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1. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

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69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Writer: Terrence Malick | Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

2. John Adams (2008 TV Mini-Series)

TV-14 | 501 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

3. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Writers: Michael Shaara, Ronald F. Maxwell | Director: Ronald F. Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

4. How the West Was Won (1962)

TV-G | 164 min | Western

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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Writer: James R. Webb | Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

5. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

6. The Men Who Built America (2012 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, Biography, History | Active

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Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the ... See full summary »

Stars: Campbell Scott, Eric Rolland, Tim Getman, Adam Jonas Segaller

7. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

8. Sergeant York (1941)

Approved | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.

Writers: Abem Finkel, Harry Chandlee, Howard Koch, John Huston, Alvin C. York, Tom Skeyhill | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

9. The Civil War (1990 TV Mini-Series)

680 min | Documentary, History, War

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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

10. The Sixties (2013– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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A ten-part documentary series focusing on the politics, music, technical advancements, drugs, and the "free love" movement of the 1960s.

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy

11. Rough Riders (1997 TV Movie)

240 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War.

Writers: John Milius, Hugh Wilson | Director: John Milius | Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

12. April Morning (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard ... See full summary »

Writers: Howard Fast, James Lee Barrett | Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Urich, Chad Lowe, Susan Blakely

14. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.4
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62 Metascore

Through the eyes of a british "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Writer: Kevin Willmott | Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, William Willmott

15. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

110 min | Biography, Drama

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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Writers: Peter Silverman, Robert Caswell | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

16. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China U.S.Army Major Matt Lewis aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Writers: Robert Hamer, Philip Yordan, Bernard Gordon | Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

17. Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)

74 min | Musical

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Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to ... See full summary »

Writers: Morrie Ryskind, Sig Herzig | Directors: Gregory Ratoff, George Seaton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Joan Leslie, June Haver, Gene Sheldon

18. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

25 min | Western

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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Don Haggerty, Gregg Palmer

19. Johnny Tremain (1957)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Family, History

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Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Writers: Thomas W. Blackburn, Esther Forbes | Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot

20. That's Entertainment! (1974)

G | 135 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

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Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favourite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.

Writer: Jack Haley Jr. | Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford

21. Prohibition (2011 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

22. Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure (2012)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, History

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Follow Kirk Cameron across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover the people, places and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.

Writer: Kevin Miller | Director: Duane Barnhart | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Todd Akin, Sue Allan, David Barton

23. San Francisco (1936)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Writers: Anita Loos, Robert E. Hopkins | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

24. Gettysburg (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History, War

6.5
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An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

Writers: Richard Bedser, Ed Fields, Simon Brown | Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Josh Artis, Greg Berg, Anton Blake

25. The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Romance, War

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Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress, in 1817, granted four townships in the Alabama territory to the exiles. ... See full summary »

Writer: George Waggner | Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn, Oliver Hardy

26. Billy the Kid (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Western

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Writer: Gore Vidal | Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ed Adams, Rene Auberjonois, Andrew Bicknell

27. The Revisionaries (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News

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70 Metascore

The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.

Writers: Jawad Metni, Scott Thurman | Director: Scott Thurman | Stars: Rick Agosto, Lawrence Allen Jr., David Anderson, Mary Helen Berlanger

28. Makers: Women Who Make America (2013 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

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Stars: Meryl Streep, Madeleine Albright, Linda Alvarado, Christiane Amanpour

29. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986 TV Movie)

144 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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Writers: Frank Q. Dobbs, John Binder | Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne

30. How Beer Saved the World (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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This show traces the important role that beer has played in human history from the probable origins of the first beer at the dawn of history to the development of a special beer for use in zero gravity space missions.

Writer: Martyn Ives | Stars: Henry Strozier, George Armelagos, Charlie Bamforth, Kyria Boundy-Mills

31. The Awakening Land (1978 TV Mini-Series)

333 min | Drama

8.0
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Frontierswoman Sayward Luckett's struggles in Ohio during the late 18th-century and early 19th-century.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Hal Holbrook, Jane Seymour, Steven Keats

32. Stonewall (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.3
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A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.

Writers: Rikki Beadle Blair, Martin Duberman | Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutte

33. The People Speak (2009)

113 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."

Writers: Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn | Directors: Anthony Arnove, Chris Moore, Howard Zinn | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Matt Damon, Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei

34. The Adams Chronicles (1976 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, History

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Ambitious multipart PBS production that brings to life five generations of one of America's leading political and historical families. It traces their lives from John Adams early years as a... See full summary »

Stars: David Elliott, Albert Stratton, Michael Tolan, John Beal

35. George Washington (1984 TV Mini-Series)

480 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, David Dukes, Jaclyn Smith

36. The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986 TV Movie)

120 min | Western

6.9
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This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 ... See full summary »

Writer: William Stratton | Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Marcia Cross, Gail Youngs

37. Space (1985 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

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A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.

Stars: James Garner, Susan Anspach, Blair Brown, Bruce Dern

38. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.2
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward | Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

39. A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation (1989)

111 min | Drama, History

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Writer: Tim Slover | Director: Peter N. Johnson | Stars: Craig Wasson, Michael McGuire, Morgan White, Bruce Newbold

40. This Is America, Charlie Brown (1988 TV Mini-Series)

24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.3
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In this CBS animated miniseries of eight episodes, the Peanuts gang (created by Charles M. Schulz) visit important events in United States history. The episodes were: "The Mayflower ... See full summary »

Creator: Charles M. Schulz | Stars: Bill Melendez, Erin Chase, Jason Mendelson, Brandon Stewart

41. Mary Silliman's War (1994 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, War

6.6
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Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.

Writers: Steven Schechter, Louisa Burns-Bisogno, Joy Day Buel, Richard Buel Jr. | Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Nancy Palk, Richard Donat, Diane D'Aquila, Paul Boretski

42. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2013 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

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Professor Gates describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.

Star: Henry Louis Gates

43. Daniel Boone (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Adventure, History, Western

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In 1775, Daniel Boone settles Kentucky, despite menacing Indians and renegade whites.

Writers: Daniel Jarrett, Edgecumb Pinchon | Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Heather Angel, John Carradine, Ralph Forbes

44. The Native Americans (1994 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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Stars: Joy Harvo, John Mohawk

45. The Movie Orgy (1968)

420 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ann-Margret, Ngo Dinh Diem, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Beatles

46. The First Texan (1956)

Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History

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After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, keep a low profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when ... See full summary »

Writer: Daniel B. Ullman | Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford

47. The Real West (1992– )

50 min | Documentary, Western

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Stars: Kenny Rogers, Paul A. Hutton, Robert Utley, Roger McGrath

48. Founding Fathers (2000 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Edward Herrmann, Keith Arbour, Carol Berkin, Beau Bridges

49. The Weather Underground (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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77 Metascore

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel | Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange, Evan White

50. Mysteries of the Freemasons (2006 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

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Special examines the origins of the Freemasons and their putative roots in the stonemasons of the Temple of Solomon and the Knights Templar, the impact of the Freemasons on the Age of ... See full summary »

Director: Tuggelin Yourgrau | Stars: Rich Adams, Chad O. Allen, Charlie Anderson, Jim Bachtell