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Suggested Reading/Movie List 

I highly recommend these books and movies, most of which are based on historical events.  If you haven't seen these movies, you have missed some of Hollywood's finest.  Unfortunately, we will not have the opportunity to watch these in class, it will help to have some knowledge of the film and the events on which it is based, to help you enjoy the movie as we watch them.  And, yes, black and white movies can be good movies too.  

Movies:  

Ben-Hur

Elizabeth

The Crucible

The Last of the Mohicans

The Patriot

The Crossing

Amistad

Far and Away

Little Women

Gangs of New York

1776

Birth of a Nation

Dances With Wolves

Glory

Lincoln

Gone With the Wind

Stagecoach

The Alamo

Vanity Fair

Dr. Zhivago

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tombstone

Wyatt Earp

All the King's Men

The Grapes of Wrath

Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?

The Wizard of Oz

It's A Wonderful Life

Casablanca

From Here to Eternity

A Bridge Too Far

Good Night and Good Luck

Dr. Strangelove

Schindler's List

The Pianist

Enemy at the Gates

Patton

Downfall

Bridge of Spies

Born on the Fourth of July

Fog of War

Full Metal Jacket

Path to War

Platoon

Apocalypse Now

The Ghosts of Mississippi

Mississippi Burning

Selma

Malcolm X

Argo

Blues Brothers

The Big Short

 

Documentaries:

Freakanomics 

Food Inc.

Black Fish

Simon Schama, Power of Art

The Ascent of Money

Letters Home from Vietnam

Minimilism

Founding Fathers

The Lost Color Archives of World War II

Paris 1919