Sociology

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“Sod off!”: Great English Angry Young Man Movies

  1. Billy Liar
  2. The Entertainer
  3. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  4. Look Back in Anger
  5. Room at the Top
  6. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
  7. This Sporting Life

“This is going to hurt a bit”: Biting Satires about Healthcare

  1. Britannia Hospital
  2. Critical Care
  3. The Hospital

Old Money: Aristocrats and their Discontents

  1. The Damned
  2. Fierce People
  3. Gosford Park
  4. The Heiress
  5. The Magnificent Ambersons
  6. The Rules of the Game
  7. The Ruling Class
  8. The Shooting Party
  9. White Mischief

“Inbred Jeds”: Hicks from Hell

  1. At Close Range
  2. Burn Country
  3. Calvaire
  4. Closure
  5. Deliverance
  6. Population 436
  7. Shrooms
  8. Southern Comfort
  9. Straw Dogs
  10. Terribly Happy
  11. This is Not a Love Song
  12. Wake in Fright (Outback)
  13. Wendigo

“Brother Can you Spare a Dime?”: Great Films about the Depression

  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. Hard Times
  3. In Dubious Battle
  4. Of Mice and Men (1992)
  5. They Shoot Horses Don’t They?

Streets Paved with Gold: Great Portraits of American Immigrant Cultures

  1. The Deer Hunter
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Godfather II
  4. Little Odessa
  5. Once Upon a Time in America
  6. State of Grace

“Es ist Verboten!”: Great Films about Teutonic Decadence

  1. The Damned
  2. The Night Porter
  3. Mephisto

Great Films about the Immigrant Experience in England

  1. Dirty Pretty Things
  2. The Front Line
  3. Moonlighting

High Hopes: Great Films about Social Climbers

  1. The Heiress
  2. Macbeth (1971)
  3. Match Point
  4. Room at the Top
  5. A Place in the Sun

United We Stand: Great Films about the Labor Movement

  1. Grapes of Wrath
  2. Harlan County USA
  3. In Dubious Battle
  4. Norma Rae
  5. Matewan
  6. The Molly Maguires
  7. Spartacus

Above the Law: Damning Films about Corrupt Cops

  1. Internal Affairs
  2. LA Confidential
  3. McCanick
  4. Night Falls on Manhattan
  5. Prince of the City
  6. Q & A
  7. Rampart
  8. Serpico
  9. Touch of Evil

“Greed is Good”: Great Films about Capitalism

  1. August
  2. Eureka
  3. Glengarry Glen Ross
  4. House of Strangers
  5. Margin Call
  6. Other People’s Money
  7. Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  8. Wall Street

The Voodoo that You Do: Great Films about Cults

  1. Believers
  2. The Invitation
  3. Population / 436
  4. The Serpent and the Rainbow
  5. Rosemary’s Baby
  6. The Wicker Man (1973)

Discipline and Punish: Great Films Featuring Prisons and Asylums

  1. Alien 3
  2. Bad Boys
  3. Behind the Line
  4. Bent
  5. Birdman of Alcatraz
  6. Bridge over the River Kwai
  7. Brubaker
  8. A Clockwork Orange
  9. Cool Hand Luke
  10. Equus
  11. Escape from New York
  12. The Experiment (German)
  13. Frances
  14. Girl Interrupted
  15. The Jericho Mile
  16. King of Devil’s Island
  17. King Rat
  18. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  19. Midnight Express
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  21. Paradise Road
  22. Punishment Park
  23. Quills
  24. Rendition
  25. Rescue Dawn
  26. Scum
  27. Session 9
  28. Shawshank Redemption
  29. Shock Corridor
  30. The Shout
  31. Sophie’s Choice
  32. The Stanford Experiment
  33. Stoic
  34. Stonehurst Asylum
  35. Suddenly, Last Summer
  36. Quills

“Better Red than Fed”: Films about the McCarthy Witch Hunts

  1. Fellow Traveler
  2. The Front
  3. Guilty by Suspicion
  4. High Noon

Each House Looks the Same: Portraits of Suburban America

  1. The Chumscrubber
  2. Consenting Adults
  3. Donnie Darko
  4. The Ice Storm
  5. Neighbors
  6. The Swimmer

Confronting the Other: Great Films about Race and Ethnic Relations

  1. The Boxer
  2. Dirty Pretty Things
  3. Do the Right Thing
  4. The Great White Hope
  5. Hell in the Pacific
  6. Hombre
  7. Hotel Rwanda
  8. In the Heat of the Night
  9. Lawrence of Arabia
  10. Master Harold and the Boys
  11. Mississippi Burning
  12. Monster’s Ball
  13. A Raisin in the Sun
  14. The Searchers
  15. A Soldier’s Story
  16. Night of the Living Dead
  17. No Man’s Land
  18. Valdez is Coming

Family Values: Great Films about the Old Neighborhood

  1. A Bronx Tale
  2. Federal Hill
  3. Five Corners
  4. Little Odessa
  5. Mean Streets
  6. The Pope of Greenwich Village
  7. Saturday Night Fever
  8. State of Grace

“Fire in the Hole!”: Great Films about Coal Miners

  1. Brassed Off
  2. Coal Miner’s Daughter
  3. How Green Was My Valley
  4. Germinal
  5. Matewan
  6. The Molly Maguires

Don’t Try This at Home: Great Films about Specialists and their Subcultures

  1. Croupier
  2. The Day of the Jackal
  3. Harry in Your Pocket
  4. The Hustler
  5. The Mechanic
  6. The Prestige
  7. Rounders
  8. Thief
  9. Young Man with a Horn