Films: 1931 - 1940

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.


Tesla : 1 hr

Meet the genius engineer and inventor whose technology helped create our wireless world.

boys of 36

The Boys of '36 : 1 hr

The thrilling true story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany in 1936.

war of the worlds

War of the Worlds : 1 hr

Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore : 1 hr

High on a granite cliff in South Dakota's Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.


Ripley: Believe It or Not : 1 hr

Meet the Wizard of Odd. Robert Ripley was a new media star and the most popular man in America.

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins

The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.

the amish

The Amish : 2 hrs

Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.

The Rockefellers

The Rockefellers : 2 hrs

Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.

jesse owens

Jesse Owens : 1 hr

His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.

The Crash of 1929

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

Hoover Dam : 1 hr

During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.


Seabiscuit : 1 hr

Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.

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.

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.


FDR : 4 hrs

Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

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.

Relevant Now


JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.