First Landing (2007)  --  Christian Broadcasting Network story of Jamestown settlement in Virginia, 1607 with the main focus on the life of the chaplain of the expedition

Plymouth Adventure (1952)  --  story of the voyage of the "Mayflower", 1620

Plymouth Adventure (1945)  --- early settlers in America

X Knickerbocker Holiday (1944)  --  1650 dictatorial Governor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant in future New York City has outspoken newspaperman arrested

The New World (2005)  --  Pocahontas & Captain John Smith

Pocahontas: The Legend (1955)

Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953)

Penn of Pennsylvania (or The Courageous Mr. Penn) (1941)  --  founds the future state of Pennsylvania

The Crucible (1996) -- 1692 witch hunts in Salem

Les Sorcières de Salem (The Witches of Salem) (1956)  --  French version of Arthur Miller's play about the scandal in Salem, Massachusetts

The Scarlet Letter (1926) --  bad old American Puritanism

The Scarlet Letter (1934) --

Der scharlachrote Buchstabe (The Scarlet Letter) (1973) –  German film with Senta Berger

The Scarlet Letter (1995) -- evil effects of Puritanism (with Demi Moore)

Follow the River (1995)  --  two women escape from the Shawnee to make it back home in a journey of 500-600 miles; 1755

The Broken Chain (1993) -- story of Sir William Johnson and brother-in-law Joseph Brant from French and Indian Wars through end of  the American Revolution

Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Last of the Mohicans (1971)  --  Masterpiece Theatre version

Last of the Mohicans (1992) -- Daniel Day Lewis -- French and Indian War, 1756-1763; best version

Winners of the Wilderness (1927) --   wilderness fighter loves daughter of the commander of the French forces during the French and Indian War; Indians, under Pontiac, capture the daughter

Northwest Passage (1940)  --  French & Indian War

Northwest Passage (1958)  --  adventure series of 26 episodes about Roger's Rangers in the French and Indian War

Mohawk (1956) --  Indians attack a frontier outpost; Scott Brady

Frontier Times (1987)  --  swashbuckler set during the French and Indian War

Young Daniel Boone (1950)

Daniel Boone (1936) --  Daniel Boone leads settlers to the future Boonesborough

Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer (1956)

Battles of Chief Pontiac  --  failure to capture Fort Detroit, 1763

 Unconquered (1947)  --  Captain Holden and Abbey try to save Fort Pitt (in future Pittsburg) during Pontiac's War

Captain Kidd (1945)

Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)




John Adams (2008)  --  miniseries of John Adams and the first 50 years of the USA

Adams Chronicles (1976)  --  life of 4 generations of the Adams family of Massachusetts

The Howards of Virginia (1940)  --  the run-up to the Revolution in Virginia

Choosing Revolution (1999)  --  brothers of the well-known Randolph family of Virginia choose different sides during the time of  revolution

Allegheny Uprising (1939) – colonials in Pennsylvania have an uprising even before the American Revolution

The Bastard (1978)  --  first part of John Jakes' novels:   poor French man and his mother come to the 13 colonies and get involved with the events leading up to the American Revolution (based on John Jakes's novels)

The Rebels (1979)  --  second part of John Jakes' novels,  not as good as The Bastard

 Johnny Tremain (1957)  --   a young fellow caught up in the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington & Concord

April Morning  (1988)  -- Battle of Lexington & Concord,1775, war starts before Dec. of Independence

1776 (1972)  --  musical about the political maneuvering in order to produce an acceptable-to-all Declaration of Independence

John Paul Jones (1959) --  Robert Stack as the naval hero

The Crossing (2003) -- Delaware River crossing by George Washington, December 25, 1776

George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986)  --  miniseries with Barry Bostwick as Washington; interesting too because it is Viggo Mortensen's first film ($80)

 La Fayette (1961)  --  the Frenchman who fought for American independence

Kosciuszko pod Raclawicami (1938)  --  Polish soldier who served in the American Revolution and also battled in Poland

Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) -- Mohawk Valley, New York frontier in the Revolution

Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)  --  the infamous American traitor (1779)

The Scarlet Coat (1955)   -- for money Benedict Arnold wants to offer up West Point to the British

The Patriot (2000)  --  Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina, January 17, 1781  (with Mel Gibson)

Revolution (1985)  --  set within the American Revolution, such as the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, the winter encampment at Valley Forge and the Battle of Yorktown (starring Al Pacino)

"Disneyland" The Birth of the Swamp Fox  (1959, 1960)  --  South Carolina revolutionary guerrilla leader  (with Leslie Nielsen)

The World Turned Upside Down (1985) –   struggle of a family who supported Britain in the American Revolution; emigration to Canada may be the only answer



Alexander Hamilton (1931) George Arliss as first Secretary of the Treasury of the US

The Hamilton-Burr Duel (1976)  --  July 11, 1804, Aaron Burr initiates and carries out duel with Alexander Hamilton in Weehawken, New Jersey

Jefferson in Paris (1995) -- Jefferson's experiences as French ambassador along with his love life

Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)

The Far Horizons  (1955) --  Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the west of the USA

X  Tripoli (2011)  --  Barbary pirates

Tripoli (1950) -- US Marines battle Barbary pirates in 1805

 Little Old New York (1923) -- silent movie; 1807, Robert Fulton and his steamboat run into some nasty opposition

Magnificent Doll (1946) – Dolly Payne Todd is torn between Aaron Burr and  James Madison

The Mutiny (1952)  --  a mutiny on  a ship is motivated by greed to get the gold France has given the USA to help their fight against the British in the War of 1812

The Buccaneer (1938) --  pirate-hero Jean Lafitte, who aids American cause in Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812  (temporarily out of stock)

The Buccaneer (1958) Andrew Jackson relies for help in the Battle of New Orleans on the pirate Lafitte

Buccaneer's Girl (1950) New Orleans's singer helps free pirate-friend from prison

Belizaire the Cajun (1986) --  persecution of the Cajuns/Creole culture in the South ($118)

The President's Lady (1953)  --  Andrew Jackson criticized for his wife with a past

The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)  --  a relationship between John Eaton and the innkeeper's daughter results in trouble for both of them and President Andrew Jackson

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) --  trouble for Napoleon exiles in Demopolis, Alabama

 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)

Western Union (1941) -- building of the first transcontinental telegraph system; Robert Young

Wells Fargo (1937)  --  1840s development of alternative to the US Post Office

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)  --  mountain man who had his own personal war with the Crows

Mountain Men (1980)  --   story of mountain men who led many of the settlers into the West

Tomahawk (1951)  ---  in 1864 mountain man Jim Bridger builds the Bridger Trail from Wyoming to the gold fields in Montana



Emma Smith: My Story (2008) – story of the wife of Mormon founder Joseph Smith

Brigham: Savage Journey (a.k.a. Savage Journey) (1983) --  Brigham Young leads the Mormons (Latter Day Saints) out to today's Salt Lake City, Utah

Brigham Young (1940)   --   ditto

September Dawn (2006)  --  Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 in which Mormons massacre a wagon train of settlers

Handcart (2002) –  man marries a Mormon woman and becomes part of the ill-fated journey of Martin Handcart Company in 1856 heading to Salt Lake valley, in which 150 people died of cold and starvation


The Republic of Texas and the Mexico-America War

Texas (1994)-- history of Texas from its settlement via Stephen Austin to statehood

The First Texan (1956)  --  based on life of Sam Houston (starring Joel McCrea) ($40)

Houston: the Legend of Texas (Gone to Texas) (1986)  --  story of Sam Houston (including battle at the Alamo and the battle of San Jacinto)

Man of Conquest (1939)  --  Sam Houston

The Adventures of Jim Bowie  (1956)  (TV)  --  TV series based on the life of Jim Bowie

Travis (1991)  --  a teenager watches the courage of Col. Travis at the Alamo

Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988)

Alamo: 13 Days to Glory (1987) --

The Alamo (1960) -- 1836

The Last Command (1955) Jim Bowie and the Alamo

Heroes of the Alamo (1937)  -- 

One Man's Hero (1999)  -- Irish Americans mistreated in the US army go over to the Mexican side

Santa Anna: Su alteza serenisima (2001)  --  the last three days in the life of Santa Anna (1794-1876)

The Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)  --  Joaquin Murrieta in California seeks revenge on the men who killed his wife and brother (possible source for Zorro character)

The California Conquest (1952)  --  1840s, the push for statehood for the future California, then part of Mexico  (currently unavailable)

Pirates of Monterey (1947)  --  a Spanish woman is going to California to marry a Spanish officer, but instead falls in love with an American


Seminole Wars

Drums of Destiny (1937)  --  American army captain in 1815 Florida (then under Spanish control) must save his brother

Distant Drums (1951) -- Seminole Indians on warpath in early 19th c Florida  

Seminole (1953) -- Seminole Indians and help from a cavalry officer

Gold Rush

Roughing It (2002)  --  teenaged Mark Twain out West during the "Gold Rush" days

Mark Twain: Adventures in the Holy Land (2008) – tourist adventures




Adanggaman (2000)  --  role of black Africans in supplying the human beings for the European slave trade

