Notes on Movies for Which a Learning Guide has Not
Been Written -- Titles Starting with the Letter "F"


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Face to Face    (1976) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Ingmar Bergman.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Fahrenheit 451    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Fahrenheit 9/11    (2004) MPAA Rating: R for some violent and disturbing images, and for language; Director: Michael Moore.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

Fahrenhype 9/11    (2002) No MPAA Rating; Director: Alan Peterson.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

Fail-Safe    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

A Farewell To Arms    (1932) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Borzage.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Falcon and The Snowman    (1985) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Schlesinger.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Fall of the House of Usher    (1928) No MPAA Rating; Directors: James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

The Fall of the Roman Empire    (1964) No MPAA Rating; Director: Anthony Mann.    See the sections on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction and History Goes to the Movies.

Falling Down    (1993) MPAA Rating: R for violence and strong language; Director: Joel Schumacher.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription. A teacher who is an expert at using film in the classroom has developed a way to use scenes from this movie for certain activities. See Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English.

Family of Spies    (1990) No MPAA Rating; Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Family of Strangers    (1993) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sheldon Larry.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Fanny & Alexander    (1983) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Ingmar Bergman.     A great film but it contains adult themes and sexual scenes inappropriate for children 15 and younger. Watch it with your older children. [PD] (JAF)

Fantasia    (1940) MPAA Rating: G; Director: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong.    This film is ranked #58 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. It was also Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

Fantasia 2000    (1999) MPAA Rating: G; Director: James Algar, Gaetan Brizzi.    Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

Fantastic Voyage    (1966) MPAA Rating: PG for mild violence and language; Director: Richard Fleischer.    "An excellent film to teach human anatomy with." Michelle McDaniel, Teacher, Missouri.

Far & Away    (1992) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and sensuality; Director: Ron Howard.    Mildly interesting film about the Irish coming to America. It contains gratuitous and excessive violence. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies. [PD] (JAF)

Far Away, So Close    (1993) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Wim Wenders     Inscrutible and boring for many adults, it certainly won't fly with kids. [NA] (JAF, 2012)

The Far Country    (1955) No MPAA Rating; Director: Anthony Mann.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Farewell To Manzanar    (1976) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Korty.    This is an excellent film and has been suggested by a teacher for grades: 6-12. [LI]

Fargo    (1996) MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language and sexuality; Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.    This film is ranked #84 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It is also ranked #93 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. It is characterized by gratuitous violence and a lack of educational content. [ITO] (JAF)

The Fast Runner, also called "Atanarjuat"    (2001) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence, sex references and innuendo; Director: Zacharias Kunuk.     This movie tells an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community. We don't think it is accessible because often one cannot read the subtitles. They are in white set against a primarily white background of ice, snow, igloos and light colored hide clothing. The story also didn't seem to move well, but frankly, we're not sure because of the trouble we had reading the subtitles. [NA] (JAF)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High    (1982) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Amy Heckerling.    This film is ranked #87 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Not rated; 2010 Directors: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr This is a fabulous movie with one of the most in uplifting stories of a life redeemed that has ever graced a screen. This is the tale of the truck driver Phil Staples, who, at 429 pounds could hardly walk from his truck to the diner at the truck stop, sick with an autoimmune disease, so ashamed of his weight that he withdrew from his young children, and who despaired for his life. Through a juice fast, Mr. Staples lost well over a hundred pounds and turned his life around. This film might be something to give hope to morbidly obese students who have lost faith in themselves and their future and we seriously considered writing a Learning Guide for the film for that purpose. However, juice fasting is a controversial technique which stresses the body and may be unsafe, especially for growing adolescents and anyone with a preexisting medical condition. If any adult shows this film to students, it should come with warnings that juice fasting deprives the body of fiber and other important nutrients, that is has not been found to be safe and effective in any scientific study, that it is not accepted as safe by the medical profession, that it is something to be done by adults for a very short period of time followed up with life-long changes in eating. For a film advocating a scientifically based change in diet, see Forks Over Knives. [LI](JAF & DEF 2012)

Fatal Attraction    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Adrian Lyne.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald    (1993) No MPAA Rating; Director: Robert Dornhelm.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Father of the Bride    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Charles Shyer.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Father of the Bride    (1950) No MPAA Rating; Director: Vincente Minnelli.    This film is ranked #83 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

