Act.World Changer Movie Recommendations

Recently, I have been humouring my friends by explaining any movie imaginable as a intensely academic documentary film. While describing Top Gun as a “documentary film illuminating the male ego of fighter pilots of the United States Navy in the Cold War” is fun party trick, I honestly believe in the power of film as a genre to help us better understand our world and help us grow into better people.

As the inaugural group of graduates leaves THINK Global School and continues their journey, I wanted to provide them with a list of movies that have helped me grow and understand the world.

This was extremely difficult, but here’s my first shot at this list. I am sure that throughout my life I will add to and amend this list for my students. I have left comedies off of this list, perhaps that will be for another blog! (Side note: As an American male, this list is certainly biased.)

Ma’ats Defenders attempts to bring together game-changers from all walks of life to make our world a better place. I hope this list can fuel some of your fires to be more and do more.

Personal Favorites

godfather

  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
  • The Sandlot (1993)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

While I think all of the movies listed below are important, I have bolded the top-picks for each section for those of you who I know do more than sit on a couch all day.

Epic Male Must-Sees

gladiator

  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Boys in the Hood (1991)
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
  • A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) 

Power of One Movies

Fearless_film

  • Without Limits (1998)
  • Rudy (1993)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Fearless (2006) 
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
  • Warrior (2011)
  • Ip Man (2008)

Against the System

vforvendetta

  • V for Vendetta (2005) 
  • Blow (2001)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • A Bronx Tale (1993)
  • Cocktail (1998)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • The Saint (1997)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Political Movies

ides of march

  • Ides of March (2011) 
  • Lions for Lambs (2007)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
  • The Constant Gardner (2005)
  • JFK (1991)
  • Michael Clayton (2007)

Conflict Movies

platoon

  • Platoon (1986) 
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Thirteen Days (2000)
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • Born of the 4th of July (1989)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)

Cerebral & Cultural

what dreams may come

  • Crash (2004)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998) 
  • Apocalypto (2006) 
  • Meet Joe Black (1998)
  • Pan’s Labrinyth (2006)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Radio Flyer (1992)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • The Kite Runner (2007)
  • Kids (1995)
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (2005)
  • Zeitgeist (2007)
  • Invisible Children Rough Cut (2006)

Teacher Movies

Dead_poets_society

  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • To Sir with Love (1967)
  • Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade (1989)

 

As always comments and discussion are always appreciated, thanks for reading.

 

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