Bring American history to life with these American history movies for kids!
Revolutionary War Era
Liberty’s Kids is an animated series designed for teaching young children early American history, mostly the American Revolutionary War. After much hype, I finally bought it and we love it! The whole series (40 episodes) is on Amazon for only $5. The series has been completely worth it!
One of my readers brought this up. I am sure I watched this movie when I was younger. Anyway, this is American history – from the point of view of Charlie Brown.
Explore great historical figures with this animated Christian biographical series.
I haven’t seen this movie yet, but many readers have mentioned it, so I thought it was worth sharing. Inspired by the Newbery award winner written by Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain covers the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride, and the battles at Lexington and Concord.
Young Felicity is growing up in 1774 during the Revolutionary War and is learning the difference between the Loyalists and the Patriots.
Civil War Era
Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most famous Underground Railroad conductor. This amazing story has some profanity and violence, but nothing felt graphic or over the top. It is recommended for ages 10+. Grab the Harriet Movie Guide
Turn of the Century
Set in 1904, Samantha lives in New York during the Victorian Era, as she learns about the world around her, and what being a good friend is truly about.
This Disney musical is a fictional version of the Newsie Strike in 1899. Although the actual strike happened, a lot of events and main characters are fictionalized. Themes include friendship, teamwork, never giving up, courage, and speaking up. Featuring an amazing cast and great musical numbers, Newsies is a great movie for the whole family, and among my favorite historical movies for kids. (PS Although the film portrays the strike a success, in real life, it was only a partial success. The reasons behind this make a great history lesson.) Grab the Newsies Movie Study
Great Depression Era
Kit is set during the Great Depression, 1934, in Ohio, as she realizes the importance of self-sacrifice, doing the right thing, and helping a friend.
Molly is growing up in 1944 during WWII, as she and her family take in Emily, a young refugee from England!
Civil Rights Era
Six-year-old Ruby Bridges was the first black girl to attend a public school during the 1960s. Despite facing racism and challenges, Ruby persevered and is an excellent role model for youth today. It’s a sweet movie about a brave young girl. Grab the movie guide at my site or Teachers Pay Teachers.
Melody is an African American girl growing up during the Civil Rights movement in Detroit in 1963. It’s great to see the Civil Rights movement from the perspective of a child. It is only available on Amazon Prime.
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to break down racial barriers in Major League Baseball. Jackie was a man of great character and this is a great tribute to his courage and legacy. There’s some minor sexual content and profanity (including several racial slurs) but it’s an important, noteworthy film. Grab the 42: The Jackie Robinson Movie Guide
Maryellen is growing up in 1955. It’s Christmastime and she really wants to stand out in this busy season! A family friend with polio comes to visit them, and Maryellen is determined to have a big celebration! It is only available on Amazon Prime.
Remember the Titans (PG)
This classic, starring Denzel Washington, is the true story of how a black football coach broke racial barriers. You may want to preview this movie first due to some profanity, but it is an incredible movie with great themes! Grab the movie guide here.
The Miracle Worker
This Disney flick is about Helen Keller, who has been unable to speak, hear, and see since childhood. With the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen begins to flourish. The Miracle Worker is a sweet story both kids and adults can enjoy.
American Legends (Disney)
This animated Disney film features 4 American legends: John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Casey Jones. With catchy tunes and fun animations, this is a great film for the little ones and older ones alike!
The Greatest Showman (PG)
P.T. Barnum is known as one of the fathers of entertainment and for founding the Barnum and Bailey Circus. This family musical isn’t historically accurate but can lead into discussions on P.T. Barnum’s life and the history of the circus. Grab the movie guide at my store or on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Walt Before Mickey (PG)
Walt Disney wasn’t always the big name in the entertainment industry. Walt Before Mickey is an inspiring film about Walt Disney’s life before his big hit – Mickey Mouse. It’s not 100% accurate, but it is an interesting look into the history of movies, and how old movies were made.