Additional Video Resources

Additional Video Resources

Here are some video resources to use in discussing The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. The films are sorted into a general leadership category along with each of The Five Practices. Before showing to a large audience, please reference the section titled LEGALITY ISSUES.

Have your own favorite films, television shows, and other video resources that exemplify The Five Practices? We invite you to share these with us here.

A special thank you to and Caitlin Clarke and Michele Poché Flaherty for advice and the information provided.


12 Angry Men
A jury deliberates over a boy’s fate; one juror opposes the rest.

King Leonidas leads 300 men to fi ght the Persians to save Sparta.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Professor Aronnax joins an expedition to investigate a number of disappeared ships, and meets Captain Nemo of the Nautilus.

The Alamo
The true story of soldiers who gave their lives to save the new Republic of Texas.

A story about a mutiny on a slave ship traveling to America in 1839, the man who led the mutiny, and an abolitionist lawyer takes on their case.

Angels In the Outfield
Angels help a boy who prays for a family if the California Angels win a game.

Beau Geste
Three brothers join the French Foreign Legion, and two of them plot a mutiny.

Billy Budd
Based on the Herman Melville novel. Billy is a British Navy seaman in 1797 who is accused of murdering his ship’s master-at-arms.

William Wallace brings the Scots together to fight British rule.

‘Breaker’ Morant
Three Australian lieutenants shoot prisoners under orders and are then court marshaled as scapegoats.

Chariots of Fire
Two track athletes compete in the 1924 Olympics, one Jewish and the other Christian.

Courage Under Fire
A US Army officer investigates a female commander’s eligibility for the Medal of Honor.

Don Quixote's Lessons for Leadership
Don Quixote's persistence in vision and commitment is told through narration, conversations with leaders, and various clips.

Dr. Strangelove
A base commander becomes deranged and starts a nuclear holocaust with the Soviet Union.

Edge of America
An African-American English teacher is begins coaching the girls basketball team.

The North and South battle at Gettysburg in the definitive Civil War conflict.

Glory Road
In 1966, Coach Don Haskins steers the first all-African-American college basketball team to the championships.

The Civil War’s first all-African-American volunteer company, led by Robert Gould Shaw, challenges prejudice at home and with the enemy.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
A teacher and former boarding school housemaster revisits his career and his true love after sixty-six years of teaching.

The Great Escape
During World War II, escape artist POWs attempt to have several hundred of their fellow POWs escape from a Nazi camp. PART ONE: OVERVIEW | _PAGE 42

The Guardian
A high school swim champion enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he learns from a famous rescue swimmer.

Hoop Dreams
Two African-American boys struggle to become college basketball players.

The Last of the Mohicans
The British and French battle for control of North America in the French and Indian War.

The Last Samurai
An American military officer is hired by Japan’s Emperor to defeat the Samurai. After he is captured by the enemy he adopts Samurai culture.

The Longest Day
The events of the D-Day invasion at Normandy in World War II, told from the perspectives of the British, German, U.S. and French.

Men of Honor
The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American US Navy diver, and his coach.

The Mission
Spanish Jesuits travel to a South-American Indian tribe to build a mission and end up fighting to protect the tribe from Portuguese assailants.

The Outsiders
When two greasers are assaulted by a rival gang and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension grows between the gangs.

The Patriot
Farmer Benjamin Martin leads the American Revolution’s Colonial Militia after a British officer kills his son.

The Power of One
A young English boy named Peekay grows up as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. He fights to teach English to the natives, to build a promising future for Africa.

The Red Tent
The leader of a failed 1928 Arctic expedition recalls what happens on the airship “Italia”.

Rudy, always told he was too small to play college football, is determined to play for Notre Dame.

Thirteen Days
During the two-week Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, this film dramatizes how President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and others handled the situation.

We Were Soldiers
The first major Vietnam War battle and the American soldiers that fought.


The early years of Elizabeth I’s reign over England.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump lives his life with integrity, doing the right things.

Freedom Writers
A young teacher gives her class of at-risk students a voice, fighting an apathetic education system.

The Godfather
The patriarch of a mafia dynasty gives over control to his son, who develops as a leader.

The Hunt for Red October
The Soviet Union’s nuclear submarine captain, Marko Ramius, defects. CIA analyst Jack
Ryan follows his instincts with his commander’s blessing.

Tibet’s fourteenth dalai lama is schooled in Lhasa as a monk; the Chinese invade Tibet when he is 14, and he is forced into government. In 1959, he flees to India.

Knute Rockne All American
The story of Notre Dame coach and football player Knute Rockne.

The Red Badge of Courage
An adaptation of Stephen Crane’s novel about a Civil War soldier who strives to find his courage to fight.

Quiz Show
Based on a true story, a lawyer in the 1950s discovers that a TV quiz show is being fixed.

The Shawshank Redemption
Two prisoners become friends over the years they spend together, finding hope.


Sister Act
Deloris Van Carter coaches nuns into becoming a choir.

Henry V
Scene: St. Crispin’s Day speech.

Pay It Forward
Scene: Kevin Spacey introduces the idea of possibility to his class.

