History Movies for Homeschool – Our Favorite Titles for High School

We asked our Facebook homeschool-friends to share their favorite movie adaptations of a book. (We love good movies for enriching our children’s educational experiences.)

Here they are:

history movies for homeschool

 History Movies for Homeschool – Our Favorite Titles for High School

(Note: Some of these are most appropriate for high schoolers.)

Ancient History

Spartacus

The Robe

Ben Hur

St. John in Exile

Medieval/Renaissance

Ever After

The 1600s

The Three Musketeers (Use this study guide to enhance your student’s learning) You could also follow up by reading the book and doing a study guide!

The 1700s
Master and Commander

Amazing Grace

Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility (This is a good one to watch as a follow up for the book and Study Guide. We LOVE Jane Austen.)

Emma

The 1800s

Les Miserables (EVERYONE’S favorite! AND a good one to watch as a follow up for the book and Study Guide.)

A Christmas Carol (either the Muppets or the old B&W) This is a good one watch as a follow up for the book and Study Guide

This is a good one watch as a follow up for the book and Study Guide]

Gettysburg

Friendly Persuasion

Anne of Green Gables (TV series) (Another good one to accompany the book and FREE Study Guide)

Christy (TV series)

The Secret Garden

The 1900s

Captains Courageous

The Rough Riders

The Miracle Worker

The King’s Speech

Sgt. York

Chariots of Fire

It’s a Wonderful Life

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Wizard of Oz

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

The Sound of Music

The Hiding Place (Excellent follow-up to the book and Study Guide)
Chronicles of Narnia (old BBC version and the new movies)

On the Waterfront

To Kill a Mockingbird

Night Crossing

Lilies of the Field

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Mother Teresa  (Excellent movie, and good follow-up for the biography: Something Beautiful for God with Study Guide.)

Rudy (check out our study guide to enhance your student’s learning)

Walk the Line

Facing the Giants

Des Hommes et Des Dieux (Of Gods and Men)

Here are ways to use History movies for homeschool:

  • Follow up the reading of the book
  • Illustrate the life challenges of a historical period
  • Discussion and writing prompts for compare/contrast essays
  • Inspire your own film projects
  • If you find you are enjoying the use of movies to enhance learning, check out a full year of  Cinema Studies for Literature Learning:
  • Log hours to add to your “leveling-up” of credits

Make sure you consider our World History High School Curriculum for your student — No Busywork, and a introduction to Philosophy woven through the study of important people and events. So rich!

More ways to earn a history credit in high school.

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History Movies for Homeschool – Our Favorite Titles for High School

Vicki Tillman

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4 Replies to “History Movies for Homeschool – Our Favorite Titles for High School”

  1. We just watched “Woodlawn” and it was excellent. It takes place in the late 1960’s through 1979 in Alabama. It is based on a true story and they do an excellent job of setting up the story with the history of the area and time, including actual news footage and interviews. Very clean content, excellent script, casting, acting, camera work, and I felt like I was back in the 70’s with the clothes, haircuts, technology, etc. I think it would be a great addition to this list.

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