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


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H2O    (1929) No MPAA Rating; Director: Ralph Steiner.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hairspray    (1988) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: John Waters.    Suggested by a TWM User. This musical has some interesting elements about pursuing your dream and integration difficulties in Baltimore.

Half Nelson    (2006) MPAA Rating: R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality; Director: Ryan Fleck.     In this movie, a teacher/drug addict strikes up a friendship with one of his students whose brother is in jail after taking the rap for the local drug pusher. The focus of the movie is unclear and at the end the viewer doesn't know what lessons to draw from it. [NR] (JAF & DEF)

Halloween    (1978) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Carpenter.     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 Halls of Montezuma    (1950) No MPAA Rating; Director: Lewis Milestone.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Hamburger Hill    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Irvin.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Hamlet    A Learning Guide has been prepared for the version starring Mel Gibson.
  • William Shakespeare's Hamlet    (1996) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and sexuality; Director: Kenneth Branagh.     We didn't find this as accessible for kids as the Mel Gibson version. [LI] (JAF)


  • Hamlet    (2000) MPAA Rating: R for some violence; Director: Michael Almereyda.    This modern day adaptation takes place in the corporate world of modern New York City. It is quite good. While this shouldn't be the only "Hamlet" that children see, a good project would be to compare this version to the text of the play or to either the Gibson or the Brannagh versions. [LI] (JAF, 2007)
Handel's Last Chance    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hands Up!    (1926) No MPAA Rating; Director: Clarence G. Badger.     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 Hanoi Hilton    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Lionel Chetwynd.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Hansel & Gretel    1982) No MPAA Rating; Director: James Frawley; Metropolitan Opera version.     We found the music to be un-melodic and the words unintelligible. Try "Carmen" and "La Traviata" which we find to be accessible operas. [NA] (JAF)

Happy Feet    A Talking and Playing for Growth Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hardwood     (2004) No MPAA Rating; Director: Hubert Davis     This is an Academy Award nominated short subject telling the story of the family of Harlem Globetrotters star Mel Davis from the perspective of his sons and wives. Mr. Davis and a white woman fell in love while he was on tour. However, he married another lady who was black. They had a son. While the marriage was still on-going, Mr. Davis and the white woman got together again and she got pregnant. The woman raised their son without a father for the first ten or so years of his life. However, Mr. Davis divorced his first wife, married the white woman amd was present at important times of his son's life. This movie was created by this young man, the son of the second marriage, and is about his father, his father's wives, his half-brother, and their relationships. There's a little too much self-indulgent emotionalism. See The PBS web site on this film [PD] (JAF)

Harlan County, U.S.A.    (1976) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Barbara Kopple.     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 Harmonists, also called "The Comedian Harmonists"    (1997) MPAA Rating: R for some nudity; Director: Joseph Vilsmaier.     This movie describes the experiences of a famous German male sextet called the "Comedian Harmonists". They were very popular before the Second World War but were banned by the Nazis because three were Jewish. The movie is well made but there are many better movies describing the same period that would be more interesting to children. We have not researched its accuracy but it rings true. [ITO] (JAF)

Harold and Maude    (1971) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Hal Ashby.    This film is ranked #45 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.

Harvey    (1947) No MPAA Rating; Director: Henry Koster.    This film is ranked #35 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Hawaii    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Heartbreak Kid    (1972) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Elaine May.    This film is ranked #91 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

Heaven's Gate    (1980) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Michael Cimino.     We found this film to contain gratuitous violence and could not find content in it to justify its use as a teaching tool. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies. [NR] (JAF)

The Heiress    (1949) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Wyler.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hell's Hinges    (1916) No MPAA Rating; Director: Charles Swickard.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hellraiser    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Clive Barker.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Helmer & Son    (2006) No MPAA Rating; Director: Søren Pilmark     This is a delightful short subject that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007. The story involves an elderly man in an assisted living facility who has locked himself in a wardrobe and won't come out. The staff summons his son and his daughter. Much of the family history is displayed in the interaction between the family members. The surprise ending shows us that the elderly still keep their humanity. Brief nudity of an elderly woman is shown. The movie is in Danish with subtitles. We haven't prepared a guide for this movie only because we can't find a place in the curriculum in which it fits. Perhaps, it would be helpful in health classes on the topic of the elderly. LI (JAF, 2009)

