Historical Movies For Kids (with Reviews!)

Historical movies for older children are pretty easy to find, but more often than not they contain things that are not appropriate for young children. (I was recently reading comments recommending Schindler’s List, one of the most brutal Holocaust movies ever made, to a fourth grader.) Here is a list of historical movies for kids, ages 6-12. All films are rated G unless otherwise noted. The films are somewhat listed by age range, the first films being for younger kids and the latter films for older ones (age 10-12). Additionally, these films include positive themes such as hope, friendship, courage, faith, and doing the right thing.

Historical Movies for Kids - great list with reviews!

DISCLAIMER: Not all of these historical movies for kids are “historically accurate,” as the majority are designed for children. If these movies were to be historically accurate, most would be very violent. My family watches a lot of historical movies (both true and fiction) and then we look up what really happened; what was true and what was added. If a fictional event in a historical movie encourages a child to look into what “really” happened and sparks an interest in a time period, then I would say it is a worthwhile movie. After all, a fictional book I read five years ago sparked a lifelong love for history in me. I hope this list encourages you to dig deeper into history!

Historical Movies for Kids

Liberty’s Kids
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!

Inspiring Animated Heroes (Nest)
Explore great historical figures with this animated Christian biographical series. Episodes profile famous people like Harriet Tubman, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and William Bradford.

Valiant
Valiant is the first animated film I have seen with facts at the end. Set in 1944 before D-Day, this British Disney film is about Britain’s messenger pigeons during World War II. In the end, we learn pigeons played a bigger role in the war than horses, dogs, or cats. Filled with adventure and some humor, it is a bit violent for a G-rated film (I think it deserved a PG rating), but it is definitely a great movie. There are a lot of WWII references that are used appropriately, but younger kids will not understand it.

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Ruby Bridges
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. I haven’t seen this Disney movie yet, but it has a 5/5 star rating on Amazon.

Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith
The Torchlighters is an animated series featuring missionaries such as Jim Elliot, Corrie ten Boom and Amy Carmichael. We have the Corrie ten Boom one and although I would exercise some caution for little ones, they really are great lessons!

The Prince of Egypt (PG)
The Prince of Egypt is the classical biblical story of Moses in a stunning animated picture! I never fully appreciated this film until watching “The Making of the Prince of Egypt” (on YouTube) and saw how much heart was put into it. From the beautiful artwork, incredible vocal actors, and stunning soundtrack – this film is incredible and a must-see. Although it is not entirely biblically-accurate, I cannot help but include it in this list.

Joseph: King of Dreams (PG)
This is The Prince of Egypt‘s sister movie, based on the biblical story of Joseph. Although not as good as The Prince of Egypt, it still is a great, quality movie. It is also slightly more biblically accurate.

Adventures in Odyssey
Adventures in Odyssey is best known for its radio broadcasts for children. They also have an incredible historical book series, plus movies. While their movies emphasize on doing the right thing and other virtues, many are set during historical times – a double plus! You can find a lot of these on Amazon Prime.

American Girl Movies
So far, the only American Girl historical movies are; Samantha, Kit, Molly, and Felicity. All are about courageous, noble girls growing up in different time periods. They are packed filled with great lessons; both life and historical. These make great movie nights, with plots and characters both children and adults will love! Amazon currently has all 4 movies in a pack for $10.

Young Felicity is growing up in 1774 during the Revolutionary War, and is learning the difference between the Loyalists and the Patriots. 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. 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!

Various Biographies for Kids
Look at your local library in the kids DVD nonfiction section, and try to find historical biographies (George Washington, Harriet Tubman, etc.) for kids!

This is America Charlie Brown
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.

The Sound of Music
How could I not include this classic film? It is a wonderful true story, musical, and family movie. Maria is a free-spirited nun in pre-WWII Austria who becomes the governess of seven children. If you don’t own it, you really need to.

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!

American Legends

Miracle of the White Stallions
Made in 1963, this movie can be slow at times. But, it is a true story and completely clean, best used for 8+. This Disney film is about the evacuation of Lippizaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during WWII.

