Recommended Films for Further Reflection by Patrick Slattery
This is not an exhaustive list. Rather it is a short list of films that have inspired me to think deeply about education, cultural issues, interdisciplinary curriculum, teaching and learning in society, ecology, sexuality, philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, gender, race, and justice in the world. Please suggest new titles to add to this list!

Lynchings and American History Race Relations Teacher/Student Relationship Media/Communication/
Identity Issues Aesthetics/Artists and Culture Drugs, Alcohol, Culture, and Youth Suicide/Teen Suicide Prophetic Voices
Religion and Hermeneutics War, Armaments, Resistance, and Violence Labor, Workers, Globalization, WTO Ecological Issues School Finances and Structures/Economic Issues
Capital Punishment/Death Penalty Culture, Religion, and Social Justice School Violence/Gangs/Harassment Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues Intersexual/Transgender Issues
Gender Issues Masculinity Issues Women’s Issues (Body Image/Anorexia/Rape) Children’s Issues Good vs. Evil/Human Nature/Adolescent Development
Special Needs Populations Youth Culture and Education North American Historical Analysis Food/Diet & Health Proleptic Notions of Time
Banned Books, Civil Liberties, and Censorship Children with Incarcerated Parents Pshchosexual Investigations of Relationships/Families/Teachers Child Abuse Ethnographies in Educational/Sports Contexts
Ethics and Research Classic Education Films/Hollywood Education Genre Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Complexity, Vision Quest Other Inspirational/Activist Themes Group Film Activities

Time Magazine’s Top 100 films of Past 70Years

Eyes on the Prize
Sins of the Fathers
* American History X
* A Question of Color
* Skin Deep
* Unforgivable Blackness: The Life of Boxer Jack Johnson (PBS)
(see also * The Birth of a Nation for historical contrast and context)
* In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports (1997, New Day Films)
Fire in the Mirrors

Lynchings and American History
Strange Fruit (2003 version, Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol story)
* Untold Story of Emmet Till (PBS)
* American Experience - The Murder of Emmett Till
Heavens Fall (“Scotsboro Boys” story)

Race Relations
Remember the Titans
* The Color of Fear
Two Towns of Jasper
* The Ruby Bridges Story
Boyz in the Hood
Twilight: Los Angeles <>
Echoes of Brown (TC Press) 1954 Brown v. Board of Education 50 years later.
Crisis (John Kennedy v. George Wallace on integration)

Teacher/Student Relationship
* A Lesson Before Dying (HBO) (This film also addresses racism and capital punishment)
Dead Poets Society
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Dangerous Minds (This film also addresses gang violence)
In and Out
Stand and Deliver
Good Will Hunting
To Be and To Have <>
History Boys (Broadway play and film)
Half Nelson

The Ad and the Ego
The Matrix
Advertising and the End of the World

Identity Issues
Europa, Europa
Lone Star
* Secrets and Lies
Bad Education
History Boys

Aesthetics/Artists and Culture
The Couple in the Cage (Chicago Art Institute, Coco Fusco)
Pollock (Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner)
Frida (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera)
Basquiat (Jean Michel Basquiat)
De Lovely (Cole Porter)
Bigger Than the Sky
Between Dreams and History (Shimon Attie) < >
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (Maya Lin and Vietnam Memorial/Civil Rights Memorial)
Before Night Falls
Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides
Nijinsky’s Last Dance
Beethoven’s Hair
Mona Lisa Smile
The Cradle Will Rock

Drugs, Alcohol, Culture, and Youth
Traffic (A Steven Soderbergh film)
Cowboys and Angels
* Spin the Bottle

Suicide/Teen Suicide
Jumping off of Bridges
Jim in Bold
Dead Poets Society

Prophetic Voices
* Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Romero (Bishop Oscar Romero)
Stand and Deliver
Motorcycle Diaries (Story of Ernesto Che Guevara)
Nobelity ( and Nobel Prize winners discuss issues

Religion and Hermeneutics
Dead Sea Scrolls
The Two Mary’s (CNN Special)
* Licensed to Kill
* A Wideness in God’s Mercy (Soulforce)
* Covered Girls (2002 Showtime)
After Jesus (2006 CNN Documentary)

War, Armaments, Resistance, and Violence
Arms for the Poor (Maryknoll)
* Fog of War
* Weather Underground
Farenheit 911
Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Schindler’s List
Hotel Rwanda
Arlington West
Occupation Dreamland (Falujah, Iraq interviews)
The Cost of War (Patrick Phillips. <> )
Taliban Country
Get Up Stand Up (1960s Protest Film/Music)
Why We Fight

