Title Creatorsort icon Date Era City Country Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
Ruggles of Red Gap Director: Leo McCarey 1935 1931-1950 United States

Happiness and fulfillment is in yourself.

Personal declaration of independence from servitude

Romeo + Juliet Director: Baz Luhrmann 1996 1991-2010 United States

Tragedy is central to life.

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

Rashomon Director: Akira Kurosawa 1950 1931-1950 Japan

The world is terrible and full of disasters and mankind is awful and pathetic.

Objectivity is a myth -- everyone sees a different reality, a different "story".

Rembrandt Director: Korda Alexander 1936 1931-1950 United Kingdom

Life is hard as an independent spirit, and wealth will elude you, but you will be happy, after a fashion.

Chariots of Fire Director: Hugh Hudson 1981 1971-1990 United Kingdom

A complete feeling of openness of the world to greatness of your own choosing.

Life is achievement.

Greystoke Director: Hugh Hudson 1984 1971-1990 United Kingdom

Life is Loss -- life is grim and culture is grim and the jungle is grim. All is grim.

The other important feature of the film emotionally is that Tarzan has been crippled by his circumstances of being brought up in the jungle -- he cannot live as a man, so the great tragedy of the story is that he has to return to the jungle, which is below primitive -- it is an isolated hell in which death is at every corner, and at best the companionship of apes. Given that the story partly portrays civilized men as brutes who relish killing animals, perhaps the emotional intent is to make the choice to return to the jungle as positive, but for this reviewer it is unutterably tragic and ugly.

Loss, Loss, Loss. Man as metaphysically alien from human culture.

Dangerous Beauty Director: Marshall Herskovitz 1998 United States

The world is a horrible split of conventional marital morality vs. honest but promiscuous morality. The way to live requires one sacrifice one's body for one's soul.

The importance of accepting your own rules for living, your own morality.

Chocolat Director: Lasse Hallstrom 2000 United Kingdom

Pleasure is good; religion and conventional thinking is bad.

Follow your dream and disregard convention.

Owl and the Sparrow Director: Stephane Gauger 2007 1991-2010 Saigon Vietnam

A child shows sweetness and strength and determination.

Searching for family, for soulmates.

Two Family House Director: Raymond De Felitta 2000 1991-2010 New York United States

Feelings of benevolence and optimism about life. Happiness comes from making choices for your own good.

Going after what you want in life; Don't be stopped by conventional standards of the people around you. It takes courage to be selfish.

Billy Elliot Director: Stephen Daldry 2000 1991-2010 United Kingdom

Life is dirty but one can clean up.

Go after what you love.

Godfather Director: Coppola Francis Ford 1972 1971-1990 United States

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

Behind beauty and success lies corruption and death.

Rob Roy Director: Michael Caton-Jones 1995 1991-2010 United Kingdom

Life is a struggle. The life you make for yourself can be difficult, but living it with strength and morality is the way to live. Happiness is possible in romance.

Heroism in everyday life leads to heroism writ large. A man works hard to lead his life and those of his extended clan in an honorable, productive, honest way. This is the everyday heroism. But dishonorable, evil men seek to steal from him and ruin him. This leads to a life of larger-than-life heroism to vanquish his mortal, and stronger enemies.

Tell No One (aka Ne le dis à personne) Director: Guillaume Canet 2006 1991-2010 France

Life is sad, and controlled by mysterious corruption.

Monster, The Director: Roberto Benigni 1994 1991-2010 Italy

Just laughter and more of the same.

Black Stallion Director: Carroll Ballard 1979 Sardinia Italy

Everything is possible between boy and beast, between an innocent human and mother nature.

Man and nature in harmony. At least this is the theme of the first half of the movie. See "Description" and "Context" info below for more on this comment.

Dirty Dancing Director: Emile Ardolino 1987

Life is passionate and meaningful.

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

Love Actually Director and Screenwriter: Richard Curtis 2003 1991-2010 United Kingdom

Romantic love, family love, filial love, and the love of friendship are of central importance to human existence, and are possible to achieve.

Wonderful experiences of love are found in many forms and places.

Rose Window - La Sainte-Chapelle (aka The Holy Chapel Designer: Unknown 1248 Paris, Ile de la Cite France

The world is open and bright and colorful and gay.

Spider Web Narcissi Table Lamp Designer: Louis Comfort Tiffany circa 1902 1900-1950 United States

Richness of form, sumptuous shapes.

System of Architectural Ornament, A Designer: Louis Henri Sullivan 1922 1900s Chicago United States

The world is a place of infinite, ordered, geometric, fluid possibilities.

Helene Arpels Dress Designer: Maggy Rouff 1937 1901-1950 Paris France

Elegance and richness of detail

Covered Box Designer: John Otar 1930 1901-2000 Santa Cruz, CA United States

Fun; complexity made from simplicity

Green fabric Designer: Mariano Fortuny circa 1920 Italy

Still produced by the Fortuny fabric company.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT Designer: Enzo Ferrari 1969 Italy

The world is a place of speed and elegance.