posted by Richard Joyce on Aug 19

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posted by Richard Joyce on Aug 19

World & American History Social-Cultural History Portrait Project

Discover how portraits can convey information about the lives of people in the era in which the painting was completed, much as films in the last 100 years reveal information about contemporary society.

Task 1: Select a portrait artist (European or American) from the 16th through the 19th centuries and find 3 portraits by the artist. Save the URL for each of the 3 paintings so you can access them later.DEADLINE: the end of quarter 1

Task 2: Research and write a mini-biography (approximately 400 words) about the artist along with an analysis of each the selected paintings. Start with Wikipedia, if you like, but be sure to use at least two other sources as well. USE YOUR OWN WORDS in the final double-spaced word processing document (plagiarism means a “0″). The bulk of the paper/power point should be an analysis of the portraits, focusing upon how the painting provides clues about the lives of subjects of the portraits. DEADLINE: the start of Christmas break

Task 3: Prepare a power point presentation or oral presentation (with visuals) that contains the summarized results of your research paper. DEADLINE: SEMESTER EXAM WEEK IN mid-JANUARY

posted by Richard Joyce on Jan 22

Mock Supreme Court (Moot Court hearings)

INTRODUCTION: What is a “moot court”?

A  moot court is a role play of an appeals court or a U.S. Supreme Court hearing. The court, composed of a panel of justices, is asked to rule on a lower court’s decision. No witnesses are called. Nor are the basic facts in a case disputed. Arguments are prepared and presented on a legal question (for example, the constitutionality of law or of a government action). Since moot courts are not concerned with the credibility of witnesses, they are an effective strategy for focusing attention on underlying legal principles and concepts of justice.

Grade: The cumulative grade (230 points) includes the following –

– Moot Court draft written appellate brief (optional, but strongly recommended) for the student justices’ use – 30 points (3rd ranking period)

– Moot Court typed (double-spaced) appellate brief  (required) for the student justices’ use – 100 points (4th ranking period)

– Moot Court Oral argument – 100 points (4th ranking period)

– Moot Court Justice role — 2o points (4th ranking period)

There will also be additional project grades throughout the year, which will be part of the ranking period grades rather than the overall project grade set forth above.

The appellate brief – or argument in support of your position – will include:

a one-sentence statement of the legal issue you are asking the justices to decide. For example, in the JUSTICE class, a selected case might involve a search of a car  conducted under the 4th Amendment. A statement of the legal issue for the former might be: Was the search of an automobile constitutional, despite the absence of a search warrant?

Another example, in the POLITICS class, a law was passed banning partial-birth abortion procedures. A statement of the legal issue for the latter might be: Can the government impose an absolute ban on partial birth abortions?
a summary of the key facts that created the issues. For example, for partial birth abortions, the federal government in 2003 passed legislation banning all partial birth abortion procedures. This would be included as background for the issue. What else might be included in basic background facts? How the case got to the court – for example, a lawsuit by a woman denied the procedure. Medical information about what the procedure entails and why it is used.

For the search case, what were the circumstances under which the authorities conducted the search? How extensive was the search? How did the case work its way to the Supreme Court?
legal arguments: What are the reasons you feel your client should receive a favorable ruling on the issue? This is the most detailed and important part of the brief. As part of your argument, you will want to cite cases that you believe are precedents in support of your position, as well as explain why cases that seem to argue against your position should not be used as precedents by the court to rule against you on the issue. You should plan to have at least one precedent case to discuss as part of your argument. For the precedent case(s), you should have prepared a memorandum which will be
attached to the brief. Remember that you need to be able to address cases that are against your position, as well as those that support your position.

The student briefs — or outline  of precedent cases — will include a statement of facts; a statement of the issue; and the decision and its rationale.


– rough drafts of the appellate brief due by mid-MARCH (sample appellate brief is available on the course MOODLE website)

– final  appellate brief (typed, double-spaced) and the student briefs (typed) due prior to the start of April vacation

Oral arguments begin in mid-May  (YOUTUBE examples of oral arguments are available on the course MOODLE website).

posted by Richard Joyce on Aug 17

World History I Mythology Project


Project Descriptor

Most ancient societies were polytheistic, with religions based upon gods and goddesses that were anthropomorphic, meaning the gods and goddesses had human form and characteristics. The powers of these gods and goddesses tended to reflect the forces of nature, helping the ancients understand forces that were beyond their understanding scientifically.

