Best History Documentaries

Epic battles, daring heroes, ordinary people changing the world -- and the best part is, it's all true! These engaging history documentaries will have kids thinking about the past in a whole new way. Many of these films also shine a light on historical figures you don't always hear about in class, like the women who shaped America or civil rights activists. For more interesting documentaries that you can stream at home try our Best Documentaries, while our History TV list also provides plenty of educational viewing to feast your eyes on.

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King: Man of Peace in a Time of War

age 8+

Inspiring documentary about iconic civil rights activist.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Paper Clips

age 8+

Docu is the best introduction to the Holocaust for tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Anne Frank Remembered

age 9+

Powerful look at the Holocaust through teen eyes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

age 9+

Docu about ancient cave art is tame but aimed at adults.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Red Army

age 9+

Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Hell of a Cruise

age 10+

Docu showcases cruise line's failures; some violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

age 10+

Rockers reveal Jimmy Carter was cool in campaign docu.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Mercury 13

age 10+

Inspiring docu about '60s female pilots who faced sexism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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A Ripple of Hope

age 10+

Unforgettable docu about RFK speech post-MLK assassination.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer

age 10+

Essential viewing on horrific chapter in American history.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

age 11+

BBC's 5-part series shows a feisty, moody, realistic Anne.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Dolores

age 11+

Activist combats racism, sexism, and powerful enemies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Above and Beyond

age 13+

Stirring docu about heroic WWII pilots who aided Israel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

age 13+

Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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#AnneFrank - Parallel Stories

age 13+

Moving Holocaust docu helps viewers connect to the past.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Anthrax Attacks: In the Shadow of 9/11

age 13+

Docu details historic bioterror assault; language, violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis

age 13+

Animated docu about secret WWII program; language, violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Final Account

age 13+

Powerful docu reveals impact of Nazi complicity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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I Am Not Your Negro

age 13+

Powerful documentary explores race, art, and activism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Last Days

age 13+

Oscar-winning docu about Holocaust survivors; violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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