Images of America

A Social and Historical Look
at America Through the Movies

1528 : Spanish explorers crash their ship off the coast of Mexico. Cabeza de Vaca wanders for eight years from Florida to Texas having a series of adventures.
Movie : Cabeza de Vaca(1991)
Genres : adventure/historical


1634: Follows the journey of a Jesuit priest, Father Laforgue and his fellow French companion, Daniel, who travel through the wilderness of New France (Canada) by the Algonkian tribe members in order to find a distant Huron Jesuit mission.
Movie : Black Robe (1991)
Genre : drama / historical fiction

1692: A 17th-century Salem woman accuses an ex-lover's wife of witchery in an adaptation of the Arthur Miller play.
Movie : The Crucible (1996)
Genre : drama/ historical fiction

1757: French and Indian War: Siege of Fort William Henry
Movie : The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre : war/romance/drama/historical fiction

1839 : Slave revolt on the Amistad
Movie : Amistad (1997)
Genre : drama / historical

1863 : Black Union soldiers of the 54th Regiment attack Confederates at Charleston
Movie : Glory (1989)
Genre : war/drama/ historical

1868 : A man searches for his niece who was kidnapped by the Comanche
Movie : The Searchers (1956)
Genre : western/drama

1870ís : Showdown in a Western town
Movie : High Noon (1952)
Genre : western/drama

1881 : One more adventure for a retired gunslinger.
Movie : Unforgiven (1992)
Genre : western

1910ís : A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Movie : Reds (1981)
Genre : historical/drama

1912 : Women suffragettes risk their lives to help get the vote.
Movie : Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre : historical/drama

1920 : Coal mine workers attempts to unionize leads to violence.
Movie : Matewan (1979)
Genre : historical/drama

1920ís : Gangsters during Prohibition
Movie : The Public Enemy (1931)
Genre : crime/drama

1920ís : Powerful newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane was many things to many people, both in life and, as seen in retrospective here, in death.
Movie : Citizen Kane (1941)
Genre : drama / historical fiction

1925 : The Scopes Monkey Trial
Movie : Inherit The Wind (1960)
Genre : drama

1927 : A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound
Movie : Singiní in the Rain (1952)
Genre : musical

1929 : When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Movie : Some Like It Hot (1959)
Genre : comedy

1930 : Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Movie : The Untouchables (1987)
Genre : crime/drama

1930 : A tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl.
Movie : City Lights (1931)
Genre : drama / comedy

1930ís : Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly were tough kids who grew up together in the toughest part of New York, one became a priest, the other a gangster.
Movie : Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Genre : crime / drama

1930ís : Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice.
Movie : To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre : drama/crime

1930ís : A poor mid-west family are forced off their land and travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression
Movie : The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Genre : drama

1939 : A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Movie : Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Genre : drama / comedy

1940ís : The epic saga of how a son rises to take over the family business, his father's paternalistic, but violent and illegal empire.
Movie : The Godfather (1972)
Genre : crime / drama

1920's - 1959 : Both the prequel and the sequel to The Godfather. Shows the rise to power of both Vito and Michael Corleone.
Movie : The Godfather, Part 2 (1974)
Genre : crime / drama

1938 : An insurance adjuster is drawn into murder by a femme fatale.
Movie : Double Indemnity (1944)
Genre : film noir/ drama

1941 : An American sits out the war in Casablanca in Rickís American Cafť.
Movie : Casablanca (1942)
Genre : drama / war

1944 : The Normandy Invasion and a search for Private Ryan during World War II.
Movie : Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre : war/drama/ historical fiction

1950ís : An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
Movie : Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb(1964)
Genre : comedy / war

1950ís : An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Movie : On the Waterfront (1954)
Genre : crime/romance/drama

1950ís: Everything seems so much more comfortable in Pleasantville.
Movie : Pleasantville (1998)
Genre : comedy / drama

1951 : A Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War.
Movie : MASH (1970)
Genre : war / comedy

1952 : Broadcaster Edward R. Morrow tangles with Senator Joe McCarthy.
Movie : Good Luck, and Good Night (2005)
Genre : historical

1954 : L.B. Jeffries breaks his leg and starts looking out his rear window.
Movie : Rear Window (1954)
Genre : thriller/ mystery

1956 : A small town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by alien duplicates.
Movie : Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Genre : horror / sci-fi /thriller

1957: Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's New York City.
Movie : West Side Story (1961)
Genre : musical/romance/drama

1957 : The jurors in a murder trail debate whether the defendant is guilty.
Movie : 12 Angry Men(1957)
Genre : drama

1962 : The Cuban Missile Crisis.
Movie : Thirteen Days(2000)
Genre : historical

1965 : Malcolm X is assassinated
Movie : Malcolm X (1992)
Genre : historical/drama

1967 : An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Movie : In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre : drama/mystery/crime

1967 : A liberal couple is surprised when their daughter brings home her fiance who is black.
Movie : Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Genre : drama/comedy

1973 : Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.
Movie : All the Presidentís Men(1976)
Genre : drama/suspense/historical

1980ís : A man is fired from work because he has AIDS.
Movie : Philadelphia (1993)
Genre : drama

1980ís : Race relations in New York City
Movie : Do the Right Thing (1989)
Genre : comedy/drama

2004 : Race relations in L.A.
Movie : Crash (2004)
Genre : drama

2007 (set in 1980): Good and evil battle in West Texas.
Movie : No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre : drama



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