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 was also an interesting look into the history of movies, and how old movies were made.

Belle (PG)
In 18th century England, illegitimate and mixed-race Belle overcomes racial barriers to help end slavery. It has a couple sensual scenes and many women wear low-cut blouses, but otherwise it’s a really great movie!

It’s a Wonderful Life
This classic Christmas movie seems slow at times, but it is 100% clean and has very great lessons about contentment, family, and selflessness. George Bailey wants to know what life would be like if he had never existed – and an angel makes it happen. This film was originally in black and white, however there is also a colorized version available.

I Love Lucy
Although not quite “historical,” this old, clean series is fantastic entertainment for “the newer generation!” Lucy and her best friend Ethel, find themselves wrapped in mischievous adventures!

Johnny Tremain
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.

The Whipping Boy
This is an old, old Disney Channel film based on the Newbery winning children’s book. Despite the title, the film has little violence, and is a fantastic historical film. If you’re lucky enough to find this film, it is about a young orphaned whipping boy’s journey’s with a spoiled prince, known as Prince Brat.

Newsies (Disney) (PG)
This Disney musical is a fictional version of the Newsie Strike in 1899. Although the actual strike really happened, a lot of events and main characters are fictionalized; although certain characters and events were real. (The main characters are fictionalized and the minor characters were real…weird) 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. (PS Although the film portrays the strike a success, in real life, it was only a partial success. Sorry to ruin the whole movie for you.) (PPS this film has some violence and can be a tad slow at times, but it will be OK for most!)

Newsies

Fiddler on the Roof
Traditions!! I love Fiddler on the Roof! Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters (and no sons). In a time of strict tradition, Tevye’s three oldest daughters are free-spirited and break-away from “tradition” by refusing a matchmaker. Through classic songs and Tevye’s humor, this film contains great lessons on traditions and is a great film for introductory to the Orthodox Jewish culture. What I liked most about this film was the fact Tevye has five daughters, with an age gap between the first three and the last two; which is exactly like my family!

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight
I haven’t seen this movie, but according to this article the age range is 8-11 and it’s rated G. The story tells of Leonardo da Vinci and his famous flight.

Dolphin Tale (PG)
Dolphin Tale is the true story of how a dolphin gets a prosthetic tail! It’s not the most “historical” film, but it’s a true story, and have no doubt it will be seen as “historical” within the next few decades!

Madison (PG)
In this American underdog story, Madison follows the small town of Madison, Indiana and their journey to the hydroplane 1971 Gold Cup, against all odds. With a string of luck, the town is chosen to host the Gold Cup, much to the dismay of the “big shots.” However to host the race, the town must raise $50,000, plus get the Miss Madison, the town’s boat, in shape. It’s also based on a true story, and is packed with great lessons on determination, perseverance, and teamwork.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (PG)
Don’t laugh – I found this animated, time-travelling movie a great intro to historical characters for younger kids! It prompts discussions on Marie Antoinette, the Trojan War, and Leonardo Da Vinci!

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!

One Night With The King (PG)
This movie is best for ages 9+. The story of Esther, told in this wonderful movie. Esther, a young Jewish orphan, was chosen to become the king’s bride. Haman, the king’s right-hand man and the second in command, wants to kill the Jewish race. Esther bravely stands up to the king, and saves her people.The first few minutes of the movie are somewhat violent, but violence is mostly off-screen.

One Night With the King

Secretariat and Dreamer (PG)
Secretariat and Dreamer are both true stories of notable race horses. Both films are rated PG for minimal language.

I Am David (PG)
This movie is best for ages 9+. David is a 12 year-old boy growing up in a concentration camp. He knows nothing of the outside world. When he gets the chance to escape with nothing but some bread, a letter, and mysterious directions to get to Denmark, he seizes his chance. The story could get brutal. But it doesn’t, instead making this a great family movie. The ending is a bit odd compared to the incredible book (my favorite novel of all-time!) but the film feels like a Hallmark film, and includes great messages about self-sacrifice, faith and courage.

