The History Teacher's Movie Guide

Reviews of historical movies for educators, history buffs, and students of film.

Recent historical movies on DVD :

The Butler 2013 (PG-13)

Selma 2014 (PG)

Red Tails 2012 (PG-13)

Parkland 2013 (PG-13)

Fury 2014 (R)

The Conspirator 2010 (PG-13)

Captain Phillips 2014 (PG-13)

Unbroken 2014 (R)

The Help 2011(PG-13)

Argo 2012 (R)

Exodus Gods and Kings 2014 (PG-13)

The King's Speech 2010 (R)

Les Miserables 2012 (PG-13)

American Sniper 2014 (R)

Meek's Cutoff 2010 (PG)

Fortress 2012 (R)


The Monuments Men 2014 (PG-13)

Lincoln 2012 (R)


Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers 2011 (Not rated)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (R)


Farewell My Queen 2012 (R)

Anna Karenina 2012 (R)


A Royal Affaire 2013 (R)

War Horse 2011 (PG-13)


1911 (Xinhai geming) 2011 (R)

The Iron Lady 2011 (PG-13)


Ironclad 2011 (R)

Dozens of additional reviews are available in the History Teacher's Movie Guide

Partial listings of historical films by era:

(For a complete listing order the History Teacher's Movie Guide below)



For further information see the book The History Teacher's Movie Guide

ISBN 09706237-7-1 


There are many great tips on how to use films more effectively in your classroom

and interesting assignments to go with them.


''A MUST READ for teachers who strive for excellence using the media of film.'' -

--John Woodard, Actor/Screenwriter

The reviews of films are short, to the point and entertaining. A very useful guide for teachers. --Jason Reeves

An invaluable teaching reference not only for Social Studies and History teachers but for parents and students who enjoy historical films. Teachers will appreciate the ease of use and the wealth of quick references. A treasured resource. I have used this book to assist me in doing presentations not only in the classroom but at conferences. Since I am doing my Ph.D. research on the use of film in the classroom as a teaching tool, the History Teacher's Movie Guide has been a constant companion. --Greg Nielsen



Finding, funding, and using the right films and video equipment can be challenging for history teachers. 

Did you know that…


This book helps you get good films that are free from bias, anachronisms, or objectionable content. 

There are many great tips on how to use films more effectively in your classroom and interesting assignments to go with them.

Table of Contents:  
Chapter One: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Films in Your Classroom
Chapter Two: Should I Use a Drama or a Documentary? 
Chapter Three: Finding the Right Films 
Chapter Four: Funding Your Film Library                                                         
Chapter Five: Copyright Issues 
Chapter Six: Choosing the Right Format of Films & Equipment
Chapter Seven: Anachronisms in Film
Chapter Eight: Bias in Film
Chapter Nine: Films with Violence and Bad Language  
Chapter Ten: Film-related Assignments   
Chapter Eleven: The Best and Worst Dramatic Films for History Classes 
Chapter Twelve: Recent Reviews
Chapter Thirteen: Films That I Think Should be Made
Chapter Fourteen: Recommended Reading 
Chapter Fifteen: Dramatic Films Listed by Historical Era


Send us a movie review of your own and receive a free sample lesson from this book!

               ISBN 09706237-7-1       ISBN-13 978-0-9706237-7-5   $17.50     

About the Author:

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San José State University with a B.A. in Ancient and Medieval history, a B.A. in Social Science and an M.A. in American History.  He has been a teacher for over 25 years and has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools.  He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes.  The subjects he has taught include U.S. and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History. 

He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education.  Rich’s love for historical movies led him to develop this book.  He hopes that it has made you and your students more intelligent consumers of historical films. Mr. Di Giacomo is available for teacher training workshops and as a guest speaker for students.

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