Notes on Movies for Which a Learning Guide has Not
Been Written -- Titles Starting with Numbers or with the Letter "A"


A,   B,   C,   D,   E,   F,   G,   H,    I,    J,   KLM,  
N,   O,   P,   Q,   R,   S,   T,   U,   VW,   XY,   Z   



Last updated on September 16, 2014.
    We keep notes on movies that we've seen. We also make a note when a book we have reviewed has a section on a movie in case we want to evaluate the film in the future. It occurred to us that these notes might be helpful. We dressed them up a bit and added a reference to the movies for which Guides have been written. This list is not comprehensive, but is a work in progress to which we will frequently add entries. In the Bibliography we evaluate some of the sources.

    We appreciate comments. Email us at support@TeachWithMovies.com if you have any comments or suggestions. If we think they will be valuable to TWM Users, we'll include them.

    For convenience, we use the following categories to classify some of the films.

    Looks Interesting ("[LI]")
    This category includes movies we would like to evaluate. Usually, these are films suggested by TWM Users and unless we make a comment of our own with respect to the film, we haven't seen it.
    Insufficient Teaching Opportunities ("[ITO]")
    The teaching opportunities afforded by these films don't seem to justify the substantial time and effort required to develop a Learning Guide. If you disagree, email us.
    Not Accessible for Children ("[NA]")
    These films may be dated or preachy or be too "educational". Films with low production values or which will not inspire children will also be in this category. Again, if you disagree, email us.
    Parental Discretion — Films that Some Parents Might Want to Consider ("[PD]")
    These are worthwhile movies that a substantial number of parents would not want their children to watch due to scenes of violence, explicitly shown sexual activity, extreme profanity, or adult themes. However, many parents would allow their children to watch these films. TWM will not devote the substantial time and effort needed to create Learning Guides for these films unless the movie presents exceptional educational value. See, for example, the Learning Guide to "Good Will Hunting".
    Not Recommended to be Shown by Adults to Children ("[NR]")
    Some films contain pervasive historical inaccuracies or thematic problems that cannot be corrected by a short discussion. Others are replete with gratuitous violence, explicitly shown sexual activity, or themes or images which, in our opinion, would make them harmful for an adult to show to any child. These films will be in this category.
    Evaluating films is a matter of judgment and undoubtedly we have erred in some respects. The ultimate decision lies, of course, with the individual parent or teacher. MPAA ratings are helpful but sometimes they seem off the mark. TWM keeps an open mind and we have changed our position on the categories for several movies based on our own experience, the literature, or comments from TWM Users. We love feedback. Email us at support@TeachWithMovies.com



    Notes on Movies for Which a Learning Guide has Not
    Been Written -- Titles Starting with an Arabic Numeral

    For the meanings of the initials in brackets at the end of many of the entries, click here.

    4 Little Girls    (1997) No MPAA Rating; Director: Spike Lee.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

    9 to 5    (1980) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Colin Higgins.    This film is ranked #74 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

    9 1/2 Weeks    (1986) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Adrian Lyne.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    10 Rillington Place    (1971) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Richard Fleischer.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.

    12 Angry Men    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    12 Years a Slave    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The 13th Warrior    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for bloody battles and carnage; Director: John McTiernan.    Suggested by a TWM User.

    21    (2008) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity; Director: Robert Luketic.     This is fun film about MIT card counters who attacked Las Vegas. There is little teaching material in the movie. [ITO] (DEF, 2008)

    42nd Street    (1933) No MPAA Rating; Director: Lloyd Bacon.    This film is ranked #13 on the American Film Institute's List of the Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    49th Parallel    (1941) No MPAA Rating; Director: Michael Powell.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    50 First Dates    (2004) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual humor and drug references; Director: Peter Segal.    This Adam Sandler vehicle could have been a wonderful movie about love and commitment, but it's laced with failed attempts at crude humor and drug references. The story is fabulous. Adam Sandler plays a zoo veterinarian who specializes in romancing women who come to Hawaii for vacation, convincing them that he loves them, and then disappearing with some outlandish excuse just before they leave the island. Then he meets the love of his life, played by Drew Barrymore, who suffers from a brain injury. She has no long or mid-term memory and can recall only what has occurred since she woke up that morning. The resolution is romance at its best. One can hardly believe that it coexists in the same movie with the crude jokes. [PD] (JAF & DEF)

    100% Arabica    (1997) No MPAA Rating; Director: Mahmoud Zemmouri.    Suggested by a TWM User.