You are to select one god or goddess, from any culture. You are to do some research on the beliefs about this god/goddess and select one myth about the god/goddess, that depicts his/her powers.

After you have researched the god/goddess and selected a myth,you will be expected to find artistic representations of the god/goddess and the myth from the modern world (which for purposes of the project means from the Renaissance Era (around 1500) right up to today. These artistic representations can include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and/or film clips.

You will then be expected to make a visual presentation (either through a power point, a video, or poster-sized display), which will accompany an oral presentation.

Finally, you are to make or obtain at least one “prop”, which will be used by you during your presentation (for example, you might make wings to represent Cupid or a bring a hammer to represent the Norse god Thor).


1. The oral presentation should be at least 5 minutes in length, but no more than 10 minutes in length. If you wish, you can use 3 x 5 cards for notes, or have notes on the power point (if you use a power point), or you can even produce a video, but regardless of your method of presentation, the presentation should not be read.

2. The oral presentation should have 3 parts:

(a) an introduction of the god/goddess AND  of the religion the god/goddess represented, including an overview of the religion AND a discussion of the role  of the god/goddess in the culture’s religion (powers, etc);

(b) an explanation of the ancient myth you selected, and how it illustrates the personality and powers of the god/goddess — what aspects of life did the myth attempt to explain for the ancients?

(c) discussion of the display portion of your project (the visuals and the “prop”) — how has the god/goddess been portrayed in modern culture?

The presentations will take place after Christmas break. Do not wait until the last minute to prepare your presentation.

Available from:    September 2013

posted by Richard Joyce on Mar 26


Objective: Discover the strengths and weaknesses of historical movies as a means of learning the “facts” about the past.             

The historical drama is a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous persons. Some historical dramas attempt to accurately portray a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow. Other historical dramas are fictionalized tales that are based on an actual person and their deeds, such as Braveheart, which is loosely based on the 13th century knight William Wallace’s fight for Scotland’s independence.
Task 1: Select and watch an historically-based movie that you would like to use in your project. Complete a graphic organizer outlining the key points in the film (library session and library link will help with this). The movie can cover any historical event from pre-history to the present. Submit to me the title and release date of the movie before spending time watching it and completing  the graphic organizer, as only one student per class can use each movie.

Deadline for turning in a completed graphic organizer: Week after February vacation (25 points on 3rd quarter grade)

Task 2: Research the historical event(s) which are the basis of the film, focusing on the events on your graphic organizer. Then complete a type-written analysis of the research and the film (with a bibliography) — minimum two pages, double-spaced, maximum four pages. Turn the  analysis in BEFORE moving on to task 3.

Deadline for the  optional (but strongly recommended) 1st draft paper (typed): no later than mid-March (up to 50 points on 3rd quarter grade)

Deadline for the final paper (typed, double-spaced): no later than the start of April vacation (100 points on 4th quarter grade)

Morse library research link to this project is accessible at the top of the WORLD HISTORY 1 moodle site. 

Also, above on this blog you will find a link (Film Project Example) that will show you a sample graphic organizer for the movie SPARTACUS and a sample introductory paragraph and two sample supporting paragraphs for a research paper on SPARTACUS.

The analysis in your research paper will include:

* Opening paragraph:  A summary of how the film depicts the event(s) which is(are) the subject(s) of the film and which are presented in the film, including a thesis statement in the opening paragraph addressing the accuracy of the film.

Supporting paragraphs: Areas in which the film and your research present conflicting views/perspectives, as well as the areas in which the views match. Initially, you are to watch the film and create a graphic organizer that lists and describes the major events depicted in the film (a minimum of 8 events and a maximum of 12 events). The supporting paragraphs will discuss the accuracy of each of the movie events, based upon your historical research. The research should include at least 3 sources, with a bibliography in the final draft of the paper.

Concluding paragraph: Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the film in conveying accurately and fully the researched event(s).

Task 3: Prepare a power point presentation (or a standard presentation or video presentation), presenting the results of task 2 (5 to 10 minute presentation).