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Below are some of my favorite historical movies that have great values and lessons and minimal violence, making them more appropriate for more mature children. I would recommend the below films for ages 12+.

Miracle at Midnight
This is a made for TV Disney movie, and it is rumored to have been loosely based on the excellent children’s Holocaust novel Number the Stars. It is a simple but good film showing the heart of Denmark during WWII, and how the nation pulled together to save 99% of their 7,000+ Jews. There’s an off-screen mention of suicide (by hanging), but other than that it’s pretty good for ages 9+.

Sergeant York  (NR)
Set during WWI, Sergeant York is a classic black and white biopic made during WWII. Alvin York struggled with alcoholism for quite some time, before accepting Christ into his heart. Despite becoming a pacifist, he became a famous WWI hero, known for capturing a German position single-handedly. It can seem slow at time for younger children, but overall is a pretty clean movie.

Island on Bird Street (PG-13)
Inspired by Uri Orlev’s semi-autobiographical novel, Island on Bird Street follows an 11 year-old Jewish boy and his survival in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust as he awaits the return of his father. It’s a great film for tweens and teens, and it is Dove-family approved for ages 12+.

Run, Boy, Run (PG-13)
Run, Boy, Run is the incredibly true story of a 9 year old Jewish boy, forced to survive the Holocaust for two years on his own, by living both in the woods and with Polish families. During this time, he also loses his arm!! This is definitely one of the most incredible survival stories I have ever heard. It also got recently added to Netflix!

Return to the Hiding Place (PG-13)
Most Christians are familiar with the classic story of Corrie ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place.” Few know of her secret group of teen resistance fighters. This is their story, and contains strong messages of sticking up for righteousness. Also, being a Christian film, the violence is toned down but not downplayed. Here’s my full review on the film.

Diary of Anne Frank (NR)
Based on Anne Frank’s diary she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis. I haven’t seen this version, but I would preview it for showing it to children.

The Drop Box
Pastor Lee Jong-Rak and his wife have taken in and care for hundreds of orphaned and/or special needs children throughout South Korea. Here is their insightful story of life, faith, and God’s love. It’s also on Netflix!

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (PG)
This Hallmark Hall of Fame film is one of my favorite films ever. Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Incredibly, she and all of the children she saved survived the war. I would preview this before giving it to kids. (Near the end, there is a very heartbreaking (but not overly violent scene) where guards torture Irena, however she refuses to talk.)

Hidden in Silence (PG/PG-13)
I actually picked this movie up at a garage sale for $1. It is the true story of a courageous Polish teenager and her 8 year old sister who hid 13 Jews in their attic for 2.5 years. Same warning as above, but I saw this in the “related” section of Amazon and just wanted to let you know that I’ve seen it and I love it.

A few more of my favorite true story biopics worth mentioning: (G/PG)

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Comments

  1. Tabitha says

    Is there anyway to make this a printable list similar to your historical book lists? I want to stick the list in my planner for the year and 12 pages is just a bit much to justify. :) Please let me know or send an email if you get a chance. Thank you for all you do.

  2. Tiffany B says

    I also recommend the Drive Thru History series. The host is silly, but that’s part of what makes is so great. They have a series on America and The Holy Lands.

  3. Tara says

    What a great list of movies. I appreciate the time you took to put this together.
    I have 2 boys and I am constantly looking for ones to build intrest in “real” heroes. I came across a tv series called Daniel Boone. (I think it aired in the 60’s)
    I know it is not a movie soniy doesn’t fit into your topic per se. It is such an excellent TV series i just wanted to throw it out there. My boys love to “dress up” like Daniel Boone and his friend Mingo all the time – it has a lot of great values and has created a desire in them to learn more about Daniel, and Boonsburo, ect.

  4. says

    Thanks for the time and effort you put into making and sharing this list. I’d love to add “Fly Away Home” to your list. A great kid’s movie based on a true story.