The Lion King
Thinking he killed his father, Simba flees his community and his throne. After exile, he returns home to overthrow his uncle and reclaim the kingdom.

Lord of the Flies
A group of military schoolboys become stranded on an island and develop their own society, with terrifying results.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The third film of the LOTR trilogy: Aragorn comes back into power, bringing all different factions together to fight.

The story of Herb Brooks, the coach who shepherded the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the Russian team.

The story of Harvey Milk, a businessman and activist who became California’s first openly gay elected official.

Remember the Titans
The true story of an African-American coach as he coaches his racially integrated high school football team.

Saving Private Ryan
A group of US soldiers retrieve a paratrooper from the enemy whose three brothers have been killed in action.

The Thing
Antarctic scientists are confronted by a parasitic alien, forcing them to step up in a crisis.


All the President’s Men
Two reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, discover and pursue the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.

Apollo 13
Scene: Ken Mattingly’s improvisation saves the day, and Krantz orders innovation from his crew, saving lives.

Dangerous Minds
An ex-marine teacher challenges convention to connect with her inner-city students.

Dead Poet’s Society
John Keating challenges convention with his heroic, albeit unconventional, leadership style.

A Few Good Men
Military lawyer Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder, who say they were ordered to kill.

Norma Rae
Norma Rae transforms from a cog in the wheel to a union organizer.

A Harlem street drummer is recruited to play at a Southern university, but learns that it takes patience to be a leader.

Erin Brockovich
A single mom brings a class action lawsuit against a California power company that’s been polluting a city’s water supply and poisoning its residents.

Julius Caesar
The assassination of Rome’s would-be ruler has calamitous consequences for the state.

To Kill a Mockingbird
In the 1920s South, Atticus Finch defends an African-American man against a rape charge.

A Man for All Seasons
English chancellor Sir Thomas More stands up to King Henry VIII, who wants to break from the Catholic church to obtain a divorce.

October Sky
The true story of a coal miner’s son named Homer Hickam, who, inspired by the first Sputnik launch, decided to take up rocketry.

General George S. Patton, Jr.’s brilliant war strategies during World War II almost prevent his success.

An amateur boxer gets a chance to fight a heavyweight champion.

Schindler’s List
Schindler uses cheap Jewish labor to start a factory in Poland during WWII, then turns his factory into a refuge for them, saving 1000 Jews from being gassed at Auschwitz.

Whale Rider
A young Maori girl fights to become the new chief of her tribe against their patriarchal traditions.


Coach Dale brings his team together by enabling the players to act.

Amazing Grace (1974)
An elderly woman in Baltimore organizes her community against untrustworthy politicians.

The Bridge on the River Kwai
A captive British colonel oversees his men’s construction of a bridge for the Burma-Siam railway.

Black Hawk Down
U.S. soldiers go to Somalia to capture two lieutenants of a renegade warlord and become entrenched in a battle with a huge force of Somalis.

Finding Forrester
An African-American teen writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Freedom Writers
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves,
and pursue education beyond high school.

K-19: The Widow Maker
When Russia’s first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Lean On Me
The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Upon arrival at a mental institution, a rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched.

Stand and Deliver
A teacher inspires his underachieving students to learn calculus to build up their self esteem and do so well that they are accused of cheating.


Scene: Kevin Bacon teaches Chris Penn how to dance.

William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.

Bull Durham
An up-and-coming pitcher learns to move from doing something oneself to teaching others.

To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

Dangerous Minds
An ex-marine teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city schools.

A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Memphis Belle
The story of the American bomber crew of the “Memphis Belle”, following the crew through the last flight they must survive in order to go home.

Mr. Holland’s Opus
A composer-turned-high-school teacher finds happiness over the years while he’s busy making other plans.

School of Rock
A wannabe rock star substitute teacher turns his class into a rock band, building his team of students and helping them achieve their dreams.


Iron Jawed Angels
Women activists in the women’s suffrage movement help American women garner the right to vote.


The Crossing
A dramatization of George Washington’s life in 1776, focusing on his crossing of the Delaware River and attack of British forces at Trenton.

The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
A biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, focusing on her work on civil rights and her position as US representative to the United Nations and chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, where she was a major contributor to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To Hell and Back
The true story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on Audie Murphy’s autobiography.

Biographical account of Harry Truman’s rise to presidency.


Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
This miniseries weaves together the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

Band of Brothers
The story of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe.

Fail Safe
A 24-part series featuring the relationships between the U.S, the Soviet Union and their allies during the Cold War.


The Office (U.S)
The West Wing
12 O’Clock High


Office Space (comedy)
Scene: Any scene with Lumberg

Monty Python and The Holy Grail (comedy)
Scene: The King leaving his son’s room in the castle.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
A documentary about the Enron corporation and its unscrupulous business practices.


In addition to the movies and television shows listed above, we have a number of links to video clips listed below.

Desmond Tutu on leadership

Donovan Campbell
Part 1

Part 2

Nelson Mandela on creative leadership

Glengarry Glen Ross speech (PG13 for language)

"Scrubs" JD on leadership (PG13 for language)

Queen Rania on education


Please check the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) site prior to showing films.


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