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The Best American History Movies

We’ve compiled a great list of films that span American history from the formation of the colonies to the conclusion of the Cold War. Each article includes several films and their educational value, ratings, and appropriateness for children, and how well they represent the time periods covered. You can view the trailers for each film listed, as well as find where you can view the films, whether it be Netflix, or Youtube, or other media outlets.


Pre-Revolutionary War: 1607-1757

The Revolutionary War: 1770-1800

Please let us know what you think of these American History Movies and be sure to include any recommendations in the comments!

If you loved this list, check here for our Made Into Movies series where we feature the best book to film adaptations. And read about movies that are great for teaching school subjects  like science, history, math, astronomy, and literature.

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Peter Spain is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a manager at K12. A graduate from George Mason University, Peter has worked for several years in the education and entertainment industry. He strives to make learning fun for children by contributing to the games and activities section of the site, and keeping an eye out for advancements in edutainment.

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