Films: J

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.

Jesse James

Jesse James : 1 hr

America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.

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.


JFK : 4 hrs

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter : 2 hrs

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

Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life

A star in baseball's golden age, Joe DiMaggio's celebrity status and tumultuous marriage to Marilyn Monroe brought him pain.

John Brown's Holy War

Murderer, martyr, hero - John Brown's violent crusade against slavery would divide the nation and spark the Civil War.

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John and Abigail Adams

From letters of the second U.S. president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail, this film explores their tumultuous times.

American Experience

The Johnstown Flood : 1 hr

When an earthen dam broke without warning, a small city in Pennsylvania was swept away in a wall of water over 30 feet high.

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.

American Experience

Journey to America : 1 hr

Between 1890 and 1920, 12 million people emigrated from Europe arriving in New York Harbor and Ellis Island.

Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory

In the decade after the Civil War, former slaves sing their way into a nation's heart with spirituals, the religious anthems of slavery.

Producer Picks


JFK : 4 hrs

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

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

death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War

freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

2014 is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer