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Movies of Moral Import?

Today I distribute the first exam of the semester to my Fundamental Moral Theology students. A few years ago, I started using films for this exam: part of the task is to identify (clearly!) a moral question within the film. The moral question doesn't have to be an earth-shattering dilemma or a painful quandary, (though "Sophie's Choice" is on the list.) I've learned to avoid movies that present themselves as loaded with moral questions: after reading stacks of essays on "Batman. The Dark Knight," I took it off the list. So, I'm looking for recommendations. What are some movies that have sparked good conversation for you, caused you to re-think the morality of a situation, or just presented an interesting ethical issue? The moral question can be central to the film (as in "Dirty Pretty Things,") or it can be incidental to the larger plot.These films need not be classic or particularly high-brow. In fact, I like it if they're popular films (I added "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Friday Night Lights" this year, and last year's new addition was "True Grit.") Documentaries tend to be less appropriate for my purposes. Part of the aim of the exam is to encourage my students to begin to look at everything with the eyes of a moralist.Your ideas will shape my NetFlix queue...

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Good Night, and Good Luck.The Lives of Others.Ratatouille.The Painted Veil.Gran Torino.DoubtOf Gods and Men.

The "little" Japanese movie Shall We Dance? About a bored, married company man who falls in love with a beautiful ballroom dancing teacher. (I think it's mainly about men's longing for transcendent beauty and the trouble this can lead to in ordinary lives, though the "moral" of the story is a bit different.)

Try "Whale Rider" for the dilemma involved in following a call that one's society refuses to recognize. Besides, it's an awesome film and visually beautiful.

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