Labor, Workers, Globalization, WTO
* Salt of the Earth
The Yes Men (Satire on WTO)
Sebastiao Salgado (artwork)
* The Corporation (see
On the Waterfront

Ecological Issues
* Green (
The Unforseen (Laura Dunn and Robert Redford film... Two
Trade Secrets (PBS)
Old Man River (Aquarium of the Americas)
Toxic Racism
Erin Brockovich
* Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons, and Our Environment
* A Civil Action
Soylent Green
An Inconvenient Truth (global climate change narrated by Al Gore)
When Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (A Spike Lee film about Katrina)

School Finances and Structures/Economic Issues
* Children in America’s Schools (PBS)
* Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Video Recording: The Problems and Promise of America’s Schools
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Capital Punishment/Death Penalty
Dead Man Walking
Paradise Lost I
Paradise Lost II
* A Lesson Before Dying (HBO)
The Life of David Gayle
Redemption (with Jamie Foxx)
A Question of Justice

Culture, Religion, and Social Justice
* Understanding our Biases and Assumptions
* Angels in America (HBO) (6 hour film in two parts)
The Mission
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (4 hour film in two parts)
Twist of Faith
What Would Jesus Buy? (Rev. Billy story)

School Violence/Gangs/Harassment
* Bowling for Columbine
Dangerous Minds
* Let’s Get Real (Teasing and harassment on campus)
Wrestling with Manhood: Boys, Bullying, and Battering
La Haine
American History X

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues
* Jim in Bold
Laramie Project (HBO)
* It’s Elementary
Gay Youth
In the Life (Gay Teen Suicide)
Paragraph 175
The Boy from Oz (Broadway Musical)
Bent (Nazi Concentration Camps)
Eating Out
Latter Days
And the Band Played On
Angels in America
Watermellon Woman
Brokeback Mountain
Out of the Past (GLBT History in US)
History Boys

Intersexual/Transgender Issues
Middlesexes: Redefining He and She (
No Dumb Questions
Paris Is Burning
* Sex Games: Questions of Gender at the Olympics
Boys Don’t Cry
The Face in the Mirror (2006 MSNBC Documentary about gender and Dr. John Money)

Gender Issues
* Vagina Monologues (HBO)
Necessary Targets
* Vera Drake
* Covered Girls
Killing Us Softly
Avengers (1960s British TV series)
Heel Talk (Ohio Arts Council)
Billy Elliot

Masculinity Issues
Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis of Masculinity (Media Education ISBN 1-893521-28-1)
Wrestling with Manhood (with Sut Jahlly, 2002)
Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies, and Alcohol (with Jean Kilbourne, 2004)
Good Will Hunting

Women’s Issues (Body Image/Anorexia/Rape)
* Killing Us Softly
Recovering Bodies
Slim Hopes
* Vagina Monologues
Talk to Her

Children’s Issues (Film/Media)
Mickey Mouse Monopoly <>

Good vs. Evil/Human Nature/Adolescent Development
Lord of the Flies
Nip the Bud, Shoot the Kids
Batman Returns

Special Needs Populations
* Little Secret (Tell the Truth Films) (HIV Positive Teens)
Helen Keller (PBS Famous Americans Series)
Children of a Lesser God
How’s Your News?
Monster Ball
Walking is Overrated
I Have Turrets, But Turrets Does Not Have Me (HBO special, 2005)

Youth Culture and Education
Rent (Play and Film)
The Breakfast Club
Pump Up the Volume
Boston Public (US TV Series)
Degrassi/Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High (Canadian TV Series)
Harold and Maude

North American Historical Analysis
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Lost (6 Parts, PBS)
Earth and the American Dream (
Smoke Signals
Curriculum and Classrooms
Off Track (Teachers College Press Video)
Another Set of Eyes (ASCD Video)
Integrating the Curriculum (ASCD Video)
Echoes of Brown (TC Press on Brown v. Board of Education

Food/Diet & Health
* Super Size Me
The Future of Food: The Truth Behind Genetically Engineered Foods (
Fast Food Nation (A Richard Linklater Film)

Proleptic Notions of Time
Three Tall Women (Play by Edward Albee)
Dream Analysis and Jungian/Freudian Psychology
Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha: A Jungian Fantasy in Three Movements (A Play by Eric Hill)

Banned Books, Civil Liberties, and Censorship
* The Outsiders (based on the novel by S. E. Hinton)
* All the Pretty Horses
* Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Shut Up and Sing! (Dixie Chicks documentary)

