Films: War

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.

America and the Holocaust

The U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.

american comandante

American Comandante : 1 hr

American comandante William Morgan went to Cuba to help Fidel Castro return the country to a democracy. Instead, four years later, he was executed.

Bataan Rescue

In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.

The Battle of Chosin

The Battle of Chosin : 2 hrs

Insurmountable odds. Unforgiving conditions. Unyielding courage.

Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge : 90 mins

The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.

The Berlin Airlift

After the Soviet blockade of West Berlin, British and American pilots delivered tons of food and fuel to the German city by airplane for nearly a year.

The Bombing of Germany

The Bombing of Germany : 1 hr

During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.

Building the Alaska Highway

Building the Alaska Highway

The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.

Command and Control

Command and Control : 2 hrs

How do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?


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

Daughter from Danang

The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.

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.


FDR : 4 hrs

Franklin Roosevelt restored hope after the Great Depression and led the nation during World War II. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.

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.

Fly Girls

During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.

The Great War

The Great War : 6 hrs

A nation comes of age.

American Experience

The Hunt for Pancho Villa : 1 hr

After notorious revolutionary leader Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, New Mexico, General John Pershing and his 150,000 man cavalry set out to get Villa.

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Jesse Owens : 1 hr

His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.

Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam : 2 hrs

With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?

Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ : 4 hrs

Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.

American Experience

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter : 1 hr

A look at five real-life "Rosies," the reality of working in defense plants during World War II and then having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.

The Living Weapon

The Living Weapon : 1 hr

The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.

American Experience

Love in the Cold War : 1 hr

An American Communist family that had fled to Moscow in the late 1920s, return to America in 1935 but can not bring their 5-year-old son.


General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.

The Man Behind Hitler

Joseph Goebbels, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, was the mastermind behind Adolf Hitler's success.

American Experience

The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry : 1 hr

The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

My Lai

My Lai : 90 mins

Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.

The Nuremberg Trials

The story of the dramatic post-World War II tribunal that brought Nazi leaders to justice and defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day.

American Experience

Orphans of the Storm : 1 hr

In the summer of 1940, 10,000 children were sent from wartime Britain to the United States.

American Experience

Pearl Harbor - Surprise And Remembrance : 90 mins

A minute-by-minute account, on both sides of the Pacific, leading up to the surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.

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.

Relevant Now


JFK : 4 hrs

The Fall of 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination. No president since Kennedy has earned higher approval ratings.