Film and Life Issues is a course that has made use of a great variety of films over the years. Films find their way into the course any number of ways - suggestions from people who know I teach the course and have seen something which moved them, suggestions from students, and also by way of researching film reviews.  Some of the films that were shown when the course started in 2002 are still shown today, since they have proven their worth over and over as  films of value for discussion, reflection, and writing. Other films have not passed the tests of time or value. Still others have found their way into the course as newly made arrivals or at least newly discovered older films.

    The list below is not provided in any way as a syllabus for the course. Instead, it is intended to demonstrate to anyone interested in enrolling in the course the type of films that are often frequented. Some of these films have certainly found more success than others. It is highly likely, though, that every year will continue to bring a mix of new and previously used films, and that I will always try to be open to new possibilities in this very dynamic environment of film.

    Films Studied in Film and Life Issues Over the Years



    At Night


    Babbette’s Feast

    A Beautiful Mind

    Benny and June


    Billy Eliot

    The Blind Side


    Brother’s Keeper


    Children of a Lesser God


    Cider House Rules

    Cinderella Man

    Cinema Paradisio


    Dances With Wolves

    Dead Man Walking

    Dead Poet’s Society


    The Elephant Man

    Emperors Club

    Enchanted April

    Field of Dreams

    Finding Forrester

    Forest Gump

    Four Seasons

    Freedom Writers

    Fried Green Tomatoes


    A Great Day in Harlem

    The Green Mile

    Hotel Rwanda

    The Hours

    I Am Sam

    Il Postino

    An Inconvenient Truth

    Inherit The Wind




    John Q

    Ladder 49

    Lean on Me

    Les Miserables

    Life As A House

    Life is Beautiful

    Madame Tuttli-Puttli

    March of the Penguins

    Michael Collins

    The Mission

    Mississippi Burning


    My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    My Father’s Glory

    My Mother’s Castle

    Mystic River

    Oh Brother Where Art Thou

    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    Our Town

    Pay It Forward

    The Perks of Being A Wallflower


    The Pianist


    Pride and Prejudice

    Quiz Show



    A River Runs Through It

    Rivers and Tides

    Road To Perdition


    Saving Private Ryan

    Schindler’s List

    Sense and Sensibility

    Shawshank Redemption

    Simon Birch

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Sleepless in Seattle” 

    Steel Magnolias

    The Substitute (Short Film)

    A Time To Kill

    Tea With Mussolini

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Turn of the Screw

    The Verdict

    Waking Ned Devine

    Walk The Line

    Water’s Path

    When Harry Met Sally

    The World’s Fastest Indian

    Young Frankenstein

    12 Angry Men

    51 Birch St.

    2081 (Harrison BergeronFilm)