Teaching with Movies

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  • 300 - Thermopylae and Rise of an Empire: Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats Xerxes with superior naval power.

  • A Beautiful Mind: John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film, "A Beautiful Mind.".

  • Alamo, The: Texians, rebel forces who want their independence from Mexico, fight at the Alamo against Mexican general Santa Anna. The Alamo falls on March 6, 1836. This led to the battle cry: "Remember the Alamo!...

  • Alex and Emma: Fyodor Dostoevsky bargains badly with a publisher and has to produce a novel within one year.

  • Amazing Grace: On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no longer say you didn't know'' (about the slave trade)...

  • Antwone Fisher: Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

  • Aviator: For his entire life, Howard Hughes was afraid of germs and their effect on him.

  • Beowulf: Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

  • Black Hawk Down: US military troops enter every battle thinking they will win because of superior technology; this isn't always the case.

  • Bobby Kennedy: As President John F. Kennedy's little brother, Bobby Kennedy (RFK), is a close advisor to the President and plays an important role in history.

  • Braveheart: William Wallace, a Scottish landowner, is a key leader during the war with England for Scottish independence.

  • Brotherhood of the Wolf: A fierce wolf-like animal, La Bete, kills over 100 people in the valleys and fields of Auvergne in France.

  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin: In September 1943, Germans massacre Italian soldiers who occupy the Greek island of Cephalonia.

  • Catch Me If You Can: Steven Spielberg reveals Frank Abagnale's life in a movie that includes themes of divorce, loneliness, law breaking and redemption.

  • Charlotte's Web: A spider spinning a web, and the death of a "precious" pig, inspire Andy (E.B.) White to compose a beloved children's classic.

  • Chicago: The Movie: The 1920s are a time of good living and great change. In Chicago, a young reporter named Maurine Dallas Watkins, writes a play based on real-court cases.

  • Cinderella Man: When Jim Braddock makes one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Damon Runyon coins the nickname, Cinderella Man.

  • Cold Mountain: William Bartram's 1791 book, "Travels Through North and South Carolina," accompanies Inman as he flees the Civil War.

  • Elizabeth I: The Golden Age: Elizabeth becomes the strong heir desired by Henry VIII even though he had six wives and a male heir.

  • Enemy At The Gates: Hitler believes he can defeat Stalingrad, while Stalin refuses to let Soviet troops surrender.

  • Erin Brockovich: Erin Brockovich, working at a law firm, finds PG&E is polluting the air, water, and soil with toxic chemicals.

  • Evelyn: Changing The Law In Ireland: Evelyn Doyle's life changes for the worst when her mother abandons the family.

  • Finding Neverland: James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie begins to write Peter Pan in 1903; it is a story based on five real boys he knows.

  • Flags Of Our Fathers: Feb/March, of 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima battle. Thousands of US Marines head toward the island on ships. Their mission is to wrest the strategically significant territory, held by ...

  • FLIGHT 93: The heroic actions of Flight 93's passengers avert another strike on a Washington, D.C. target - most likely the Capitol.

  • Flyboys: American pilots fly combat missions with France in WWI, although America is not yet in the war.

  • Four Feathers, The: Lord Kitchener and Anglo-Egyptian forces face Sudanese troops at Omdurman; a young Winston Churchill accompanies the Lancers.

  • Gangs of New York: Gangs of New York is a movie about gangs in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan.

  • Gladiator: A terrible and vicious Roman ruler, Commodus even enters the arena, pretending to be a gladiator.

  • Great Raid, The: The Japanese bomb and then defeat American and Filipino soldiers in the Philippines.

  • HARD TIMES: Children, especially in Great Britain, have to suffer family issues, as well as a lack of food and supplies.

  • I Am David: What consequences occur from the meeting at Yalta between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), and Joseph Stalin?

  • Japanese-American Internment: 75 years ago - on 19 Feb 1942 - FDR signs Executive Order 9066 allowing military.

  • Jesse James: April 3, 1882 Jesse James was fatally shot by one of his own men, Robert Ford. Learn the story of Jesse James within the context of the American Civil War.

  • Jurassic Park: Jurassic Park is a fictional movie with the premise that dinosaurs are reborn from DNA found in fossils.

  • K19 Widowmaker: K-19, a Soviet nuclear submarine, experiences disaster during a training exercise on July 4, 1961.

  • Kingdom of Heaven: Kingdom of Heaven is a movie about a knight who defends the Kingdom of Jerusalem against Saladin and his troops.

  • King Kong: King Kong, the movie, debuts during the Great-Depression era and stars a huge gorilla which frightens the people of New York City.

  • Knight's Tale, A: During jousting tournaments, knights display courage in the face of danger.

  • Legend of Bagger Vance: Caddie Bagger Vance is a fictional version of the supreme Hindu god, Bhagavan, and golfer Rannulph Junah is a version of Arjuna.

  • Marie Antoinette: Marie Antoinette is a fictional movie based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

  • Men of Honor: Story of Carl Brashear: Men of Honor is a movie inspired by the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy.

  • Miss Potter: At Easter time, we think about bunnies, like Peter Rabbit (based on a real bunny called Peter Piper). Beatrix Potter, the author who created Peter Rabbit and other fun characters, was a very interesti...

  • Musketeer, The: The Musketeer is a movie based on the life of D'Artagnan, a character from Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Three Musketeers."

  • Night at the Museum: With Robin Williams playing a rambunctious Teddy Roosevelt, "Night at the Museum" (a fictional story featuring some real historical characters) seems more real than fiction.

  • Patriot, The: Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free. Benjamin Martin, a fictional representation of the "Swamp Fox," does his best to attack...

  • Pearl Harbor: On December 7, 1941, Americans at Pearl Harbor are unaware they are about to suffer a surprise Japanese attack. Shortly before 8 AM, on that Sunday morning, the devastating attack begins.

  • Perfect Storm, The: The Perfect Storm is a movie based on the true story of a fishing ship, called the Andrea Gail, which is lost at sea during the great storm of 1991.

  • Pianist, The: Wladyslaw Szpilman, a concert pianist, is rescued from going to a Nazi concentration camp.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Pirates of the Caribbean is a film franchise with stories based on at least a few real-world pirates and set in now destroyed Port Royal.

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