  5. Rebecca says

    Great list! There are several that I haven’t seen and want to check out. Another one that should be at the top of the list in my opinion (haha) is Life is Beautiful. Personally I prefer the Italian version with English subtitles, but they do have an English voice over version as well. We have been waiting for years to watch it with our kids because of the reading factor. We have a 10, 11, 13 and 15 year old and they all enjoyed it. We watched it on Vidangel. Such a great film for depicting the holocaust era but with a beautiful touch to it all.

      • Anonymous says

        Life is Beautiful is a sweet movie but it inaccurately depicts the Holocaust and what could have possibly happened there….almost makes a mockery of it. It is misleading (especially for young people who may think this was the reality) and, in my opinion, it is very problematic.

        • says

          I wouldn’t completely say it “inaccurately depicts the Holocaust.” If anything, the Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very unrealistic and is hailed as realstici. There was a 5 year old boy who survived Buchenwald in hiding, similar to the Life is Beautiful story. He was kept sheltered and safe. Life is Beautiful is about a father’s love and hope, without disrespecting the Holocaust.

  6. Diane Ott says

    I like reading your posts. I do not agree that Prince of Egypt is good because it has a few blatant errors which I can’t cite because it’s been too many years since I saw it. I remember being irritated because it would not have been difficult to present the story accurately instead of making cuts that created errors.
    I also want to point out to you because you’re an intelligent person, that the use of the phrase “based off” which has become popular in recent years, doesn’t make sense. If you are constructing a building and first build the foundation or “base” do you then build ON it or Off?

    • says

      Hi! Thank you! Yes, the main error in the Prince of Egypt was Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter (it’s his wife in the movie), and the movie focuses on this quite a bit. Off the top of my head, other changes were Aaron’s attitude towards Moses and Moses and Ramases’ pre-Exodus relationship. However, the Prince of Egypt is a huge favorite of mine. I am in love with the animation and the soundtrack, and it has inspired a love of Hebrew in me. :)
      Also, I changed the “based off” to “based on” – I guess I’ve never thought of it before. Thank you for pointing that out!

  7. says

    No, Pocahontas is not a historically accurate representation. I agree. It is a poor example of a historical movie representing American Indians. This movie should be used with caution for many reasons. http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/pewe/writing/Pocahontas.html
    There are so many historical movies that present the different cultures respectfully and honorably. Check out Debby Reese. http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/
    when teaching, learning about American Indians.

  8. April says

    My 7 year old and I just watched two cartoons on YouTube about Christopher Columbus and Pocahontas.

    Christopher Columbus

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=h6n-LJneqSU

    They are about an hour and a half each and pretty historically accurate. Although the Pocahontas one shows her dying and her son talking to her after? Dreaming of her I guess?

  9. Rebecca says

    I was in a PBS miniseries called The War That Made America. It’s the only made for TV movie about the French and Indian War. You can order it along with a curriculum for high school students.

  10. Jill says

    The Journey of Natty Gann was one of my favorites growing up, and I just recently watched it with my 12 year old. Some mild profanity, but not enough to detract from a great story of the difficulties people faced to survive during the Depression. Lots of great conversation starters. Thanks!

  11. Catherine says

    For older children (parents, watch this one first; it will depend on your child’s maturity. My brother was all about it when he was 8 years old or so, having read all the non-fiction he could get his hands on. My dad is big into Civil War history and was able to watch with and explain it to him… The first time.) I can’t recommend “Gettysburg” with Jeff Daniels and Martin Sheen enough. Historically accurate and yet not gory, it paints a human picture of what was at stake and what went on those three days in 1863 from Seminary Ridge up Little Round Top and across the field during Pickett’s Charge. A superb film.

      • Colleen says

        Also, for 12+, I would recommend Glory-a story of an all African-American regiment-starring Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Matthew Broderick-def. some intense violence, but great for older kids.