Class presentations will be made in May (100 points on 4th quarter grade)

Films set in Prehistorical times

Films set in Antiquity (until the fall of the Roman Empire)

Films set in the Middle Ages (5th to mid-15th centuries)

Late Antiquity/Early Middle Ages (5th to 11th centuries)

Middle Ages (1000-1453)

West Europe

East Europe

Early Modern Era (1453-1700)

Films set in the 18th and 19th centuries

Title↓ Release date↓ Time period↓ Notes on setting
The Sovereign’s Servant 2007 1709 Battle of Poltava
Rob Roy 1995 1713 Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor
Blackbeard 2006 1718 the infamous pirate Edward Teach
King of the Wind 1990 1727 England
The Rise of Catherine the Great 1934 1740s early years of Catherine II of Russia
The Scarlet Empress 1934 1729–1796 Catherine II of Russia, the “enlightened despot” who reigned as Empress of Russia
Young Catherine 1991 1744 early years of Catherine II of Russia
Catherine the Great 1995 1729–1796 Catherine II of Russia
The Master of Ballantrae 1953 1745–1746 Jacobite Rising of 1745
The Master of Ballantrae 1984 1745–1746 Jacobite Rising of 1745
Treasure Island 1934 ca. 1750 adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island 1950 ca. 1750 adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island 1972 ca. 1750 adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island 1990 ca. 1750 adaptation of the famous pirate story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Chasing the Deer 1994 1745–1746 Jacobite Rising of 1745
Casanova 2005 1753–1757 Giacomo Casanova
The Patriot 2000 1776–1781 based on Continental Army officer Francis Marion during the American War of Independence
Roots 1977 1750–1880 the slave trade
Brotherhood of the Wolf 2001 1764–1767 based on a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and on the famous legend around the Beast of Gévaudan
Barry Lyndon 1975 1756–1789 the Seven Years’ War, etc.
The Last of the Mohicans 1992 1757 French and Indian War
Northwest Passage 1940 1757 French and Indian War - Robert Rogers
The Mission 1986 ca. 1760-1763 Jesuit missionaries in South America
Drums Along the Mohawk 1939 1776 settlers during the American Revolution
The Crossing 2000 1776 the crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor 2003 1776–1782 Benedict Arnold, both an early hero of the American Revolution and a notorious traitor
The Madness of King George 1994 1788 the deteriorating mental health of George III of the United Kingdom, King of Great Britain and Ireland
Amadeus 1984 1756–1791 Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A Tale of Two Cities 1911 1755–1792 England and France during the French Revolution
A Tale of Two Cities 1935 1755–1792 England and France during the French Revolution
A Tale of Two Cities 1958 1755–1792 England and France during the French Revolution
A Tale of Two Cities 1980 1755–1792 England and France during the French Revolution
A Tale of Two Cities 1989 1755–1792 England and France during the French Revolution
Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 1789 the mutiny on the Bounty
The Bounty 1984 1789 the mutiny on the Bounty
Marie Antoinette 1938 1774–1792 French queen Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette 2006 1774–1792 French queen Marie Antoinette
The Affair of the Necklace 2001 1780s ‘Courtesan takes revenge by scamming Marie Antoinette, Cardinal de Rohan, and others, kindling flames of the French Revolution
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934 1792 French Revolution
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982 1792 French Revolution
Beau Brummell 1954 ca. 1795 Beau Brummell, a 19th century arbiter of fashion in England who popularized the man’s suit and necktie)
Amazing Grace 2006 1807 William Wilberforce’s campaign to abolish slavery in Britain
The Amazing Grace 2006 1748 tells the story of John Newton’s transformation from slave trader to Anglican priest; story is set in Calabar, Nigeria
Napoléon 2002 1799–1815 Napoléon I of France
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 1803–1805 during the Napoleonic Wars
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. 1951 1807 the Napoleonic Wars
War and Peace 1956 1803–1815 Russia during the Napoleonic Era
