Movies About American History On Netflix
When you think about US History, some of these events come to mind: Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Louisiana Purchase, Manhattan Project, Vietnam War, Death of Osama bin Laden, Assassination of John F. Kennedy, The American Revolution, and The Civil War.
There are so many titles available on Netflix. Whether you’re looking for a TV show, movie, or documentary, you will likely find it on Netflix. Every genre is covered from Kids to Romantic Comedies to Action & Adventure.
Although there is not a “US History” category in the Netflix database, after digging through Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, and Biographies, I was able to find a pretty extensive list of titles that pay homage to those who came before us.
I was pleasantly surprised to find dozens of titles which celebrate, highlight, and explore stories surrounding US history that are well known and ones you may have never heard of.
These stories include well-publicized events along with some “unsung” heroes who lived in the shadows. Find a blanket, a warm beverage, and plan to get cozy as you explore and enjoy this list of binge-worthy titles about US History.
20 US History Movies on Netflix
The sinking of the RMS Titanic remains one of the most unexpected and mysterious tragedies of man verses nature in living memory. As we mark the 100th Anniversary on April 15th, this documentary will finally reveal and explain the astonishing missing pieces in our knowledge of the infamous sinking and ensuing loss of life. For those who thought they knew what happened, this film will prove that there is more to the story than the last hundred years has suggested.
History presents us with an accepted view of past events but there are often dissenting voices. This new series examines the claims made by these people. Are their ideas wild conspiracy theories or are they the real story of past events?
The 1960s was the decade America transformed from a country of conformity to a land of political, cultural, and social liberation. The events of that tumultuous ten-year period reshaped America to such an extent that it still remains an epoch of fascination today and every step of the way, television helped frame and enable that change.
This captivating documentary series takes an in-depth look at the Second World War through the eyes of those who lived through it: the soldiers, the victims, and the political and military leaders. Using archival footage – most of it previously unseen and now colorized – this series provides an intimate and breath-taking examination of history’s most devastating war.
Winston Churchill – Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill’s years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime.
On November 22 2013, it will be 50 years since the death of President John F. Kennedy. The Day Kennedy Died tells the story of what happened on that tragic day through the memories of people who played a part in those extraordinary events and whose lives were touched forever by what happened. Some have not spoken before. The minute by minute story of the death of a President is told through rarely-seen film and photographs shot on the tragic day.
During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60 s and 70 s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC’s Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time. Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history.
No black, no white, just soldiers, declared Jack Benedick, a young, white lieutenant of the 9th Infantry s Charlie Company. In 1967, no other person would have ever uttered these liberating words, but Charlie s Company was different functioning largely free of racial prejudice.
Brothers in War recounts the spellbinding chronicle of one of the last combat infantry companies to be shipped off to the Vietnam War, their sacrifices, their bond, and their intertwining lives forty-seven years later.
Could any of the Romanov family have survived or escaped their prison in remotest Russia in 1917? This programme explores the latest science and newly-discovered documents behind one of history’s greatest mysteries.
Historian Professor David Reynolds reassesses Stalin’s role in the life and death struggle between Germany and Russia in World War Two, and asks why Britain spent so much of the conflict battling through North Africa and Italy?
Examine how President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ailing health and failing marriage impacted the conclusion and aftermath of World War II.
In the epic tradition of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE GREAT RAID is an inspirational true story of the most triumphant rescue mission in U.S. military history! As World War II rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.
The story follows Royal Marine A.J. Budd (Joseph Morgan) who awakens in a mysterious house. Trapped alone in an unchanging prison of unbreakable routines and fighting for his life against grotesque inhuman opponents, he must kill every day or die himself. As days stretch into years, the isolation and unceasing violence threaten his very soul. The only note of hope lays in the journals of a former prisoner, WWI officer Lieutenant Edward Sterling (Matt Ryan), which he discovers behind a secret wall. Sterling’s diaries help the young Marine stay alive in the forsaken prison. But what dark fate befell their author? The stories of the two men from different eras interweave as their desperation to escape the endless killing leads them both to take terrible measures.
Take a journey back in time and immerse yourself in a 150-year-old battle that nearly split our nation in two. This three-part series explores famous and little known aspects of the Civil War, from the perspectives of the Union, the Confederacy and the millions of enslaved people struggling for freedom. Hosted by Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins, and Dennis Haysbert, all of whom had ancestors greatly affected by the war, this series delivers fresh insights and untold tales, brought to life through dramatic recreations and the Smithsonian Institution’s vast collection of artifacts.
What does the mysterious disappearance of record-breaking aviator Steve Fossett have in common with Area 51? In September 2007, Fosset went missing somewhere over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, sparking the biggest peacetime search and rescue operation in the history of the United States. Over the ensuing days and weeks, reports would surface of dozens of other missing airplanes in a huge triangular area of California and Nevada. Could this mysterious region be another Bermuda Triangle?
A ten-inch golden statue discovered in a cave near Bogota may be the key to the greatest treasure never found: El Dorado. For centuries, rumors of a “Lost City of Gold” attracted explorers and fortune hunters to the Colombian Andes in search of riches. Now, after 500 years of futility and bloodshed, investigators try to finish the job, using the found statue, a beautiful model of a golden raft, as their guide. See legend and fact collide as we apply forensic techniques and decipher ancient documents to uncover the truth behind the myth.
Historian Ellwood von Seibold dons period uniforms and gives passionate tours of the battlefields that proved to be turning points in World War II.
The legendary climb of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary is brought to life in this breathtaking film with spectacular visuals and never-before-seen interviews.
This whimsical look at rough-and-tumble American politics examines the influence of money, religion and even ancient Rome on presidential campaigns.
A provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it.
Do you have any favorite US history movies on Netflix?
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