Home School Film Sets

Film Pairs: View Together and Compare

Home School: Film Studies and American Culture

This is a list of film pairs, two films that share a subject or theme and could be viewed
 together for extra benefit. Many, we saw as a set, some we only wish we had.
Use this list so YOU can view the mentioned films as a set.

Film Titles

Common Theme: Compare / Contrast

1.

Close Encounters (E.T.)

Aliens Arrive

Read Jesse's Report

Independence Day-4

Friendly Outreach vs Warring Vandals

2.

Call Northside 777

Newspaper Reporter Goes Above and Beyond

Gentlemen's Agreement
(or All the Presidents Men)

Report the story vs Be the story

Read Jesse's Report

3.

Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

Funeral / Flashback on an unusual life (told by friend)

Chariots of Fire

Wild West Desperado vs 1920's Olympic Runners

4.

Harvey

Simple people don't fit in society

Arsenic and Old Lace

Leave Alone vs Needs Supervision

5.

Harvey

Guardian forced to function for Dependent Relative

Rain Man

Simply Serene vs Agitated and Anxious

6.

Birth of a Nation

DW Griffith'[s Feature length Talkies

Intolerance

Tried to repent, did he succeed?

7.

Birth of a Nation

Oppression of the Minority / Injustice / Manipulators

To Kill a Mockingbird

Reconstruction vs Jim Crow

8.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Crusading Lawyer / Doing Duty / Stacked Jury

Inherit the Wind

Personal Injustice vs Social Injustice

9.

Inherit the Wind

Clarence Darrow Trials

Compulsion

Social Change vs Personal Defense

10.

Run Silent, Run Deep

Subordinate Disagrees with Captain

Caine Mutiny

Captain Teaches / Subordinate Learns vs Mutiny

11.

Hoosiers

Indiana Sports / David vs Goliath / Never Give Up

Rudy

Teacher Inspires Kids vs Individual Self-Determination

12.

Patton

George C Scott film festival

TAPS

Strong Leader vs Confused Leader / Strong Mediator

13.

Longest Day

Historical D-Day Drama

Saving Private Ryan

Ensemble Cast vs One Group

14.

Interiors

Death causes bizarre family interactions

Ordinary People

Adults Grow Apart vs Therapist helps Child Adapt

15.

Parenthood

Jason Robards Film Festival

A Thousand Clowns

Horrible Grandfather Learns vs Modern Father Fights

16.

Abbot Costello/Frankenstein

Comedy spoof of monster movies

Young Frankenstein

1940's comedy vs 1980's comedy

17.

Home for the Holidays

Crazy Christmas Families (Slapstick)

Christmas Vacation

Real Relationships vs Farcical (which is which?)

18.

Ball of Fire

One Lady with Seven Men

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

Famous Fairy Tale vs Socializing

19.

Mr Deeds goes to Town

Simple moral code assumed to be craziness

Mr Smith goes to Washington

Stay true to yourself. Inheritance vs Politics

20.

The Fountainhead

Individual Stands up against group pressure

Twelve Angry Men

Society / Expression vs Closed Deliberation / Justice

21.

Lillies of the Field

How does one "do the right thing?"

Boys Town

Driven by people, driven by circumstances 

22.

Citizen Kane

Powerful Men, lost in delusion

All the King's Men

Personal fortune vs political fortune

23.

Shakespeare in Love

See the Play then see the

Romeo and Juliet

fictional story behind the story

24.

Blackboard Jungle

Ah phooey, both too dated.

To Sir With Love

 

25.

American Graffitti

Group of young men coming of age

Diner

 

26.

Bonnie & Clyde

 

???

 

27.

The Hustler

Paul Newman Shoots Pool against Jackie Gleason

The Cincinnati Kid

Steve McQueen Plays Poker agains Edward G Robinson

28.

Roman Holiday

Lady escaping from her regimented life

It Happened One Night

helped by a gentleman reporter with honor

29.

The Best Man

Rising up against political pressure

The American President

surrounding the presidency

30.

The Candidate

Goofy look at politics and how

Dave

sometimes honesty gets lost

31.

Big

Fantasy of changing ages,

Peggy Sue Got Married

young-to-old naivete/old-to-young experience

32.

Dr. Strangelove

Historic perspecitve on nuclear war

Fail-Safe

comedy vs drama

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AFI Homepage: 100 Thrills (June 2001)

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Home School cinema began in summer 1999 and ended in 2006.

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