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


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Rabbit-Proof Fence    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Rack    (1956) No MPAA Rating; Director: Arnold Laven.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Radio    (2003) MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and thematic elements; Director: Michael Tollin.    "I teach personal development and careers to 7th graders. This movie is a wonderful tool to demonstrate tolerance and people who listen to their hearts and consciences. I use it when I talk about tolerance and stereotypes. My school is urban and very culturally diverse. The students are for the most part not terribly sensitive to others' feelings or needs. This movie starts to open their eyes and set them on the journey of being more empathetic than their parents are." Donna A. Bill, Teacher, Syracuse, NY. Suggested grades: 6-8. We expect to prepare a Learning Guide for this film. [LI] (JAF)

Radio Flyer    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for theme (child abuse) and violence; Director: Richard Donner.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Raging Bull    (1980) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Martin Scorsese.    This film is ranked #24 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 Raid    (1954) No MPAA Rating; Director: Hugo Fregonese.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Raid on Entebbe    (1977) No MPAA Rating; Director: Irvin Kershner.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Raiders of the Lost Ark    (1981) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Steven Spielberg.    This film is ranked #60 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.

Rainmaker    (1997) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a strong beating and elements of domestic abuse; Director: Francis Ford Coppola.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Rain Man    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Barry Levinson.    Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Raising Arizona    (1987) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen.    This film is ranked #31 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

A Raisin In The Sun    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Rambo: First Blood Part II    (1985) MPAA Rating: R; Director: George P. Cosmatos, 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]

Rambo III    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Peter MacDonald, Written 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]

Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case    (1980) No MPAA Rating; Director: Peter Levin.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The Rape of Richard Beck    (1985) No MPAA Rating; Director: Karen Arthur.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The Rapture    (1991) MPAA Rating: R for strong sensuality, and for some language and violence; Director: Michael Tolkin.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Rashomon    (1950) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Akira Kurasawa.    "Explores the same story from three different viewpoints. A Japanese classic!" Suggested grades: 6-12. [LI]

Ray    (2004) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements; Director: Taylor Hackford.    Recommended by several teachers and probably worth a Learning Guide when there is time. Suggested grades: 9-12. [LI] (JAF)

Rear Window    (1954) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Alfred Hitchcock.    This film is ranked #42 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.

Rebecca    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: Alfred Hitchcock.    This is one of the best mysteries of all time. It starts a little slowly but then grabs you and won't let go.

Rebel Without A Cause    (1955) No MPAA Rating; Director: Nicholas Ray.    This film is ranked #59 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. This is the classic with James Dean about a troubled adolescent finding himself. It has been recommended by several people. [LI] (JAF)

The Red Badge Of Courage    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Red Dust    (1932) MPAA Rating: Passed; Director: Victor Fleming.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Red River    (1948) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.     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 Red Shoes    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Red Violin (also Le Violin Rouge)    (1998) MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality; Director: François Girard (In five languages with subtitles).     This is a marvelously conceived and executed tale of the life of a fictitious "ultimate" instrument across four centuries. The violin travels from Italy to a German monastery, falls into the hands of gypsies, is ransomed by an English aristocrat who is also a composer and musician, and survives the travails of the cultural revolution in China. The skill and evident devotion of the film maker to his subject is something to celebrate. But there are two explicit sex scenes. One is a hilarious send up of Gothic romances, but probably too advanced for all but the most mature young teenagers. Very cleverly constructed, mystical, a bit of a thriller; this is a movie for adults. We could not find a central focus for using the film as a teaching tool. However, a teacher wrote to us and recommended this film, saying: "I use the 'Red Violin' in a creative writing class to teach symbolism and vignette writing. A very popular form of writing today is vignette writing, short stories woven together through a theme. 'The Red Violin' uses the owners of the violin and the secret ingredient --blood-- to tie the vignettes together. The prophecy for the pregnant woman is true because her humors are mixed with the humors of her baby. The violin and the baby are the violin master's offspring (his best work and his blood). The stories are masterfully tied together. When I show the film, I edit out the nude scene. The rest is academic art." Karla Hardaway, Teacher, Louisiana. Suggested grades: 11-12. [LI]

Reds    (1981) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Warren Beatty.    This film consists of vignettes from the history of the radical left in the U.S. in the early 20th century. It contains adult themes of infidelity and free love. There is too much profanity. However, a teacher told us: "I've used this film in my European history class and found it to be helpful when teaching the Russian Revolution... [I]t gives the students a little different perspective than a documentary." Rebecca Williams, Teacher, Columbus, GA. Suggested grades: 10-12. See the sections on this movie in Reel v. Real: How Hollywood Turns Fact Into Fiction and Past Imperfect. [PD] (JAF)

Regarding Henry    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Mike Nichols.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Regeneration    (1915) No MPAA Rating; Director: Raoul Walsh.     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 Remains of the Day    (2005) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for themes; Director: James Ivory.    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. We have not reviewed this movie.

Remember The Titans    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania    (1972) No MPAA Rating; Director: Jonas Mekas.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Renaissance Man    (1994) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language; Director: Penny Marshall.    "This film is about a fired/out of work advertising executive (Danny DeVito) who takes the only job he can get- working with basic training soldiers who are about to get 'booted' from the army. All the main characters are struggling with self-esteem and personal problems. Through a group study of 'Hamlet' they all see their way through some decisions and begin to focus on the goals they really want to achieve." Elizabeth J. Griffin, Teacher, Greenwood, IN. Suggested grades: 8-12. [LI]

Rent    (2005) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language; Director: Chris Columbus.    Suggested by a TWM User. This is not suitable to show to a classroom of children. There will inevitably be some parents who object to it. The film focuses on three couples and a friend. There is a lesbian couple, a gay couple and a straight couple. The woman in the heterosexual relationship is a drug addict. There is profanity, mooning, etc. However, this is a very good movie on many levels. There are many very good messages about love and living with AIDS. The music is wonderful. The actors are engaging. [PD] (JAF & DEF)

Republic Steel Strike Riots 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.