Hemo the Magnificent    (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Capra.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Henry IV    (1985) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Marco Bellochio.   Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See, Past Imperfect. For a film about English dynastic succession, see "Looking for Richard" and "Richard III". [NR]

Henry V    (1944) No MPAA Rating; Director: Laurence Olivier.    See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect.

Henry V    (1989) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a bloody battle; Director: Kenneth Branagh.    We have no criticism of the production or of the play, we just think that "Henry V" is not a good introduction to Shakespeare. We doubt that it will be used in any secondary school curriculum and we can't think of many children who will be entertained by it. However, a high school teacher told us: "I would like to put in a plug for the film, 'Henry V'. I have used it with high school students when teaching the play, mostly for the magnificent scene prior to the Battle of Agincourt. I believe the students get a real feel for the way Henry was able to rouse his outnumbered troops with that wonderful speech." See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect. 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. Reading in the Dark, by John Golden, 2001, National Council of Teachers of English. For a film about English dynastic succession, see "Looking for Richard" and "Richard III". [LI] (JAF)

The Heroes of Desert Storm    (1992) No MPAA Rating; Director: Don Ohlmeyer.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

He Said, She Said    (1990) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Ken Kwapis and Marisa Silver.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Hester Street    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hidalgo    (2004) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for adventure violence and some mild innuendo; Director: Joe Johnston.    "The film is beautifully done and will spark conversation and learning opportunities to a myriad of topics: respect for other cultures, honor, caring and pursuit of a dream, just to mention a few." Michele Shaw, Teacher.

High Fidelity    (2000) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Stephen Frears.     This movie is beloved by many young people. In the film as a young record store owner is being rejected by yet another girl, he recalls and works through his last five unsuccessful relationships. We couldn't see how to make this into a teaching film, but we suspect that someone could. [LI] (JAF, 2013)

High Noon    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

High School    (1968) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frederick Wiseman.    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 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)

High School II    (1994) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frederick Wiseman.    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)

High School Musical    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

High Society    (1956) No MPAA Rating; Director: Charles Walters.     This is a musical remake of "Philadelphia Story". It is memorable primarily because it features the incomparable beauty, Grace Kelly. We could find no curriculum related content in the movie. [ITO] (JAF)

Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage    (1937) 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.

Hiroshima Maiden    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes    (1990) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Peter Werner.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

His Girl Friday    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: Howard Hawks.    This film is ranked #19 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.

A History of Violence    (2005) MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use; Director: David Cronenberg.    This movie is a celebration of violence under the guise of showing what happened to a man who tried to renounce violence. It is full of gratuitous shots of mutilated bad guys. [NR] (JAF 2007)

The Hitch-Hiker    (1953) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Ida Lupino.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hoffa    (1992) MPAA Rating: R for violence and strong language; Director: Danny DeVito.    See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction.

Holocaust    (1978) No MPAA Rating; CBS Docudrama; Director: Marvin J. Chomsky.    This is a good film in many ways. It is not recommended chiefly because there are many better treatments of the Holocaust. See, Indelible Shadows. See our collection of films about the Holocaust on the Subject Matter Index, World History and Other Cultures, section on WW II, "The Holocaust." [PD] (JAF)