Slavers (1978)  --  slave trade in east Africa around 1884

Amistad (1997)  --  slave ship rebellion leads to 1839 court room drama

Ill-Gotten Gains (1997)  --  slave revolt aboard the ship Argon Miss

Ascension Day (2007)  --  Nat Turner rebellion in 1831

Roots (1977)  -- TV mini series on slavery from more of a black perspective

Alex Haley's Queen  (1993) --  in this mini-series the writer of Roots tells the story of his paternal grandmother, whose father was a Civil War-era slave owner

A Woman Called Moses (1978) -- Harriet Tubman helps slaves escape via the underground railroad

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987)  -- based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel published in 1852

Race to Freedom: Underground Railroad (1994) TV  --  slaves escape to Canada and freedom via the Underground Railroad

Scarecrow (2009)  --  partly about underground railroad

Stand Up and Fight (1939) --  a northerner and a southerner try to stop the kidnapping of black freemen for reselling

Solomon Northup's Odyssey: "Twelve Years a Slave" (1984)  --  a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York is kidnapped and taken to Louisiana to work as a slave

Freedom Bound (2009)  --  stories covering three centuries, including slavery

Enslavement: The Story of Fanny Kemble (2000) -- artist disturbed by southern slavery

Dixie (1943) -- composer of Dixie, pioneer minstrel Dan Emmett

I Dream of Jeanie (1952) --  the story of popular song-writer Stephen Foster

X   Swanee River  (1939)  -- mostly fictional biopic of Stephen Foster


Bloody Kansas:

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)  --  for vengeance joins "Bloody Bill" Anderson's gang, a pro-southern gang of "outlaws" or better said "war criminals"

Quantrill's Raiders (1958)  --  psychopath leading outlaws with a pro-southern slant  ($40)

Kansas Raiders (1950) -- Jesse James joins Quantrill's Raiders

Dark Command (1940) --  Civil War Kansas; Quantrill's Raiders

Ride with the Devil (1999)  --  the war in bloody Kansas and Missouri

The Jayhawkers! (1959)  --  a government agent infiltrates the vigilante group the Jayhawkers (bushwhackers were pro-South and Jayhawkers were pro-union, non-military guerilla raiders)

 Seven Angry Men (1955) -- John Brown (Raymond Massey)

Santa Fe Trail (1940)  --  on trail of John Brown; 1856 Pottawatomie Creek massacre; 1859 Harper's Ferry

Civil War Begins and Ends:

Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) --  Raymond Massey as Lincoln

Lincoln (2005)  -- 

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) -- John Ford director

Abraham Lincoln (1930) -- directed by D. W. Griffith

Conspirator (2010)  --  southerner Mary Surratt is accused of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth and others to kill the president, vice-president and  the secretary of state 

The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (Broadway Theatre Archive) (1976)  -- 

Just a Man (2008)  --  a bit of recovery for the distraught Mrs. Lincoln

Tad (1995)  --  Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad

Tap Roots (1948) – very loosely based on farm owner reacting to the attempt by his Jones County to secede from Mississippi

Class of '61 (1993)   --  graduates of West Point enter the Civil War with the Battle of Bull Run

Journey to Shiloh (1968)  --  seven friends travel for the purposed of joining up with the Confederate army;  Battle of Shiloh, Pittsburgh Landing, s.w. Tennessee on the Tennessee River, April 6-7, 1862

Ironclads (1991)   --  the CSS Virginia versus the USS Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862

Hearts in Bondage  (1936)  --    battle between the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) and the USS Monitor

John Ericsson - segraren vid Hampton Roads (Ericsson, The Great John) (1937) – designer of the iron-clad ship the Monitor to fight the ironclad Confederate ship the Merrimack

Gods and Generals (2003)  -- pro-Southern film about early Confederate victories: Fredericksburg, Chancelorsville that led to excessive hubris in Gen. Lee

"Disneyland" Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders (1967)  --  pro-Southern film about young boy who joins the pro-Confederate Mosby Raiders --  Mosby captured Union General Stoughton March 1863

The Horse Soldiers (1959) -- set in Vicksburg campaign; John Ford and John Wayne

Gettysburg (1993) -- 1863 battle, high water mark of the Confederacy

The Perfect Tribute (1991) (TV)  --  young boy and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Wicked Spring (2002)  --  Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 - May 7 1864

The Gangs of New York (2002) -- ethnic tensions between Irish immigrants and native Americans leads to infamous New York City draft riots of 1863

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)  --  during Atlanta campaign, Yanks steal a Reb locomotive and try to tear up the track

Gone With The Wind (1939)  --  Battle of Atlanta

Louisiana (1984)  --  woman loses her house in the aftermath of the Civil War and vows to recoup her plantation

True Women (1997)  --  lives of three women through the Texas Rebellion ,Comanche raids, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond

Glory (1989) --- 54th Massachusetts, first black army unit in the US

The Hunley (1999) -- 1864 submarine in Charleston, SC for Turner Network

Andersonville (1996)   --  made for cable movie about infamous Confederate prison

Lincoln (aka Gore Vidal's Lincoln) (1988)  --  reveals more of the inner family problems faced by Lincoln

The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998)  --  assassinated at Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth

They've Killed President Lincoln (1971) – simulated documentary footage to examine the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

Prince of Players (1955)  – great American stage actor Edwin Booth, brother of  John Wilkes Booth

Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)-- Dr. Samuel Mudd unjustly found guilty of helping in the Lincoln assassination

The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980)  --  Dr. Mudd accused of helping John Wilkes Booth get away after killing President Lincoln

Hellgate (1955) --  remake of Prisoner of Shark Island

The Blue and the Gray (1982 )    --   the families of two brothers divided between the North and the South fight for different sides

Cold Mountain (2003)  --  interesting question of just how unjust were the civil defense bands in the South 




Gone With the Wind (1939)

Birth of a Nation (1915) --  the Southern version of "truth" by Southerner D. W. Griffith (a great film for racists)

Booker  --  youth of Booker T. Washington, later supporter of "separate but equal" racist system (but who also supported the NAACP in secret)

The Toast of New York (1937)  --  story behind the Financial Panic of 1869


Donner Pass -- The Road to Survival (1984)  --  some of the settlers stranded in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains near Truckee, California in the winter of 1846 turn to cannibalism to survive

Lonesome Dove (1989) --  c. 1866, based on cattle drivers Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight

Red River (1948) -- 1867, Chisholm Trail to Abilene, John Wayne   

Abilene Town  (1946)  --  at the end of the Chisholm Trail

Meek's Cutoff (2010)  --  1845 wagon train travel on the Oregon Trail where they  lose their way on a supposed short-cut

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill (1995) --  Hickok that is; 1866-1871, marshal in Kansas cowtowns, including Abilene

Young Bill Hickok (1940)  --  B western

Calamity Jane (1953) -- friend of Hickok

The Plainsman (1936)  --  Wild Bill Hickok,  Buffalo Bill Cody, Calamity Jane and George Armstrong Custer

Jesse James

Jesse James: American Outlaw (2007)  -- 

American Outlaws (2001) -- James and Younger gangs

The Long Riders (1980) -- James, Younger, Miller and Ford brothers

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) -- ill-fated 1876 bank robbery by James and Younger gangs

Young Jesse James (1960)

The True Story of Jesse James (1957)

The Great Jesse James Raid (1953)

The Great Missouri Raid (1950) -- Jesse James and Youngers

Jesse James Rides Again (1947)  -- 

Jesse James (1939) -- bank and train robber and a very bad man;  1866-1882

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)  --  shows James as a bit of a psychopath, but still portrays him somewhat sympathetically

The Plot to Kill Jesse James (2006)  -- 

I Shot Jesse James (1949)  -- 

Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958) --  with Frank Lovejoy; revenge, romance and a trial

Bad Men of Missouri (1941)  --  the Youngers

The Daltons

When the Daltons Rode (1940) -- Dalton gang in Indian Territory; 1891, first train robbery

The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979) -- Dalton gang of bank robbers

Wyatt Earp

Wichita (1955)  --  1874, Wyatt Earp tries to bring law and order to Wichita, Kansas

Wyatt Earp (1994)   --  1876-1879 marshal of Dodge City, Kansas  (my personal favorite western)

Tombstone (1993) --  Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona; gunfight at O.K. Corral

Dodge City (1939) --  composite fictional hero

Hour of the Gun (1967)  --  Earp & Doc Holliday form a posse to hunt Ike Clanton and his gang 

Gunfight at O.K. Corral (1957) -- gunfight in 1881 Tombstone, AZ

My Darling Clementine (1946) Henry Fonda

Frontier Marshal (1939)  --  Wyatt Earp and the fight at the O.K. Corral

The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) -- very loosely based on Ford County sheriff Bat Masterson

The Woman of the Town (1943)  --  story of murder in Dodge City of Dora Hand by Jim Kenedy, who was partly captured by a posse composed of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and other famous lawmen

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid (1930)  --  first kill 1877

Billy the Kid (1941)  --  with Robert Taylor

The Left-Handed Gun (1958) -- Billy the Kid

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid (1989)

Chisum (1970)  --  the Lincoln County War, involving Billy the Kid,  in what became New Mexico

