Films: 1971 - 1980

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 Alaska Pipeline

Native Alaskans, oil company representatives, environmentalists, politicians, and others tell the story of the 800-mile pipeline.


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 Boy in the Bubble

The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.


A Brilliant Madness

Mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash's work became a foundation of modern economic theory.


Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.


Eyes on the Prize

This acclaimed 14-hour series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985, tracing African Americans' struggle for equality and justice.


The Fall of Saigon

Ten years after American troops arrived in South Vietnam, communists seized Saigon in an attack that brought the war to a startling conclusion.


Fidel Castro

Cuba's Communist leader defied the odds, surviving his Soviet benefactors, the wrath of U.S. presidents, two diplomatic crises and assassination attempts.


George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.


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.


Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

The bizarre saga of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst's kidnapping and conversion to her captors' cause.


Hijacked

In September 1970, militants from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked five commercial airplanes.


Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter : 2 hrs

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


Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple : 90 mins

In 1978 over 900 people led by Rev. Jim Jones died in the largest mass murder-suicide in history, at Jonestown, Guyana.


Portrait of the Kennedy family

The Kennedys : 3 hrs

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


Las Vegas: An Unconventional History

Originally settled as a mail stop, Las Vegas changed from an Old West vacation town, to a mafia haven, to the "Atomic City" and "Sin City."


Meltdown at Three Mile Island

Equipment failure, human error and bad luck led to the country's worst nuclear accident in 1979.


Miss America

The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.


 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.


New York: A Documentary Film

The history of New York City and the people and forces that have shaped it over the past 400 years is told in a seven-part 14.5-hour series.


New York

New York: The Center of the World

Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.


Nixon's China Game

President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger initiated a secret diplomatic breakthrough with Mao Tse-tung that shocked and changed the world.


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.


silicon valley

Silicon Valley : 90 mins

Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.


Test Tube Babies

Test Tube Babies : 1 hr

The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.


Vietnam: A Television History

This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.


war letters

War Letters : 1 hr

From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.




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.


jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

The latest addition to our Peabody Award-winning Presidents collection, JFK is a four-hour biopic of our 35th president.


Relevant Now

jfk

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.