    1492: The Conquest of Paradise     (1992) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Ridley Scott.     Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction; in History Goes to the Movies; and in Past Imperfect. [NR]

    1776    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    1900   (1976) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Bernardo Bertolucci.    This is a serious and beautifully made film about Italy in the first half of the 20th century. It shows the oppression of the peasants and the conflicts between Communists and fascists. However, "1900" is an adult film with murder, child abuse, displayed sexual activity and mature themes. [PD] (JAF)

    2001: A Space Odyssey    (1968) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Stanley Kubrick.    This film is ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. We found this film to be too slow moving for kids. However, a Snippet Lesson Plan on Inertial Forces (Newton's First Law of Motion, Artificial Gravity and the Centrifugal Force) Using Clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey has been created for the movie. (JAF)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.



    Notes on Movies for Which a Learning Guide has Not
    Been Written -- Titles Starting with the Letter "A"

    B,   C,   D,   E,   F,   G,   H,    I,    J,   KLM,  
    N,   O,   P,   Q,   R,   S,   T,   U,   VW,   XY,   Z   

    For the meanings of the initials in brackets at the end of many of the entries, click here.

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein    (1948) No MPAA Rating; Director: Charles Barton.    This film is ranked #56 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    ABCD    (1999) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Krutin Patel.     This is a movie about the situation of South Asians who have immigrated to the West. It is part of an emerging genre of these films. We haven't seen this film. (For an example of this genre on TeachWithMovies.com, see "Bend It Like Beckham".)

    Abe Lincoln in Illinois    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Cromwell.    This film was thought to be the most accurate film description of Lincoln's life until Daniel Day Lewis's Oscar-winning portrayal in Spielberg's 2012 masterpiece Lincoln. (Note that the 2012 film focused only on the passage of the 13th Amendment, a small but crucially important slice of Lincoln's life and presidency, while Abe Lincoln in Illinois covered Lincoln's entire adult life.) See the section on Abe Lincoln in Illinois in Past Imperfect (written years before Lincoln was produced). However, note the following critique ofAbe Lincoln in Illinois:

      As a portrait of Lincoln the man and the politician, however, the film (like Robert Sherwood's play on which it is based) is abysmal. The corniness of the first half of the film, -- Related to the film's theme of passivity is its laughable portrayal of Lincoln as a man who lacked the desire to become a politician and who remained averse to party politics even as he ascended to the White House. -- Instead of Lincoln as he actually was, the film-makers concoct a supremely un-Lincolnian figure who, beneath his tough exterior, was a moralizing good-government reformer and anti-politics purist. Based on play opened in 1938 - contains unsubtly present-minded historical analogies to the growing crisis in Europe. Current audiences will miss it. Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg by Sean Wilentz in The New Republic, 12/21/12

    (JAF) [NR - show Spielberg's Lincoln instead.]

    About Last Night    (1986) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Edward Zwick.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    About Schmidt    (2002) MPAA Rating: R for some language and brief nudity; Director: Alexander Payne     This is a slow moving character study of a retired mid-Western insurance actuary. It's pretty interesting for people over 50 and Nicholson's acting is excellent. Kids won't be entertained by this movie. NR (JAF & DEF)

    Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    El Abuelo    (1998) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Jose Luis Garci.    Suggested by a TWM User.

    The Abyss    (1989) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: James Cameron.    Suggested by a TWM User. Students enjoy a scary film and The Abyss presents some fearful moments while introducing respect for what may well be other intelligent life forms under the sea. The film's back stories, about the determination of military mindset and the repair of a love relationship, are also engaging.

    Post-viewing discussion students can be asked the following questions:

    • Is the portrayal of the military fair in these circumstances?

    • Credibility is sometimes a problem in science fiction films; is it an issue here, as when the woman is revived after her drowning?

    • Happy endings are typical of Hollywood. Does the ending of this film approach sentimentality or is it logical in terms of consequence and theme? How else might the film end?