Young Guns (1988)  --  six boys, including Billy the Kid, are hired as "regulators" for a rancher

Young Guns 2 (1990)  --  Billy the Kid plans an escape from jail

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) -- bank robbers; 1896 forms the Wild Bunch

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley

Buffalo Bill (1944)  -- Buffalo Bill Wild West Show formed 1883

Buffalo Bill and the Indian, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

X Pony Express Days (1940)  --  Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (which lasted from April 1860 to October 1861)

Annie Get Your Gun (1950) --  musical about female sharpshooter in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

Annie Oakley (1935)  --  ditto


Union Pacific (1939) -- first transcontinental railroad, 1869

The Invasion of Johnson County (1976)  --   large ranch cattle men hire a private army to kill or hang the small ranchers, who they consider as "cattle rustlers" in Johnson County, Wyoming

The Lawless Breed (1953)  --  infamous Texas gunman John Wesley Hardin

Belle Starr (1941) -- outlaw; originally from Missouri; marries Sam Starr in 1880

Montana Belle (1952) -- Jane Russell as Belle Starr, the bandit queen

Il mio corpo per un poker (The Belle Starr Story) (1968)  -- 

The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) -- very loosely based on Ford County sheriff Bat Masterson

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)   --  c. 1882

The Westerner (1940) -- Judge Roy Bean of Texas

Texas Rangers (2001)  --

"Disneyland" The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (1958)  --  a Mexican-American becomes a hero law officer in Socorro, New Mexico and later becomes a lawyer

The Story of Jack London (1943)  --  Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 and the stories that rose from it


U.S.A. Labor Struggle:

Los mineros (The Miners) (1991)  --  Mexican-American copper miners fight for better terms 1903-1946 which shapes the course of Arizona history  (currently unavailable)

Joe Hill (1971) -- labor organizer

Cradle will Rock (1999)  --  actor Orson Wells has big trouble trying to put on a theatrical production of a musical about a steel strike

 Matewan (1987) -- violent confrontations between company thugs and coal miners in 1920's West Virginia, USA;  with Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones

Sacco e Vanzetti (Sacco and Vanzetti) (1971)  -- 1920, the unjust trial of two Italian-American anarchists for a crime they did not commit; documentary

Norma Rae (1979) -- true story of a woman textile worker (Sally Field) being radicalized by New York City labor organizer (Ron Leibman)

 Harlan County War (2000)  --  a Kentucky coal miner's wife spearheads a 1970s union strike to close the mine and force contract negotiations

Salt of the Earth (1953)--   1950 zinc mine workers go on strike in Silver City, New Mexico;  black listed in Hollywood for making the film were the director, actor Will Geer, producer Paul Jarrico & screenwriter Michael Wilson

Molly McGuires (1970)  --  violence used by Irish coal workers to fight the owners

F.I.S.T.  (1978)  --  interesting theory that managers and their hired thugs used so much violence that the American labor movement had to turn to organized crime to survive and thereby was corrupted

Northern Lights (1978)  --  early 20th century popular take-over of government in USA northern plains

On the Waterfront (1954)  --  fighting corruption  on the docks of New York City

X Margaret's Museum (1995)  --  Margaret finds love but what are her odds for happiness when she lives in a town where half the men die down the coalpit



Spain: First Spanish Republic (1873-1874):

Spain:  House of Borbon (Second Restoration) --1874-1931:    Alfonso XII (1874-1885);  Alfonso XIII (1886-1931)

José Rizal (1998)  --  Filipino hero who is unjustly tried for treason by the colonial government

Rizal sa Dapitan (1997)  --  the Philippine national hero as a messianic figure

Ang buhay at pag-ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal (The Life and Love of Dr. Jose Rizal) (1956) --  Filipino hero

El vibora (1972) – Artemio Ricarte, a Filipino patriot, fought against the Spanish and then the Americans; he was later supported by the Japanese

Los últimos de Filipinas (The Last Ones in the Philippines) (1945) – Spanish-American War; Spanish soldiers are pushed out of the Philippines

Sisa (2008)  --  Narcisa "Sisa" Dalangin is a young Filipina during the Spanish Occupation & is a childhood friend of Jose Rizal

Citizen Kane (1941)  -- the life of William Randolph Hearst & yellow journalism start a war w/ Spain

The Hearst and Davies Affair (1985)  -- Hearst and actress Marion Davies  ($39)

The Cat's Meow  (2001)  --  movie producer Thomas Ince dies after yachting with William Randolph Hearst, Charlie Chaplin & Marion Davies

Rough Riders (1997)  -- 1898, with Theodore Roosevelt

Newsies (1992)   --  musical about the 1899 newspaper boy strike against Pulitzer and Hearst in NYC

Mambí (1998) – the Cubans loyal to Spain called the insurgents the Mambies, named after the black Spanish officer, Juan Ethninius Mamby, who was a freedom fighter in the Dominican Republic

The White Legion (1936)  --  the medical search for the cure for yellow fever killing so many workers on the Panama Canal

Cavalry Command (1963)  --  after the war's end, in 1902 an American cavalry brigade is sent to quell guerilla resistance in the Philippines

Emilio Aguinaldo (2000)  -- had a key role in Philippine independence during the Philippine Rev. against Spain & the Philippine-American War against American occupation

Hen. Gregorio del Pilar (1949) –  Philippine hero of the Philippine-American War (Filipino | Tagalog )

The Real Glory (1939) -- doctor in Philippines after Spanish-American War, in second phase of the Philippine-American War, 1906

The Wind and the Lion (1975) -- Morocco 1904, Pres. TR & political kidnapping

Lillian Russell (1940)   --  singing bombshell sensation wooed by Diamond Jim Brady among others

The Florodora Girl (1930) -- early 1900 Broadway girls

Flame of the Barbary Coast (1945)  --  San Francisco's Barbary Coast and the 1906 Earth Quake

San Francisco (1936)  --  love triangle set against the San Francisco earth quake

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) -- beautiful girl Evelyn Nesbit, architect Stanford White, murdering husband Harry Thaw

Titanic (1997) -- 1912 sinking of the passenger ship Titanic

S.O.S. Titanic (1979)

Titanic (1953)  -- 1912 sinking

A Night to Remember (1958) -- 1912, sinking of the Titanic

Atlantis (1930)  --  fictionalized story of Titanic

Atlantik (1929)  --  fictionalized story of Titanic

The Unsinkable Molly Brown -- 1912, lively survivor of the sinking of the Titanic

Jim Thorpe (1951)  --  native American star of the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden

Stars & Stripes Forever (1952) --  march composer and Marine Corp band leader John Philip Sousa

The Hawaiians (1970)  --  Americans overthrow the government of Hawaii  1893

Hawaii (1966)  --  an extremely anal retentive, moralistic minister makes it hard for everyone:  natives, whites and even his own family

Tandang sora (1947) – a heroine of Philippine history (Filipino/Tagalog)

Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar (1997) --  story of the Filipino Revolution to oust the USA from the Philippines

Sakay (1993)  --  Filipino American War  (currently unavailable)



Wilson (1944)  -- President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) 

The Great White Hope (1971) -- black Jack Johnson, heavyweight champion (beats Tommy Burns in 1908)

The Winds of Kitty Hawk  (1978)  --  story of the Wright Brothers who had the first flight in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina


Women's Rights and Suffrage:

Iron Jawed Angels (2004)  --  Alice Paul and Lucy Burns fight for the right to vote for women

Nancy Astor (1982)--  3 DVD set from Masterpiece Theatre follows the story of Nancy Langhorne born in Virginia, USA who married the wealthy Waldorf Astor and became the first woman to take her seat in the British House of Commons

Sofya Kovalevskaya  (1956)  – first woman in Russia to become a Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the obstacles she had to overcome

Sofya Kovalevskaya (1985)  --  ditto; made for TV


USA Finally Gets into World War I

The Man I Killed (1932)  --  

A Farewell to Arms (1932)  --  with Helen Hayes & Gary Cooper

A Farewell to Arms (1957)  --   with Jennifer Jones & Rock Hudson

Force of Arms (A Girl for Joe) (1951)  --  updating of "A Farewell to Arms" (with William Holden)

In Love and War (1996)  --  true story behind "A Farewell to Arms" with Sandra Bullock and Chris O'Donnell

Sergeant York (1941) -- American World War I hero, 1918

The Man I Killed (1932)  --  

A Farewell to Arms (1932)  --  with Helen Hayes & Gary Cooper

A Farewell to Arms (1957)  --   with Jennifer Jones & Rock Hudson

Force of Arms (A Girl for Joe) (1951)  --  updating of "A Farewell to Arms" (with William Holden)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) -- 1906-1917, American patriotic popular music composer George M. Cohan

The Fighting 69th (1940) --  Irish-American unit sent to fight in WWI

Company K (2004)  --  man struggles with writing a history of his US Marine Corps company in WWI

The Yanks are Coming (1974)  --  college buddies in France

The Lost Battalion (2001)  -- Americans caught behind enemy lines, Argonne Forest, 1918 (October)

Air War:

Captain Eddie (1945) --  Captain Eddie Rickenbacker becomes an American flying ace with 26 kills

Flyboys (2006)  --  US pilots in France's legendary Lafayette Escadrille

Lafayette Escadrille (With You in My Arms; Hell Bent for Glory) (1958)   -- a young American joins the French Air Force early in the war


 USA: 1920s.   

