Films: Recent Broadcasts

Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.


Dinosaur Wars

Dinosaur Wars : 1 hr

The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.


Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.


The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer : 2 hrs

A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.


soundtrack for a revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution : 2 hrs

The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.


Roads to Memphis

Roads to Memphis : 1 hr

The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.


Great Famine

The Great Famine : 1 hr

The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.


Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee : 90 mins

Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.


Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison : 90 mins

America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.


A Class Apart

A Class Apart : 1 hr

From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.


Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter : 2 hrs

A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


Ronald Reagan

Reagan : 270 mins

The life of the president who saw himself as the heroic defender of the "shining city on a hill." Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


The Greely Expedition

The Greely Expedition : 1 hr

A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.


Ulysses S. Grant

U.S. Grant: Warrior : 90 mins

A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.


 We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain : 5 hrs

The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.


God in America

God in America : 6 hrs

For the first time on television, God in America will explore the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States.


The Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps : 1 hr

The New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.


riding the rails

Riding the Rails : 1 hr

The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.


Hurricane of 38

The Hurricane of '38 : 1 hr

Before radar had been invented a devastating hurricane hit America, surprising residents of the East Coast and killing more than 600 people.


My Lai

My Lai : 90 mins

Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.


Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.


The Polio Crusade

The Polio Crusade : 1 hr

The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease.


 The Mormons

The Mormons : 2 hrs

From Joseph Smith's discovery of gold tablets to persecution, migration, and settlement in Utah, the film explores the history of the most American of religions.


The Lobotomist

The Lobotomist : 1 hr

A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart : 1 hr

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.


Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.


The Bombing of Germany

The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr

During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.


Surviving the Dust Bowl

Surviving the Dust Bowl : 1 hr

The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.


Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente : 1 hr

Clemente was an exceptional baseball player whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.


The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.


Assassination of Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln : 90 mins

As a nation mourned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a manhunt closed in on the twenty-six-year-old actor, John Wilkes Booth.



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Producer Picks

Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Stonewall Uprising

Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins

Triangle Fire is one of three AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries to be honored with a win at the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.


Relevant Now

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.