Fat Man and Little Boy    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Fatty's Tintype Tangle    (1915) No MPAA Rating; Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Fear Inside    (1992) MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and sexuality; Director: Leon Ichaso.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Fermat's Room (La Habitación de Fermat)     (2007) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña     This movie is a murder mystery in which four mathmatics geniuses are lured to a room in which they will meet their deaths unless they can quickly figure out the riddles sent to them by text messages. It is a great film and we could see it being shown in mathmatics classes for a reward or in Spanish language classes for pronunciation, practice and cultural background. There is no graphic violence and no sex. There is a reference to the female character having become addicted to parties in which she becomes hooked on unspeakable acts which we assume are sexual but which are not otherwise described. LI (JAF, 2009)

Fern Gully    (1992) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Bill Kroyer.    Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

Ferris Bueller's Day Off    (1986) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: John Hughes.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

A Few Good Men    (1992) MPAA Rating: R for language; Director: Rob Reiner.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.

Fiddler On The Roof    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Field    (1990) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Jim Sheridan.     This film takes place in Ireland and concerns the ties of a family to the land. We found this film to contain gratuitous and excessive violence. Recommended films relating to Ireland include: "Ryan's Daughter", "Michael Collins" and "Handel's Last Chance". [NR] (JAF)

Field of Dreams    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Fighting 69th    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Keighly.    See the sections on this movie in History Goes to the Movies and Past Imperfect.

Film Portrait    (1973) No MPAA Rating; Director: Jerome Hill.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Finding Forrester    (2000) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references; Director: Gus Van Sant.    An excellent film which has been Suggested by several people. [LI] (JAF)

Finding Nemo    Both a Learning Guide and a Talking and Playing for Growth Guide have been prepared for this movie.

Fire Over England    (1937) No MPAA Rating; Director: William K. Howard.    Some historians believe this film to be inaccurate. [From an interview with a historian on the History Channel.] See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies. Instead try "Mrs. Miniver". [ITO]

First Blood    (1982) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Ted Kotcheff, Screenplay By: Sylvester Stallone.    Mr. Stallone reportedly received $500,000 from a tobacco company in return for his agreement to use tobacco products during five of his movies. We find this conduct to be reprehensible. Before showing any Stallone film to children, disclose Mr. Stallone's shameful conduct and warn them about smoking. [NR]

A Fish Called Wanda    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese.    This film is ranked #21 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

The Fisher King    (1991) MPAA Rating: R for language and violence; Director: Terry Gillian.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription. [LI]

F.I.S.T.    (1978) No MPAA Rating; Director: Norman Jewison, Screenplay by: Sylvester Stallone.    Mr. Stallone reportedly received $500,000 from a tobacco company in return for his agreement to use tobacco products during five of his movies. We find this conduct to be reprehensible. Before showing any Stallone film to children, disclose Mr. Stallone's shameful conduct and warn them about smoking. [NR]

Five    (1951) No MPAA Rating; Director: Arch Oboler.    Some historians believe this film to be inaccurate. [Nuclear War Films] [NR]

Five Easy Pieces    (1970) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Bob Rafelson.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Five Fingers    (1952) No MPAA Rating; Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Five Graves To Cairo    (1943) No MPAA Rating; Director: Billy Wilder.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Fixed Bayonets    (1951) No MPAA Rating; Director: Samuel Fuller.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Flash Gordon (serial)    (1936) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Frederick Stephani.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Flashback    (1990) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Franco Amurri.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Flat Liners    (1990) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Joel Schumacher.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Flawless    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and strong violence; Director: Joel Schumacher.    This is the heartwarming story of an improbable friendship between a retired hero police officer and a drag queen. The list of characters is a gallery of prostitutes, drag queens, straight guys who learn to accept them, and violent criminals. The acting is superb. Other than the violence, the movie is thoroughly enjoyable. However, the violence is gratuitous and frequent. (The MPAA has this one right.) By the middle of the movie we started fast forwarding through the violent scenes. [NR] (JAF, 2007)

Flesh and the Devil    (1926) No MPAA Rating; Director: Clarence Brown.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Flight of the Intruder    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: John Milius.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Fly Away Home    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Fog of War    (2003) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for images and thematic issues of war and destruction; Director: Errol Morris.    See the entry for this film in Reading in the Reel World: Teaching Documentaries and Other Nonfiction Texts by John Golden, National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. (JAF & DEF)

Footlight Parade    (1933) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Lloyd Bacon.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

