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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Paper Clips Movie Poster Image
Docu is the best introduction to the Holocaust for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Anne Frank Remembered Movie Poster Image
Powerful look at the Holocaust through teen eyes.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Movie Poster Image
Docu about ancient cave art is tame but aimed at adults.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Red Army Movie Poster Image
Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President Movie Poster Image
Rockers reveal Jimmy Carter was cool in campaign docu.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Mercury 13 Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about '60s female pilots who faced sexism.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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A Ripple of Hope Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable docu about RFK speech post-MLK assassination.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Diary of Anne Frank (2009) Movie Poster Image
BBC's 5-part series shows a feisty, moody, realistic Anne.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Dolores Movie Poster Image
Activist combats racism, sexism, and powerful enemies.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Above and Beyond Movie Poster Image
Stirring docu about heroic WWII pilots who aided Israel.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power Movie Poster Image
Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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#AnneFrank - Parallel Stories Movie Poster Image
Moving Holocaust docu helps viewers connect to the past.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Final Account Movie Poster Image
Powerful docu reveals impact of Nazi complicity.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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I Am Not Your Negro Movie Poster Image
Powerful documentary explores race, art, and activism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Last Days Movie Poster Image
Oscar-winning docu about Holocaust survivors; violence.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 Movie Poster Image
Wrenching, must-see docu probes racial violence in LA.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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MLK/FBI Movie Poster Image
Insightful doc about FBI's relentless campaign against King.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Unmarked Movie Poster Image
Black burial grounds preserve their past for the future.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream Movie Poster Image
Black, South Asian woman makes history with White House win.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Who Will Write Our History Movie Poster Image
Powerful Holocaust docu has disturbing images, stories.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Accountant of Auschwitz Movie Poster Image
Justice comes late to WWII Nazi at German trial; violence.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu retells kids' poignant escape from Nazis.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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The Look of Silence Movie Poster Image
Indonesian genocide docu sequel has graphic descriptions.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Nail Bomber: Manhunt Movie Poster Image
Docu on horrific London bombings has violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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The Times of Harvey Milk Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking look at a charismatic politician’s life.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Tower Movie Poster Image
Doc uses animation to tell intense story of 1966 shooting.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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When We Were Kings Movie Poster Image
Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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White Riot Movie Poster Image
Docu about British bands' fight against racism has swearing.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Harlan County, USA Movie Poster Image
Riveting 1976 docu about striking miners has some violence.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Hearts and Minds Movie Poster Image
Provocative Vietnam War docu with violence, racial slurs.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Shoah Movie Poster Image
Holocaust narratives share sorrow of the era in epic docu.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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What Happened, Miss Simone? Movie Poster Image
Intense docu on iconic musician; graphic talk of abuse.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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13th Movie Poster Image
Searing docu decries racial bias; intense violence, cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson Movie Poster Image
Compelling docu traces decades-old LGBTQ fight for justice.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Movie Poster Image
Poignant, violent story of child during Khmer Rouge's reign.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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How to Survive a Plague Movie Poster Image
Moving doc follows AIDS scourge and history of gay activism.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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They Shall Not Grow Old Movie Poster Image
Astonishing, groundbreaking, graphic images of WWI.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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