        • Joyce says

          I agree, Glory is a great movie to add. I just want to thank you for all your hard work making this collection. I am definitely going to check out sll these mobies for my middle school Reading class.

  12. Cris says

    Thank you so much for this wonderful information. I love math, and science, but history always seemed so abstract to me (ironic). Therefore, I struggle to teach my son this subject. I cannot express how grateful I am for this information! Thank you again!

    • Anonymous says

      I am the opposite. Math is abstract. History is stories! Sure, kids need to know dates and facts to some extent, but there is tons of good historical fiction, some written in each era, some more modern, to make life in other times come alive. From the Little House on the Prairie series, to The Witch of Blackbird Pond, to The Courage of Sarah Noble, to dozens of others.
      I would add the Sarah, Plain and Tall movies to this list, all 3 of them. Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are always excellently done. Also add the musical The King and I, which, like The Sound of Music, is based on a true story.

  13. says

    Wow, I am so impressed. Never in a million years did I think my next year of home schooling would be so inspired by such a young person! Thank you for all your well researched information. I love that you are sensitive to things being age appropriate as well. Thank you for sharing all you have learned. It has really helped me tremendously!

  14. Sheila says

    Great post. others i suggest: The Hiding Place about Corrie Ten Boom. Seargent York. (my 5th grade students loved it even though it is black and white.) Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks, Johnny Tremain by Disney, Squanto by Disney, i will fight no more forever with Sam Elliot about Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce tribe. Broken Arrow and Shenandoah both with Jimmy Stewart. Santa Fe Trail with Ronald Reagan.

  15. Kathy Foster says

    My children loved the three “historically” based movies featuring Fievel Mousecowitz, An American Tale is the first one (this one I liked most). It is about the pograms in Russia and emigration to America (my favorite). Certainly it takes a lot of liberties with historical facts but it plants seeds of curiosity. A jumping off point for learning about events. After some research, there were far more movies in the series than I ever saw. Appropriate for young children (the third one, about the west was pretty awful).

    October Sky. True story of high school boys whose interest in rocketry was sparked by Sputnik. Also depicts what it was like to live in a coal mining town in the 1950’s.

    My Dog Skip, a recounting of what it was like to be 12 in the 1950’s. The book is even better than the movie.

    • says

      Thank you! I haven’t heard of the last two, but I’ve seen 2-3 American Tail Movies, EXCEPT the first one! I’ll have to add that one to the list and look into the other two. Thanks!

  16. says

    Thanks for the list! I teach 8th grade history and started showing Belle to address slavery and the class system. There are several articles about the real portrait and the court cases. Wonderful!
    I also show the miniseries “Into the West.” It follows a family of settlers and a Lakota Sioux family through westward expansion, from the fur trade through the reservation system. It is definitely for older children 12+ as it covers the Indian wars and addresses many moral issues of that time. However, the moral message is a good one. My students LOVE it. I believe you would enjoy it. The shorter, edited version I show at school is for sale at Amazon, although I loved the longer original version.

  17. Amy says

    Thank you for this fabulous list of historically referencing productions for children. Liberty Kids is very accurate, & our entire family enjoys watching their series. Torch Lighters is 1 of our all time favorites. How wonderful for children to look to these heroes of the faith as their role models!

    As for Disney, we tend to steer clear of them most of the time, due to the witchcraft, new age religion references, & rebellion promotions. For example, in Mulan “Dragon” was an ancestral god who performed magical feats. In Mulan, they also used divination to summon their dead ancestor’s spirits- a big no-no in Christianity . The movie promoted gender confusion by portraying a woman as the heroine by rebelling against her parental authority & pretending to be a man. In addition, in the Disney movie Pocahontas, new age religions & paganism are shown by the character “Grandmother” who was a magical tree who gave Pocahontas “wisdom”. Also, by the wind, leaves, animals, etc. all having spirits. Furthermore, again we see Disney pushing rebellion against parental authority, and portraying the parents as incompetent to help solve the problem. Disney likes to make the rebellion of the child/hero the reason the child eventually “saves the day”. I encourage you pray about it for yourself. With your film expertise, I bet you could help create films that would promote good morals, including having parents being an asset instead of a stumbling block. Just a little food for thought, take it or leave it. I think there is an open market for those types of movies, and I for 1 would be very interested in supporting such a venture. :) Thank you again for the wonderful list- great job!

