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Important Movies for Older Kids?

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What movies do you think would be important for older kids to see? I thought of To kill a mocking bird, Malcolm X, An inconvenient truth, fork over your knives, Serenity. There are some others, too.

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Depending how old: American History X, Crash,
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City of Joy

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Gandhi, Places in the Heart
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Pay It Forward

Yentl

It's A Wonderful Life

12 Angry Men

Brave New World

Soylent Green
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philomom- May I ask why Yentl? Just wondering?

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philomom- May I ask why Yentl? Just wondering?

Yentl dressed as a boy to study the Talmud which was forbidden to women by Jewish law.

Just as women were forbidden to vote at one point, I think it shows courage. And the music is pretty darn good.
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YES! I was thinking Yentl was something elseduh.gif My mistake. Yes, women's right and place in this world are very important!!!

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This is interesting. I've only seen one or two of the movies on this list!

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City of God, Roots and Schindler's List!
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A league of their own
Boys Don't cry

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Remember the Titans is an excellent movie that can lead to discussions re: racism, prejudices of all kinds, remaining steadfast, facing difficult truths, and forgiveness.

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I have always loved and continue to be spellbound by Whale Rider. Loving reading all these other suggestions though. :)

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I wonder about some of the films above that have excessive violence. I wouldn't put those in a "kids" movie category. Later High School and College age is good for movies like Schindlers List and American History X. I can't even watch that one scene in American History X as an adult. I'd say Dances with Wolves, but that had violence in it too. Profound movie though. How about movies about some of the good things in the world?

 

Little Buddha

Millions (great, but some scary parts with a bad guy)

Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) - my boys (6&9) saw this recently and loved it

Rudy

Duma

Shadowlands

Pay It Forward

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I have always loved and continue to be spellbound by Whale Rider. Loving reading all these other suggestions though. smile.gif

Whale Rider makes me weep, that a girl could be so unwanted by her kin. I'm glad it ends well!
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Birdy
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Lord of the Flies

When I was a teen I was obsessed with horses...so...Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and one of the classics--The Black Stallion
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When I was a teen I was obsessed with horses...so...Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and one of the classics--The Black Stallion

 

The Black Stallion is one of my favorites! Such a good movie. 

 

I'm thinking any coming-of-age movie would be good, right? Depending on what age we are talking about when we say "older kids" I am thinking movies that cover topics such as bullying, first romantic encounters, shyness, self-discovery, introversion, lack of confidence, etc. 

 

Some of my personal favorites (teen movies): 

 

Stand by me

Dead poets society

Breakfast Club

 

Also, a great list here: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/gallery/50_greatest_teen_movies/ 

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Yes! Yes to all of those. The Dead Poets Society was huge for me when i first saw it in the 6th grade. I would add Mary and Max ,  Harold and Maude , V for Vendetta and Little Miss Sunshine.

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When I was about eleven or twelve I would watch The Killing Fields over and over again. I memorized many of the lines.

I was weird. Really good movie and important as well. :-)
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We recently watched "42" with our 12 yr old and 9 yr old. They had lots of questions about the time period and how blacks were treated (we are a white family), but it was a GREAT way to handle those questions!

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