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


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Wagon Master    (1950) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Ford.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Wag the Dog    (1997) R for language; Director: Barry Levinson.     No real substance. Adult themes. [ITO]

Waitress    (2007) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and thematic elements; Director: Adrienne Shelly.    This is a film about feminine empowerment. However, every major character in the film is either an adulteress, a dolt, an adulterer, abusive, or has some other substantial failing. This is especially true of the male characters. One female character (who is married herself) has a soliloquy about the beauties of having an affair with a married man. The women in the film have no ethics except for sisterly solidarity and will forgive each other for just about anything. The male characters have no ethics at all. Unfortunately, for the lives of some people, there is a lot of truth to this movie, and the pie motif is fabulous. And, for the lives of all of us, there is at least a little truth in this film. But sorting it all out will be very difficult and without that effort "Waitress" isn't a movie that's suitable for an adult to recommend to a child. [NR] (JAF, 2007)

Waking the Dead    (1999) MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language. Director: Keith Gordon.     This is an excellent film about a man's obsession with a dead (well, we're not sure she's really dead) girlfriend set in the context of the movement seeking to provide sanctuary in the U.S. for victims of the Chilean dictatorship. It shows a time in the U.S. during the 1970s. The love making scenes are tasteful but too explicit for classroom use. [PD] (JAF)

Waking Ned Divine    (1998) MPAA Rating: PG for nudity, language and thematic elements; Director: Kirk Jones.    This film is about a village in Ireland in which a dead man has won the lottery. We could not see a way to make this film a device to teach children. [ITO] (JAF)

Walkabout    (1971) No MPAA Rating; Director: Nicholas Roeg.     Obscure and shows nudity and a suicide. It is very interesting in many ways contrasting Western and aboriginal society. [PD] (JAF)

A Walk In The Sun    (1945) No MPAA Rating; Director: Lewis Milestone.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Walk The Line    (2005) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency; Director: James Mangold.    This is the story of Johnny Cash and his battle against drug addiction and his efforts to get June Carter to marry him. We haven't researched it but understand it to be basically accurate. This film is a good possibility for a Guide. [LI] (JAF)

Walk on Water    (2004) MPAA Rating: R for some language including sexual references, and for brief nudity; Director: Eytan Fox.    This is a fabulous and sophisticated movie in which Eyal, a Mossad assasin, is getting tired of killing. He is assigned to murder a very old Nazi war criminal whom he must locate by appearing to befriend the man's grandson, Axel, and his granddaughter, Pia. However, Axel turns out to be gay and Pia has rejected her family's past. Knowing one another changes the lives of Eyal, Axel and Pia. [PD] (JAF & DEF)

Wall Street    (1987) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Oliver Stone.    Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The War Lord    (1965) No MPAA Rating; Director: Franklin J. Schaffner.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

War And Peace    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

War and Peace    (1968) No MPAA Rating; Director: Sergei Bondarchuk.     This is the Russian version. Recommended by Asia, a teacher from Russia. [LI]

War of the Buttons    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The War of the Roses    (1989) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Danny DeVito.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The War Room    (1993) MPAA Rating: PG; Directors: Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker.    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)

Warm Springs    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

We Bought a Zoo   (2011) This is a nice feel good movie about a family grieving for a beloved mother who has recently died. The husband achieves resolution by taking on a project, the rehabilitation of a defunct zoo, and the 14 year-old-son finds a first love. However, the movie completely glosses over the very real ethical problems inherent in confining wild animals in small spaces. There is a glimmer of raised consciousness here and there in the episodes with the tiger, whose time has come to die, and the bear, who escapes and gets a slightly larger enclosure. However, the miserable lives of most mammals confined in zoos is not addressed. There are many who believe, this author among them, that almost all zoos are inhumane concentration camps that should be drastically reformed or abolished. (Exceptions may be those institutions whose primary purpose is to rehabilitate abused animals or which have large natural habitats for the animals and in which people view the animals from protective cages, but even these types of facilities pose serious ethical problems – lions, for example, live in families and hunt herds of prey; no zoo can duplicate this.) Should run of the mill zoos should be replaced with virtual zoos in which animals are shown on screen or does mankind just admit that for the purpose of education and entertainment, we are going to imprison and ruin the lives of certain animals. If adults show this film to children they should acknowledge this failing of the movie and start a discussion about whether most zoos should be dismantled. (JAF, 2012) [NR]

Water    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Watergate    (1994) No MPAA Rating; Director: Mick Gold.    "An excellent documentary... It is quite thorough and interestingly put together." Kathryn Heintz.

Waterloo    (1971) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Sergei Bondarchuk.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Waterworld    (1995) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense scenes of action violence, brief nudity and language; Director: Kevin Reynolds.    Suggested by a TWM User.

The Way We Were    (1973) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Sydney Pollack.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The Wedding March    (1928) No MPAA Rating; Director: Erich von Stroheim.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Wells Fargo    (1937) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Lloyd.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

West Bank Story     (2005) No MPAA Rating; Director: Ari Sandel     This is a delightful and humorous short subject which applies "West Side Story" to the struggle between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The film won the Academy Award for the best live action short subject in 2007. LI (JAF, 2009)

West Side Story    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Westerner    (1940) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Wyler.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Westinghouse Works    (1904) 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.

