Creator Title Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
Director: Fredi Murer Vitus

If you have the will, you can find the way to live the way you want.

Living your life your own way is the only right way.

Composer: Warren and Dubin Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Weariness & Sadness

Life is loss of dreams and sadness

Director: Fred Zinnemann High Noon

There is palpable evil in the world. There is heroism in the face of evil in the world. The movie is full of fear and foreboding and betrayal.

Civil Society is the ideal, and worth fighting for. Doing what is right is the right way to live. Don't let the evil bastards win. The theme is expressed repeatedly in the movie via the contrast of the Marshall who grimly faces the need to do what he lives for, despite the death facing him, vs. the mealy mouthed town folk, many of which who won't fight for their civil society, and vs. the deputy marshall who portrays the sellout who will give into evil force in order to "get along".

Composer: Franz Lehar Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe)

Love brings gaiety and joy to life.

Love can be gay and tender, solemn and lighthearted, painful and joyous.

Director: John McTiernan Die Hard

The way to beat evil is to give no quarter, no compromise. Life is hard, but fighting for the right is rewarded.

Giving up in life is not an option.

Director: Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot

Life is dirty but one can clean up.

Go after what you love.

Director: Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet

Tragedy is central to life.

Romantic Love is doomed and we don't control our own lives.

Painter: William Hosner Her Face to the Wind

One gets the feeling that the young woman is able to stand strong in the world, with panache and beauty all at once.

Facing life in a fresh, strong, vivacious way.

Singing Group: Soviet Army Chorus and Band Wait for Your Soldier

Happiness triumphs.

The power of joy to motivate action.

Director: Leo McCarey Ruggles of Red Gap

Happiness and fulfillment is in yourself.

Personal declaration of independence from servitude

Writer: Noel Coward Design for Living

Life can be giddy and bright. Facing up to one's anti-conventional values is important. Conventional morality must be questioned if it causes suffering and conflict.

You should follow your deepest values and accept them no matter how unconventional the outcome.

A rare combination of the wittiest, lightest of Noel Coward's style, along with deeper themes of romantic love, proper morality and how should one live.

Composer: Lou Handman Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Sensuality and bitterness

The remembrance of past love.

Loysel, Jacques: La Grande Nevrose

The dynamic female body is beautiful and exciting. Although it may not explicitly suggest it, the nude and its tense position could be felt as erotic.

An animated female body is a vessel of perfection.

Director: Coppola Francis Ford Godfather

Life demands death; life is a horror of killing and retribution. Life is tragedy and malevolence

Behind beauty and success lies corruption and death.

Alexander, John: Trees

A sense of the world as dynamic and strong.

Nature is wild and dynamic.

Author: Phyllis Brett Young Psyche

Optimistic, Hopeful, even under terrible circumstances.

We are beings of self-made soul

Screenwriter: Chopra Vidhu Vinod 3 Idiots

Life can be fun and productive and exciting. As is true in some other Bollywood features, this story and the ideas behind it about pursuing the good life, has an honesty and clarity and benevolence that is not part of the U.S. movie scene.

Be what you want to be; follow your passion in life

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Johnson Wax Building

Day to day life can be exalted and pleasurable.

To Work should be a condition of grandeur and joy.

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House

The world is open and has sweeping, unending possibilities.

The essence of a house as shelter, and providing a sense of strength and privacy. That is, a structure that exudes strength through its massive cantilever and massive brick and stone forms, along with its big overhangs sheltering the windows to create a sense of privacy and enclosure, in its urban situation.

Myron?: Riace Bronze A

Man is strong and indomitable

Intelligence, Pride, Strength = Man

Director: Emile Ardolino Dirty Dancing

Life is passionate and meaningful.

The joy and passion of love and life and dancing, while learning integrity and independence.

White, James Terry: Hyacinths to feed thy soul

Hopeful. Even in poverty one can have beauty.

Beauty is a form of sustenance

Architect: Louis Sullivan National Farmers' Bank

Being able to breath freely -- expansively, and feeling that there are no limits to what man can do.

The world is expansively, infinitely rich.

Sculptor: unknown Niobe

Human action is beautiful.

Life is movement.

Author: Henry Kitchell Webster King in Khaki, A

Honesty is a noble and practical way of life.

Business acumen produces both material wealth and moral right.

The success of the entrepreneur in this story, along with his relation to all his staff and secondary and tertiary folks on the island who work for him -- makes him into a "king" based on important human relations and the rightness of his decisions that result in a successful business enterprise.

A subsidiary theme might be termed the power of morality over physical power or economic "power".