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 Boy in the Bubble

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


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.


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.


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.


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."




Producer Picks

jfk

JFK : 4 hrs

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


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

freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer


The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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