Learning American History Through Movies & Free Timeline

Learning American History Through Movies & Free Timeline

Movie Homeschooling

I could not find a chronological list of movies of American History so I made the one below. Join our Homeschool with Movies Facebook Group for more movie suggestions.

First I created a timeline from 1630 to 2000 into 12 eras and listed the most important people and events.  (You can download a 8.5×11 printable version below. ) Then I found period movies for each time period listed below (I will continue to add to this list).

NOTE: The timeline is copyrighted. Please use for personal use only. You may share link here but do not post on your blog or Facebook except to link. Thank you. If this list or the printable timeline is helpful to you, please pass it on via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or your blog.

Then we made a timeline on a white board 

​and used sticky notes  to record people and events as we watched movies (the timeline is not just for movies but to record any American events we learned about during reading or other subjects). This really helped put events in chronological order when we watch science documentaries or series like  “How the States Got Their Shapes” which bounce around in time periods.

Where or How to Get the Movies

Try searching your TV for shows to record on TV. Most the movies below are available through Amazon used. Most can be watched online  free through h Prime,  Hulu,  or rented via Netflix.

Download this Timeline at the Bottom of this Post


USA History Timeline Free Prime Shipping

USA History Timeline Free Prime Shipping

Are Movies a Lazy Way to Teach?

Is Movie Homeschooling, homeschooling? Don’t fee guilty using movies to teach. We are hardwired for stories. Jesus used stories to teach. You don’t get brownie points for teaching with dry boring textbooks. Use a movie as a jump off place for further research. When your children start asking things like “Is that why J. P. Morgan worked with Edison?” you know they are learning, thinking and remembering.

American History Overview


  • America: The Story of Us
  • History Classics: The States (See my post 50 States in 50 Days)
  • 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America
  • The History Channel Presents The Presidents 
  • How the States Got Their Shapes
  • Ken Burns – American Lives (Thomas Jefferson / Lewis & Clark / Frank Lloyd Wright / Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B Anthony / Mark Twain / Horatio’s Drive / Unforgivable Blackness)
  • War Letters – Stories of Courage, Longing and Sacrifice (from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam to the Persian Gulf War)
  • The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

    Bible-Based Homeschooling

    The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach is for all homeschoolers who want to make the Bible the center of their school day. This giant 500+ page book provides you with the methods, program, and resources for a course of study where students spend half the school day studying God’s Word and the other half studying God’s world (academics). Students study history chronologically and science in the order of the days of Creation. This book will encourage, motivate you and instruct you, step by step, how to give your child a Bible-focused, comprehensive education from preschool through high school; one that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for all grade levels.

    ​that will train him or her to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. This approach can be used for all grade levels.

    When homeschoolers are asked about this book, one word continues to come up over and over–Wow!

    Read the excerpt today to see what all the wow is about.

    Download Free American History Timeline

    Click on the heart in the image to download (1 page PDF)

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