For Love Or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

For Love or Money    (1993) MPAA Rating: PG for elements of sensuality and mild language; Director: Barry Sonnenfeld.     This is an entertaining piece of fluff about a young concierge in a New York hotel who is trying to leverage his tips into ownership of his own hotel. It contains profanity, condones extramarital sexual liaisons and has no educational content that we can find. [ITO] (JAF)

For the Love of Nancy    (1994) No MPAA Rating; Director: Paul Schneider.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

For Whom The Bell Tolls    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Force of Evil    (1948) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Abraham Polonsky.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

A Force More Powerful    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Forgotten Frontier    (1931) No MPAA Rating; Director: Marvin Breckinridge.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Forrest Gump    (1994) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence; Director: Robert Zemeckis.    This film is ranked #71 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). It was Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription. [LI]

Fort Apache    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Four Films About Anne Frank    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse    (1921) No MPAA Rating; Director: Rex Ingram.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

The Four Seasons    (1981) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Alan Alda.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band    (1928) No MPAA Rating; Director: Unlisted.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Frances    (1982) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Graeme Clifford.    See the sections on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction and The Motion Picture Prescription.

Frank Film    (1973) MPAA Rating: G; Directors: Caroline Mouris and Frank Mouris.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Frankenstein    (1931) No MPAA Rating; Director: James Whale.    This film is ranked #87 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. A teacher who is an expert at using film in the classroom has developed a way to use scenes from this movie for certain activities. See Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein    (1994) MPAA Rating: R for horrific images; Director: Kenneth Branagh.    "Frankenstein is widely studied as the very first piece of science fiction literature in English. Additionally, it deals with ethics of acceptance of personal responsibility for our actions, definitions of life/death, and biotechnology (surgery on the body vs. on DNA and genes)." Don Campbell, Teacher, Springfield, MA. Suggested grades: 9-12. A teacher who is an expert at using film in the classroom has developed a way to use scenes from this movie for certain activities. See Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English. [LI]

Freaks    (1932) MPAA Rating: Unrated; Director: Tod Browning.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Freedom Writers    (2007) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language; Director: Richard LaGravenese.    This is another really great "teacher reaches difficult students" movie in the genre begun by "To Sir With Love" and continued with "Stand and Deliver" and many others. There is some violence but nothing gratuitous. This movie grabs you as few movies do and it teaches the lesson that really good teachers see who their students are and listen to them. [LI] (JAF & DEF, 2007)

The French Connection    (1971) MPAA Rating: R; Director: William Friedkin.    This film is ranked #70 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

The Freshman    (1925) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor.    This film is ranked #79 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Freud    (1962) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Houston.    Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See Past Imperfect. For an excellent film that deals with pre-Freudian efforts to treat mental illness, see "Beautiful Dreamers". [NR]

Friendly Persuasion    (1956) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Wyler.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

A Friendship in Vienna    (1988) No MPAA Rating; Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman.    "This movie is great for showing the conflict caused by and history of Nazi Germany and the impact that it has on ... friendship." Jeniffer Erla, Teacher, Buffalo, NY. Suggested grades: 7-8. [LI]

From Hell    (2001) MPAA Rating: R for strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content; Director: Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes.    See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction.

From Here To Eternity    (1953) No MPAA Rating; Director: Fred Zinnemann.    This film is ranked #52 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (2006). This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

From Stump to Ship    (1930) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Alfred Ames and Howard Kahn.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

From the Manger to the Cross    (1912) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sidney Olcott.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Frontier Marshal    (1939) No MPAA Rating; Director: Allan Dwan.    See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect.

Frontline: Inside the Jury Room    A Learning Guide is being prepared for this movie.

The Front Page    (1931) No MPAA Rating; Director: Lewis Milestone.    The dialogue was too difficult to follow. Production values are poor. This film will not engage a young audience. For a film about the press, try "All the President's Men". See the sections on this movie in History Goes to the Movies and Past Imperfect. [NA] (JAF)

The Front Page    (1974) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Billy Wilder.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Fuji    (1974) No MPAA Rating; Director: Robert Breer.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Full Metal Jacket    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Stanley Kubrick.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Funny Girl    (1968) MPAA Rating: G; Director: William Wyler.    This film is ranked #16 on the American Film Institute's List of the Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time (2006).

Fury    (1936) No MPAA Rating; Director: Fritz Lang.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. See the section on this movie in Reel Justice.



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