Films: Most Popular

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 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.


Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley : 1 hr

As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.


Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid : 1 hr

The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.


A Brilliant Madness

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


clinton

Clinton : 4 hrs

A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.


George Custer

Custer's Last Stand : 2 hrs

The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.


D-Day

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, fighting to free Europe from Nazi occupation and end World War II.


The Donner Party

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.


Edison's Miracle of Light

"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.


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.


Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders : 2 hrs

A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.


freedom summer

Freedom Summer : 2 hrs

A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.


The Gold Rush

The worldwide migration by eager gold-seekers turned California into a land of opportunity and fierce competition.


Influenza 1918

Influenza 1918 : 1 hr

The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.


jfk

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.


The Murder of Emmett Till

The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.


Richard Nixon

Nixon

Richard Nixon faced impeachment but also ended the Vietnam War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


The Pill

The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.


Race for the Superbomb

The U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.


Reconstruction - The Second Civil War

The stories of ordinary people in the tumultuous years after the Civil War, when America struggled to rebuild the Union.


The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie

A look at the poor Scottish emigrant boy who built a fortune in telegraphy, railroads and steel, and then began systematically to give it all away.


riding the rails

Riding the Rails : 1 hr

The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.


Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

The trial of nine falsely accused African American teens in Alabama would draw North and South into their sharpest conflict since the Civil War.


Surviving the Dust Bowl

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.


Theodore Roosevelt

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Author, soldier, scientist, outdoorsman and caring father, he was the youngest man to become president. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.


The Telephone

Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.


Transcontinental Railroad

Transcontinental Railroad

The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.


Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.


Tupperware!

Tupperware! : 1 hr

This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.


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.





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.


Relevant Now

The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists : 3 hrs

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


death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

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