    • says

      Hi! For me, with Mulan and Pocahontas, those things don’t really bother me because they’re truth; they really happened. (or are realistic). That doesn’t mean I agree with them or support them, but I feel as Christians it is important not to shelter our kids, but in fact teach them why things such as witchcraft are wrong. In China, things like Buddhism exist and I want my children to know about it and know why it is wrong. And, I am NO way standing up for cross dressing or homosexuality or anything, but, it really did happen. (And there are tons of other examples of women dressing as men not to be sexual or gender-confused, but to save their life.) And, she rebelled against her parents because she felt like it was the right thing to do to save her father’s life. True story, and a cool one. More than listening to authority, I want my kids to do the right thing – whether or not it’s illegal.

      As for Disney and parents, I do agree the newer Disney (ie Disney channel) teaches little other than bad examples. With the older Disney, most Disney movies are coming-of-age. Combine this with Walt Disney’s tragic life story with his parents, and creating out-of-the-picture/dead parents is easier for plot. I know this is kind of a sloppy argument, but from a writing perspective, in a coming of age story with the child protagonist, it makes sense. And also, no ordinary person who does everything everyone else does would make a good story.

      More than anything else in the world, I want my kids to be courageous and to do the right thing. For one example, I’ll give you Helmuth Hubener. He grew up in 1940s Germany during Hitler’s reign, his mom was quiet and not really involved, and she married a Nazi. In short, defying his parents, Helmuth published an illegal anti-Nazi pamphlet stating the truth (that Hitler was lying to the people) and was beheaded, at 17, for this. At the time, people knew little to nothing about the Holocaust, Helmuth just recognized Hitler was lying to them about the war. Would you call this a good lesson or a bad one? Why?

      And also, Disney movies are just that – movies. I don’t think kids should necessarily be getting their main morals from a movie LOL :) Anyways, thanks for your comment!

      • Anonymous says

        I have been looking for a similar list to this one! Thank you so much for sharing! Also, I agree with your viewpoints on talking and sharing with children!

        • Jennifer says

          Yes, Joan of Arc did disobey her parents – on multiple occasions. For example, she left home in 1429 to support the Dauphin without telling her parents, and she refused to marry the man her father arranged for her to marry.

          By the way, parents aren’t God – let’s not confuse that. Our children need to learn to *figure out* what the right thing is – and then do it. That doesn’t come from adherence to rules – it comes from inside, from inspiration from God, from spirit.

  18. Marccrand says

    Even as an adult I very much enjoy the Dear America series. It’s similar to The American Girl series and available on Netflix. I think it’s probably best for older children-tweens.

    • says

      Whoa, the Dear America series has movies? I was pretty upset I first found the series when I hit my WWII-streak, because I would have only read one of them and I know I would have loved them I will definitely have to check it out. Thank you!!

  19. maria says

    This is America, Charlie Brown
    Heres one of mine that wasnt on the list but i thought should be added. Its a journey thru american history and includes:
    The mayflower voyagers, the birth of the constitution, the wright bros at kitty hawk, NASA space station, building of transcontinental railroad, the great inventors, the Smithsonian and the presidency, and the music and heros of America.

  20. Nancy Garwick says

    I have to disagree with you on the Disney movie Pocahontas. It definitely has Pocahontas the same general age as Captain John Smith and that is not true!!! She was a young girl and he was an older man. There never was a romance between them. Most people who know history did not like this movie so Disney did Pocahontas II which I have never seen, but from reviews I have seen it is more accurate.

    • says

      Haha yeah. :) My logic was since most kids will have already seen the movie, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to introduce them to the “real” one. :) I haven’t seen the second one, but I will definitely have to look for it and possibly change it. Thank you!

