Films: Popular Culture

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.


1964

1964 : 2 hrs

America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart : 1 hr

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the world by airplane.


America 1900

Politics, culture, race relations, and technology in a year of change.


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 Amish: Shunned

The Amish: Shunned : 2 hrs

Follow seven former Amish who choose their freedom over their family


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.


Ansel Adams

The life of the legendary photographer, known best for his black and white images of the wilderness of the American West.


Around the World in 72 Days

Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.


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Ballad of a Mountain Man : 1 hr

Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.


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Barnum's Big Top : 1 hr

P.T. Barnum -- huckster, con man, promoter, entertainer and founder of "The Greatest Show on Earth".


The Battle Over Citizen Kane

Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst fought to suppress a film by Orson Welles, a film that would become one of cinema's masterpieces.


Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill : 1 hr

William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create the myth of the American West that still endures today.


The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.


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Chicago 1968 : 1 hr

The 1968 Democratic National Convention saw a clash of political visions on the convention floor and violence outside on the streets of Chicago.


Chicago: City of the Century

The story of Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town to a massive metropolis in the nineteenth century.


A Class Apart

A Class Apart : 1 hr

From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.


Cold War Roadshow

Cold War Roadshow : 1 hr

In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.


Coney Island

The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.


The Crash of 1929

The Crash of 1929 : 1 hr

The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.


death and the civil war

Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs

The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.


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Demon Rum : 1 hr

Prohibition's effect on Detroit, Michigan, the first major American city to "go dry," and the growth of the liquor smuggling industry.


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Do You Mean There Are Still Real Cowboys? : 1 hr

A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.


Earth Days

Earth Days : 2 hrs

The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.


Eugene O'Neill

A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.


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A Family Gathering : 1 hr

The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.


The Fight

A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.


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Forbidden City, USA : 1 hr

Before World War II, young Chinese Americans defied cultural tradition in San Francisco's Chinatown, previously closed to outsiders.


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Forever Baseball : 1 hr

A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.


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.





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