Chariots of Fire -- 1924, English athletes at Olympic games

Knute Rockne, All American (1940) 1924; coach of Notre Dame football team

Dempsey -- Treat Williams as the heavy weight boxing champion Jack Dempsey

Inherit the Wind (1960) -- 1925 Scopes Trial on evolution, Clarence Darrow vs. Wm Jennings Bryan

The Great Gatsby (1949) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of class snobbery among the rich

Last Call (2002)  --  biography of the mature F. Scott Fitzgerald

Spirit of St. Louis (1957)  -- Lindbergh, first solo trans-Atlantic flight

Crime of the Century (1996) Lindbergh kidnapping trial

Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994) --  the famous aviatrix

Amelia (2009)  --  life and tragic death of Amelia Earhart

Cobb (1994) -- TV Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones), great baseball player

The Babe (1992) -- John Goodman

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

X Pride of the Yankees (1942) -- Lou Gehrig 1927

The Great Zeigfeld (1936) 1907-1931 Ziegfeld Follies

Funny Girl  (1968)  -- 1910-1919; Fanny Brice, comedian in Ziegfeld Follies

Funny Lady (1975)   --  latter life of Fanny Brice

Tom and Viv (1994) -- American poet T. S. Elliott in England

Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)  --  1920s New York intellectual circle meeting at Algonquin Hotel  

Freud (1962)

Clarence Darrow (1974)



Al Capone (1959) --  with Rod Steiger

St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

The Untouchables (1987) -- Kevin Costner as gangster hunter Eliot Ness

New York

Eight Men Out (1988) 1919 Black Sox scandal in baseball

King of the Roaring Twenties (1961) -- Arnold Rothstein, Jewish gangster

Lucky Luciano (1974) --

Lansky (1999) -- gangster Meyer Lansky

Lepke (1975) --  leader of Murder, Inc. 

Billy Bathgate (1991) --  Dustin Hoffman plays ‘30s gangster Dutch Schultz

Portrait of a Mobster (1961) -- Dutch Schultz

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) -- 

Bugsy (1991) -- Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, gangster who helped build Las Vegas

X  Gangster Wars (1981) –


Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Bonnie Parker Story (1958) -- Bonnie of Bonnie & Clyde

X  Public Enemies - with Johnny Depp as Dillinger, infamous bank robber

X  Dillinger (1991)  --  Mark Harmon as John Dillinger

Dillinger (1945) -- infamous bank robber

Dillinger (1973) -- 

Baby Face Nelson (1957)

Gangsters Guns & Floozies Crime Collection: Pretty Boy Floyd (2007) 

Machine Gun Kelly (1958)  -- with Charles Bronson

Melvin Purvis (1974) --  G-man who got Dillinger chases Machine Gun Kelly

Real Untouchables: Melvin Purvis (2001) --

Bloody Mama (1970) -- Ma Barker

Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)  -- 


XI.2.  GREAT DEPRESSION USA   Back to Chapter XI  Back to Contents

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) -- fleeing from the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma

The Stars fell on Henrietta (1995) – a group suffering  in the Texas Dustbowl of 1935 seeks hope in the dreams of a wildcat oilman

King of the Hill (1993)  --  the Great Depression seen through the eyes of a 12-year old Jewish boy in the midwest

Bound for Glory (1976)  --  story of folk singer Woody Guthrie who discovered the misery of the poor and working class in the USA

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)   --  a brutal competition shows the desperate straits in which people find themselves in the Great Depression

Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Years and the White House Years (1976, 1977)

Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)

Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Warm Springs (2005)   -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt overcomes his fear of being pitied as a victim of polio to proceed with his political career

All the King's Men (1949) -- the Kingfisher, populist governor and virtual dictator of Louisiana

All the King's Men (2006)  -- remake of the 1949 movie

Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995) -- populist threat to FDR

Blaze (1989) -- Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long in lust with famous stripper

The Miracle Worker (1962) -- story of blind and deaf Helen Keller, friend of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

The Glen Miller Story  (1953)-- Big Band leader

The Benny Goodman Story (1956) -- Big Band leader

Gypsy (1962) -- stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her over-bearing mother

The Day the Bubble Burst (1982) --  1929 stock market crash and its effects on some individuals



Cross of Fire --  story of the rise and fall of 1920s' Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson

Black Legion (1936)  --  Bogart as a factory worker who, after failing to get a desired promotion and it goes to a guy named Dombrowski instead, decides to join a KKK type group.

Lady Sings the Blues (1972) -- Sidney J. Furie 1935-1942, Blues singer Billie Holiday

Josephine Baker Story (1991) -- American becomes famous Paris entertainer

Sounder (1976) -- sharecroppers in 1930's Louisiana try to survive poverty  

Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (1996) 1940s Mississippi to civil rights movement  ($35)

Rosewood --  1922-1923 burning of a black town in Florida

Leadbelly (1976) -- master of the 12-string guitar

Miss Ever's Boys (1997) -- using Blacks as guinea pigs for syphilis study

The Joe Louis Story (1953) -- the heavy weight champion

X Joe and Max  (2002) -- Joe Louis and Max Schmeling representing America and Germany fight it out for the heavy weight championship of boxing

Glory and Honor (1998) -- black man Mathew Henson who accompanied Peary to the North Pole

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002) -- A. Philip Randolph works for unionization of black porters



World War II.

Germans Kicked out of Africa.  

Sundown (1941)  --  Nazis in East Africa

Desert Fox (1951) -- Field Marshal Rommel

Tobruk (2008)  --  Battle of Tobruk; Czech Legion; young Czech soldier looses his romanticism about war

Tobruk (1967) -- attempt to destroy Rommel's fuel supply in North Africa

Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)  --  one of Australia's greatest wartime legends

Desert Patrol (1958) -- British patrol in Africa before battle of El Alamein

Lilli Marlene (1951) – a love story is set in North Africa before El Alamein battle

El Alamein (2002) -- the battle that finally stops Rommel in North Africa seen through the eyes of an Italian unit, October- November, 1942

Il Grande Attacco (Battle Force (a.k.a. The Great Battle) (1978)  --  story of the build-up to a real Allied offensive against the Germans (in North Africa)

Battaglia di El Alamein (El Alamein)) (1969)  --  Italian troops left behind by their German allies

Alexandria . . . Why? (1979)  --  personal relationships set against the background of World War II; Alexandria Trilogy

The Story of G. I. Joe (1945) --  story of Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle

Patton (1970) -- from North Africa to Sicily (July 1943)  to France and Germany

Big Red One (1980)  --  Sam Fuller's WWII diary of squad in First Infantry Division  

The Malta Story (1954)  --   British Malta holds out against 3,000 air raids from June 1940 to December 1942

World War II - When Lions Roared (1994)  --  Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin dialogue through World War II

Churchill and the Generals (1979)  -- 


Allied Invasion of Italy.    

Anzio (1968)  --  French-Italian-Spanish movie dealing with the beach landing, January to May, 1944

Darby's Rangers (1958) -- assault troops in N. Africa & Italy  

Bold and the Brave (1956) -- WWII soldiers fighting in Italy  ($31)

La Ciociara (Two Women ) (1960)  --  an Italian woman and her daughter try to escape the daily air raids in Rome by heading into the countryside

A Walk in the Sun (1945) --   story of one platoon of Americans fighting in Salerno

The Scarlet and the Black (1983)  --  Vatican priest hides downed Allied pilots and coordinates with the Italian Resistance

Gli Sbandati (The Disbanded) (1955)  --  a mama's boy has great difficulties in breaking away from his mother so he can love a refugee girl around the time of the Italian armistice with the Allies in WWII

 Il partigiano Johnny (Johnny the Partisan) (2000)  --  Germans occupy Italy after September 8, 1943, Italian soldiers head to the hills to set up a resistance movement

Rappresaglia (Massacre in Rome) (1973)  --  massacre of Italian citizens (especially Jews) after the partisans attack a German SS company

Hotel Meina (2007) – first Italian Nazi massacre of Jews occurs following the armistice of the 8th of September 1943 where Italy went over to the Allies

Baciami piccina (Three on the Road) (2006) – Sept 1943 carabiniere Umberto escorts prisoner to Venice. His fiancée follows him; train breaks down; have to go on; armistice with Allies is signed & everything changes

Il sole di Montecassino (Fear of Evil; St. Benedict) (1945) –  Battle for Monte Cassino, 1944; built by Saint Benedict around 529

Dieci italiani per un tedesco (Ten Italians for One German) (Via Rasella) (1962) – vicious reprisal ordered by Austrian Colonel Kappler in 1944 Rome


Allied Invasion of France. 