Westward the Women    (1951) No MPAA Rating; Director: William A. Wellman.    suggested by a teacher for grades: 7-12.

We Were Soldiers    (2002) MPAA Rating: R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language; Director: Randall Wallace.    Suggested by a TWM User. We are presently evaluating this movie for a Learning Guide. [LI] (JAF, 2007)

Whale Rider    A Learning Guide has been created for this film.

What About Bob?    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Frank Oz.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

What's Cooking?    (2000) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation; Director: Gurinder Chadha.     We haven't see this movie which is "about four American ethnic families (African American, Latino, Jewish and Vietnamese) all preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, while their younger generations are connected in unsuspected ways. [The movie is part of] an emerging genre of comedies about second- and third-generation young people breaking loose from traditional parents . . . " Roger Ebert Review Chicago Sun-Times, March 12, 2003. Mr. Ebert called the movie "Wonderful". (For an example of this genre on TeachWithMovies.com, see "Bend It Like Beckham".) [LI]

What's Eating Gilbert Grape    A Learning Guide has been created for this film.

What's Opera, Doc?    (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Chuck Jones.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

What's Up, Doc?    (1972) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Peter Bogdanovich.    This film is ranked #61 on the American Film Institute's List of the 100 Funniest American Movies of All Time (2006).

When A Man Loves A Woman    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

When Harry Met Sally    (1989) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Rob Reiner.    This film is ranked #23 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.

When the Whales Came     (1989) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Clive Reves.    This is a feel good film about an island on the Southwest coast of England just before and during WW I. It is lovely with a strong ecological message but slow moving. We couldn't think of a way to make it into a teaching tool. [ITO] (JAF)

When You Remember Me    (1990) No MPAA Rating; Director: Harry Winer.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Where Are My Children?    (1916) MPAA Rating: Approved; Directors: Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber.     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 White Balloon    (1995) No MPAA Rating; Director: Jafa Panahi.     This is a prizewinning film in Farsi with English subtitles. We do not think that children would enjoy it. [NA] (JAF)

White Fang    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG; Director: Randal Kleiser.     This is a movie version of Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and a half-wolf, half-dog. The film has a horrendous episode of a dog fight that was intended to show how awful dog fighting is and the relentless viciousness of a pit bull trained to fight. It succeeds, perhaps too graphically. One of the key events of the story, an attack by wolves on people, is unrealistic and there is no record of an incident like it ever happening. The film also shows the Yukon gold rush, the perils of life in the far North, and the slow development of a strong friendship. We strongly disagree with the PG rating for this film and would not show it to children under the age of 14 because the dog fight scenes are very disturbing. [PD] (JAF)

White Heat    (1949) MPAA Rating: Approved; 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.

White Man's Burden    (1995) MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some violence. Director: Desmond Nakano.     This is a gripping film with a reversal of roles in which "minority" whites are persecuted by "majority" blacks. Some whites who have seen this film tell us that no other film made them understand what it might be like to be a member of a minority. However, there is some disturbing violence and profanity pervades the screenplay. [PD] (JAF & DEF)

White Men Can't Jump    (1992) MPAA Rating: R for language and sexuality; Director: Ron Sheldon.     This movie contains a lot of profanity, graphic sexuality and some good street basketball action. But there is little curriculum related content. For a better film about basketball, try "Hoop Dreams". [ITO] (JAF)

White Nights    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

White Oleander    (2002) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements concerning dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality and violence. Director: Peter Kosminsky.     This is an excellent character study of a murderous narcissistic mother and her daughter's effort to survive in the foster care system. There are important lessons in social-emotional learning in this film. [LI] (JAF & DEF)

White Palace    (1990) MPAA Rating: R.  This is a charming film about a romance between a woman in her forties and a young man in his early 20s. It is one of the original "Cougar movies" and makes the claim that this type of romance can work. It also claims that the romance can work across class differences as well. In any case, it doesn't appear to us that students would be interested. It also has too much sex and the audience get's several views of Susan Sarandon's naked breasts. NR (JAF 2012)

The White Rose    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

White Squall    (1996) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and a traumatic shipwreck; Director: Ridley Scott.    This film has many strengths but it also shows, without much negative comment, high school students visiting a brothel and getting drunk, although the encounter is not shown in a positive light It was suggested by several teachers and some on the TWM team. (JAF)

Who Am I this Time?    (1982) made for TV movie based on Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s book; No MPAA Rating; Director: Jonathan Demme.    Starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon, this delightful made for TV film tells the story of a hardware store clerk who has a flare for acting and becomes the roles that he plays. His current role is that of Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" Susan Sarandon plays a young pretty office-worker who is recruited to play Stella and, of course, there is an off-stage romance. This film might be good for acting classes to start discussions about the character traits of a good actor. [LI] (JAF & DEF)

Whore    (1991) MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual situations and dialogue, and for some violence; Director: Ken Russell.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?    (1981) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Badham.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice

