5 Historical Documentary-Style Movies You Need to Watch on DVD

Posted on 30 Jul 00:00


The leisure activity of choice in the U.S. is watching TV or movies. The average American spends almost three hours every day in front of the TV. Why not educate yourself on world history while enjoying your relaxing time on the couch with these DVDs? 

Below is a list of five historical documentaries you’ll want to add to your movie list covering topics from the presidency of Harry Truman to a film about Olympian gymnast Nadia Comaneci

5 Historical Movies to Watch 

History buffs and others will enjoy these significant documentaries about the world’s past. 

  • Nadia – 1984

    Nadia Comaneci is a retired gymnast from Romania, and the first gymnast to receive a score of 10.0. During the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, the highly decorated gymnast received six more perfect scores.

    In the 100-minute long film, you get a look into Nadia’s childhood, her discovery and interactions with coaches, experience at the Olympics, and issues with mental health. Watch Nadia on DVD to get an understanding of the life of a five-time Olympic gold medalist. 
  • Che! – 1969

    Named after Ernesto “Che” Guevera, Che! is a biography of his life from arrival in Cuba to his death in Bolivia 12 years later. An Argentinian revolutionary, Guevera helped Fidel Castro overthrow the Batista regime.

    Director Richard Fleischer, though indifferent to Guevera’s actions, depicts another look at the Cuban Revolution. Our viewers have given this movie five stars.

  • Give'em Hell Harry! – 1975

    A biographical play and film, Samuel Gallu wrote Give’em Hell Harry as a representation of Harry S. Truman’s presidency. James Whitmore is the sole actor in his role as the 33rd President of the United States. He received an Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Golden Globe for his performance.

    If you’re behind on your American History after World War II, watch Give’em Hell Harry from our collection of DVDs to learn more about the president who dropped the atomic bomb on Japan.

  • Mussolini The Untold Story – 1985

    Follow Benito Mussolini from his rise to power in 1922 with the Black Shirt militia, through his fall as he became an ally to Hitler. The mini-series depicts Mussolini’s political life cycle that ended in dishonor of his name and Italy’s involvement in World War II.

    The complete, uncut version is five hours in length and available now from our assortment of DVDs.

  • Nanook of the North – 1922 and 1947

    The film, though staged and exaggerated, portrayed the life of an Inuit family. The viewer sees the construction of an igloo, trading with Western people, hunting for walrus and more. It’s important to note that although the Inuit were already using rifles and guns for hunting, harpoons were the weapon of choice in the movie.

    Director Robert J. Flaherty released this silent ethnographic documentary in 1922. It was later re-issued in 1947, 20 minutes shorter and with music and narration as produced by Herbert Edwards. 

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