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.
The Crash of 1929 : 1 hr
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.
Hoover Dam : 1 hr
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Panama Canal : 90 mins
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
Tupperware! : 1 hr
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Wyatt Earp : 1 hr
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.
Custer's Last Stand : 2 hrs
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
Seabiscuit : 1 hr
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
Dinosaur Wars : 1 hr
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
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.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
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 : 1 hr
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 2 hrs
A peanut farmer who rose to become America's 39th president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
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 : 1 hr
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
U.S. Grant: Warrior : 90 mins
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
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 : 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 New Deal program CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America.
Riding the Rails : 1 hr
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
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.
Earth Days : 2 hrs
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
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 Lobotomist : 1 hr
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.