USA • 1931 • Dir: Charlie Chaplin
Maybe Chaplin’s best. The Tramp talks a millionaire into paying for an operation that might restore the sight of a blind flower girl.
Brazil/France • 1998 • Dir: Walter Salles
A bitter letter writer in Rio’s central train station, tempted to sell a motherless boy to an illicit outfit, has a spiritual change of heart and finally does right by him.
USA/UK/Italy/South Africa • 2004 • Dir: Terry George
Don Cheadle plays a hotel keeper who shelters a few thousand Tutsi refugees from the rampaging Hutu army.
USA/Canada • 2008 • Dir: Bill Maher
A slacker loser finally does something right: He watches over a girl who has been abandoned by her alcoholic mother.
Jim Piper is a Filmworks board member, a filmmaker, and a retired film studies instructor.