When we go to see newly-released films, we often want to see something that will make us laugh or at least be predictable.
The real world has enough unpredictable twists and turns, so seeing a straightforward movie that we know will have a “happy ending” is generally preferable. However, there are certain historical films that we need to watch at least once. The reasons can vary from we should be informed about our past to the films can help us better understand our current world.
The following list includes 10 historical films, starting with the most recent, that ought to be watched or re-watched in 2018.
1. Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” (2017)
I highly recommend that any aspiring journalist, like myself, go see “The Post” while it is still in theaters. The film follows Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. Set in the early 1970s, Graham and The Post’s editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) must decide whether or not they should publish the Pentagon Papers. The classified documents detail the U.S.’ controversial involvement in the Vietnam War. The government’s response toward The New York Times and The Washington Post’s publications highlights the importance of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.
“’In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.’”
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