    • What factors helped the relationship between the married couple come back together? Common goals? Lessening of competition? Mutual respect?

    • Which are the best of the visual effects used in the film? The angelic images of the undersea life forms? The water that shape shifts? The sinking of the vessel or the falling of the main character to the sea's bottom?


    Students may enjoy writing a new ending to the film. Ask them to narrate another scene using description, action and dialogue. This assignment need not be graded, in keeping with the reward nature of showing the film, but it may be checked for completion. LI Mary RedClay, 2010

    The Accidental Tourist    (1988) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Lawrence Kasdan.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    The Accused    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Jonathan Kaplan.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription; and in Reel Justice.

    An Act of Murder    (1948) No MPAA Rating; Director: Michael Gordon.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.

    Adam    (1983) No MPAA Rating; Director: Mihael Tuchner.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    Adam's Rib    (1949) No MPAA Rating; Director: George Cukor.    This film is ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.

    Adventures of Baron von Munchausen    (1989) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Terry Gilliam.    We could not find content useful for teaching in this film. We also felt that the movie contained inappropriate scenes for young viewers. [NR; ITO; NA] (JAF)

    The Adventures of Huck Finn    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The Adventures of Milo and Otis    A Talking and Playing for Growth Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The Adventures of Robin Hood    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Adventures of Tom Sawyer    (1938) No MPAA Rating; Director: Norman Taurog.     Entertaining for children but the acting is terrible. Focuses on black stereotypes. [NR](JAF)

    Advise and Consent    (1962) No MPAA Rating; Director: Otto Preminger     "A truly corrosive (and in my opinion, rather silly) film about government." Andrea Maxeiner, Ph.D., Hicksville High School, Hicksville, New York from email dated August 31, 2009. [NR]

    The Advocate    (1993) MPAA Rating: R for elements of strong sexuality; Director: Leslie Megahey.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice and in Past Imperfect.

    The Affair of the Necklace    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality; Director: Charles Shyer.     A young aristocratic woman in pre-revolutionary France has been left penniless by the King's persecution of her reformist father. The movie tells the story of her attempts to regain her status and her home. It is long and we don't think it would hold the interest of students. The movie states that it is based on real events. We haven't researched it. [NA] (JAF)

    An Affair To Remember    (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Leo McCarey.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    The African Queen    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The Age of Innocence    (1993) MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some mild language; Director: Martin Scorsese.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    The Agony and the Ecstasy    (1965) No MPAA Rating; Director: Carol Reed.    "I use this film in illustrating the relationship between Renaissance artists and the Catholic Church. Although not completely historically accurate, it does convey the attitudes of the day and emotional impact the Catholic Church had on the development of the arts during the Renaissance." Ky Ann Buck, Teacher, Skiatook, OK. Suggested grades: 9-12. [LI]

    Aguirre, The Wrath of God     (1972) No MPAA Rating; Director: Werner Herzog.    Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. Past Imperfect. [NR]

    Agora    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Airplane!    (1980) MPAA Rating: PG; Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker     This film is ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

    Akeelah and the Bee    (2006) MPAA Rating: PG for some language; Director: Doug Atchison.    This is a lovely fantasy about kids of different races learning to cooperate in the high pressure world of the national spelling bee. The main heroine is an African-American girl. Next comes a Latino boy and an Asian boy. There are no real villains. The film has excellent messages all around. One teacher wrote "We had a field trip in May 2006 where we took our students to see it in the theater...they were inspired." Latrice Rogers, Argyle Middle School, Silver Spring, MD. It has been suggested by other TWM Users as well. [LI] (JAF & DEF 2006)

    Al Capone    (1959) No MPAA Rating; Director: Richard Wilson.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    The Alamo    (1960) No MPAA Rating. Director: John Wayne.    Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies; and in Past Imperfect [NR]

    The Alamo    (2004) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense battle sequences; Director: John Lee Hancock.    [LI]

    The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory    (1987) No MPAA Rating; Director: Burt Kennedy.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    Alexander Nevsky    (1938) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sergie Eisenstein; in Russian with subtitles.     This is an historic film, but we had trouble reading the subtitles and felt that it is too obscure to be used as a teaching tool. If your child is learning Russian as a language it's always good to have them watch films in Russian. The closest that we have to this film is "Ballad of a Soldier." [NA] (JAF)

    Alexander The Great    (1956) No MPAA Rating; Director: Robert Rossen.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    Ali    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for some language and brief violence; Director: Michael Mann.     See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction.

