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Whether you find this modern musical moving or maddening, it is fascinating. In late-1800s Paris, heartbroken poet Christian pursues the mantra that the greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return. With kinetic camerawork, color-saturated tableaus, and lots and lots of music.

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Marion steals money and skips town, then stops at a remote motel, run by Norman, who's cheerful but nervous. He mentions his overbearing, yet absent, mother. His hobby is taxidermy, and he happens to have the extra key to Marion's room….One of the scariest movies ever made. A Hitchcock classic.

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This psychologically and morally complex tale of a trial to determine who is at fault for a murder and possible rape works to expose the near impossibility of finding absolute truth in the world and the danger of condemning any one. The film that brought Akira Kurosawa to international renown.

Schindler's List Movie Poster Image
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This brutal, emotionally devastating, three-hour drama won several Oscars and has a powerful message about the human spirit -- but pulls no punches in depicting WWII. Steven Spielberg is a virtuoso filmmaker here, searching for the one true story that will make the Holocaust comprehensible. 

The Shawshank Redemption Movie Poster Image
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Andy is convicted of murder and sent to prison. He befriends Red and gets a job in the prison library. Things unravel, but there's a happy ending, and the valuable lesson of friendship between blacks and whites may inspire children who haven't heard the story a hundred times.

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Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tips

  • Schedule a time to watch an intense film. Ban multitasking, and then discuss difficult scenes.
  • Ask teens for their own examples of hardship or prejudice that help them relate to these movies.