''The Rough Riders'' is a 1997 three hour television miniseries about future President Theodore Roosevelt and the regiment (the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry; aka the Rough Riders). The series prominently shows the bravery of the volunteers at the Battle of San Juan Hill, part of the Spanish-American War of 1898. It was released on DVD in 2006. The series originally aired on TNT.

The movie opens with Lieutenant Coronel TheodoreRoosevelt (Tom Berenger) giving an impassioned speech.

This is the second movie about Theodore Roosevelt's life directed by John Milius (the other being ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion''), part of a planned but probably never to be completed trilogy.

!! This includes examples of the following Tropes:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: A group scene set the night before the assault on Kettle Hill has the soldiers discussing why they're at war.
* BadassMoustache: Most of the Rough Riders, but Sam Elliott in particular.
* BoisterousBruiser: General Wheeler.
* TheCameo: Brian Keith as President William Mckinley. Keith played Roosevelt in ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion''.
** He's easy to miss, but RLeeErmey plays Secretary of State John Hay.
* TheGoodCaptain: Captain O'Neil, who also fits the SergeantRock role.
* DeadpanSnarker: The French Ambassador's wife and Roosevelt's wife have their moments.
---> '''Mr. Roosevelt''': "My wife's letting me go see the elephant in Cuba."
---> '''[[FrenchJerk Mademoiselle Adler]]''': "I can see why."
---> '''Colonel Wood''': "Theodore, do you know that you're mad?"
---> '''Mrs. Roosevelt''': "It's never stopped him before."
* DrillSergeantNasty: one shows up at the training camp and is run out of town by Captain O'Neil.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:O'Neill before the attack on Kettle Hill.]]
* FoeTossingCharge: Theodore ''charges'' across a crowded ballroom, knocking innocent waiters out of the way.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Nash and Eli enlist to escape what they think is a pursuing posse.
* GilliganCut: One scene cuts from a young man explaining to his fiancee that he is going to stand up to his father and refuse to go to war...to the same young man, with a resigned look on his face, saddling up to leave.
* HowWeGotHere: the opening scene is an older Nash paying his respects to his comrades' memorial, and then flashing back to his outlaw days.
* IncomingHam
--> '''Senator''': "Ladies, brace yourselves!"
* LargeHam: Both Roosevelt and Wheeler.
* MilitaryMoonshiner
--> '''Captain Pershing''': "Sergeant, would you care to refresh yourself?"
--> '''Sergeant''': "No, sir, I've had some water earlier on today."
--> '''Pershing''': "Sergeant, would you care to ''refresh'' yourself?"
--> '''Sergeant''': "Refresh myself? [beat] Yes, sir!"
* NobleSavage: Deconstructed and averted.
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: A couple, given it's a gritty, realistic take on war:
** Executing a captured German military adviser. This is despite him posing no threat and him helpfully explaining how to operate the Maxim machine gun. By all accounts, this scene was invented entirely for the miniseries. The presence of any German military personnel in the depicted battle is disputed in real life, so the German officer they kill is most likely wholly fictional.
** The second is when a Spanish soldier tries to surrender and is promptly shot dead. It's worth noting he himself killed a Rough Rider prior to his attempt to give up, though.
--> "Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword."
* OldMediaAreEvil: Hearst and company.
* {{Outlaw}}: Nash and Eli, the main heroes.
* PetTheDog: When Hearst comes across a correspondent who has been wounded by artillery fire, he immediately orders that the man be taken aboard his yacht and given the finest medical treatment, and personally thanks him for his work for the paper.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Subverted in an opening sequence that is a near point-by-point parody of ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid --the "posse" just happens to be going in the same direction as Nash.
* SedgwickSpeech: [[spoiler:O'Neill]].
* ShelteredAristocrat: Examined and ultimately subverted: Wadsworth and Hamilton Fish are intelligent and extremely capable.
* SergeantRock
* UnderestimatingBadassery: When Nash and Indian Bob try to sucker one of those fancy rich boys into riding an untamed bronco who has just bucked off half the squad. Said rich boy happens to be a polo champion.
* WarIsGlorious
* WarIsHell