Foster’s list of great movies with strong immigration themes.
The list below is for people who love movies and also have a genuine interest in immigration. These movies are highly entertaining and moving:
1. A Better World (2011) – Talk of Academy Award nominations. Very good.
2. Sin Nombre (2000) – powerful film on Mexican border crossing and immigration from Central America.
3. Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) focused on a mother from Mexico and her son – very powerful
4. In America (2003) – 4 star movie, Academy Award nominated about Irish immigrants in New York.
5. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) – Produced, directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones. A great movie of Texas, the border, Border Patrol and immigration.
6. El Norte (1983) – Guatemalans flee persecution to the U.S.
7. The Visitor (2007) – About undocumented in New York; includes detention scenes.
8. Crossing Over (2009) – Harrison Ford and Ray Liotta star as ICE officers.
9. A Day Without a Mexican (2004) – Makes you think.
10. Lone Star (1996) – Texas story with mystery to solve involving Rio Grande crossings.
11. Godfather II (1974) – Shows a lot of young Italian immigrants pass the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
12. The Border (1982) – Jack Nicholson plays a Border Patrol officer.
13. Lost Boys of Sudan (2003) – About refugees and their story of coming to America.
14. Gangs of New York (2002) – Martin Scorsese’s great film about immigrants in New York during Civil War era.
15. Salvador (1986) – James Woods is a journalist in El Salvador during civil war and effort to flee to the U.S.
16. Green Card (1990) – Romantic comedy about contrived marriage with realistic INS interview and outcome.
17. Moscow on the Hudson (1984) – Robin Williams plays a Russian defector.
18. Hester Street (1975) – Academy Award nominated film about Jewish immigration to New York.
19. West of Hester Street (1983) – Jewish immigration through Galveston.
20. Mao’s Last Dancer (2010) – About Chinese dancer who seeks to stay in the U.S.