Homeschool Films

I'm gradually compiling a list of historical films in chronological order. Here they are:


Secrets of Archeology

The First Civilizations


 Post Fall of Rome- General
The Germanic Tribes- 2 discs (Very informative. About how Caesar lumped all peoples of a region together for propaganda purposes)
Terry Jones' Barbarians- Disc 1- "The Primitive Celts" and "The Savage Goths"
Terry Jones' Barbarians- Disc 2- "The Brainy Barbarians" and "The End of the World"
The Dark Ages- 94 minutes

The Celtic World: The Story of Civilization- 50 minutes 
Celtic Legends: Irish Legends- 50 minutes 
Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: The Celts- 50 minutes 
Warrior Queen Boudica- 100 minutes
Great Queens of England: Boudicca of the Iceni- 50 minutes
Boudicca: Warrior Queen- 70 minutes

Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons
Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons- 90 minutes
Beowulf: Director's Cut- 114 minutes (Dramatization, Rated UR)
Beowulf & Grendel- 104 (Dramatization, Rated R)
Life in Anglo-Saxon Times- 50 minutes
Great Kings of England: King Alfred the Great- 50 minutes
Monarchy (series) Season 1, Episode 1- A Nation State (Anglo-Saxons and King Alfred the Great)-  

The Viking Age: The Story of Civilization- 50 minutes
The Vikings- 116 minutes (Dramatization with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis)
The Vikings: Nova- 105 minutes
Monarchy (series) Season 1, Episode 2 Aengla Land- 49 minutes

King Arthur (you can go dizzy with the amount of King Arthur movies (both documentaries and fictionalized adaptations) out there. Pace yourself and pick a few)

Ancient Mysteries: Camelot- 50 minutes
Histories Mysteries: The Knights of Camelot- 41 minutes
Celtic Legends: The Arthurian Legends- 50 minutes
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight- 60 minutes
King Arthur's Britain- 147 minutes

Fictional Adaptations
The Sword in the Stone- 79 minutes (Animation dramatization, Rated G)
Camelot- (short-lived TV series, not rated, but graphic)
King Arthur (starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightly)- 138 minutes
First Knight (starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere)- 133 minutes

Merlin- Series (okay, but plots are formulaic. Interesting to use for a compare and contrast of the King Arthur and Merlin stories.

The Normans and William the Conqueror
Great Kings of Europe: William the Conqueror- 50 minutes
The Normans: The Complete Epic Saga- 152 minutes
Ancient Mysteries: The Lost Castles of England- 50 minutes (There were no castles in England before the Norman Invasion and William the Conqueror. Very informative documentary about early motte and bailey castles)
Monarchy (series) Season 1, Episode 3 Conquest (William the Conqueror)- 48 minutes
The Tower (series) (extensive history of The Tower of London, originally a Norman fortress)

In Search of History: The Knights Templar- 50 minutes
Ironclad- (Knights Templar dramatic adaptation) 120 minutes
Arn: The Knight Templar (dramatic adaptation) 133 minutes
The Crusaders (series, dramatic adaptation)
Medieval Warfare: The Crusades- 50 minutes
Terry Jones' The Crusades- 2 discs
The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross- 180 minutes
Kingdom of Heaven- (dramatic adaptation) 144 minutes
Great Kings of England: Richard the Lionheart- 50 minutes
Richard the Lionheart- 60 minutes

Robin Hood
The True Story of Robin Hood- 50 minutes
Robin Hood- (dramatic adaptation with Uma Thurman)- 97 minutes
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (funny adaptation with Cary Elwes)- 104 minutes
Robin Hood (BBC series, dramatic adaptation)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (dramatic adaptation starring Kevin Costner) 155 minutes

William Wallace- 50 minutes
Braveheart- (dramatic adaptation starring Mel Gibson) 177 minutes

Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt
Medieval Warfare: Agincourt- 50 minutes
The History of Warfare: Agincourt 1415: The Triumph of the Longbow- 55 minutes
Henry V- (Kenneth Branah's adaptation of the Shakespeare play covering the Battle of Agincourt. Absolutely excellent!) 137 minutes

Reclaiming the Blade- (history of the sword and modern swordfighting (movies))- 78 minutes
Black Death- (dramatic adaptation, occult) 102 minutes
David Macaulay: Castle- 50 minutes
Knights and Armor- 96 minutes
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives- Disc 1- "The Peasant," "The Monk," "The Damsel," "The Minstrel" and "The Knight."
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives- Disc 2- "The Philosoper," "The Outlaw" and "The King."
Life in Medieval Times- 50 minutes
The Plague- 100 minutes (since there were several flare-ups of this, I've included it under general)
The Black Death- 50 minutes

Chaucer and Shakespeare
Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales- 120 minutes
The Canterbury Tales- (adaptation, not very good) 111 minutes
In Search of Shakespeare (series) (An introduction to Shakespeare as his The Merchant of Venice is part of my son's Medieval curriculum
The Merchant of Venice- (dramatic adaptation with excellent performance from Al Pacino)- 131 minutes
Ancient Mysteries: The Canals of Venice- (fascinating documentary on how and why the Venetians built their city on small islands in a marsh)- 50 minutes



Byzantium: The Lost Empire, Part I and Part II- 2 discs
The Story of Islam- 120 minutes
Decoding the Past: Secrets of The Koran- 90 minutes
National Geographic: Inside Mecca- 50 minutes
Legends of the Arabian Nights- 50 minutes
The History of Orthodox Christianity- 84 minutes
Eastern Philosophy (good overview of Hinduism, Confucianism, Shinto and Islam)- 150 minutes
Russia: Land of the Tsars- 2 discs-320 minutes each
Iran: The Forgotten Glory (about Persia)- 2 episodes
Discovery Atlas: China Revealed- 100 minutes
The Buddha- 112 minutes
Journey into Buddhism- 3 discs
Mongol- (Rated R dramatization of Genghis Khan & subtitled) 120 minutes
Genghis Khan: Terror and Conquest- 50 minutes
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and the Sea (Rated R dramatization & subtitled) 136 minutes
Ancient Mysteries: Forbidden City- 43 minutes
Modern Marvels: The Great Wall of China- 45 minutes
China's Great Wall- 100 minutes
Discover China: Bodacious Beijing (because Beijing isn't just The Forbidden City and Great Wall)- 104 minutes
Globe Trekker: Beijing (again, The Temple of Heaven is a wonderful place in Beijing!)- 90 minutes
The Story of India- 6 episodes (54 minutes each)
Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire- 3 episodes (55 minutes each)
Samurai: The Last Warrior- 60 minutes
Shogun (miniseries)
Samurai: Behind the Blade- 45 minutes
Samurai Swordsmanship: Vol. 1: Basic Sword Program (actually swordfighting technique)- 60 minutes
Culinary Horizon: Thailand (sadly the only Thai film fit to show for school ;-( )- 92 minutes


The Americas: The Story of Civilization- 50 minutes
National Geographic: Dawn of the Maya- 56 minutes
Cracking the Maya Code- 52 minutes
Breaking the Maya Code- 116 minutes
Mayans & Aztecs- 50 minutes
In Search of History: The Aztec Empire- 50 minutes
Secrets of the Dead: Aztec Massacre- 60 minutes
In Search of History: Lost City of the Incas- 50 minutes
The Incas Remembered- 54 minutes
National Geographic: The Great Inca Rebellion- 52 minutes


Lost Kingdoms of Africa- 4 episodes (48-59 minutes each)
Forts and Castles of Ghana- 88 minutes

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