Retreat, Hell!    (1952) No MPAA Rating; Director: Joseph H. Lewis.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Return Of Frank James    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: Fritz Lang.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Return of the Musketeers    (1989) MPAA Rating: R for sexuality/nudity; Director: Richard Lester.     We could not find a way to make this film into a teaching tool. While there is no real gore, there are some awful murders, for example where a young woman axes to death a man whose head is caught in a leg hold trap. [ITO] (JAF)

Return of the Secaucus Seven    (1980) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Sayles.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Return With Honor    (1998) No MPAA Rating; Director: Freida Lee Mock and Terry Sanders.    "It is a historical chronicle biography of the soldiers and their emotional traumas .... I think the students don't really appreciate how men left their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today." A. Brown, Las Vegas, NV.

Reversal of Fortune    (1990) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Barbet Schroeder.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice

Rhinestone    (1984) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Bob Clark, 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]

Richard III    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Ride the High Country    (1962) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Sam Peckinpah.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Ride With The Devil    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for graphic war violence; Director: Ang Lee    Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

The Right Stuff    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Rip Van Winkle    (1896) No MPAA Rating; Director: William K.L. Dickson.     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 River    (1938) No MPAA Rating; Director: Pare Lorentz.     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 River Runs Through It    (1992) MPAA Rating: PG for momentary nudity, and some language in a family drama; Director: Robert Redford.     This is a great story of brothers and fishing in Montana in the early 2000s. One of the brothers makes poor life-choices and dies as a result. The other makes good choices and flourishes. The movie is well acted, well directed, and beautifully filmed. It gives the viewer a great sense of the beauty of Montana. Smoking and alcohol use are shown without negative comment. We have not been able to think of a positive way to use this movie with a class. If the love of fishing is a unifying force in a family, this movie might be good to watch together. [LI] (JAF, 2007)

The Road To Galveston    (1996) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements; Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno.    Suggested by a TWM User.

The Road to Morocco    (1942) No MPAA Rating; Director: David Butler.    This film is ranked #78 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.

Rob Roy    (1995) MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence and sexuality; Director: Michael Caton-Jones.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Robin and Marian    (1976) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Richard Lester.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Kevin Reynolds.    Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Rocket Gibraltar    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Daniel Petrie.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Rocky    (1976) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: John G. Avilsen.    This film is ranked #78 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 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. 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]

Rocky II    (1979) MPAA Rating: PG; Directed and Written 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]

Rocky III    (1982) MPAA Rating: PG; Directed and Written 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]

Rocky IV    (1985) MPAA Rating: PG; Directed and Written 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]

Rocky V    (1990) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: John G. Avildsen, Written 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]

Rocky Balboa    (2006) MPAA Rating: PG; Directed and Written 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]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show    (1975) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Jim Sharman.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Roe vs. Wade    (1989) No MPAA Rating; Director: Gregory Hobit.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Roger & Me    (1989) MPAA Rating: R; 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)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry    (1978) No MPAA Rating; Director: Jack Smight.    suggested by a teacher for grades: 9-12. [LI]

Roman Holiday    (1953) MPAA Rating: Approved; 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.

Romeo And Juliet    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Rookie    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Eleanor Roosevelt    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Roots Vol. I - VI    Learning Guides have been prepared for these movies.

Rosa Luxemburg    (1986) No MPAA Rating; Director: Margarethe von Trotta.    See the section on this movie in Past Imperfect.

Rose Hobart    (1936) No MPAA Rating; Director: Joseph Cornell.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Rosewood    (1997) MPAA Rating: R for violence and some sexuality; Director: John Singleton.    Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

Rossini's Ghost    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Roxanne    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie..

Ruby Bridges    (1998) No MPAA Rating; Director: Euzhan Palcy.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story    (1996) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language and some sexuality; Director: Neema Barnette.    Suggested by a TWM User.

Rudy    (1993) MPAA Rating: PG for mild language; Director: David Anspaugh.    Suggested by several people. "Unforgettable story about the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man. A must for any classroom and a staple for teachers. Surprised you don't have one of the top 10 movies used by teachers." Grades: 6 - 12; Victoria Clark, McFadden Intermediate School, Santa Ana, CA. [LI]

Rules of Engagement    (2000) MPAA Rating: R for scenes of war violence, and for language; Director: William Friedkin.    Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

A Rumor of War    (1980) No MPAA Rating; Director: Richard T. Heffron.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Run Silent, Run Deep    (1958) No MPAA Rating; Director: Robert Wise.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Runaway Jury    (2003) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language and thematic elements; Director: Gary Fleder.    Not a realistic view of the legal system but the themes are basically good. There is substantial violence. [PD] (JAF)

Runaway Train    (1985) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Andrei Konchalovsky.    Exceedingly violent. [NR] (JAF)

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Ryan     (2004) No MPAA Rating; Director: Chris Landreth     In this short subject animations are combined with live shots. The result is one of the most interesting visual presentations that we have ever seen. This film would be great for showing in animation, cinema or art classes, just to expand students' understanding of what is possible with live action and animation. It's not quite worth a fullfledged Learning Guide but we recommend this film to everyone. See the web page on this film from The National Film Board of Canada. [ITO] (JAF 2009)

Ryan's Daughter    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Ryan White Story    (1989) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Herzfeld.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.



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