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments in the U.S. Army, in the Spanish-American War and in the development of the western frontier.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Although a somewhat campy interpretation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's early century adventure novel, Greystoke is perhaps one of the most entertaining modern Hollywood films to allude to imperial power and hierarchies of race. In other words, there's more to this story than actor Christopher Lambert's guttural grunts and chest thumping. Although those are awesome, too.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Brad Pitt stars as Jesse James in this loosely fact-based film about the life and death of the man considered one of the more notorious outlaws of the Wild West during the last nineteenth century.

Cimarron (1931)

This classic Hollywood Western tells the story of a couple that heads West in the late nineteenth century to settle in the Oklahoma territory. Can those who yearn to explore the American frontier and seek to discover their “manifest destiny"ever be satisfied?

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