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Poll: Morality Plays

A morality play is an allegorical story focusing on choices between varying points of of moral and ethical attributes. Often inspiring audiences to think, or cringe at their talky, heavy-handedness, which of these morality plays is the best to you? Discuss at the Poll Suggestion Board!

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    The Seventh Seal (1957)

    A disillusioned knight seeks to prolong his life by distracting Death with a game of chess, as he hopes to perform one last single meaningful act.
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    12 Angry Men (1957)

    A jury is convened to decide the fate of a young man accused of murder. When the jury is all too quick to send the young man to what will likely be his death, one juror forces the easily-convinced jury to question their motives resulting in a heated debate.
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    Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

    A group of Nazis are put on trial for war crimes using the defense that they were only following orders.
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    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    A lawyer in the Depression-era South defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice that comes as a result of it.
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    In the Heat of the Night (1967)

    A prejudiced police chief works with an black FBI agent to solve a murder in the South, in which they both confront societal racism.
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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

    A married couple confront race relations when their daughter reveals that she is engaged to an African-American man who similarly confronts his un-receptive father.
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    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)

    A German woman in her mid-60s marries a Moroccan migrant worker who is around 25-years younger, they appall everyone around them.
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    Network (1976)

    A crazed T.V. pundit espouses truth about the state of American affairs, while a TV producer deals with the fallout of an affair with an emotionally un-involved woman of the "TV generation."
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    The Name of the Rose (1986)

    An intellectually nonconformist monk investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey revealing the unethical practices of people in authority.
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    Platoon (1986)

    A U.S. soldier faces moral corruption and war crimes during the Vietnam War.
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    Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

    A prestigious man orders the murder of an extra-martial lover, which plagues him with guilt as the moral teachings and values of his religious father resurface.
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    A Few Good Men (1992)

    A lackadaisical U.S. Army JAG Corp. attorney defends two Marines accused of murder who carried out the execution on the orders of their harsh, but effective commanding officer.
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    Pulp Fiction (1994)

    A hitman, a gangster, his wife and a boxer are faced with a number of bizarre, violent occurrences in which they find personal redemption through brushes with death.
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    The Devil's Advocate (1997)

    A young hot-shot lawyer is lured into a huge New York City law firm to defend guilty clients of the lowest and highest order as he reaps the financial benefits without realizing the greater context of his presence there.
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    Rules of Engagement (2000)

    A retiring U.S. Marine chooses to defend a Colonel accused of murdering protesters at a Yemen airbase after going under attack from the crowd.
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    Traffic (2000)

    As a newly-appointed drug czar begins carrying out the drug war, he is forced to confront his political actions and the realities of the drug war after his daughter becomes an out-of-control heroin addict.
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    Insomnia (2002)

    A detective under investigation covers up his accidental killing of his partner who was to testify against him. The guilt plagues him in the form of insomnia while his target begins to taunt and manipulate him with the knowledge of his wrongdoing.
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    Far from Heaven (2002)

    A white woman, who discovers her husband has homosexual feelings, becomes close with a black man causing adverse societal implications for her, her husband, her black friend and his daughter.
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    Crash (2004)

    A series of racially-motivated events force a group of interconnected L.A. residents to question their personal values on race.
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    The Machinist (2004)

    A machinist suffering from insomnia is plagued with sleeplessness nights and subtle reminders of an event he is attempting to eradicate from his mind.
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    Lady Vengeance (2005)

    A young woman takes the fall for a child-murdering, pedophile school teacher but later seeks revenge. However, does the gory punishment suit the crime?
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    Match Point (2005)

    A man with a bright future is compromised due to an affair and out-of-wedlock pregnancy. After choosing to murder his extra-martial lover and unborn child, he questions the morality of his decision.
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    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

    A drug-addicted financier seeks to undo his irregularities by plotting a "perfect" robbery of his mother's jewelry store, engulfing his down-on-his-luck brother in a horrific turn of events.
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    Gone Baby Gone (2007)

    A private investigator and his girlfriend investigate the case of a missing girl, immersing themselves into the horrific world of child sex abuse and discover the truth behind the situation in which they must make a choice in which moral ethics become blurred.
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    Michael Clayton (2007)

    A legal attorney, unable to live with a guilty conscience, builds a case against his own clients who are responsible for the deaths of several families.
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    Doubt (2008)

    A Catholic priest is suspected of sexual misconduct with a bullied, gay, black student in a 1960s Catholic School, leading an overbearing Nun to confirm her suspicions by coercion of an idealist nun and breaking the rules of her Church dogma.
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    Unthinkable (2010)

    An FBI team debates the actions of a black-ops officer assigned to torture a white American, homegrown Islamic terrorist to discover the locations of bombs planted in 3 U.S. cities.
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    Carnage (2011)

    Two married couples engage in a hour-long debate about political correctness, the nature of man, morality, the collective of civilization, race and feminism after their two sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.
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    The Sunset Limited (2011)

    A suicidal, atheist college professor debates a Christian ex-con on a number of issues including existential nihilism, suicide and God as they recollect the experiences of their harsh lives.
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    The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    A terrorist forces Batman, James Gordon and the city of Gotham to confront a series of unethical decisions made to protect the city's existence following the death of the corrupted Harvey Dent.
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    Only God Forgives (2013)

    A drug dealer from a morality decrepit family contemplates the right and wrong of vengeance for his child rapist/murdering brother as he faces a silent man exacting bloody justice as a living personification of God's moral judgment.
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    The Counselor (2013)

    An ambitious attorney chooses to engage in the bloody drug business despite the advice of his unscrupulous business partners, setting off a chain of moral consequences that will engulf him and everyone he loves.
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    Locke (2013)

    A man risks his family and work when he chooses to attend to the responsibility of an extra-martial affair that has resulted in pregnancy in utter defiance of his father who did the opposite.
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    Calvary (2014)

    An emotionally struggling priest is threatened with murder by an anonymous Catholic parishioner in retaliation of the sex abuses of innocence children. In the days leading up to his planned execution, the priest has faith-challenging encounters with several of his despicable and immoral parishioners.

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