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, thought provoking, disturbing and suspense films and TV shows about / with american history, politics, society, violence, death, state affairs, father son relationship, idealism, u.s. president 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), Rough Riders (1997), Lincoln (2012), Hamilton (2020), Jackie (2016), Harley and the Davidsons (2016), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Son of the South (2020), Radium Girls (2018), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

List of american history movies

 8.5
 32K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
TV show
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, serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: american history, president, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, colonial america, human spirit, head of state, state affairs, freedom, army ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1770s, 1790s
Place: usa, england, france, pennsylvania, paris france ...
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 7.3
 2K
Rough Riders (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
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, sincere, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american history, battles, soldier, military, war, state affairs, military life, political unrest, heroic mission, civil war, leadership, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: cuba, latin america, san antonio texas, new mexico
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 7.3
 258K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, american civil war, president, racism, head of state, civil war, american history, politics, historical character, slavery, leadership, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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 8.4
 86K
Hamilton (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Presenting the tale of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, this filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit is the story of America then, told by America now.
Style: epic
Plot: american history, father son relationship, hip hop, murder, death, friendship, george washington, violence, flashback, war for independence, husband wife relationship, disney ...
Time: 18th century
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 6.7
 79K
Jackie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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: emotional, heartbreaking, suspense, disturbing, political ...
Plot: kennedy assassination, president, assassination, kennedy family, american history, first lady, u.s. president, loss of husband, husband wife relationship, strong female character, female protagonist, widow ...
Time: 60s, year 1963
Place: usa, washington d.c., america, texas, dallas texas ...
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Harley and the Davidsons (2016)
Genre: Biography
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, "Harley and the Davidsons" charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune ...
Style: factual, colourful, semi documentary, educational film
Plot: motorcycle, inventions and discoveries, inventor, best friends, fame, american history, engineer, historical figure, historical character, desire for fame, historical event, civil engineer ...
Time: 20th century
Place: usa
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
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: motivational, bleak, factual, heartbreaking, rough ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, freedom, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, african american, human trafficking, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Son of the South (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Bob Zellner, grandson of a Klansman, comes of age in the Deep South and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, psychological
Plot: civil rights, civil rights movement, social issues, american history, society, moral dilemma, fighting the system, social problems, social injustice, family relations, historical event, repression ...
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 6.2
 2K
Radium Girls (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Young women toiling in a factory are exposed to hazardous material which takes a disastrous toll on their health.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, social
Plot: factory, strong female character, factory worker, american history, labor union, workplace problem, labor movement, disgruntled worker, social injustice, radiation, working class, civil rights ...
Time: 1920s
Place: new jersey
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: violence, assassination, betrayal, murder, civil rights, betrayal by friend, street life, freedom, informant, fbi agent, prison guard, justice ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
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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 ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: immigrants, great depression, family relations, american history, espionage, mass murder, idealism, violence, fear, secret police, getting home, arrested ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1938, year 1931
Place: ussr
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The Whitest Kids U' Know (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
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, not serious, parody, feel good, entertaining ...
Plot: disorder, absurd humor, stereotypes, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, teenager, american history, workplace, children, family relations, job, employment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.8
 8K
Roots (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
Style: captivating, suspense, rough, sincere
Plot: plantation, slavery, struggle for survival, parent child relationship, mentor protege relationship, american history, life is a bitch, humiliation, escape, ancestor, biracial, slave ...
Time: 18th century
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 7.8
 11K
Drunk History (2013)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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, parody, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drunk, cultural icon, state affairs, americana, comedian, guest, absurd humor, political satire, religion, joke, battles, american civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s, 1940s
Place: usa
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, 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, touching, serious ...
Plot: native american, freedom, army, adventure, american indian, forbidden love, native americans, love triangle, interracial relations, vengeance, indians, wilderness ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1930s
Place: usa, england
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 7.2
 114K
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, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama, south africa ...
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, historical character, colonial america, political unrest, rivalry, ambition, rebellion, undercover, treason, rebelliousness ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, connecticut
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Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin is a South Korean television series based on the life of Yi Sun-sin, starring Kim Myung-min in the title role. It aired on KBS1 from September 4, 2004 to August 28, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 104 ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense
Plot: admiral, korean history, sea battle, soldier, showdown, self sacrifice, combat, fight, american history, heroes, battles, war ...
Time: 16th century
Place: korea, japan
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Liberty's Kids (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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: educational, captivating, realistic, semi serious, clever
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: american revolution, journalism, french, slavery, adventure, leadership, idealism, patriotism, revolution, heroes, society, state affairs ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: philadelphia
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 5.9
 8K
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: captivating, disturbing, realistic, sincere
Plot: outlaw gang, sheriff, cowboy, billy the kid, squad, cowboys and outlaws, criminal, gunfight, violence, arrest, brother sister relationship, ambush ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico
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Drunk History (2007)
Genre: Short, Comedy, History
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The original web series featuring historical reenactments by A-list comedy/acting talent, presented by Derek Waters and many inebriated history buff storytellers.
Style: parody
Plot: american history, drunk, satire, impersonation, breaking the fourth wall, improv, celebrity impersonation, absurd humor, irreverence, independence, argument, celebrity ...
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The Plot Against America (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward ...
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, harsh, twists and turns
Plot: world war two, culture clash, jewish family, brainwashing, alternate reality, politics, abuse of power, wartime, manipulation, war game, american, power ...
Place: usa
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Spain
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, conquistador, native americans, adventure, against the odds, state affairs, military, royal family, rebelliousness, obsessive quest, father son relationship, tribe ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, year 1941
Place: spain, europe, haiti, west indies, caribbean ...
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The Current War (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Russia, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.
Style: intellectual, clever, realistic, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: inventor, science and technology, electricity, genius, technology, invention, science, discovery, rivalry, machine, historical character, historical figure ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, pittsburgh, new orleans, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.1
 31K
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, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: political corruption, vietnam war, politics, government, campaign, rise and fall, usa president, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, china, california, texas
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 7.0
 42K
Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, power relations, dishonesty, assassination, campaign, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
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George Wallace (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
TV show
Story: George Wallace is a 1997 television film starring Gary Sinise as George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama. It was directed by John Frankenheimer, who won an Emmy award for it; Sinise and Mare Winningham also won Emmies for their performances. ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: campaign, civil rights, racism, assassination attempt, injustice, conservative, interracial relations, discrimination, society, rise to the top, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, year 1972, year 1963, 70s ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, america
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 6.9
 6K
Soldier Blue (1970)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: survival, military, soldier, village, massacre, fall in love, opposites attract, society, idealism, americana, battles, native american white relationships ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, colorado
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Southside with You (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Chronicles a single day in the summer of 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.
Style: romantic, sincere, light, sentimental
Plot: wooing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love, african american, one day, civil rights movement, politics, social issues, african american protagonist, lawyer, first date, supervisor ...
Time: 80s, year 1989, year 1961
Place: chicago illinois, washington d.c., africa, usa, kenya ...
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 7.0
 2K
Stonewall (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.
Style: touching, disturbing, sincere, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: friendship, gender, politics, raid, police raid, drag, transvestism, gay pride, coming out, gays and lesbians, gay, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, philadelphia ...
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