Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ten Movies All Young People Should See

Movies are often the most effective way to teach life lessons. This list of ten great films shares many common themes including overcoming injustice and intollerance and the importance of courage, faith and loyalty. As a bonus, they are all very entertaining.

1. Brian's song – This is the true story of two young football players selected to be the first interracial roommates on the Chicago Bears. Their friendship allows them to overcome racism and have the courage to face the adversities they are dealt.

2. Chariots of Fire – The real life story of two British Olympic runners. One was a devout Christian who ran for the glory of God and the second, a Jew who ran to overcome prejudice.

3. Its a wonderful life – George is a good man who reached the end of his rope and was about to take his life until his guardian angel intervened in a surprising way. After agreeing his suicide would have caused too much pain to those he loved, George wishes he were never born and the angel shows us the consequences of a world without George.

4. Mr. Smith goes to Washington – The Na├»ve head of the local Boy Rangers is picked to fill a Senate seat by a corrupt western state political machine. When Smith tries to do his job, he is crushed by the machine and betrayed by those all around him, only to be saved at the end.

5. Schindler's List - This German businessman seemed to be indifferent to the Nazi horror all around him. That is until we realize that he saved the lives of more than a thousand Jewish refugees by finding jobs for them in his factories.

6. The Shawshank Redemption – This is an inspiring story of an innocent man sent to prison for the murder of his wife. His courage and strength allows him to overcome the injustice and brutality that became his life.

7. The Sound of Music – A young woman training to become a nun is assigned as governess for a widowed Captain’s seven children. Maria brings happiness back to the family in time for them to face the dangers of the Nazi takeover of Austria.

8. To kill a Mockingbird – Atticus Finch is a small town attorney who agrees to defend a black man in the rural south. During the trial, his family is exposed to the overwhelming racism of the time.

9. We Are Marshall – This true story tells the remarkable revival of the Marshall University football team after the players and coaches died in a plane crash.

10. West side story – A modern day Romeo and Juliet powerfully brings home the pain and misery caused by bigotry between the Jets (white Americans) and the Sharks (Puerto Rican Americans).

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