    Alice in Wonderland    (1951) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    Alien    (1979) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Ridley Scott.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

    All About Eve    (1950) No MPAA Rating; Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz    This film is ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    All About My Mother    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content; Director: Pedro Almodovar. This is a Spanish film with subtitles. It is a positive, warm hearted and poignant film about a mother who loses her only child to a car accident. There are many funny moments. However, many of the characters are prostitutes and transvestites. Violence in their lives is accepted as a matter of course. Before a parent shows this film to a child the parent should watch the entire film and make up their own mind. [PD] (JAF)

    All My Babies    (1953) No MPAA Rating; Director: George C. Stoney.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    All My Sons    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    All Quiet On The Western Front    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    All That Heaven Allows    (1955) No MPAA Rating; Director: Douglas Sirk.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    All That Jazz    (1979) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Bob Fosse.    This film is ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's List of the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription. The dancing and choreography are excellent. (JAF & DEF)

    All The King's Men    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    All The President's Men    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Amadeus    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Amal & the Night Visitors    (1978); No MPAA Rating; Director: Pedro Almodóvar.     This opera is esoteric and hard to understand. We felt that it didn't involve the listener and was not accessible for children. Try "Carmen" and "La Traviata" which we find to be accessible operas. Note that two teachers have written to us and told us that they successfully use this film in their classrooms. At some point we will take another look at this movie. [LI] (JAF)

    Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony    (2002) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some images of violence, and for momentary language; Director: Lee Hirsch.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

    Amazing Grace    (2006) MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language; Director: Michael Apted.    This is a great teaching film, however, the producers have prepared several lesson plans. Check them out. At this point we see no reason why TWM should duplicate their efforts. (JAF & DEF, 2007)

    The Amazing Spiderman    (2012) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Marc Webb.    This is an entertaining movie with no real content that we can see that would justify its use in a classroom. It would be a waste of time to show this movie to a class. If a teacher wants a reward film, pick one of substance from the hundreds of films listed on this site. [NR] (JAF)

    Amelie (also known as "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain")    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for sexual content; Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.     This is a delightful coming of age film about a girl in Paris. There are several good character development lessons and many children adore this movie for just that reason. The movie shows, for example, that no matter how deprived his or her upbringing, a child can become a loving and nurturing human being. For a child dealing with the issues raised in this film, it could be quite helpful. However, parents should view the film before they allow their children to watch it. [PD] (JAF)

    American, America    (1963) No MPAA Rating; Director: Elia Kazan.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    American Chai    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for some sexual dialogue; Director: Anurag Mehta.     This is a movie about the situation of South Asians who immigrate to the West. It is part of an emerging genre of these films. We have not seen it. (For an example of this genre on TeachWithMovies.com, see "Bend It Like Beckham".)

    American Gangster    (2007) MPAA Rating: R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality; Director: Ridley Scott.    The film contains many incorrect facts that alter the meaning of the story. For example, Frank Lucas, the drug dealer is made out to be an upright family man who goes to church. His criminal life is romanticized. The prosecutor Richie Roberts has asserted that the movie changed the facts of his life to make him less sympathetic by having him abandon his children. However, Roberts never had any children. "New Rules for 'based on a true story'", by Ann Hornady (Washington Post) Los Angeles Times, Friday, December 26, 2007, pp. E26 & 27. (JAF & DEF)

    American Graffiti    (1973) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: George Lucas.    This film is ranked #77 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It is also ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    American History X    (1998) MPAA Rating: R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity; Director: Tony Kaye.    Suggested by a TWM User. Teachers we respect and many kids are devoted to this film. [LI]

    An American in Paris    (1951) No MPAA Rating; Director: Vincente Minnelli.    This film is ranked #68 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It is ranked #9 on the American Film Institute's List of the 25 Greatest Movie Musicals (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    An American Tail    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    American Tail, Fievel Goes West    (1991) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Steven Spielberg.     We could not think of a way to make this film into a teaching tool. It is fun for young children and the animation is great. See the Learning Guide to An American Tail which is recommended to introduce children to the waves of Eastern European immigration to the U.S. in the early 1900s. [ITO] (JAF)

    American Violet    A Snippet Lesson Plan on Plea Barganing has been prepared for this movie.

