Some must haves for a Movie Club:
Dances with Wolves
to name a few.... :)
We do a movie night once a quarter. We've used 1776, Glory, Good Morning Vietnam. I'd add Iron Jawed Angels (used it while I was on a mission trip to Montana and the students loved it). Although it's hokey in part, my students love Forrest Gump. I do have to fast forward through parts, but it's a good review of the key events of the 1960s. And, surprisingly few students have seen it.
Love the idea of a school sponsored movie night once a quarter! (Even better if you can get the auditorium and big screen!)
My choices would include:
-The Patriot (with some selective editing)
-John Adams series (long night, but maybe parts of it)
-Driving Miss Daisy
-Good Morning Vietnam
-Gods and Generals?
I've started to list movies on my school website for my World History course. I'll have to start a list for Ancient Civ, since I didn't teach that last year & didn't have a website the year before. Maybe Troy, 300, I'm not sure what else.
I list the movie, the rating from imdb and suggest the students GO TO imdb before they decide to watch something. I'm not sure all of these are easily accessible, but it's a fun list to make! Here's some of what I did for my website:
I have divided my US History course into 9 units, and I would like to offer a movie night for each. Here is what I have so far:
Unit 1 - Founding the New Nation
Unit 2 - Building the New Nation
Unit 3 - Testing the New Nation: Gettysburg
Unit 4 - Forging an Industrial Society: Dances with Wolves & Iron Jawed Angels
Unit 5 - Empire & Expansion
Unit 6 - Prosperity & Depression
Unit 7 - The Shadows of War: Thirteen Days
Unit 8 - Making Modern America: Murder in Mississippi
Unit 9 - Building a New World Order: Forrest Gump
The New World
Last of the Mohicans
Little Big Man
School Ties - I actually explain this movie to help students understand how the Holocaust happened.
Avatar - Mirrors the U.S. westward movement from colonial to late 1800s. The movie obviously has a different ending then what happened in our history
Manchurian Candidate (The original with Frank Sinatra) Good display of 2nd Red Scare.
Blackhawk Down - As good as any documentary of what happened in Mogadishu.
Charlie Wilson's War (Will have to sensor spots) Gives a look at one of the factors which brought about 9/11
Legends of Bagger Vance - The scene where Junuh tells Hardy he should be proud of his father. Sums up the attitude of the Great Depression. Plus it is a very good movie.
For The Boys - Very good collage of historical events from WW II past Vietnam. (Kind of like Forrest Gump)
These are just a few of the movies I would suggest. Not sure I would actually show Charlie Wilson's War, but I do suggest to my students that they should watch it outside of school.
We do not have a movie night, but it is something I have always wanted to do.
Every US History class should see and discuss THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN
Every Government class should see TWELVE ANGRY MEN
Economics classes should see CONSUMING KIDS
All should see Adam Curtis' 4 part BBC documentary CENTURY OF THE SELF