The Best Historical Movies for Kids
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!
- Photo: Hidden Figures
A heartwarming tale of three African American women who defied the odds to make their mark at NASA during the Space Race, this gem has become a modern classic. With a stellar cast including Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe as the trailblazing mathematicians, this film packs a powerful punch demonstrating the importance of resilience and perseverance in overcoming discrimination and breaking barriers.
- Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Mahershala Ali
- Released: 2016
- Directed by: Theodore Melfi
- Photo: The Sound of Music / 20th Century Fox
Julie Andrews dazzles in her iconic role as Maria, a charming governess who brings music and joy into the lives of the von Trapp family during World War II. Set against the backdrop of Austria's stunning countryside, this timeless classic teaches kids about compassion, courage, and finding one's voice in times of strife.
- Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood
- Released: 1965
- Directed by: Robert Wise
- Photo: Apollo 13
This thrilling space odyssey chronicles the nail-biting true story of three astronauts aboard an ill-fated lunar mission. Tom Hanks leads a stellar ensemble cast as they grapple with technical failures while millions watch anxiously from Earth. This gripping tale is sure to captivate youngsters with its blend of science, history, and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
- Actors: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
- Released: 1995
- Directed by: Ron Howard
A visually breathtaking retelling of Moses' journey from prince to prophet that resonates with audiences young and old alike. The all-star cast lends their voices to the memorable characters that bring this epic tale to life while teaching children about faith, friendship, and redemption.
- Actors: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldblum
- Released: 1998
- Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
- Photo: Night at the Museum
Ben Stiller delivers a laugh-out-loud performance as Larry Daley, a night security guard at an enchanted museum where historical figures come to life after dark! With appearances from Teddy Roosevelt to Sacagawea, this uproarious adventure is bound to ignite kids' imaginations and inspire them to learn more about history.
- Actors: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs
- Released: 2006
- Directed by: Shawn Levy
- Photo: War Horse
Steven Spielberg masterfully captures both the horrors of war and the unbreakable bond between man and animal in this compelling WWI drama. The film follows a young soldier's quest to reunite with his beloved horse amidst the chaos of battle; it's an unforgettable journey that will tug at your heartstrings.
- Actors: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup
- Released: 2011
- Directed by: Steven Spielberg