The Human Experience: Films of Historical & Social Value

Films about history and society. The most vital documentation of our world and lived experiences. These are the stories of the peoples of the world.

Trying not to repeat perspectives, cultures, and eras.

Suggestions welcome.

I especially welcome suggestions from countries, cultures, and communities that I have not yet been able to represent.

This list was inspired by discussions from this review.

  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Shoah
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • A City of Sadness
  • Grand Illusion
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • La Haine
  • Come and See
  • To Live
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • There Will Be Blood
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Trainspotting
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • For Sama
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Late Spring
  • Taxi Driver
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Man with a Movie Camera
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Winter Light
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • The Cremator
  • Dersu Uzala
  • The Rules of the Game
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Greed
  • From What Is Before
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Roma
  • The Master
  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • Ratcatcher
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • The Great White Silence
  • I Vitelloni
  • Honeyland
  • House of Hummingbird
  • The Searchers
  • Peppermint Candy
  • Leviathan
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Alexandria… Why?
  • Diego Maradona
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • Silence
  • Two Days, One Night
  • Satantango
  • This Is Not a Film
  • American Honey
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Fish Tank
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Girlhood
  • The Nightingale
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • United 93
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Timbuktu
  • Moonlight
  • Red Sorghum
  • Different from the Others
  • Atlantics
  • The Third Generation
  • Kids
  • Rhapsody in August
  • Neruda
  • Mirror
  • Pushing Hands
  • Peterloo
  • Egg
  • The Battle of Chile: Part I
  • Napoleon
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Z
  • Underground
  • Days of Heaven
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Voyage to Cythera
  • The Farewell
  • Naked
  • Nashville
  • The Conformist
  • The Travelling Players
  • All the President's Men
  • Matewan
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Black Girl
  • Touki Bouki
  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Häxan