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.
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.
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 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.
Victory in the Pacific : 2 hrs
The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II.
The Lobotomist : 1 hr
A gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
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.
The Kennedys : 3 hrs
A saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.
The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
The Donner Party : 90 mins
Three years before the Gold Rush, 87 pioneers took a shortcut westward to California, only to get caught in the snows of the Sierra Nevada.
Influenza 1918 : 1 hr
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
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 : 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 : 1 hr
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.
Test Tube Babies : 1 hr
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
Buffalo Bill : 1 hr
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.
In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana.