Sunday, March 15, 2015

Favorite Non-Fiction and Based-on-a-true-Story DVDs and Movies

* = some mature content, ** =  parents strongly cautioned
This page is a work in progress.

For more lists like this, please see the Our Favorites section on this blog.

Documentary-ish (and Courses):


Alton Brown's Good Eats!


Rick Steves' Europe *


Ken Burns' Baseball *

Ken Burns' Civil War **

Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires Series

Nova: To the Moon

PBS New York *

The Shroud of Turin (Ignatius Press) *

This is America, Charlie Brown


Catholicism Series (Fr. Robert Barron)

Chosen Series (Ascension Press)

Footprints of God Series (Ignatius Press)


Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown (BBC)

Building Big with David Macaulay *

Disney's Earth

Earth: The Biography, BBC (Previously Known as The Power of the Planet) Watch section online

Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

How the Earth Changed History (BBC)

Magic School Bus


Fully-acted Movies based on True Stories  

(does not include Historical Fiction - which I hope to put together in a separate post):



Bible History:

The Greatest Story Ever Told *

Jesus of Nazareth *

Joseph, King of Dreams 

One Night with the King *- Queen Esther

Prince of Egypt

The Ten Commandments *


42 *

The Blind Side *

Boystown *

Cinderella Man *

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler *

The Diary of Anne Frank *

Edison the Man

Gandhi * 

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story *

The Glenn Miller Story

The Imitation Game **

The Kings' Speech *

A Man for All Seasons (Paul Scofield)

The Miracle Worker (Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke) *

Miss Potter - Beatrix Potter

Molokai * - St. Damien of Molokai

October Baby *

Pope John Paul II (Jon Voight, Cary Elwes) *

The Pride of the Yankees - Lou Gehrig

I Remember Mama

Restless Heart * - St. Augustine

Sergeant York *

The Song of Bernadette - St. Bernadette Soubirous

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days *

The Spirit of St. Louis - Charles Lindbergh

The Stratton Story - Monty Stratton

We Bought a Zoo *

Young Tom Edison


The Agony and the Ecstasy * - Painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Amazing Grace * - The Abolition of Slavery in England

Anna and the King *

Apollo 13 *

Awakenings *

Band of Brothers **

Chariots of Fire

Gettysburg *

Of Gods and Men *

The Great Escape *

Henry V (1989) ** - The Battle of Agincourt (based on the Shakespeare play)

Joyeux Noel ** - The World War I Christmas Truce

Miracle - The U.S. Olympic Hockey Team's Gold Medal Victory over Russia in 1980

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Mission *

The Monuments Men *

October Sky *

The Scarlet and the Black

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