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.


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.


Triangle Fire

Triangle Fire : 1 hr

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tupperware!

Tupperware! : 1 hr

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


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.


riding the rails

Riding the Rails : 1 hr

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


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.


Richard Nixon

Nixon

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


 We Shall Remain

We Shall Remain : 5 hrs

The story of Native peoples’ valiant resistance to expulsion from their lands and the extinction of their culture.




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.


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

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.