Why Man Creates    (1968) No MPAA Rating; Directors: Elaine Bass and Saul Bass.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Why We Fight (Series)    (1942-1945) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Capra.    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)

Wild and Woolly    (1917) No MPAA Rating; Director: John Emerson.     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 Wild Bunch    (1969) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Sam Peckinpah.    This film is ranked #80 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 Wild Child    (1969) MPAA Rating: G; Director: Francois Truffaut.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Wild Grass   (2009) In French with English subtitles; No MPAA Rating but would probably be rated PG-13 for adult subjects; Director: Alain Resnais. In this film characters do inexplicable things, repeatedly. The movie will bore most students to death and probably most adults in the U.S. But then again, this is taste. Roger Ebert, the best movie reviewer out there, liked the film. (JAF, 2012) [NR]

Wild River    (1960) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: Elia Kazan.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Wild Strawberries    (1957) Director: Ingmar Bergman.    A classic film but inaccessible for children. Released in Swedish under the name "Smultronstället". [NA] (JAF)

Wild Times    (1980) No MPAA Rating; Director: Richard Compton.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Wild Wild West    (1999) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence, sex references and innuendo. Director: Barry Sonnenfeld.     This is actually a science fiction-action movie for the 1870s. It isn't really very interesting in the 21st century. Some historical figures appear such as President Ulysses Grant, but they are mere window dressing. [ITO, NA] (JAF)

Wildflower    (1991) No MPAA Rating; Director: Diane Keaton.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Will Penny    (1968) No MPAA Rating; Director: Tom Gries.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?     (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Frank Tashlin.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Winchester '73    (1950) No MPAA Rating; Director: Anthony Mann.    See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

The Wind    (1928) No MPAA Rating; Director: Victor Sjöström.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Windtalkers    (2002) MPAA Rating: R for pervasive graphic war violence, and for language; Director: John Woo.    This movie is about Navajo native Americans who serve with the U.S. military during WW II to communicate in codes no one could possibly break. Suggested by a TWM User. [LI]

Winged Migration    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

Wings    (1927) No MPAA Rating; Director: William A. Wellman.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Wings of the Dove    (1997) MPAA Rating: R for sexuality; Director: Ian Softley.    Loosely based on the novel by Henry James, this well acted, award-winning film tells a tale of two English lovers. They are poor and need money. In search of wealth they befriend a rich American orphan with a fatal disease. She wants to see Europe before she dies and to have a romance. The problem is that they all actually like one another. This is an excellent film for adults that, in our view, just misses being a worthwhile educational tool because of the adult themes and some beautifully filmed overt sexuality. [NR] (JAF)

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

Within Our Gates    (1920) No MPAA Rating; Director: Oscar Micheaux.     This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film.

Without Limits    (1998) MPAA Rating: PG - 13 for brief sexual material and brief strong language. Director: Robert Towne.    Biographical work on Steve Prefontaine. This is an excellent movie but with substantial profanity. "Prefontaine", an earlier and less sophisticated film, covering the same subject is actually better. [PD]

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

Witness For The Prosecution (1957) No MPAA Rating; Director: Billy Wilder.    Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in Reel Justice

The Wizard Of Oz    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie. See Wizard of Oz — Primary, Wizard of Oz — Secondary, and Wizard of Oz — Hero's Journey.

Wolf At the Door    (1987) No MPAA Rating; Director: Henning Carlsen.    This is a great film about Gaugin, but for adults. It shows nudity and sex, and features female orgasm sounds. [NR]

Woman of the Year    (1942) No MPAA Rating; Director: George Stevens .    This film is ranked #90 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 delightful comedy with little educational content. [ITO] (JAF)

A Woman's Tale    (1991) MPAA Rating: PG-13; Director: Paul Cox.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Woman Under the Influence    (1974) MPAA Rating: R; Director: John Cassavetes.    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.

The Women    (1939) MPAA Rating: Approved; Director: George Cukor.     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 Women of Brewster Place    (1989) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Donna Deitch.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Pedro Almodovar.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

Wonder Boys    (2000) MPAA Rating: R for language and drug content; Director: Curtis Hanson.    This is not a film to recommend to children, although many of them find it fascinating. It includes adultery, transvestitism, drug use, and homosexuality. It is very entertaining for adults with ultimately positive messages about the importance of relationships and the mind-numbing effects of recreational drugs. [NR] (JAF)

Woodstock    (1970) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Michael Wadleigh.    This film is listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film. Suggested by a TWM User. See the section on this movie in History Goes to the Movies.

Working Girl    (1988) MPAA Rating: R; Director: Mike Nichols.    See the section on this movie in The Motion Picture Prescription.

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk    A Learning Guide has been prepared for this movie.

The Wrong Man    (1956) No MPAA Rating; Director: Alfred Hitchcock.    See the section on this movie in Reel Justice

Wuthering Heights    (1939) No MPAA Rating; Director: William Wyler.    This film is ranked #73 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.

Wyatt Earp    (1994) MPAA Rating: PG-13 for strong gunfights, some language and sensuality; Director: Lawrence Kasdan.    See the sections on this movie in History Goes to the Movies and Past Imperfect.



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