War and Peace 2007 1803–1815 Russia during the Napoleonic Era
War and Peace 1972 1803–1815 Russia during the Napoleonic Era
The Duellists 1977 1804–1814 the Napoleonic Wars
Désirée 1954 1799–1815 the love story between Désirée Clary and Napoleon I
Conquest 1937 1806–1816 the love story between Marie Walewska and Napoleon I
Waterloo 1970 1815 Battle of Waterloo
Vanity Fair 2004 1803–1814 the Napoleonic Era
Bright Star 2009 1818–1821 the last three years of poet John Keats‘ life
Lady Caroline Lamb 1972 ca. 1810-1828 Lady Caroline Lamb, the British aristocrat, novelist and Lord Byron’s lover
Les Misérables 1934 1815–1832 France after Napoleon I
Les Misérables 1935 1815–1832 France after Napoleon I
Les Misérables 1995 1815–1832 France after Napoleon I
Les Misérables 1998 1815–1832 France after Napoleon I
Les Misérables 2000 1815–1832 France after Napoleon I
Shaka Zulu 1986 1816–1828 Shaka, a Zulu chieftan
The Count of Monte Cristo 1934 1815–1838 France after Napoleon I
The Count of Monte Cristo 1975 1815–1838 France after Napoleon I
The Count of Monte Cristo 2002 1815–1838 France after Napoleon I
El Santo de la Espada 1970 1821–1822 José de San Martín and the emancipation of South America
Bouboulina 1959 1821–1829 Laskarina Bouboulina, heroine of the Greek War of Independence
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974 1828–1833 Germany - Kaspar Hauser
Kaspar Hauser 1993 1828–1833 Germany - Kaspar Hauser
The Young Victoria 2009 1830s focusing on her early reign and romance with Prince Albert
The Alamo 1960 1836 Battle of the Alamo
The Alamo 2004 1836 Battle of the Alamo
Amistad 1997 1839–1841 mutiny aboard a ship containing African slaves bound for the Cuba, and the subsequent trial
Song of Love 1947 1840–1856 the marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann and their close friendship with Johannes Brahms
The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968 1856 the disaster of the Crimean War known as the Charge of the Light Brigade
Gone with the Wind 1939 1861–1877 Georgia (U.S. state) during the American Civil War and the Reconstruction
Glory 1989 1862–1863 the American Civil War from the Battle of Antietem to the Second Battle of Fort Wagner
Gettysburg 1993 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War
The Conspirator 2011 April 1865 Based on the events of the aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Dances with Wolves 1990 ca. 1865-1870 the American Civil War and shortly after
Wild Bill 1995 1876 the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok
Mrs. Brown 1997 1861–1883 Queen Victoria and John Brown
The Last Samurai 2003 1876-1877 in the wake of the Meiji Restoration in the Empire of Japan, 1876 - 1877
Zulu Dawn 1979 1879 the Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War
Zulu 1964 1879 the Battle of Rorke’s Drift during the Anglo-Zulu War
Thousand Pieces of Gold 1991 1880s Chinese immigrant woman in the American Old West
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 1881–1892 the end of Jesse James‘ career as a criminal and the man who eventually kills him, Robert Ford in 1882
Tombstone 1993 1881–1884 events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Wyatt Earp 1994 1863–1884 events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Khartoum 1966 1884 Gordon’s defence of the Sudanese city of Khartoum from the forces of the Mahdist army during the Siege of Khartoum
The Four Feathers 1939 1882–1888 during the British army’s Gordon Relief Expedition
The Four Feathers 2002 1882–1888 during the British army’s Gordon Relief Expedition
Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 1886 events leading up to the capture of Geronimo
Jack the Ripper 1988 1888 based on the famous unsolved series of murders that took place in Whitechapel, London
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 2007 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre
Heaven’s Gate 1980 1892 the Johnson County War
Rough Riders 1997 1898 the Battle of San Juan Hill, part of the Spanish–American War
The Young Victoria 2009 1837 - 1840s Early reign of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Albert, Prince Consort
The Duchess 2008 1770s - 1790s The life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

