Movies are great ressources : They can be used as relevant documents to illustrate your topic … and they are so entertaining as well as inspiring. Here´s my list ….. These movies all deal with the topic of immigration to the US.
The Immigrant (1917 Short Film) Director: Charlie Chaplin – Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
America America (1963) Director: Elia Kazan – A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family’s fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. (174 mins.)
An American Rhapsody (2001) -Director: Éva Gardos A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she’s reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s. (106 mins.)
A Better Life (2011) Director: Chris WeitzA gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. (98 mins.)
Dancer in the Dark (2000) Director: Lars Von Trier – An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. (140 mins.)
Gangs of New York (2002)Director: Martin Scorsese – In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer. (167 mins.)
Green Card (1990) Director: Peter Weir – A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that. (103 mins.)
La misma luna (2007)Director: Patricia Riggen – A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away. (106 mins.)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)Director: Paul Mazursky – When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale’s department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined. (115 mins.)
The Namesake (2006) Director: Mira Nair – American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. (122 mins.)
El Norte (1983)Director: Gregory Nava – Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.(141 mins.)
Titanic (1997 Director: James Cameron – A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
West Side Story (1961)Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise – Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.(152 mins.)
Nybyggarna (1972) Director: Jan Troell – The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota’s forests, during mid 19th century (204 mins.)
Spanglish (2004) Director: James L. Brooks – A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.(131 mins.)
Scarface (1983) Director: Brian De Palma – In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel while succumbing to greed. (170 mins.)
Avalon (1990)Director: Barry Levinson – A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land. (128 mins.)
The Immigrant (2013) Director: James Gray – An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island. (120 mins.)
Entre nos (2009)Director: Gloria La Morte, Paola Mendoza – A story based on facts which offers a fresh take on the issue of new immigrants in the United States… (80 mins.)
Lost Boys of Sudan (2003 Documentary) – Director: Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk Lost Boys of Sudan is a feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America… (87 mins.)
La terminal (2004) Director: Steven Spielberg – An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
Amistad (1997) Director: Steven Spielberg About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court– room drama about the free man who led the revolt.