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, suspense, tense and epic films and TV shows about / with american history, violence, gun, politics, society, death, battles, husband wife relationship, murder and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as american history: John Adams (2008), Hamilton (2020), Rough Riders (1997), Jackie (2016), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Lincoln (2012), The Plot Against America (2020), The Eternal Road (2017), The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007), The Kid (2019).

List of american history movies

 8.5
 29K
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, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: american history, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, president, freedom, human spirit, state affairs, head of state, army, politician ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1770s
Place: usa, philadelphia, boston, paris france, france ...
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 8.5
 58K
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, hip hop, filmed play, husband wife relationship, friendship, death, murder, father son relationship, flashback, violence, disney, shot to death ...
Time: 18th century
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 7.4
 2K
Rough Riders (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 184 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, serious, sincere, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american history, battles, soldier, military, civil war, heroic mission, political unrest, military life, state affairs, war, white house, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: cuba, latin america, san antonio texas, new mexico
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 6.7
 73K
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: kennedy assassination, assassination, kennedy family, american history, first lady, u.s. president, widow, president, loss of husband, husband wife relationship, strong female character, female protagonist ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: usa, america, texas, dallas texas, washington d.c. ...
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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, heartbreaking, bleak, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, master and servant, torture, civil rights, blacks and whites, human trafficking, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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 7.3
 246K
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, president, american civil war, racism, civil war, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, leadership, political unrest, republican ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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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: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, harsh, twists and turns
Plot: world war two, culture clash, jewish family, american history, brainwashing, alternate reality, manipulation, abuse of power, wartime, politics, war game, nazism ...
Place: usa
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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, tense, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, great depression, family relations, beating, arrested, escape, loss of child, secret police, mass murder, idealism, fear, violence ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: soviet union
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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, feel good, light, entertaining ...
Plot: disorder, absurd humor, parody, stereotypes, workplace, husband wife relationship, american history, family relations, employment, job, teenager, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.9
 7K
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: sincere, disturbing, realistic, captivating
Plot: cowboy, outlaw gang, sheriff, billy the kid, posse, brother sister relationship, squad, criminal, outlaw, cowboys and outlaws, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new mexico
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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, mumblecore, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drunk, cultural icon, state affairs, americana, parody, guest, interview, absurd humor, comedian, political satire, joke, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s, 1940s
Place: usa
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Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (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
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: american revolution, journalism, french, slavery, idealism, leadership, adventure, americana, american civil war, young people, native, native americans ...
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, army, adventure, forbidden love, wilderness, woman in danger, vengeance, native americans, father daughter relationship, french, massacre ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1700s, 1930s
Place: usa, england
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 6.0
 20K
The Alamo (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Style: realistic, sincere, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, war, military, danger, rivalry, heroic mission, gunfight, soldier, heroes, revolution, justice, wartime ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: texas, mexico, latin america, usa, tennessee ...
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 7.3
 48K
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, rough, factual ...
Plot: murder, racism, police violence, police brutality, tragic event, rebellion, justice, injustice, chaos, friendship, racial tension, rescue ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1967, year 1943, year 1969
Place: detroit, michigan
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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.
Plot: drunk, interview, alcohol, celebrity, civil rights, politics, drunkenness, slavery, pop culture, alcohol abuse, civil war, argument ...
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The Master Gunfighter (1975)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Don Santiago (Richard Angarola) is a vicious man who helps provoke an Indian massacre that will allow him to steal the Indians' land and claim it as his own. However, his son-in-law, Finley (Tom Laughlin), is an expert hand with both guns and ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, martial arts, master warrior, one man army, samurai sword, outlaw gang, gunfight, small western town, anti hero, graphic violence, society, anti heroes ...
Time: 1800s
Place: mexico
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 7.9
 94K
Patton (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: world war two, military, military hospital, heroes, dead soldier, tank, destiny, steel helmet, general, military life, war, sacrifice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, italy, normandy, england ...
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A Reckoning (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A Reckoning will be an accurate portrayal of history, while largely fictionalizing the townspeople. It is a story filled with compelling characters, drama, and conspiracy. A small, integrated town begins to unravel over an affair between a white, ...
Plot: film history, american history, affair, violence, murder, war criminal
Place: north carolina
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 7.0
 41K
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, political unrest, anti war ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 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: serious, realistic, sincere, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, campaign, assassination attempt, racism, dishonesty, assassination, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, state affairs, discrimination, interracial relations, conservative ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, america
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 6.9
 5K
Soldier Blue (1970)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 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: serious, rough, disturbing, bleak, realistic
Plot: survival, military, soldier, village, massacre, fall in love, reunion, opposites attract, society, idealism, americana, survivor ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, colorado
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 7.2
 255K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: uplifting, rough, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, american revolution, battles, rebellion, war, human spirit, heroes, patriotism, freedom, heroic mission, soldier ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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 6.5
 123K
J. Edgar (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, bleak, serious, factual ...
Plot: fbi, homosexual, corruption, surveillance, ambition, politician, notoriety, gays and lesbians, state affairs, crimes, president, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new jersey
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The Blue and the Gray (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
TV show
Story: This movie is also in existance as a 3 part miniseries. America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. The plot revolves around the families of two sisters; Maggie Geyser and Evelyn Hale. The ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, working class, family life, military, rebellion, society, showdown, brother brother relationship, standoff, slavery, war ...
Time: 19th century
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Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: serious, uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: interracial relations, prejudice, surgery, racism, university, human spirit, patient, partners, society, ambition, talented, african american ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, nashville tennessee, south africa
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 6.7
 83K
The New World (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.
Style: touching, meditative, serious, lyrical, emotional ...
Plot: culture clash, chief, power of love, communication problem, adventurer, new world, colonialism, unlikely relationship, love triangle, princess, wilderness, society ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: virginia, usa, england
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 7.6
 26K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, intense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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 5.9
 630
Billy the Kid (1989)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.
Plot: billy the kid, realism, criminal, fast draw, villain played by lead actor, saloon, hiding place, gun, arizona territory, revisionist western, small town, rifle ...
Place: mexico, new mexico, santa fe new mexico, arizona
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: imperialism, battles, siege, military, politics, political unrest, state affairs, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, political conspiracy, culture clash ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century, victorian era, year 1900
Place: england, china, france, beijing china, asia ...
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