The Best Historical Movies for Kids 

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Updated July 23, 2019 696 votes 114 voters 9.3k views 25 items

List Rules Vote up the best historical movies for kids. Feel free to add your favorites, just make sure they are appropriate for young audiences.

This is a list of the best historical movies for children. Kids have shorter attention spans these days (adults as well), so trying to teach kids anything about history is a chore and now borderline impossible if they aren’t enjoying themselves. So good historical movies for kids are a great aid to get children to learn about historical events they may otherwise have no interest in.  These history films for young kids aren’t going to make them experts in any historical event, but they can spark an interest of that event in a child and make them want to learn more about it.

If you've ever asked yourself, what historical films can kids watch? Look to this list for movies about history that are appropriate for younger audiences. This list is exclusively made up of historical movies for kids. You'll find films such as Hidden Figures and Night at the Museum both of which can be a great introduction to the subject of history and historical figures. 

This list of top historical films are great for a child and share it with your friends (especially if they’re parents). But which of these is the best history film for kids? You can help decide with your votes. Vote up the history movies for kids that you love. Your votes will help get that movie to the top. If you don’t agree with the ranking of the list, make your own history and re-rank it however you’d like. This list is going to be one for the history books!

The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Photo:  The Sound of Music/20th Century Fox

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical The Sound of Music, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, adapted from the stage musical's book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Based on the memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, the film is about a young Austrian woman studying to become a nun in Salzburg in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. After bringing love ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, + more

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Mulan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Photo:  Mulan/Walt Disney Pictures

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, it was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, with story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer. Ming-Na, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer and BD Wong star in the English version, while Jackie Chan provided his voice for the Chinese dubs of the film. The film's plot takes place during the Han Dynasty, where Fa Mulan, daughter of aged warrior Fa Zhou, impersonates a man to take her father's ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei, Donny Osmond, Pat Morita, + more

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
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Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, + more

Released: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and was produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. Directed by Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg, the film is inspired by the known history and folklore surrounding the Native American woman Pocahontas, and portrays a fictionalized account of her historical encounter with Englishman John Smith and the Jamestown settlers that arrived from the Virginia Company. The voice cast features Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, David Ogden Stiers, Russell Means, Christian Bale, Billy ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, Frank Welker, + more

Released: 1995

Directed by: Eric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

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