American history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant american history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, factual, based on true events and talky films and TV shows about / with american history, politics, u.s. president, society, assassination, death, idealism, violence, civil war and courage plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as american history: John Adams (2008), Jackie (2016), Rough Riders (1997), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Drunk History (2013), Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Kid (2019), King (1978), Room 222 (1969).

List of american history movies

 8.5
 27K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: american history, president, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, human spirit, freedom, head of state, state affairs, true love, idealism ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1770s, 1790s
Place: usa, france, pennsylvania, england, philadelphia ...
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 6.7
 71K
Jackie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, Chile, China, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An account of the days of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
Style: based on true events, emotional, heartbreaking, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: american history, kennedy assassination, assassination, kennedy family, first lady, u.s. president, president, widow, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, strong female character, period piece ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: usa, america, texas, dallas texas, united states ...
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 7.4
 2K
Rough Riders (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 184 min.
Story: In 1898 the US government decided to intervene on the side of the Cuban rebels in their struggle against Spanish rule. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt decides to experience the war first hand by promoting and joining a volunteer cavalry ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american history, battles, soldier, military, political unrest, state affairs, war, heroic mission, civil war, military life, leadership, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: cuba, latin america, new mexico
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: heartbreaking, motivational, bleak, factual, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, racism, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, american history, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Drunk History (2013)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. A unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from America’s great past as great moments in history are retold with unforgettable results.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, mumblecore, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drunk, american history, cultural icon, state affairs, americana, parody, guest, comedian, interview, political satire, absurd humor, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s, 1940s
Place: usa
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Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although PBS continued to air reruns until August 2004. The ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, realistic, educational
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: american revolution, journalism, slavery, idealism, leadership, adventure, society, patriotism, young people, state affairs, heroes, politics ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: philadelphia
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the English and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by ...
Style: epic, exciting, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: native american, freedom, adventure, army, forbidden love, wilderness, woman in danger, vengeance, father daughter relationship, battles, heroes, massacre ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, georgian era, 1930s
Place: usa, england
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 5.9
 6K
The Kid (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: New Mexico Territory, 1880. Rio Cutler and his older sister Sara must abandon their home after an unfortunate event happens. In their desperate flee to Santa Fe, they cross paths with the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid and his gang, who are ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: cowboy, outlaw gang, sheriff, billy the kid, posse, squad, brother sister relationship, cowboys and outlaws, criminal, outlaw, ambush, arrest ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico
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 7.9
 330
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: captivating, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, racism, civil rights movement, civil rights, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, fighting the system, deadly, political unrest, rebelliousness, social differences ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s ...
Place: memphis, usa
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 7.5
 789
Room 222 (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Room 222 is an American comedy-drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series aired on ABC for 112 episodes from September 17, 1969 until January 11, 1974. The show was broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 for its ...
Plot: high school, high school teacher, social issues, american history, boss, african american, teacher, school, human, woman
Time: 1960s, 70s, 60s
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Strange Empire (2014)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in 1869 Alberta-Montana border country, “Strange Empire” is a Western whose heroes are women. With most of their men gone, and those who remain battling for control, the women struggle to survive, to find their independence, and to build a ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: old west, small town life, power struggle, strong female presence, survival, danger, small town, woman, heroes, rivalry, social relations, american history ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, montana
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Sandburg's Lincoln (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Story: A miniseries about President Abraham Lincoln.
Plot: american history, president, politician, politics, husband wife relationship, government, u.s. civil war, american civil war, trial, civil war, u.s. president, usa president
Time: 19th century
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 7.0
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Lincoln (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: After arriving in Washington in 1861 after his election, Abraham Lincoln struggles with personal and political problems during his Presidency. Originally titled "Lincoln", the name of this miniseries was changed to "Gore Vidal's ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, talky, clever ...
Plot: politics, assassination, american civil war, society, republican, couples, leadership, human spirit, state affairs, couple relations, idealism, white house ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Speculative Sunn Classics chestnut detailing a wide-ranging government conspiracy to murder the 16th American President and the subsequent cover up and escape of his killers.