Dieppe (1993)  --  1942, worst defeat of Canadian forces in World War II

Then There Were Giants (1994)

Yanks (1979) -- love stories involving American troops in England

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)   --  lives of working class family in Liverpool, England, including the war years

A Family at War (1970-1972)  --  a television series about the lower middle-class Ashton family from Liverpool and how WWII affected them

X  We'll Meet Again  --  deals with the building of relationships in England between a group of young women and the rowdy American fighter pilots stationed in their small village

D-day the Sixth of June (1956)  --  June 6, 1944

The Longest Day (1962) -- D-Day with lots of Hollywood stars

Band of Brothers (2001) - Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in many battles, including Bastogne during Battle of the Bulge

Saving Private Ryan -- D-Day

Breakthrough (2000)  --  D-Day

Overlord (1975)  --  movie follows the an ordinary British fellow from induction to D-Day

X  They Were Not Divided  --  British and American troops from D-Day to the end of the war over Germany

X  Blockhouse  --  slave workers on the Normandy defenses are trapped in a bunker when D-Day takes place; they stay there for over six years

Ike: Countdown to D-Day   --  Eisenhower has a lot of problems with the big egos around him

Fooling Hitler (2004)  --  story of the deception of the Germans as to the D-Day landing

Pathfinders:  In the Company of Strangers (2009)  --  story of the Pathfinders who landed 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion

Les femmes de l'ombre (Female Agents) (2008) – French women recruited as members of the British Special Operations Executive commando group   --  ($25)

Ike: The War Years (1978)  --  Eisenhower fighting the Nazis and romancing his driver Kate Summersby  (currently unavailable)

Patton (1970) -- George C. Scott

The Last Days of Patton (1986)

Guns of Navarone (1961)

To Hell and Back (1955) -- most decorated soldier in the history of the military, Audi Murphy

Go for Broke! (1950)  --  Japanese-American troops fight in Europe; the 442, the first all-Nisei (Japanese- American) Regimental combat team

Only the Brave (2006)  --  Japanese Americans of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team rescue members of the Texas 141st Regiment known as the "Lost Battalion"

Bridge at Remagen (1969) --  Allies plan to blow the bridge at Remagen, March 7, 1944

Indigènes (Days of Glory) (2006)  --  North African Muslims in French colonies fight for France

Camp Thiaroye (The Camp at Thiaroye) (1990)  --  Senegalese soldiers fighting for France rebel against their ill-treatment after the end of the war  ($230)

Jackboot Mutiny (2001)  --  attempt to assassinate Hitler, July 20, 1944

 Plot to Kill Hitler (1990)

Valkyrie (2008)  --  plot to kill Hitler (with Tom Cruise)

Stauffenberg (Operation Valkyrie) (2004) --the attempt to kill Hitler

A Bridge Too Far (1977)  --  Allied defeat in Operation Market Garden, Sept 1944

The Last Drop (2005)  --  the British hatch a plan, Operation Market Garden, that proves a flop; a small unit collides with three renegade German soldiers, out to steal Dutch national treasures for themselves; Sept. 17-25, 1944

Soldier Soldier  (1991)  --  made for TV series with 23 DVDs about the lives and soldiering of the King's Own Fusiliers


German Counter-Attack (Battle of the Bulge)   

When Trumpets Fade (1998) -- Battle of Hurtgen Forest (second phase beginning Nov. 10, 1944)

Hell is for Heroes (1962)  --  film later re-made as When Trumpets Fade

Battle of the Bulge (1965) -- Hitler's famous counter-attack that ultimately failed (Dec. 16, 1944 - Jan. 7, 1945)

Battleground (1949) -- 101st Airborne's defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge

1944 (2006)  --  Battle of the Bulge

Saints and Soldiers (2003)  --  survivors of the "Malmedy Massacre" of American soldiers by the Germans

Watch on the Rhine  (1943)  --  the work of the few and brave people working in the anti-fascist cause

Watch on the Rhine (2008)  --  106th Infantry Division attacked by a half-million German soldiers, Dec. 16, 1944

Rhineland (2007)  --  March, 1945 "The last great killing ground in the west"

Brother's War (2009) – interaction between Allied troops and Russian troops as they both push toward Berlin at the end of World War in Europe


 Air War.   

Memphis Belle (1990) -- air raids over Bremen

Twelve O'clock High (1949) -  US bomber pilots over Germany

Catch-22 --  black comedy set during air war over Europe

The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)  -- black pilots train to be pilots







Pearl Harbor

Tora! Tora! Tora! -- Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

In Harm's Way (1965)  --  attack on Pearl Harbor and counter-offensive in a backdoor operation

Pearl Harbor (2001)  -- with Ben Affleck

X December  (1991)  --  coming of age story set during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the decisions of whether they should sign up for the military or not

From Here to Eternity (1953)  --  two soldiers fall in love and face difficulties set before, during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)  --  James H. Doolittle air raid on Japan soon after Pearl Harbor

The Purple Heart (1944)  --  US army air corps crew has to ditch their plane in China after the Doolittle raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities and are put on trial for murder

Hawai Mare oki kaisen (The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malay) (1942) –

Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi (Storm Over the Pacific) (1960) --  a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force is proud and certain of Japanese victory after Pearl Harbor and the early victories; but then comes the Battle of Midway

To the Shores of Tripoli  (1942)  --  egotistical young marine recruit gets taught some valuable lessons just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

War and Remembrance (1988) -- 12 part mini series


The Long and the Short and the Tall (aka Jungle Fighters) (1961)  --  British soldiers trapped behind Japanese lines in the Malayan jungle

Paloh (2003)  – Malaysian film about the confrontation between the Japanese occupying force and the Communist Party of Malaya, during final days of Japanese occupation  (only in Malaysian/Mandarin)

Shiberia Chôtokky 3 (Siberian Express) (2003) – General Tomoyuki Yamashita who conquered the British colonies of Malaya and Singapore (called "The Tiger of Malaya")

Judgment: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya - General Yamashita (1974) –  the trial of the conqueror of Malaya and Singapore

Wake Island/Guam

Wake Island (1942)  --  Japanese have a hard time taking a small island between Guam and Midway (Dec. 7, 1941)

Air Force (1943) – crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress see action at Wake Island, the Philippines, and the Battle of the Coral Sea

 No Man is an Island (1962)  --  an American serviceman fights for survival on Japanese-occupied Guam


Ambush Bay (1966)  --  US marines on a Japanese-held Philippine island try to hook up with Filipino guerillas

MacArthur (1977) -- loses Philippines, but comes back; then on to the Korean War and trouble with President Truman

MacArthur, The Rebel General  (1977)

Corregidor  (1943)  --  Battle of Corregidor, Philippines

Bataan (1943) -- fight against Japanese take over of the Philippines

Dai Nippon teikoku (The Imperial Japanese Empire) (1982) – Hideki Tojo and Japanese occupations of Okinawa and the Philippines (only in Japanese)

Beast of Bataan (2010)  --  young lawyer tries to save his client from death penalty for war crimes stemming from 1942 Bataan Death March (10,000 American and Filipino POWs died on a forced march to captivity)

American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950) -- resistance to Japanese after fall of the Philippines

Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (2004)  --  impact of Japanese invasion of the Philippines on a quiet town

Panaghoy sa Suba (The Call of the River) (2004) --  set during the American Occupation (1942) and the Japanese Occupation (1945)  ($33)

Outrages of the Orient (or Atrocities of the Orient) (1948) --  Japanese atrocities against the Filipino people (including attempted rape) 

Markova: Comfort Gay (2000) – young Filipino boy suffers as Japanese soldiers use him for sex work

So Proudly we Hail (1943)  --  US army nurses headed to Hawaii diverted by Pearl Harbor attack to Bataan and Corregidor


The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) -- a British commander in a POW camp becomes so obsessed with building a bridge for the Japanese that he forgets that they are the enemy

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)  --  1942, a Briltish POW tries to explain the Japanese reasoning (or rationalizing) behind their brutal treatment of their prisoners 

Australia (2008)  --  love story set against background of racism and Japanese attack on Darwin, Australia on February 19, 1942

Until They Sail (1957) – four New Zealand women fall for four U.S. soldiers waiting in New Zealand to be shipped out to fight   --  ($40 VHS tape)



Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)   May, 1942 naval Battle of the Coral Sea

Midway (1976) -- Battle of Midway, June 5, 1942

Gung Ho (1943)  --  2nd Marine Raider commandos, under Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, raided the Japanese base at Makin Atoll

Guadalcanal Diary (1943) -- Battle of Guadalcanal, began August 7, 1942

The Thin Red Line (1998) -- Battle of Guadalcanal, 1942

The Thin Red Line (1964)  -- an earlier and better version of 1998's The Thin Red Line  --  ($35 for used, $100 for new)

Fighting Sullivans (1944)  -- five brothers serving on the same ship die while fighting at Guadalcanal

The Gallant Hours (1960)   --  Admiral Halsey during the Battle of Guadalcanal  

Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976/1977)  --  based on real-life squadron leader Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Kokoda (2006)  --  Australian troops fight the Japanese during the 1942 Kokoda Track campaign

Tarawa Beachhead (1958) --  costly invasion of the island, November 20-23,1943

Jungle Patrol (1948)  --  the US air force and the fighting in New Guinea 1943

Battle Cry (1955)  --  the run up to and the Battle for Saipan, June 1944

Windtalkers (2002) --  Navajo codetalkers use their own language as the unbreakable code on Saipan, June 15 to July 9, 1944

Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) --  a raid before the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 23-26, 1944, kicks off re-conquest of the Philippines

Battle Stations (1956)  --  kamikaze attacks on the USS Franklin and USS Bunker Hill, October, 1944

The Walls of Hell (1965)  --   fight in the walled city of Intramuros in the Philippines, February, 1945

Back to Bataan (1945) -- John Wayne leads Philippine guerillas

The Great Raid (2005)  --  rescue of American POWs in the Philippines

The Ravagers (1965)  --  Filipino guerrillas repel last remnants of the Japanese on their land

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) -- Battles of Tarawa and Iwo Jima, Feb.-March, 1945

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)  --  story of the men behind the second raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)  --  the battle for Iwo Jima presented from the Japanese perspective

The Outsider (1961)  --  Tony Curtis plays troubled flag raiser Ira Hayes

Okinawa (1952) -- largest amphibious assault in the Pacific campaign, April to June, 1945

Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen (Battle of Okinawa) (1971)  --  horrors of combat from Japanese perspective

Away all Boats (1956)  --  life on the USS Belinda, Attack Transport PA22, which served at Okinawa  ($34)

Paloh (2003)  --  Malaysian love story set in last days of Japanese occupation in Malaysia in the small town of Paloh

The Winds of War (1983) -- world's leaders at the time

Solntse (The Sun) (2005)  --  Emperor Hirohito confronted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur at end of WWII (trilogy with Moloch and Taurus)

Weekly's War  (1984)   --  story of Australian experience of  WWII thru experience of those who worked on the publication of the Australian Women’s Weekly

Ten Days to Victory (2005)  --  ten dramatic stories about end of World War II

Nobi (Fires on the Plain) (1959)  --  fight of one Japanese soldier to survive facing terrible horrors on the island of Leyte, Philippines in February, 1945

Overlanders (1946)  --  fear of Japanese invasion in Australia causes cattlemen to push their herds overland halfway across the country.

Atom Bomb (Manhattan Project): 

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) -- story of Los Alamos atomic bomb project

Oppenheimer (1980)  --  mini-series about the life of J. Robert. Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, the H-bomb and Oppenheimer harmed by the McCarthy era

The Beginning or the End (1947)  – dramatization of the atomic bomb Manhattan Project and the subsequent bombing of Japan

Day One (1989)  --  story of Manhattan Project focusing on interaction between Col. Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer

Mission of the Shark (1991)  --  dropped off key parts for the atomic bomb, then sunk June 1945 and survivors attacked by sharks

Above and Beyond (1952)  --  bombing of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945)  led by Col. Paul Tibbetts, commander of the Enola Gay

Hiroshima (1995) --   August 6, 1945

Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)  --  emphasis on the damage done to the people of Hiroshima

Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (Japan's Longest Day) (1967)  --  the military tries to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government after Nagasaki bombing

Imamura (Black Rain) (1989)  --  aunt and uncle try to prove their niece is not unhealthy due to radiation fallout and is, therefore, suitable for marriage 

Mistreatment by Japan of POWs:

A Town like Alice (1956)  --  British women & children fight to survive under the non-care of the Japanese

Prisoners of the Sun (1990)  --  Japanese internment of Australian soldiers

To End all Wars (2001)  --  very good movie on Japanese prisoner of war camp in Thailand

Three Came Home (1950)  --  true account of American woman's experience in a Japanese prison camp

Paradise Road (1997)  --  women imprisoned in Sumatra in WWII dealing with Japanese atrocities

Sisters of War (2010)  --  Australian nurses becomes POWs when Japan attacks Rabaul

Blood Oath  (1990)  --  the Ambon tribunal tried 91 Japanese soldiers for war crimes against Australian prisoners

X Tenko  --  Australian women interned in a Japanese POW (TV series)

Japanese-American Internment:

Come See the Paradise (1990) -- Japanese-American internment in the USA

The War Between Us (1995)  -- Japanese-Canadian internment in Canada

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) -- prejudice against Japanese-Americans

Stand Up for Justice (2004)  --  Mexican/Irish-American goes to the internment camp with his Japanese-American friends

American Pastime (2007)  -- Japanese-Americans interned turn to baseball, the all-American sport

X  The Dunera Boys  --  imprisonment of German nationals in Australia in WWII (among them were Jewish refugees)



Est-Quest (East/West) (1999)  --  a young Russian doctor, his French wife and son return to the Soviet Union & the disagreements start over the quality of life there

Daniel (1983) --  children of spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg deal with life  

The Korean War

Truman (1995) -- Harry S. Truman, president, 1945-1952

Give 'Em Hell, Harry! (1975) --  President Harry S. Truman

One Minute to Zero (1952)   --  a love story between a widow and a colonel set during the Korean War

Field of Honor (1986)  --  a Dutch sergeant in 1951 in the Korean War

Fixed Bayonets (1951)  --  portrait of a platoon in an American division in the mountains of Korea and their trial by fire

Shang gan ling (Battle on Shangganling Mountain) (1965) – Chinese film of the Battle of Triangle Hill (Operation Showdown), October 1952

Hell in Korea (aka A Hill in Korea) (1956) --  U.N. patrol fights Chinese troops (British troops) ($32)

MacArthur (1977)  -- leader in Korean War, fired by Truman

Inchon! (1982) --  brilliant but risky move by MacArthur in Korean War turns the tide for awhile

Retreat, Hell! (1952)  ---  US marines land at Inchon and head north

Collision Course:  Truman vs. MacArthur (1976)  -- 

Taegukgi Hwinallimyo (aka Brotherhood: Taegukgi and Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004)  --  two reluctant South Korean young brothers are torn apart by their experiences in the Korean War

Men in War (1957)  --  Korean War, September 1950; American troops nearly cut-off completely from their battalion have to reach safety

All the Young Men (1960) -- racial problems in the marines during the Korean War

Pork Chop Hill (1959) -- Korean War

Battle Circus (1953)  --  doctor and nurse in a romance set against rough conditions of treating patients during the Korean War  (starring Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson)  (new VHS tape for $38)

Prisoner of War (1954) -- mistreatment of American P.O.W.s during Korean War

The Nest (1999)  --  short film on Korean War about men in trenches where if the men go out to help their fallen comrades there is no return

Air War:

The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) -- air war in the Korean War

Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)   -- air war in Korea

The Hunters (1958)  --  three American pilots have to fight the Chinese "volunteer" pilots over Korea


Cradle will Rock (1999)  --  prequel to McCarthyism in charging Federal Theater with having communist ties

Good Night and Good Luck  (2005)  --  TV journalist Morrow versus McCarthy

Guilty by Suspicion (1991) -- Hollywood-blacklisting era; Robert De Niro

Fellow Traveler (1989)  --  McCarthyism

X Tail-Gunner Joe (1977)  -- Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare

Citizen Cohn (1992) -- Roy Cohn, assistant to Joseph McCarthy, and powerful figure in NYC politics

Winchell (1998)  -- Walter, the gossip journalist, who became tainted by flirting with McCarthyism and suspicions of racism toward blacks 

The Way We Were (1973) -- Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford divided over politics, including McCarthyism

High Noon (1952) -- portrays feelings of those hounded by House on Un-American Activities

High Noon (2000) --  a re-do of the "High Noon" of 1952

Rio Bravo (1959) -- John Wayne's answer to High Noon

The Front (1976) -- with Woody Allen as the front-man selling works by authors on the black list

Chaplin -- the famous funny man in trouble with the witch-hunters.

Julia (1977) -- writer Lillian Hellman Story

Dash and Lilly (1999) -- writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) -- deals pseudo-scientifically with theme of brain-washing

One of the Hollywood Ten (2000)  --  blacklisted director Herbert Biberman


Raging Bull (1980) -- Jake LaMotta, 1949 middle-weight champion

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) -- boxer Rocky Graziano

Babe (1975)-- Zaharias that is; great all-around woman athlete and pro golfer

Lenny (1974) -- 1950s; Lenny Bruce dies as a result of govt. prosecution and persecution

Ed Wood (1994) --  dead in 1978; worst Am film director, but loved as campy hero

X Quiz Show (1994) --  1960 probe into cheating on TV quiz shows ($64,000 Question)

Pollock  --  1940s art scene with abstract painter Jackson Pollock

Kinsey (2004)  --  sexologist Alfred Kinsey shocks America with his study of its sexual habits; (overestimates the amount of homosexuality)

In Cold Blood (1967) -- Truman Capote's tale of the murder of a Kansas farm family  

Capote (2005) -- the murder of a Kansas farm family as seen from the perspective of the writer of In Cold Blood

X  Infamous (2006)  --  Capote falls in love with condemned murderer and pays a high emotional price for his getting too close to his story

Badlands (1973) -- Charles Starkweather and Carol Ann Fugate on a teenage murder spree

On the Waterfront (1954) -- Marlon Brando; corruption and resistance to it

X  K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) --  Soviet nuclear submarine faces a meltdown and explosion

X  Behind the Iron Curtain (The Iron Curtain)  --  a Russian code specialist is brought to Canada to help with a spying project decides to defect



The Wild One (1954)

Blackboard Jungle (1956)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) -- teenage angst; James Dean


Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) -- Elvis Presley, king of Rock and Roll

Elvis on Tour (1972)

Elvis (1979)

This is Elvis (1981)

Elvis and Me (1988)


Little Richard (2002) -- biopic of early black rock and roll star

The Buddy Holly Story (1978)  -- singing star killed in air crash with Richie Valens

La Bamba (1987) -- Richie Valens Story, singing star killed in air crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper

American Hot Wax (1978) Alan Freed, pioneer Cleveland D.J. of rock and roll

American Graffiti (1973) -- portrays teen-age life in the early 1960s


The Compleat Beatles (1982)

Backbeat (1993) -- the Fifth Beatle

Beatlemania (1981)

Stoned (2005)  --  death of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones




XV.  THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS.  Back to Chapter XV  Back to Contents


XV.1.   CIVIL RIGHTS -- USA   Back to Chapter XV  Back to Contents

Separate but Equal (1991) -- legal challenge of school segregation by NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall  ($94 for used DVD)

Keep the Faith, Baby (2002)  --  Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. pushes integration in New York State and elsewhere

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994) -- father of Civil Rights Movement; predecessor of King in Montgomery, AL

The Rosa Parks Story (2002)  --  the story of the woman who did not give up her seat for a white man and started the Montgomery bus boycott

Boycott (2000) -- Martin Luther King. Jr.  (Jeffrey Wright) organizes the bus boycott

King (1978)  --  story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Long Walk Home (1989) -- Montgomery Bus Boycott; Whoopi Goldberg

Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)  --  Clifton Powell as MLK in 1965 in Selma, Alabama where a police riot occurred on a peaceful march, which garnered a lot of sympathy for the movement

Selma (2009)  --  police riot that helped the civil rights movement by showing the brutality of  southern governments and police

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) -- fictional story of long range view of race relations starting with the Civil War and ending in the 1960s

Malcolm X (1992) -- opposite views to Martin Luther King; Spike Lee; Denzel Washington

Death of a Prophet: The Last Days of Malcolm X (1981) -- Malcolm X

Murder in Mississippi (1990) -- victims of the Mississippi's racist system: Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman

Mississippi Burning (1988) -- murder of 3 civil rights workers in Mississippi, summer of 1964

Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975)   --  racists kill three civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman

Ghosts of Mississippi -- trial of the man who assassinated Mississippi NAACP organizer Medgar Evers

Jackie Robinson Story (1950) -- first black man to desegregate professional baseball

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990) his protest of Army race policy

Heat Wave (1990)  --  Los Angeles Watts riots of 1965

Panther  (1995) --  black panthers, radical black power movement  --  ($400)

Riot (1997) --  good movie about four interrelated stories of people harmed by the L.A. riots of 1992 following the innocent verdicts in the trial of the policemen who beat black Rodney King 

The Blind Side (2009)  --  a rich, southern white family takes in a huge black student who can really play football (showing that things really haven't changed that much in the South)

JFK, president 1961-1963

The Kennedys of Massachusetts

JFK - Reckless Youth (1993) --  the young John Fitzgerald Kennedy

PT-109 (1963)  --  Jack Kennedy commands a PT boat in the Pacific

Kennedy (1983)  --  presidency of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

JFK (1991) -- Oliver Stone's conspiracy version of the assassination of Kennedy

Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001)  --  Jackie, Ethel and Joan Kennedy

X  A Woman Named Jackie  --  three-part series: the Bouvier, the Kennedy and the Onassis years

X  Onassis  --  biography of Greek Aristotle Onassis who became one of the world's most wealthiest men

Power and Beauty (2002)  --  Kennedy and an affair with Judy Exner

Marilyn (1963)   --  Marilyn Monroe, super star sex kitten of the 50s & 60s, but still a wounded little girl

Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976)

Norma Jean and Marilyn (1996)

Sugartime (1995)  --  mobster Sam Giancana, another lover of Marilyn Monroe, woos singer Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire sisters

The Good Shepherd (2006)  --  the early history of the American CIA up to the early 1960s

O.S.S. (1946)  --  the American secret war service blows up railroad lines in France (starring Alan Ladd)

The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977)  --  Oswald, killer of Kennedy

Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993)  -- widow of Oswald tells her story

Ruby (1992)  -- Jack Ruby, killer of JFK' assassin (& involved with mobsters)

Sinatra (1992) -- another one involved with mobsters and the Kennedys

Hoffa (1992) -- teamster union leader & deep enemy of Robert Kennedy probing corruption turns up missing

Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)

Act of Vengeance (1986) -- Jock Yablonski  challenges President of United Mine Workers Tony Boyle

The Ugly American (1963) -- supposed explanation of why other nations saw US in negative light

Space Program under Kennedy:

Ukroshcheniye ognya (Taming of the Fire) (1972) – biopic of Sergei Korolev, developer of Russian space industry leading to the launching of Sputnik in 1957

X  Space Race  --  the early race into space between Werner von Braun on the American team and Sergi Pavlovich Korolev on the Russian team that ended scores of lives

Wernher von Braun ( I Aim at the Stars) (1960)  --  Nazi-Germany scientist who was important in the early space program for the United States

October Sky (1999) -- reaction to Sputnik, Russian space satellite

The Right Stuff (1983) -- story of early astronauts John Glenn, Allan Carpenter, etc.

Apollo 13 -- story of the near disaster in space in 1970

From the Earth to the Moon (1998)  --  Tom Hanks; whole NASA history



317th Platoon (1965) -- the French in Indochina (used $40)

Lost Command (1966) -- from French Indochina to French-Algerian guerilla warfare in North Africa

Hoa-Binh (1970 – French film on French experience in Vietnam

LBJ: The Early Years (1987) Randy Quaid  ($85 for a new VHS tape)

Path to War (2002)--  the decisions by LBJ to escalate the conflict in Vietnam to the Vietnam War

Bobby (2006)  --  assassination of Robert F. Kennedy just after his winning the California primary

Go Tell the Spartans (1978) -- early years of Vietnam War

The Green Berets (1968) -- early film in support of the Vietnam War by ultra-conservative John Wayne

A Rumor of War (1980) – TV miniseries about US Marine in the early years of American involvement in the Vietnam War

We Were Soldiers (2002) --  first major battle of the Vietnam War

The Boys in Company C (1977) -- Vietnam War

Gardens of Stone (1987) -- the gardens of stone are the cemetery stones of Arlington National Cemetery; the film deals with the determination of a member of the cemetery guard who really wants to serve in Vietnam War.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)  --  Marine basic training and combat  in the Tet Offensive

The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)   --  one unit caught in the Tet Offensive

Hamburger Hill (1987)  --  fight for a hill takes 10 tries

Apocalypse Now (1979) -- director Francis Ford Coppola

X  Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)  --  an improved version of Apocalypse Now

Platoon (1986) -- war is hell (and finally so on film)




The Graduate (1967) -- statement of youth disillusionment in America

Easy Rider (1969)  --  free spirits on motorcycle tour of red-neck America

Woodstock (1970) -- documentary of famous 1969 huge rock concert in upstate NY

Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (1996)  -- British Woodstock

1969 (1988)  --  youth protest in the time of the draft and the Vietnam war

Four Friends (1981)  --  catches the craziness of the era

Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980) -- reunion of 7 anti-war activists at age 30

Hair (1979)   --  musical catching the spirit of the times

Crumb (1994) -- a sexual cartoonist's self-imposed exile from puritan US

Helter-Skelter (1976) -- Charlie Manson, the ultimate Hippie

Panther -- the radical Black Panther Party

The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (1979) 1974 kidnapping of heiress; Lisa Eilbacher, Dennis Weaver, Stephen Elliott

Patty Hearst (1988)

Attica (1991)  -- prison uprising in upstate New York

X  The Killing Yard  --  trial of the bloodshed and cover-up of the use of excessive force to put down an Attica prison uprising

Against the Wall (1994) -- dramatization of the 1971 Attica prison uprising

The Greatest (1977) -- Muhammad Ali chronicles his life

Don King: Only in America (1997) -- the corrupt boxing promoter of Ali-Frazier, Larry Holmes

Steal This Movie (2000)  --  story of  radical Abbe Hoffman & secret illegal government wire-tapping of dissenters in Nixon's America

The Rose (1979) -- wild singer Janis Joplin

Jimi Hendrix (1973)

The Doors (1991)  -- Jim Morrisson, lead singer of the band, the Doors

Sid and Nancy (1986) --

Give Me Shelter (1970) -- murder at Altamont concert crushes flower power




BACKLASH: NIXON & THE 70's (Nixon, the last Keynesian conservative for a long while)   

George Wallace (1997) -- racist governor of Alabama and presidential candidate who was the spokesman for all the rednecks around the country

Good Night, Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston (1990) -- white killer blames blacks

Howard Beach Making the Case for Murder (1989) -- whites attack black man in Howard Beach

Nixon (1995) -- Oliver Stone directed

All the President's Men -- Washington Post reporters track down Nixon and Watergate

 The Pentagon Papers (2003)  --  negative report written by the Pentagon on the War in Vietnam released in parts to the public

Kissinger and Nixon (1995)

Frost/Nixon (2008)   --  if the President of the United States does it, then it's legal (Nixon and Watergate)

Philadelphia (1993) -- AIDS and discrimination in a law firm in Philadelphia, Pa.

