Historical Entertainment The Best Historical Movies for Kids  

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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). 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!

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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer
The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more
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10 2
The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker
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 ...more
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8 2
Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino
Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, ...more
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9 3
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei
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 ...more
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8 3
Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
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 ...more
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9 4
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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9 5
Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly
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 ...more
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5 1
The Color of Friendship is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Carl Lumbly, Penny Johnson, Lindsey Haun
The Color of Friendship is a 2000 television film based on actual events about the friendship between two girls; Mahree & Piper, one from the United States and the other from apartheid South ...more
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6 3
Hugo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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4 1
Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell
Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse ...more
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6 4
Kit Kittredge: An American Gir... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Abigail Breslin
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia Rozema. The screenplay by Ann Peacock focuses on the American Girl character Kit Kittredge, who lives in ...more
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5 3
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau
Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more
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4 2
War Horse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson
This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during the ...more
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5 4
Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich
Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, ...more
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5 4
Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith
Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...more
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4 3
The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner
The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more
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2 1
Miracle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden
Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more
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6 6
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret
Newsies is a 1992 American musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega in his film directing debut. It is loosely based on the New York City ...more
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6 6
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more
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3 3
Johnny Tremain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Richard Beymer, Sebastian Cabot, Dabbs Greer
Johnny Tremain is a 1957 film made by Walt Disney Productions, based on the 1944 Newbery Medal-winning children's novel of the same name by Esther Forbes, retelling the story of the years in ...more
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4 5
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen
Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United ...more
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4 5
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Stephen Colbert, Lake Bell, Ariel Winter
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a 2014 3D computer-animated comic science fiction film featuring the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman of the 1960s animated television series The Rocky and ...more
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3 4
The Light in the Forest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Carly Kiel added Jessica Tandy, Fess Parker, Joanne Dru
The Light in the Forest is a 1958 film based on a novel of the same name first published in 1953 by U.S. author Conrad Richter. The film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and starred Fess ...more
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2 3
The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more
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2 5
Valiant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Movies for Kids
Ewan McGregor, Hugh Laurie, Tim Curry
Valiant is a 2005 British computer-animated film produced by Vanguard Animation and Odyssey Entertainment, and released by Entertainment Film Distributors in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2005 ...more