Children with Incarcerated Parents
Troop 1500

Pshchosexual Investigations of Relationships/Families/Teachers
*American Beauty
Notes on a Scandal

Child Abuse
Nobody Knows (feature by Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda.)
Bad Education (Spanish Director Pedro Almodovar)
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (J. T. Leroy film)
Art Installations by Edward and Nancy Kienholz
Doubt (Broadway play)
Stolen Childhoods (A Robin Romano film,
Born Into Brothels (A story of hope for children of prostitutes in India)
Twist of Faith
Bondage ( (Youth in Juvenile detention see also

Ethnographies in Educational/Sports Contexts
Friday Night Lights
Hoop Dreams
Remember the Titans
Rabbit Proof Fence
Coach Carter

Ethics and Research

Classic Education Films/Hollywood Education Genre
Blackboard Jungle
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Stand and Deliver
To Sir, With Love
Mona Lisa Smile
High School High
Race, Literature, and Sexuality
Brother To Brother (Harlem Renaissance)

Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Complexity, Vision Quest
Waking Life
* What the Bleep Do We Know?
The Matrix
Cosmos (A Carl Sagan Film)
For All Mankind (An Al Rineart Film)
* American Pragmatists: C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey
* Great Ideas in Philosophy: Continental Philosophy
* The Life of Maxine Greene
* Great Ideas of Philosophy: Ethics
* Great Ideas of Philosophy: Aesthetics
* World Philosophy with Kathleen Higgins (B72 .W67 2001)
* Natural Law and Human Nature

Other Inspirational/Activist Themes
My Life as a Dog
Son of Shark
The Blue Kite
Rabbit Proof Fence
Good Night, and Good Luck
Shipping News
Half Nelson

* These Films are available on the 4th floor Evans Library Annex Media Center. Also, most all of these films can be found in video rental stores.
Some films can be viewed on HBO, Showtime, Sundance, or N.

Group Film Activities

*Remember the Titans
The Color of Fear (Media Center)
The Ruby Bridges Story
In Whose Honor: American Indian Mascots and Sports (Media Center)
How the West Was Lost: Part I (Dr. Slattery)
Unforgivable Blackness: The Life of Boxer Jack Johnson

*In and Out
Jim in Bold (Dr. Slattery)
It’s Elementary (Media Center)
Paragraph 175
Sex Games: Gender and the Olympics (Media Center)
Little Secret (Media Center)

*Schindler’s List
The Fog of War (Media Center)
The Weather Underground (Media Center)
Hotel Rwanda
The Cost of War (Dr. Slattery)
Farenheit 911

*American Beauty
* Angels in America: Part I
Angels in America: Part II
American History X
Killing Us Softly (Media Center)
Vukovar (Media Center)

*Children of a Lesser God
Bad Education
Motorcycle Diaries
Talk to Her
A Lesson Before Dying
Stand and Deliver

*The Matrix
Europa, Europa
Secrets and Lies
Vera Drake
Covered Girls (Media Center)
Tough Guise (Media Center)

Time Magazine’s Top 100 films of Past 70Years

Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)
The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Baby Face (1933)
Bande à part (1964)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Blade Runner (1982)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Brazil (1985)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Camille (1936)
Casablanca (1942)
Charade (1963)
Children of Paradise (1945)
Chinatown (1974)
Chungking Express (1994)
Citizen Kane (1941)
City Lights (1931)
City of God (2002)
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
The Crowd (1928)
Day for Night (1973)
The Decalogue (1989)
Detour (1945)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Dodsworth (1936)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Drunken Master II (1994)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
8 1/2 (1963)
The 400 Blows (1959)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Finding Nemo (2003)
The Fly (1986)
The Godfather, Parts I and II (1972, 1974)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (1990)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Ikiru (1952) In A Lonely Place (1950)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It's A Gift (1934)
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Kandahar (2001)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
King Kong (1933)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Last Command (1928)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Léolo (1992)
The Lord of the Rings (2001-03)
The Man With a Camera (1929)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Metropolis (1927)
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
Mouchette (1967)
Nayakan (1987)
Ninotchka (1939)
Notorious (1946)
Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Out of the Past (1947)
Persona (1966)
Pinocchio (1940)
Psycho (1960)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pyaasa (1957)
Raging Bull (1980)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Searchers (1956)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Singing Detective (1986)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Star Wars (1977)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Sunrise (1927)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Swing Time (1936)
Talk to Her (2002)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Tokyo Story (1953)
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Ugetsu (1953)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Umberto D (1952)
Unforgiven (1992)
White Heat (1949)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Yojimbo (1961)

Last updated on March 21, 2007