Most Popular "American History" Titles
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3. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
25 min | Western
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.
4. Gettysburg (1993)
PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.
6. How the West Was Won (1962)
Approved | 164 min | Western
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.
7. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
R | 122 min | Documentary
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.
8. The Men Who Built America (2012 TV Mini-Series)
Documentary, Biography, History | Active
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 »
Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
10. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)
110 min | Biography, Drama
A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
11. Sergeant York (1941)
Approved | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.
13. 55 Days at Peking (1963)
Unrated | 154 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
14. Rough Riders (1997 TV Movie)
184 min | Action, Drama, History
Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War.
15. April Morning (1988 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama, History, War
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 »
16. San Francisco (1936)
Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
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.
19. Johnny Tremain (1957)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Family, History
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.
22. Mysteries of the Freemasons (2006 TV Movie)
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 »
24. The Adams Chronicles (1976 TV Mini-Series)
50 min | Drama, History
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 »
PG | 90 min | Documentary, History
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.
28. Stonewall (1995)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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.
214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.
31. The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Passed | 100 min | Adventure, Romance, War
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 »
32. The Revisionaries (2012)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, News
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.
35. The People Speak (2009)
113 min | Documentary, History
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."
37. The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986 TV Movie)
120 min | Western
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 »
38. How Beer Saved the World (2011 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary
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.
39. Mary Silliman's War (1994 TV Movie)
93 min | Drama, War
Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.
40. Secrets of the Founding Fathers (2009 TV Movie)
120 min | Documentary, Biography, History
Experts and authors discuss George Washington's connection to the ancient and powerful Freemasons. Experts discuss Benjamin Franklin's possible membership in several secret societies. Such ... See full summary »
41. The Weather Underground (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War
The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.
42. This Is America, Charlie Brown (1988 TV Mini-Series)
24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
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 »
43. Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
74 min | Musical
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 »
44. The War of 1812 (2011)
120 min | Documentary
For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and ... See full summary »
46. The First Texan (1956)
Approved | 82 min | Biography, Drama, History
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 »
47. The Movie Orgy (1968)
420 min | Documentary, History
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 »