Alphabetical Index, A - C:

300, Rated R 116 minutes
Spartan King Leonidas leads his small group of 300 soldiers against a Persian army of more than one million in the legendary battle of Thermopylae. The conflict was between the ancient Greeks and the Persian Empire in 480 B.C. This film is perfect for a unit on Ancient Greece, the Persian Empire, or military history.

1776, Rated PG 166 minutes
This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical presents the arguments and compromises that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is a very humorous and touching look at a pivotal point in American History.

The Alamo, Rated PG-13 137 minutes
The story of the small Texas mission where, in 1836, nearly 200 men stood their ground for two weeks as they were attacked by General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army. The daring group of Texans was led by Col. William Travis, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett whose convictions made them heroes and symbols of independence.

Alexander, Rated R 82 minutes
This is the story of Alexander the Great. The film presents the complicated life and times of the legendary Macedonian warrior. Students learn about his military genius, his incredible leadership skills, his fearlessness, and also his personal life and struggles. This film is an excellent supplement to a unit on Ancient Greece.

All Quiet on the Western Front, NR 130 minutes
Based on the anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, this film is the story of teenage German soldiers who enlist in World War One, full of idealism and soon experience only despair as they struggle to survive the war. This film shows how a generation of young men became forever scarred after fighting in the trenches of the front lines.
All Quiet on the Western Front Learning Packet

Map of Europe, 1914

All The President's Men, Rated PG 139 minutes
This is the story of two reporters who connected a Washington D.C. hotel break-in with a Richard Nixon “dirty tricks” group instructed to discredit Democratic rivals. Their relentless search helped bring on the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon, ultimately forcing him to resign. Good for viewing during an American Government class or a unit on the Watergate Scandal.

Amistad, Rated R 155 minutes
The true story of fifty three Africans who fought their captors aboard the ship, La Amistad in 1839, to gain their freedom back and return to their homes. However, they end up in an American courtroom with their destiny lies in the hands of strangers. Perfect for a unit on slavery or historical supreme court cases.
Amistad Learning Packet

Blank Map of the Triangular Trade

Andersonville, NR 168 minutes
This film showcases the atrociously inhumane conditions that Union prisoners of war suffered at infamous Andersonville prison camp in Georgia during the Civil War. One of the most famous trials in American history took place as a result where the guards and prison administrators were prosecuted for acts against humanity.

Anne Frank, the Whole Story, TV-14 2001
This film is based on Anne Frank’s diary which she kept while hiding with her family and four other people from the Nazis during World War II. This story includes what happened after the family was discovered and sent to concentration camps, thanks to her father’s (the only survivor from the group in hiding) testimony.
Anne Frank, The Whole Story Learning Packet

Apollo 13, Rated PG 140 minutes
In 1971, the Apollo 13 lunar mission suffers technical problems and the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew are in grave danger. This film tells the story of those astronauts and how their failed mission actually turned into a tale of great courage as they worked together feverishly with ground crew, floating more than 200,000 miles from Earth, trying to escape disaster.

Behind the Lines, Rated R 95 minutes
Compassionate psychiatrist Dr. William Rivers works in a British military mental institution during World War I, caring for shell-shocked soldiers and returning them to battle. Dr. Rivers is tormented with the enormity of the job and teeters close to the edge of his own mental breakdown. This film shows students the horror of World War 1 and how it affected those involved.

Black Robe, Rated R 100 minutes
In 1634, Jesuit missionary Father Laforgue arrives in the Canadian wilderness to convert the Huron and Algonquin Indians to Catholicism. Although the Algonquin chief offers guidance and friendship, Laforgue doesn't endear himself to the natives. On a journey up the St. Lawrence River, a devastating chain of events causes Laforgue to question his beliefs and forever changes the natives' way of life.

Born on the Fourth of July, Rated R 144 minutes
This is the true story of U.S. Marine Ron Kovic, who enlists to fight in Vietnam only to return home paralyzed from the chest down. He endures months of horrendous rehabilitation in a ghastly veterans' hospital and eventually transforms into a well-known anti-war activist.

Braveheart, Rated R 179 minutes
In the late 13th century, William Wallace returns to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir and the king of England, a ruthless pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. William Wallace slaughters a legion of the local English lord's soldiers in the historic battle of Stirling, inspiring all of Scotland to rise up against English rule.

Cabeza de Vaca, Rated R 111 minutes
The story of Spanish conquistador Alvar Cabeza De Vaca, who after being shipwrecked in 1528 off the coast of Florida, embarked on an eight-year journey across North America to the Pacific coast of Mexico. Along the way, he endures starvation, enslavement, and the ravages of warring tribes and other conquistadors.

Casablanca, UR 102 minutes
During World War II, exiled American and former freedom fighter Rick Blaine, a cynical nightclub owner in Casablanca, discovers that a woman from his past needs him to help her Resistance leader husband, Victor, escape to America. The Germans are after Victor and they are desperate for Rick’s help.
Casablanca Learning Packet

Cinderella Man, PG-13 145 minutes
This film is the true story of legendary boxer Jim Braddock. Braddock achieved boxing glory during the Great Depression when he went toe to toe in a winner-takes-all fight with champion Max Baer. He arrives on the scene at a time when Americans were very much in need of inspiration and excitement.

City of Joy, PG-13 134 minutes
Trying to find meaning in his life, an American doctor travels to Calcutta, India. When his path crosses with an extremely poor man and his family as well as an Irish clinic volunteer, his attitude is altered forever. The doctor and the volunteer work together to bring humanitarian aid and health care to the people of Calcutta.
City of Joy Learning Packet

Cleopatra, NR 243 minutes
This is the breathtaking story of love, greed, and betrayal! Egyptian queen, Cleopatra is determined to keep hold of the throne by seducing Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. She switches her focus to his general, Marc Antony when Caesar is murdered on the Senate steps. A great film to watch during a unit on Ancient Rome.

The Crossing, UR 100 minutes
We experience the frantic and dazzling victory at Trenton the day after Christmas in 1776 as George Washington, then general of the Continental Army, decides to cross the Delaware River on Christmas night to surprise the Hessians in Trenton, New Jersey. If not for his brave decision, the entire American Revolution might have failed!
The Crossing Learning Packet

The Crucible, PG-13 123 minutes
This is playwright Arthur Miller's parable of the 1950s anti-communist crusade (thinly veiled here as the Salem, Mass., witch trials of 1692). After being spurned by her married lover, young Abigail Williams stirs up a frenzy of hysteria and fear with accusations of witchcraft, resulting in many innocent women being suspected witchcraft.

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