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Films you think while difficult are important to watch

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Baconyum Sun 11-Oct-15 03:28:54

In response to the thread on films some regret seeing I thought it would be interesting to start a thread on films we think people should watch, if only just once, because of the issues they address rather than just because they're 'good'.

I personally think films aren't just to entertain (though they can be individually), but to enlighten, educate, inform and challenge.

Mine are:
An imitation of life
Blackboard Jungle
A time to kill
Girl, interrupted
Magdalene sisters
In the name of the father
Butterbox babies
The boy in the striped pyjamas
An eye for an eye
Kathy come home
The color purple
Corrina Corrina
The impossible
Children of a lesser God
Flowers for Algernon
American history x
The elephant man
Death of a salesman
Glengarry glen Ross
My fellow Americans
Wag the dog
Kramer vs Kramer
Ma vie en rose
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
The jazz singer - either version
12 angry men
Boyz n the hood
Born on the fourth of July
Pay it forward
Cry freedom
The accused

Geez better stop as that's quite a lot.


RussianTea Sun 11-Oct-15 03:33:24

That IS a lot smile

Sophie's Choice
Mississippi burning
Sarah's Key
Life is Beautiful

shouldnthavesaid Sun 11-Oct-15 05:43:54

Silent Minority - focuses on the 'care' of patients in asylums in the late 70s/early 80s. Technically a documentary but long enough to be a film and very effective. I was told to watch it for training when I first started to work in care. Parts of it are disturbing but it's unforgettable , highlights how easy it would be to slip back.

cathpip Sun 11-Oct-15 06:05:05

The color purple
Mississippi burning
Schindlers list

DoctorTwo Sun 11-Oct-15 06:13:40

Good list. I'll add:-

Bowling for Columbine.
The Killing Fields.
Mississippi Burning.

Baconyum Sun 11-Oct-15 21:34:07

I agree with Mississippi burning I need to add the others to my 'to watch' list. Thanks for replies.

AndLeavesthatweregreenturnedto Sun 11-Oct-15 21:37:40

Hotel Rwanda

AndLeavesthatweregreenturnedto Sun 11-Oct-15 21:38:08


Shakey15000 Sun 11-Oct-15 21:39:58

Torchsong Trilogy
A Beautiful Mind

PseudoBadger Sun 11-Oct-15 21:48:11

La Haine

IguanaTail Sun 11-Oct-15 21:50:53

The rabbit-proof fence

Honesttodog Sun 11-Oct-15 21:53:21

Precious was very powerful for me.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sun 11-Oct-15 21:56:21

I haven't seen a single one of those listed yet, but I don't disagree.

EnthusiasmDisturbed Sun 11-Oct-15 21:56:49

The Homesman

It's very harrowing but I think it is worth watching as shows the dreadful life so many women led in America in the 1800's

In the Heat of the Night
The Deer hunter

ladybird69 Mon 12-Oct-15 01:41:44

the Help, seems unbelievable now.
Beaches and Steel Magnolias shows women's strength and support
The boy in the blue pyjamas heart breaking but very thought provoking film.

Doublebubblebubble Mon 12-Oct-15 02:46:49

Precious 100%
The Magdalene sisters
The help
Blood diamond
American history x
Dallas buyers club
Boy in the striped pajamas

NeonInvisibobble Mon 12-Oct-15 05:31:34


wigglesrock Mon 12-Oct-15 06:49:46

I've seen all of the films on the list, I see what you mean about most of them not Pay it Forward grin

Do the Right Thing
In the name of the Father
The Pianist
The Killing Fields
Dead Man Walking

wigglesrock Mon 12-Oct-15 06:51:29

Sorry you have In the name of the Father - too early!

EugenesAxe Mon 12-Oct-15 06:56:22

Great list; I would add:

Grave of the Fireflies
When the Wind Blows
(Slightly random, but) Amadeus

Shutthatdoor Mon 12-Oct-15 07:01:28

The Railway Man
12 Years a Slave

BikeRunSki Mon 12-Oct-15 07:13:01

Erin Brokovitch
An Inconvinient Truth

whatlifestylechoice Mon 12-Oct-15 07:15:53

Once Were Warriors

RolyPolierThanThou Mon 12-Oct-15 07:17:18


to understand why and how young, desperate women and girls find themselves in prostitution and being trafficked.

Plonkysaurus Mon 12-Oct-15 07:17:48

Agree with The Pianist.

I haven't seen many films on that list blush

Someone on the other thread mentioned Fury. It's a grim film but I wish more war films were in that mold.

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