    Amistad    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anaconda    (1997) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Louis Llosa.    We found no content in this film. It appeared to us to feature needless, thoughtless violence. We turned it off in the middle after a particularly violent murder. [NR, ITO] (JAF)

    Anatomy of a Murder    (1959) No MPAA Rating; Director: Otto Preminger.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.

    And the Band Played On    (1993) No MPAA Rating; Director: Roger Spottiswoode.    Suggested by a TWM User.

    ... And Justice For All    (1979) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Norman Jewison.     The portrayal of the U.S. justice system in this film was inaccurate. See the section on this movie in Reel Justice. There are some true moments: when one lawyer anguishes over the fact that a former client, whom he saved from a murder conviction on a technicality, went on to murder someone else, or when the film shows the frustration felt by lawyers when they are not able to help innocent people, or the devastating effects of a wrongful conviction. The film is quite entertaining and, if shown to children, TWM suggests that these comments be made. For films that we recommend relating to the U.S. legal system, see the Subject Matter Index under United States/The Law. [PD] (JAF)

    Andersonville    (1996) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Frankenheimer.    This is a harrowing tale of the terrible conditions in the South's largest prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. It is another example that shows the lie of the claim of the South to any sort of chivalry. The film has been recommended by teachers. "I found (Andersonville) to be very accurate and it draws the students in." Jamie Mayhew, Teacher, Bonaire, GA. [LI]

    And Quiet Flows the Don    (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sergei Gerasimov.    Recommended by Asia, a teacher from Russia. [LI]

    Andromeda Strain    (1970) MPAA Rating: G; Director: William Dieterle.    "This film is great for illustrating the scientific method." Tauna Davis, Teacher, Hamlin, WV. [LI] Suggested grades: 5-12.

    Angels and Demons    (2009) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Ron Howard.    See TWM's Snippet Lesson Plan on Antimatter Using Film Clips from Angels & Demons. The entire movie is a violent thriller about a man who tries to murder his way into being pope. It has insufficient teaching opportunities. [ITO] (JAF, 2013)

    Angels In The Outfield    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Angus    (1995) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some coarse adolescent language; Director: Patrick Read Johnson.    Suggested by a TWM User.

    Animal Farm    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anna Karenina    (1935) No MPAA Rating; Director: Clarence Brown.    This is one of those great Greta Garbo films. Based on Tolstoy's classic novel, the movie shows wealthy Russian culture in the late 1800s. It ends in suicide, not a good solution. For a film about Russia during a similar time period, see "War and Peace", which is also an adaptation of a novel by Tolstoy. For a film with Garbo that we recommend, see "Conquest". [LI] (JAF)

    Anne B. Real    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anne Frank: The Whole Story    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anne Frank Remembered    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anne Frank, The Life Of A Young Girl    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anne Of Green Gables    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anne of the Thousand Days    (1969) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Charles Jarrott.    Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction; in History Goes to the Movies; and in Past Imperfect. For a film about English dynastic succession, see "Looking for Richard" and "Richard III". [NR]

    Annie    (1982) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: John Huston.    This is a well executed and entertaining film. The heroine is a child, which usually interests children. It has several good character development lessons. "I show musicals in my classroom, and the children love them. We talk about all types of musical concepts and theories." Joelle McIntosh, Teacher, St. Louis, MO. [LI] (JAF)

    Annie Hall    (1977) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Woody Allen.    This film is ranked #31 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    Antitrust    (2001) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and brief language; Director: Peter Howitt.    See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction.

    Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman    (1974) No MPAA Rating; Co-Director: Jill Godmilow.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    Antz    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Anzio    (1968) No MPAA Rating; Director: Edward Dmytryk.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    The Apartment    (1960) No MPAA Rating; Director: Billy Wilder.    This film is ranked #93 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It is ranked #20 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    Apocalypse Now    (1979) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Francis Ford Coppola.    This film is ranked #28 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. "For high school students reading Heart of Darkness, it's a fascinating remake. Historical accuracy is not the point; rather, the eternal and universal struggle between good and the evil within man makes for a great lesson." Kathryn Heintz, teacher. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies; and in Past Imperfect. A teacher who is an expert at using film in the classroom has developed a way to use scenes from this movie for certain activities. See Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English.

