The Movie List for Happiness
The Movie List
Here's a list of recommended recent movies that you can use to explore cinematic representations of the problem of happiness. You can also use this list on a slow Thursday or weekend night. I'm not sure all of these will work for an individual paper, but I'll make notes about the ones I know about. Please look at the assignment description for advice on how to do a movie reflection paper. Feel free to add your thoughts on these movies or suggest others.
The first nine are solid. Add your own suggestions and we'll talk:
- 13 Conversations about One Thing - Should almost be required viewing.
- Amelie - Excellent at capturing the subtlety of a form of state-happiness that is often overlooked. FOLEY
- Crash - CHASTEK
- American Beauty - Good for both cultural critique of forms of American happiness and for state-happiness. FOLEY
- Lost in Translation
- About Schmidt - Excellent for issues of meaningfulness.
- Life is Beautiful - Raises profound questions about how we respond to evil in maintaining happiness.
- Groundhog Day - Makes a philosophically interesting case for perfectionism and happiness. Spokane Public Library
- 21 grams -- important reflection on death. Referenced in our death class resources. Spokane Public Library
- Broken Flowers
- The Pusuit of Happyness
- Mary and Max
- Last Night
- Spring Forward
- Everything is Illuminated
I'm not sure that next ones will work, even though some of them are really good movies:
- Lost Horizon
- The Family Man
- It's a Wonderful Life - a classic with a good message, but let's skip it, ok?