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When most people are learning about historical topics, they prefer to watch a movie about it rather than spend a lot of time reading different books. Thankfully films have a lot of material to offer, considering the large number of them that have been centered around various significant events in history. Here to help connect those events and relevant films is a service called FilmStory.

learn history through film

FilmStory is a free to use web service that helps you learn about the past through films. This highly useful site lets you click on a country on the world map; then films made about the significant historical events in that country are displayed. Alternatively you can choose to select countries where the films were produced.


Clicking on a film in the results shows detailed information about it including era, regions, subject, type, description, and themes of films.

You can choose to view a specific type of film by selecting Features Film, Documentary, or Mini-Series on the site.


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  1. Heather
    May 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the great write-up, MakeUseOf.

    Also check out our first two historical essays: & ... with more to come! The plan is for all films on FilmStory to have historical essays.