    Apollo 13    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The Apostle    (1997) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence. Director: Robert Duvall.     This is an excellent character study of a narcissistic preacher. There are important character development lessons here. This was also Suggested by a TWM User. [LI] (JAF)

    Applause    (1929) No MPAA Rating; Director: Rouben Mamoulian.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    Arabesque    (1966) Unrated, but there is little objectionable about this film; Director: Stanley Donen    Absolutely delightful for those who grew up with movies starring Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck, this tongue in cheek, "Aren't we having fun making a movie" film has little content and no educational value. It's just great entertainment. [ITO] (JAF, 2012)

    Ararat    (2002) MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexuality/nudity and language; Director: Atom Egoyan.    This is an interesting and sophisticated movie about the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks. We couldn't see this film being used in a high school setting. [PD] (JAF & DEF)

    Armageddon    (1998) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for science fiction disaster action, sensuality and brief nudity; Director: Michael Bay.    The science is simply wrong. [NR]

    Around The World In 80 Days    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Arrowsmith    (1931) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Ford.    Dated and not accessible. For a film about modern day medical science, see "Outbreak". [NA] (JAF)

    Arsenic and Old Lace    (1944) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Capra.    This film is ranked #30 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

    Arthur    (1981) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Steve Gordon.    This film is ranked #53 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

    Asoka    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for violence; Director: Santosh Sivan.    Interesting content but not penetrable for children. [NA]

    Atlantic City    (1980) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Louis Malle.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

    The Atomic Cafe    (1982) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and Pierce Rafferty.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

    Atonement    (2007) MPAA Rating: R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality; Director: Joe Wright.    (Warning, these comments contain spoilers about the ending of the film.) Many people who watch this movie incorrectly believe that the old lady atones for her sins by writing the novel. However, this is not real atonement. She had missed her chance for real atonement by not coming forward while her sister and the sister's lover were still alive. The movie is very affecting because, by the time the story is over, the viewer despises this character for her shallow, pitiful, self-serving efforts to justify her failure to correct an error that condemned two people she loved (or said she loved) to misery. To the extent that much of the audience misses this message, the movie fails. [NR] (JAF & DEF)

    Attila    (1954) No MPAA Rating; Director: Pietro Francisci.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

    Au Hasard Balthazar     (1966) No MPAA Rating; Director: Robert Bresson     This film is impenetrable for modern students. NR (JAF, 2009)

    Auntie Mame    (1958); No MPAA Rating; Director: Mortan Da Costa.    This film is ranked #94 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is hilarious and Rosalind Russell's performance is fabulous. The film has worn well and is still very, very funny. However, it is one of those 1950's films in which the excessive consumption of alcohol is taken for granted. Its only interesting curriculum content relates to the fact that before the 1960's there were areas of Connecticut that were "restricted", i.e. only WASPS, no Jews, no Blacks, no Puerto Ricans, etc. But the character of Auntie Mame is memorable. If you can correct for the alcohol consumption problem (and of course Hollywood's addiction to cigarettes) this film is a lot of fun. For other musicals, see the Subject Matter Index section on Drama. [PD] (JAF)

    Au Revoir Les Enfants    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery     (1997) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for nudity and sex related dialogue and humor; Director: M. Jay Roach.     The Austin Powers films are considered hilarious by adolescents. We can't stand to watch them so we can't figure out a way to make them useful. For a great comedy on the Cold War which children and adults can watch together see "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming!", or better yet, "Dr. Strangelove". [ITO] (JAF)

    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me    (1999) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual innuendo and crude humor; Director: M. Jay Roach.     The Austin Powers films are considered hilarious by adolescents. We can't figure out a way to overcome their deficiencies to make them useful in teaching. For a great comedy on the Cold War which children and adults can watch together, see "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians are Coming!", or better yet, "Dr. Strangelove". [ITO] (JAF)

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

    The Awful Truth    (1937) No MPAA Rating; Director: Leo McCarey.    This film is ranked #68 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.



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