Jesse James

The life and death of legendary outlaw Jesse James

As part of American Experience documentary series, this is the true story of the legendary outlaw Jesse James.

The story of Jesse James is one of America’s most familiar myths — and supposedly one of its most wrong-headed.

James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west.

He has been called America’s own Robin Hood, yet he robbed both rich and poor, and was never seen to share his ill-gotten gains.

He was known as a gunfighter — but his victims were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was a member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the Civil War, and sought vengeance for the Confederate defeat afterwards.

In a life steeped in prolific violence and bloodshed, the end he met was perhaps the most fitting.

Jesse James
  • Info
  • Release date2006
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Mark Zwonitzer
  • Part of the seriesAmerican Experience
  • Production companyHidden Hill Productions