A few titles that you might have to ask any film student or indeed film aficionado what they are possibly waiting for if the answer is ‘no, they haven’t seen it yet’… For the rest of us – there are probably a few on this list we know are a worth revisiting again and again.
Hotel Rwanda tells the real story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who saved thousands of refugees fleeing the genecidal militia that had taken over Rwanda.
Gandhi is a biography of the famed leader of India, from his beginnings as a lawyer to his eventual embracing of non-violent protest to his assassination.
Alive tells the true story of a rugby team from Uruguay that must survive in the Andes mountains after their plane crashes.
Super Size Me. See what happens when one man lives on only McDonald’s food for 30 days. Shocking to learn what a fast food diet does to your body.
WALL-E touching animated film envisions a future that could be where modern culture takes itself without restraint.
Erin Brockovich is based on a true story about an ordinary woman who takes up a cause when she learns about dangerous groundwater pollution.
Up, an animated film dealing with issues of urban sprawl, ecology, and responsible stewardship in the midst of a touching story about unexpected friendships.
Gorillas in the Mist, also based on a true story, this one focusing on the work of Dian Fossey as she lived with and studied the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. After fighting against the illegal poaching of the gorillas, she was mysteriously murdered.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A popular choice in college-level English classes, this movie is not only filled with classic British humor, but also provides examples of the idea of the literary quest, allusions to the legend of King Arthur, and more.
Dead Poets Society provides a great chance to study the poetry mentioned within as well as show a deeply inspirational film to your students.
Almost Famous. Following a rising rock band, a young man in high school writes a story for Rolling Stone Magazine on the band, in this coming of age classic.
WarGames When a young man accidentally hacks into the US government’s computer system, he is invited to play a game that is actually initiating World War 3.
There may be a few that you’re incensed we’ve dared to miss. Feel free to list a few of your essential selection for students under Comments below!
Exercise: From any of the classics listed above, ask your students in small groups to choose one of the (preferably) live films, for all the group to watch the film, and then together try to recreate a 90 second segment of the film.