 Films set in the early 20th century

Title↓ Release date↓ Time period↓ Notes on setting
55 Days at Peking 1963 1900 Battle of Peking during the Boxer Rebellion
Breaker Morant (Harry “Breaker” Morant 1980 1901 an Australian Lieutenant who ordered the summary execution of several prisoners during the Second Boer War
Young Winston 1972 1874–1902 the biography Winston Churchill before he became Britain’s World War II-era Prime Minister
The Battleship Potemkin 1925 1905 the Battleship Potemkin uprising
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 late 1890s-1908 Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh
A Night to Remember 1958 1912 the Titanic disaster
Titanic 1997 1912 the Titanic disaster
All Quiet On The Western Front 1930 1914 World War I
All Quiet On The Western Front 1979 1914 Western Front of World War I
Flyboys 2006 1914–1917 American volunteer combat pilots in service for the Allies during World War I
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 1916–1918 T. E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt
Doctor Zhivago 1965 1912–1923 World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War
Michael Collins 1996 1916–1922 later life of Irish resistance leader Michael Collins and his participation in the Irish War of Independence
The Lost Battalion 2001 1918 units of the 77th Infantry Division penetrating deep into the Argonne Forest of France during World War I, under the command of Major Charles White Whittlesey are trapped and surrounded by the German army
The Wind that Shakes the Barley 2006 1919–1923 the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War
Legionnaire 1998 1920–1926 Second Moroccan War
Anastasia 1956 1920s based upon Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia and the activities of Anna Anderson
Road to Perdition 2002 winter 1931
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 1931 set in Savannah, Georgia
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 1931–1934 Bonnie and Clyde
A Pearl in the Forest 2008 1934–1938 set during the Great Purges initiated by Joseph Stalin in Mongolia
The Hindenburg 1975 1937 the Hindenburg disaster
Battle of Britain 1969 1940 the Battle of Britain
Sink the Bismarck! 1960 May 1941 World War II German battleship Bismarck
Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 Dec. 7 1941 the attack on Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor 2001 December 1941 the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
The Pacific 2010 1942-1946 focuses on the United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War
Midway 1976 June 1942 the Battle of Midway
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 1942–1943 construction of the Burma Railway by British prisoners of war during World War II
The Thin Red Line 1998 Aug. 1942-Feb. 1943 The Battle of Guadalcanal
Band of Brothers 2001 1942-1945 narrative centers on the combat experiences of E Company (”Easy Company”) of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army in Europe
Stalingrad 1993 winter 1942-1943 The Battle of Stalingrad from a German perspective
Enemy at the Gates 2001 winter 1942-1943 Vasily Zaytsev in the Battle of Stalingrad
Cross of Iron 1977 spring 1943 Eastern Front
The Dam Busters 1955 May 1943 development of the Upkeep bouncing bomb and its use in Operation Chastise
Memphis Belle 1990 May 1943 a U.S. bombing mission over Germany during World War II
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2008 1944 The Holocaust
The Longest Day 1962 June 6, 1944 the D-Day invasion
Saving Private Ryan 1998 June 1944 D-Day and its aftermath
Valkyrie 2008 1944 set in Nazi Germany during World War II. It depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country.
A Bridge Too Far 1977 September 1944 Operation Market Garden
Flags of Our Fathers 2006 Feb.-March 1945 the Battle of Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 Feb.-March 1945 the Battle of Iwo Jima
Downfall 2005 April–May 1945 the last days of the Third Reich
Patton 1970 1943–1945 the exploits of General George S. Patton during World War II
Schindler’s List 1993 1939–1945 German industrialist Oskar Schindler’s assistance to keep Jewish people from being interred in concentration camps during World War II
The Good German 2006 July-Aug. 1945 during the Potsdam Conference
Nuremberg 2000 Nov. 1945-Oct. 1946 the first of the Nuremberg Trials
Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 1947 the Judges’ Trial
Exodus 1960 1947–1948 foundation of Israel
Gandhi 1982 1869–1948 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Evita 1996 1919–1952 Evita Peron