  21. Dianne says

    What are your thoughts on ‘ANight at the Museum’? I like that there are so many people/things in it that would spark questions and curiosity in kids.

  22. Priscilla says

    I suggest looking at This is America, Charlie Brown. We found them on Amazon and they were really thought provoking for my elementary & middle school monkeys. They inspired lots of questions and much looking up of facts.

  23. Andrea K. says

    Our family {big pink puffy hearts} Newsies. Great movie! You have some fun thoughts on movies for the younger set. Of course there’s the Disney movie Johnny Tremain that is a must watch as are some of the other older Disney movies like Davy Crockett and even the fictional Treasure Island. Masterpiece Theater did some great ones like Kidnapped that are fantastic.

  24. Dianna says

    Don’t know if you are still adding to this list or not, but I think either The King and I, or Anna and the King would be good to add. The first one is the older one, a musical, with Yule Brenner as the king, but the second one is, I think, more historically accurate (though is PG-13, so may not work on your list) staring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat. Even with the first one, there are some interesting things to discuss about colonialism that are introduced in the movie.

    • Heather says

      I own Anna and the King, but have not yet watched it. I would recommend watching BOTH movies, if for no other reason than the outstanding performances in the musical. But they also took Chulalongkorn’s speech at the end pretty much word for word from the book. I have seen the musical many times, and I always love the final scene of the new boy King, sad at his father’s passing, yet bringing his country into a new age of freedom

  25. says

    Sheffey is a really good one about an itinerant preacher from the 1800’s. Also the Torchlighter series has great animated movies about Corrie ten Boom, Eric Lidell, Perpetua, John Bunyan, etc. All can be found at Christianbook.com.

  26. says

    Sheffey is a really good one about an itinerant preacher from the 1800’s. Also the Torchlighter series has great animated movies about Corrie ten Boom, Eric Lidell, Perpetua, John Bunyan, etc. All can be found at Christianbook.com.

  27. says

    Looking forward to adding some of these to our collection. Another couple that are historically set, but appropriate for children (preview, of course, to make sure) are Oklahoma! and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and My Fair Lady. All musicals.

  28. says

    Liberty’s Kids is AWESOME! But I have to object at your listing Disney’s Pocohontas as being in any way “historic”. We happened to find it on TV soon after studying Jamestown, and my children and I were appalled at how inaccurate it was! The thing that I just could NOT get past was them implying a love interest between her and John Smith, in reality he was MUCH older than her, and their relationship was much more of a brother/sister relationship.

    • says

      Yeah, I was a bit shocked when I found out how young Pocahontas was! And, I think their movie “love” relationship was a better idea for a kids movie…make sense?
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • says

      Yes, I have made it a point that when the children watch Pocahontas that they know that the story was changed. I am sure several people have taken for granted that Disney told the real story and took it as historical fact, when it is not. I wasn’t real happy they did that.

  29. Anonymous says

    We love, love, love Liberty Kids & Legends. Thanks for the other suggestions. Other favorites of ours is Princess Bride (my boys love that show!) & Anne of Green Gables.

  30. Anonymous says

    We ADORE Liberty’s Kids! (Actually watching it now as I’m reading your list.) My guy is in Kindergarten and we have seen 5 of your recommended films. Will have to definitely check out the others! Thanks for the list! :)

  31. Jennylynne says

    Greatest Game ever played. It is about an amateur golfer from poor background overcoming adversity and opposition. It has one scene that includes drunkedness so you will want to pre-watched so you know when to fast forward if you want.

    • says

      Yeah, I am David is my all-time favorite book. watched the movie, and loved it also! Jim Caviezel especially did such a great job. If you haven’t yet, you and your family should read the book. I bet you’ll love it!
      Thanks for commenting!

  32. says

    You have some of our favorites listed here!
    We haven’t seen Valient, yet. Or I Am David. Thanks for the recommendations!
    (stopping by via the Ultimate Homeschool Blog Hop)

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