What are some good films recommendations for a Sociology course?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that some of the best films for a Sociology course examine some aspect of the personal and collective biases held and how these represent conflict within both individuals and social group.  The examples listed are both wonderful examples of how individuals interact with one another, but also how individuals interact in their social element.  Wilder's "Some Like It Hot" and Pollack's "Tootsie" are excellent flims about gender bias, how women and men are perceived, and how those perceptions impact economic opportunities.  In analyzing the issue of homosexuality and its sociological implications, Friedkin's "The Boys in the Band" as well as Nichols' "Angels in America" are two such films that analyze the issue from both personal and collective lenses.  Lee's "Do the Right Thing," along with Kasden's "Grand Canyon" and Haggis' "Crash" are excellent examples of how the issue of race holds social and personal dimensions that alter how individuals interact with one another and how a social order interacts with and within them.  Finally, Moore's "Roger and Me" seeks to analyze the sociological reality of economic class and the disenfranchisement of industrial cities in the 1980s.