Great History Videos and Movies
Frameworks for America's Past

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TV mini-series also popular on DVD:

America: The Story of Us 
A three DVD set that tells the story of America's past.  This production originally ran as a mini-series on the History Channel.  Less than $20 for the 3-disc set.

Movies popular in theaters and on DVD:

End of the Civil War to the 1890s:

The Conspirator  (PG-13)  This movie tells the story of the assassination of President Lincoln at the end of the Civil War.  The courtroom drama centers on the trial of the only woman among the accused conspirators. 

Lonesome Dove  (Not rated)  The Emmy award winning mini-series about cowboys, cattle drives, adventure, and romance in the Old West.  

Far and Away  (PG-13)  A poor Irish young man and the daughter of an Irish landlord flee to America, hoping to build a new life.

About the 1900s / 1910s / World War I:

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn  An oldie but goodie film based on the classic novel about a young girl growing up in New York City at the turn of the century.  

War Horse  (PG-13)  A teenage boy and a horse are caught up in the events of World War I in this inspiring movie.

About the 1920s / 1930s:

Balto  (G)  An animated Disney film based on the true heroic story of a dog in Alaska that helped carry medicine to save a town's children from an epidemic. 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button  (PG-13)  Based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it is about a man who ages backwards.  

The Journey of Natty Gann  (PG)  A teenage girl and her father face hardship and adventure as they try to survive the Great Depression.

Modern Times  (Not Rated)  The classic Charlie Chaplain movie - a comedy that also has a message worth thinking about.

The Homecoming  (PG)  This made-for-TV movie tells the story of a mountain family in Virginia at Christmas time during the Great Depression.

The Wizard of Oz  70th Anniversary Edition  (G)  Originally released in 1939, and still one of the greatest American films ever made.

About the 1940s / World War II:

Tora! Tora! Tora!  (G)  All about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

U-571  (PG-13)  This movie is based on a true story about the capture of a German submarine.

Memphis Belle  (PG-13)  A dramatic story about a bomber crew.

Valkyrie  (PG-13)  Based on true events, it dramatizes the attempt by a group of German military officers to assassinate Hitler.

A League of Their Own  (PG)  This popular film tells a story about the home front - a women's baseball league formed during the war.

Red Tails  (PG-13)  The story of the famous African American fighter plane pilots during WW II.

Miracle at Midnight  (Not Rated)  This made-for-TV movie tells how Danish citizens risked their lives in 1943 to save the Jews of Denmark from arrest and deportation to concentration camps.  Based on true events, and a good classroom film.

Diary of Anne Frank  (PG)  This is the Masterpiece Theater / PBS movie that tells the true story of the teenage Jewish girl who hid with her family in Amsterdam until they were captured by the Nazis.

About the 1950s:

October Sky  (PG)  High school students in a coal mining town in West Virginia build a rocket as a science project, and find growing up brings tough challenges.

About the 1960s:

American Graffiti  (PG)  A film about group of high school seniors in California in the summer of 1962 as they prepare to go their separate ways.

Forest Gump  (PG-13)  A great film that is a revealing look at the life and turmoil of the 1960s.

In the Shadow of the Moon  (PG)  Not Hollywood make-believe, but the real film taken during the Apollo moon missions together with comments by the real
astronauts.  Rated "5 Stars" by viewers!

Hidden Figures  (PG)  This popular movie tells the story of a group of African American women math experts who struggled against racial discrimination as they helped the U.S. space program succeed in the early 1960s.

About the 1970s / 1980s:

Apollo 13  (PG)  The heroic efforts to save the crew on a NASA moon mission in 1970 make this an exciting (and true) film story from start to finish.

Remember the Titans  (PG)  This film tells the inspiring story of a high school in Alexandria, Virginia, as white and black students are brought together for the first time on the football team. 

War Games  (PG)  A teenage boy and his girlfriend must save the world as a computer mix-up threatens to start a nuclear war.

The Hunt for Red October  (PG)  Cold War tensions force a Soviet submarine commander and American leaders to make hard choices to try to avoid nuclear war.

About the 1990s / 2000s:

World Trade Center  (PG-13)  A film that captures the heroism of firefighters who went into the World Trade Center to help rescue people trapped inside by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 (2001).

Flight 93: The Movie  (PG-13)  This film tells the story of the fourth hijacked airliner on 9/11 (2001) and the heroic efforts of its passengers to stop the terrorists.