Winslow Homer: An American Original    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Home for the Holidays    (1995) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, language and brief drug use; Director: Jodie Foster.    This movie is in the genre of films about dysfunctional families spending a holiday together. The son is gay. One daughter is married with children and very uptight She is the only child who has not moved out of town and resents having the entire responsibility for taking care of the parents, who are getting older but doing just fine, and love each other except they each have their own crazy quirks. The other daughter just lost her job and has no relationship. The brother shows her naked picture to a straight friend who is intrigued enough to accompany him home for Thanksgiving to meet her. The mother's sister discloses at Thanksgiving dinner that many years ago she had a one night stand with her sister's husband (the father of the son and two daughters) and that it was the major point in her life. The treatment of the gay brother and his recent "marriage" to his significant other is lovingly portrayed. This movie is warm and touching in some places and funny in others. The basic message is that we have to love each other no matter how weird and crazy we are. This movie was recommended to us by a teacher that we greatly respect as showing a totally screwed up family in a loving perspective. We thought it was contrived, over the top and, while the perspective was loving, the family was too crazy to be real and to give kids a valuable vicarious experience. It wasn't that interesting. [NR] (JAF & DEF 2007)

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story    (2003) No MPAA Rating; Director: Peter Levin.     A teacher recommended this to us saying "Excellent--I had two students whose mothers died due to drug addiction and they loved this movie. Students overall liked it."

Hoop Dreams    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hoosiers    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hope and Glory   (1987) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: John Boorman.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Horse Feathers    (1932) No MPAA Rating; Director: Norman Z. McLeod.     This film is ranked #65 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006). This Marx Brothers film is dated and we don't think that a child would find it interesting. We could not find much content in it. For an older comedy that still works and has curriculum related content, try "Modern Times". [ITO] (JAF)

The Horse Soldiers    (1959) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Ford.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Hospital    (1970) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frederick Wiseman.     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 Hospital    (1971) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content and drug references; Director: Arthur Hiller.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hotel Rwanda    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Hot Spell    (1958) No MPAA Rating; Director: Daniel Mann.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Houdini    (1953) No MPAA Rating; Director: George Marshall.     Some historians contend that this film is not historically accurate. See, Past Imperfect. [NR]

Hour of the Gun    (1967) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Sturges.    See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect.

The House I Live In    (1945) No MPAA Rating; Director: Mervyn LeRoy.     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 House in the Middle    (1954) No MPAA Rating; Director: None.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

House of Usher    (1960) No MPAA Rating; Director: Roger Corman.     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 House on Garibaldi Street    (1979) No MPAA Rating; Director: Peter Collinson.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

How Green Was My Valley    (1941) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: John Ford.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

How the West Was Won    (1962) MPAA Rating: G; Directors: John Ford and Henry Hathaway.     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 Howards of Virginia    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Lloyd.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Human Condition    (1959-1961) No MPAA Rating; Director: Masaki Kobayashi.    See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame    (1939) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Dieterle.    The film is out-dated. We did have a Learning Guide for this movie but took it off because we felt that the film was not usable.



The Hunley    (1999) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Gray.    Suggested by a TWM User.

The Hunt For Red October    (1990) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: John McTiernan.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Hunters (Kalahari Desert Tribe Anthropological Film)    (1957) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Robert Gardner and John Marshall.     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 Hurricane    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence; Director: Norman Jewison.    "A film about Rubin Carter overcoming a 'corrupt' conviction and multiple life sentences for murder in New Jersey after 30 years. It deals with good and bad life-affecting choices, political ambition and corruption. Both white and black racial prejudice [and] persistence in the face of over-whelming situations [are shown]. There is some swearing." Bob Evans, Teacher. See the section on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction.

The Hustler    (1961) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Robert Rossen.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Hysteria    (2011) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Tanya Wexler.     This movie shows the invention of the electric vibrator by Dr. Mortimer Granville to treat an epidemic of hysteria among middle class and wealthy women by manipulating their genitals until they reached "paroxysm". Marketed to women directly, it became the most popular female sexual aid in history. TWM intends to create a guide for this film for our section on guides of movies for adults and college teachers. See, e.g,. Joseph Mortimer Granville, inventor of the electric vibrator for purposes of massage, but which is used by many women as a sexual aid; 'Hysteria' and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator. [LI] (JAF & DEF, 2013)



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