 Films set in the later 20th century

Title↓ Release date↓ Time period↓ Notes on setting
The Good Shepherd 2006 1938–1961 rise of Central Intelligence Agency Counter-intelligence leading up to the Bay of Pigs Invasion
The Right Stuff 1983 1947–1963 the Project Mercury space launches
Good Night, and Good Luck 2005 1953 the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy relating to the anti-Communist Senator’s actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
American Hot Wax 1978 1950s disc jockey Alan Freed’s involvement in rock and roll
The Quiet American 2002 1954 early American covert involvement in Vietnam
The Battle of Algiers 1966 1954–1960 during the Algerian War of Independence
Lumumba 2000 1955–1961 Path of the first Prime Minister of the Belgian Congo Patrice Lumumba and his killing
Che 2008 1955–1967 Che Guevara
Great Balls of Fire! 1989 1956–1958 rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis
Quiz Show 1994 1956–1958 Twenty-One Quiz show scandals
Thirteen Days 2000 October 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis
JFK 1991 1961–1966 the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent investigation
Z 1969 1963 the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis
Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 1963-1990s events surrounding the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers
Mississippi Burning 1988 1964 the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation into the Mississippi civil rights workers murders
The Doors 1991 1964–1971
We Were Soldiers 2002 Nov. 1965 the Battle of la Drang in the Vietnam War
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 1965–1968 Ron Kovic’s experiences in the Vietnam War
Platoon 1985 1967–1968 Vietnam War
Bobby 2006 1968 the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Heaven & Earth 1993 1960s - 1980s Vietnam War
Full Metal Jacket 1987 1968 Vietnam War
Coming Home 1978 1968 Vietnam War
The Deer Hunter 1978 1968–1975 Vietnam War
Hamburger Hill 1987 1969 Battle of Hamburger Hill in the Vietnam War
Nixon 1995 1969–1974 the political life of Richard M. Nixon
Zodiac 2007 1969–1975 the Zodiac murders in the United States
Taxi Driver 1976 1970s After Vietnam War
Apocalypse Now 1979 1970 Vietnam War
Milk 2008 1970–1978 gay rights activist Harvey Milk
The Last King of Scotland 2006 1971–1976 Ugandan President Idi Amin
All the President’s Men 1976 1972 the Nixon-era Watergate scandal
Bloody Sunday 2002 January 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland
Cry Freedom 1987 1972–1978 Steve Biko and Donald Woods in the apartheid era of South Africa
Munich 2005 1972–1979 Mossad efforts to avenge the murder of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics
Missing 1982 1973 the coup d’état in Chile and the murder of Charles Horman
The Killing Fields 1984 1973–1979 the Khmer Rouge’s genocide
Frost/Nixon 2008 1977 the Frost Nixon interviews
Summer of Sam 1999 1977 the Son of Sam murders in New York City
Gracie 2007 1978 six years after the introduction of Title IX
Miracle 2004 1980 the U.S. hockey team’s gold medal victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics
Wonderland 2003 1981 Wonderland murders
Paid in Full 2002 1985 during the Crack Epidemic of the 1980s
Goodbye Bafana 2007 ca. 1980-1990 Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment
Catch a Fire 2006 1980–1994 set during the early eighties concerning the plight of the ANC’s military wing in the apartheid era of South Africa
Charlie Wilson’s War 2007 1980–1989 CIA’s covert involvement in the Soviet-Afghan War
Jarhead 2005 1989–1991 Persian Gulf War
Three Kings 1999 1991 1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam Hussein and aftermath of the Persian Gulf War
Black Hawk Down 2001 1993 the Battle of Mogadishu
Hotel Rwanda 2004 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Shooting Dogs 2005 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Sometimes in April 2005 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Invictus 2009 1994–1995 South Africa - the 1995 Rugby World Cup
The Special Relationship 2010 1994–2001 the UK–US Special Relationship between Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and President of the United States Bill Clinton
Savior 1998 ca. 1995 during the Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia
Behind Enemy Lines 2001 1995 the Mrkonjić Grad incident during the Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia
Blood Diamond 2006 1996–1999 during the Sierra Leone Civil War
The Queen 2006 1997 a fictional account of the immediate events following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
Open Water 2004 1998 Tom and Eileen Lonergan
Flight 93 2006 September 2001 September 11 attacks
United 93 2006 September 2001 September 11 attacks
World Trade Center 2006 September 2001 September 11 attacks
W. 2008 1966–2003 The life and presidency of George W. Bush
In the Valley of Elah 2007 2004 the murder of an Iraq War veteran and the subsequent investigation
Lions for Lambs 2007 ca. 2005 the War in Afghanistan
The Social Network 2010 2003–2007 The creation and lawsuits involving Facebook