How-To Films for Tough Times

20 cinematic escapes when you're feeling the Great Depression
By Michael Roston,  Newser User
Posted Oct 12, 2008 5:17 AM CDT
Actor James Stewart dances with actor Donna Reedat a 1920s-era party in a scene from the Frank Capra Christmas film, 'It's a Wonderful Life.'   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Nothing lifts a Great Depression like a visit to the talkies. Gawker recommends 20 films to watch on your iPhone while standing in tomorrow's bread lines—assuming you haven't already sold your iPhone.

  • It's a Wonderful Life: How to survive a bank run, and have a Merry Christmas.
  • Grapes of Wrath: Your Ugg boots won't help you on that long march.
  • Ironweed: Pick up tips on Depression-era love, even if Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep do get a little nasty.

  • Bonnie & Clyde: For a look at a different kind of bank bailout.
  • Paper Moon: Take notes—you may need tips from this conman and his wily daughter one day.
  • O Brother Where Art Thou: In case you ever flee prison and have to live off your golden tonsils.
  • Hallelujah I'm a Bum: And who isn't these days?
Click the link below for the full list, with video clips.