Plot: american history, assassination, civil war, treason, conspiracy, assassination plot, american civil war, u.s. president
Time: 1860s
Place: canada
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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Biography of the former first lady, focusing on her years as a photojournalist and leading up to her marriage to John F. Kennedy and their moving into the White House.
Plot: american history, assassination, kennedy family, romance, first lady, socialite, tragic event, dominatrix, price of fame, senator, assassin, tragedy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
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 7.3
 46K
Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, based on true events, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, police brutality, police violence, injustice, rebellion, friendship, death, justice, tragic event, racial tension, chaos ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1943, year 1969, year 1967
Place: detroit, michigan
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 7.8
 192K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, exciting, sincere, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, genius, scientist, prejudice, black woman, strong female character ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1962
Place: langley virginia, usa, virginia
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The Eternal Road (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Finland, Estonia, Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on true events an epic story of one man's struggle for survival. Jussi Ketola, returns to Finland from the great depression struck America only to face growing political unrest. One summer night of 1930, nationalist thugs violently abduct ...
Plot: immigrants, great depression, getting home, socialism, new identity, secret police, child killed, return home, violence, kolkhoz, forced confession, shot to death ...
Time: year 1937, year 1938, 1930s
Place: soviet union
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 5.2
 3K
Stonewall (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: "Stonewall" is a drama about a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event widely considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, propaganda film
Plot: gay, police corruption, discrimination, fighting the system, society, gender, gay bar, parent child relationship, brother sister relationship, police brutality, father son relationship, humiliation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa, new york, indiana
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 5.8
 540
Amigo (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, contemplative, realistic
Plot: village, soldier, moral dilemma, friendship, rebel, american, culture clash, rebelliousness, society, military, social relations, communication problem ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: the philippines, asia, iraq
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Drunk History (2007)
Genre: Short, Comedy, History
Country: USA
Story: The original web series featuring historical reenactments by A-list comedy/acting talent, presented by Derek Waters and many inebriated history buff storytellers.
Plot: drunk, guest, traitor, civil rights, interview, drinking, alcohol, beer, vomiting, celebrity impersonation, social satire, stereotype ...
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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, white house, u.s. president, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 50s, 70s, 60s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, south africa ...
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 7.3
 157K
First Man (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Style: based on true events, suspense, factual, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: moon landing, space exploration, space mission, test pilot, astronaut, space travel, moon, nasa, historical event, human in outer space, husband wife relationship, loss of child ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1961 ...
Place: houston texas, usa, florida, california
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 7.5
 84K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination, americana, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston
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The Conspirator (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, courtroom drama, historical character, civil war, assassination, lawyer, president, trial, boarding house, death sentence, legal, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., england, california
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The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: The Whitest Kids U' Know is an American sketch comedy troupe and television program of the same name. The group consists of Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger, Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter, though other actors occasionally appear in ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, not serious, alternative comedy
Plot: cross dressing, disorder, father son relationship, dog, conspiracy, song, death, parody, office, singing, boss, joke ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.5
 97K
United 93 (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, hijacking, airplane, 9/11, terrorist, tragic event, self sacrifice, death, war on terror, passenger, peril, danger ...
Time: 21st century, september 11 2001, contemporary, 2000s, year 2001
Place: boston, new york, virginia, cleveland ohio, new jersey ...
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The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Amid the bitter divisiveness of the Civil War, Confederate Capt. Robert Adams (Julian Adams) feels the rift within his soul. Steadfastly loyal to the South, Adams also holds an unshakable love for his Northerner wife, Eveline McCord (Gwendolyn ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, romantic, saga
Plot: battles, american civil war, love affair, wartime life, true love, leadership, society, military, love and romance, romance, heroes, supportive spouse ...
Time: 19th century
Place: southern usa, south carolina
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: stylized, tense, rough, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, vengeance, gang war, organized crime, gangsters, revenge, betrayal, army, social decay, corruption, mob boss, criminal heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.1
 28K
Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, government, vietnam war, campaign, rise and fall, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, usa, california, texas
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