Teaching Truth, Goodness and Beauty Through Classic Movies to the Rising Generation

We at EGI are encouraged by reviews we’ve received for our classic movie study guides.


Commentary from psychologist Kevin Vost, author of The Four Friendships: From Aristotle to Aquinas and How to Think Like Aquinas


Commentary from political scientist Micah Watson, co-author of C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law.  


…reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. –C.S. Lewis


Student Testimonials


As we’ve shared these classic films with a wide variety of young people through the years, we have seen how the power of a great classic illuminates the mind and inspires the moral imagination. In their own words, youth participants confirm the link between meaning and the imagination.  

High school students discuss 12 Angry Men using EGI’s discussion guide from Liberty and Justice for All: Classic Movies and the Things That Matter Most in a Free Society


Every scene in 12 Angry Men dramatizes the necessary link between justice and truth

“This curriculum has great moral and social value and is also very entertaining.”
“The movies nowadays don’t really teach any morals.  I think it’s really good to watch movies like this and discuss them as a group because it gives you a chance to express your opinions and hear what other people have to say.”
“It not only promoted the value of human life, but also showed the importance of truth and justice; because one may someday be put into a situation where they are the only ones fighting for what they think is right.”


“This curriculum allowed teenagers to discuss and get more out of the good movie we watched.  I think it is important for people to not just watch good movies, but also to try and relate to specific characters.  This program allows us to not only see the opinions of others but also our own.”

St. John the Baptist

“Watching the film was a fun way to learn how to identify virtues and vices.  Discussing the characters was educational and a good way to learn how to think and analyze something as a group.”

12 Angry Men

“The most important thing is probably how to learn about each character and relate them to your life.  By discussing the movie you find out things that you didn’t get just from watching it.”
“I got a lot out of actually watching the movie and discussing it with a large group tonight.  I think watching and discussing certain movies is a great way to learn about virtues within literature and film.”

Comments from young men in a juvenile detention center after viewing Roman Holiday.  The images and dialogue in William Wyler’s masterpiece inspired their moral imagination.

Roman Holiday

How do you spell phenomenal? This program has changed the way I feel about girls. I now have respect for them. I learned also what it means to be a real man from watching Joe Bradley and how I should act in any situation.”

“This program has helped me build my character and my mind. It taught me how to handle situations, make good decisions and follow my dreams to play football.”

“I’ve learned to have a good relationship you need to have trust and be responsible, have self control and abstinence.”

I am so thankful for this program. One of the things this program teaches us is the different character traits and how they’re used in real life.”

“I’ve learned the character traits of a real man. I think the program has a lot to offer young men of color. It helps you build integrity and gives us a sensible definition of right and wrong.”

“This program has taught me to man up to all my responsibilities. To think about the choices I make. And grow up to be a good husband and father to my kids.”