And the Band Played On (1993)  -- AIDS research

The Last Days of Disco (1998) -- life at famous disco night club, Studio 54, in NYC

54 (1998) -- Studio 54 and lots of drugs

 Joe  (1970)  --  what scared the hippies and leftists the most;  the multitude of Rednecks in the USA favorable to using violence to put down all leftists

Robert Kramer Collection (Milestones, 1975; second movie is called Ice, 1970)  --  tales involving the radical students opposed to the Vietnam War and American materialism



Journey from the Fall  (2006)  --  one Vietnamese family's experiences as Vietnamese boat people

The Beautiful Country (2004)  --  a Vietnamese young man born of an American soldier father has a rough time with prejudice in Vietnam and tries to find his dad in the United States

Ba Mua (Three Seasons) (1999)  --  residents of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) have to adjust to the new capitalist trends in the city


RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENCY, 1981-1989: MORE BACKLASH (and Thatcher in Great Britain)  

The Reagans (2003)  -- 

The Day Reagan Was Shot  (2001) -- President Reagan

Beyond Rangoon (1995)  --  American tourist gets caught up in the repression of the military dictatorship in Burma

Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)-- 1983 false charges of molestation against day-care workers

Riff-Raff (1990)  --  British working life under Prime Minister Thatcher

Out of the Present (1995) --  cosmonaut delayed in space and comes back to a very changed Russia

Va, vis et deviens (Live and Become) (2005) --  French and Hebrew (primarily) with subtitles, following the life of a boy rescued during Operation Moses when the Falashas were airlifted from Ethiopia (1980) 

X  Untitled Benazir Bhutto Biopic (2009) – first woman elected to lead a Muslim state; Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996); assassinated

Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher (2011)  --   trilogy of Britain's first female prime minister (1979-1990)

X  1)  Margaret Thatcher:  The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) --  first part of trilogy; coming from Finchley, she became Britain's first female prime minister (1979-1990)

X  2)  The Falklands Play (2002)   --  first part of trilogy; Thatcher and the decision to take the Falklands back from Argentina

X  3)  Margaret  --  first part of trilogy; Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's last years in office along with flashbacks to earlier events in her career

X  Thatcher:  The Final Days  --  final days of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher  (currently unavailable)



Moving the Mountain (1994) -- massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, May 1989

Yihe yuan (Summer Palace) (2006)  --  non-love stories of troubled young people in China set against the massacre at Tiananmen Square

Lan Yu (2001) --  Gay romance set against Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Strange Justice (1999) -- Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas and charges of sexual harassment

Gulf War (8/90 - 2/91):

Gomgashtei dar Aragh (Marooned in Iraq) (2002)  --  a well-known Kurdish musician seeks to find his ex-wife stranded in Iraq at the time of Saddam Hussein's war on the Kurds

Courage Under Fire (1996) -- fiction set during the 1991 Gulf War

Jarhead (2005)  --  US marines in the Gulf War

Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998) --  after Gulf War

Live from Baghdad (2002)   --  CNN reporting team manages to relay accounts of the bombing of Baghdad in the Gulf War

Bravo Two Zero (1999)  --  true story of British SAS mission behind enemy lines

The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (2002)  --  nationalistic fervor in New Mexico during the Gulf War helps lead to tragedy

L'Aube du monde (Dawn of the World) (2008)  --  multiple impacts of the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War and the 1991 uprisings in Iraq seen through the eyes of a Marsh Arab in Iraq

The Heroes of Desert Storm (1991) – story of Operation Desert  Storm from viewpoint of some of the participants


BILL CLINTON PRESIDENCY, 1993-2000: a brief respite from reactionary conservatism  

Bill Clinton Presidency, 1993-2000: a brief respite from reactionary conservatism

Primary Colors (1998) -- critical look at candidate Bill Clinton

Wag the Dog (1997) -- pseudo-scenario with implications for President Clinton, but more applicable to George Bush II

Get on the Bus (1996)  -- Oct 16, 1995 Million Man March led by Lewis Farrakhan of Black Muslims

Selena -- Mexican-American singer becomes pop success and then is murdered, 1995

Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992)  --

The Queen (2006)  --  Queen Elizabeth II and her difficulties opening up to others

The Queen's Sister (2005)  -- biopic of Queen Elizabeth II's sister Margaret (Peggy) who had a knack for getting into trouble

The Deal (2003)  --  nasty fight between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for the leadership of the Labor Party of Great Britain

The Trial of Tony Blair (2007)   --  satire about British Prime Minister Tony Blair

The Special Relationship (2010)  --  close relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton

Diana - Her True Story (1993)  --  1981 engaged to the Prince of Wales; she died in 1997



W (2008)  --  story of the worst president of the United States George Bush II and psychological reasons behind his terrible decisions

Recount (2008)  --  Florida becomes a political battleground in 2000 when Ron Klain and Al Gore's campaign advisers push for a recount of the state's ballots

Rudy (2003)  -- the story of Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City and 9-11 fame

The Hamburg Cell (2004)  --  background of Muslim 9-11 attack

DC 9/11 - Time of Crisis (2003)  --  days following 9-11 attack

X  United 93 (2006)  --  on 9/11/2001 the story of the fourth hijacked plane

X  Flight 93 (2006)  --   9/11/2001

X  World Trade Center (2006)  --  two of the last survivors extracted from the debris of the World Trade Center and their rescuers

X  The Path to 9/11(2006)   -- mini-series of events leading up to 9/11

X  Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing (1997) --  events leading up to the bombing of the New York City World Trade Center

X  Bukit Kepong (1981) – political terrorism in Malayasia

X  Tanamera:  Lion of Singapore  --  set in the waning days of the British in Singapore and Malaya, a forbidden romance begins between an Englishman and a Chinese woman

X   Four Lions (2010)  --  a group of British Muslims want to make a terrorist attack in Britain, but the problem is that they are so incompetent that it's going to be difficult for them to succeed


War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

The Kite Runner (2007)  --  two young friends go through rough times personally and politically in Afghanistan

Kandahar (2001)  --   a woman makes a perilous journey through Taliban Afghanistan

Osama (2003)  --  in Taliban Afghanistan a girl dresses as a boy to save her family from starvation

Escape from Taliban (2003)  --  an Indian Hindu woman marries a Afghanistan Muslim man who takes her to Afghanistan and big troubles with the Taliban

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)  --  America's assistance to Afghan rebels against the Soviet Union in the 1980s

Flugten (The Escape) (2009)   --  female Danish journalist taken hostage in Afghanistan and the terror group threatens to kill her if Denmark does not remove its troops from Afghanistan


Iraq War:

A Nation Deceived (2006)  --  Bush and Cheney lie the nation into a war with Iraq (with Ed Asner)

Fahrenheit 9-11 (2004)   --  Bush & Co. use fear to win elections and wage unnecessary war

The Road to Guantanamo (2006)  --  three Pakistani-British citizens in Afghanistan are tortured by American soldiers

Khuda Ke Liye (meaning "In the Name of God") (2007)  --  a Pakistani student in the USA gets arrested following 9/11 hysteria

Rendition (2007)  --  USA sends an innocent man accused of terrorism to be tortured at the hands of Egypt's secret police

A Mighty Heart (2007)  --  death of journalist for the Wall Street Journal at the hands of a terrorist group in Pakistan

Why We Fight (2006)  --  military-industrial complex leads to continued wars for the US

Syriana (2005)  --  cynical look at almost all the actors dealing with the politics of oil in the Middle East

Embedded (2005)  --  satire of the Iraq War and its starters and promoters, including the news reporters embedded with the American troops

Redacted (2007)  --  pressures on American soldiers leads to criminal acts

Battle for Haditha (2007)  – based on the Haditha killings incident in which US marines killed 24 Iraqi men, women and children on November 19, 2005

Grace Is Gone (2007) – a father who does not want to tell his two daughters that their mother has died while serving in Iraq

Home of the Brave (2006)  --  three soldiers, including a doctor, have difficulty adjusting to life at home following a long and difficult tour of duty in Iraq

The Lucky Ones (2008)  --  three Iraqi War veterans suffering from various stages of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder go on a road trip

Saving Jessica Lynch (2003) --  the US army deliberately fudges a story to make a woman soldier a hero to help with the army's image  --  ($29)

Generation Kill (2008)  -  HBO Iraq War miniseries about first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003

Nassiryia - Per non dimenticare (2007) – a terrorist attack in Iraq, November 12, 2003, kills 24 Italians participating in a peace keeping mission  (no English options)

The Hurt Locker (2008)  --  the problems facing a bomb squad in Iraq with the overwhelming number of IEDs to defuse or explode

Fair Game (2010)  --  Bush II lies the USA into war with Iraq and then Cheney tries to punish Joe Wilson and his wife for exposing the lies

Green Zone (2010)  -- army inspectors sniff out a huge cover-up while looking for weapons of mass destruction




Inside Job (2010)  --  deregulation is turning the USA into an oligarchy with corrupt systems of business, politics and academia