Suggested Film Clips for AP US History

Film clips are a great way to engage students and teach them about the reliability of sources.   Most teachers rarely have the time to show a full movie in class, but using short clips from films is often possible and effective.  Suggested film clips for AP US History class are listed below in chronological order.  The purpose of the film clips and recommended scenes are also provided. Contact us at resources@effective-educator.com for additional resources related to these lessons or with any questions about how to use the films in class.

1. Pocahontas — Evaluating the Film’s Accuracy — Scenes 11-14 (15 minutes) and 23-27 (12 minutes).

2. Last of the Mohicans — Examining the Growing Tension Between the Colonists and British — 1st 8 Minutes and 50:00-1:09:00.

3. The Patriot — Evaluating the Film’s Accuracy — 10:00-19:00 and 22:00-40:00.

4. Gangs of New York — Irish Immigration and Nativism —
7:00-12:00, 53:00-1:03:00, 1st 5 Minutes of the Making of the Movie.

5. The Alamo (2004) — Evaluating the Film’s Accuracy — 1:21:00-1:24:00, 1:32:00-1:53:00, 2:03:00-2:10:00.

6. Gettysburg — Pickett’s Charge and Civil War Tactics — Scenes 21 & 22.

7. Glory — African-American Soldiers in the Civil War — 43:00-56:00, 1:38:00-1:55:00.

8. The Godfather Part II — The Ellis Island Experience

9. The Wizard of Oz — A Parable for Populism? — 41:00 –>

10. Birth of a Nation — Racism in the Early 1900s — 35:00-39:00, 1:27, 1:48, 1:54:00-1:57:00, 2:12:00-2:26:00, 2:54–>.

11. The Simpsons: Homer vs. the 118th Amendment — Prohibition — Full Episode.

12. Grapes of Wrath — The Impact of the Great Depression — 13:00-18:00, 47:00-50:00, 1:03:00-1:09:00.

13. Pearl Harbor — Evaluating the Film’s Accuracy — Youtube Clips 9 and 10 of 18.

14. Flags of Our Fathers — Island Hopping, The War at Home — 24:00-35:00, 41:00-47:00, 1:18:00-1:20:00; 1:47:00-1:55:00.

15. Schindler’s List — the Holocaust — 1:57:00-2:07:00.

16. Atomic Cafe — The Atomic Bomb and the Red Scare — 12:30-16:30, 21:30-23:00, 41:00, 49:00-50:00, 1:01:00-1:05:00.

17. Pleasantville — The 1950s — 1st 10-15 Minutes After They Are Teleported Back to the 1950s.

18. Eyes on the Prize — The Civil Rights Movement

  • Emmett Till (12:00-26:00)
  • The Little Rock 9 (12:00-32:00)
  • Birmingham (25:00-43:00)
  • Chicago (2:00-3:00, 11:00-32:00)
  • Boston (2:00-6:00, 14:00-31:00)
  • The Bakke Case (47:00-55:00)

19. Malcolm X — The Civil Rights Movement — 1:59:00-2:07:00, 2:38:00-2:50:00, 3:04:00-3:11:00.

20. Hearts and Minds — The Vietnam War — 14:00-26:00, 41:00, 1:02:00-1:03:00, 1:08:00, 1:38:00-1:48:00.

21. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam — The Vietnam War — All.

22. Milk — Gay Rights Movement — 40:00-47:00, 1:32:00-1:40:00, 1:53:00-2:03:00.

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