Drama Movies about Disaffected Youth and Generational Conflict:
Adolescent misconduct, youthful punks and packs, and youth resistance were the topic of Dead End (1937), Laslo Benedek's The Wild One (1953) with biker Marlon Brando upsetting a community, Richard Brooks' The Blackboard Jungle (1955) with Glenn Ford as a hopeful educator in a ghetto region school, and Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean as a notorious estranged youth.
Race Relations and Civil Rights Dramas:
Terrible Day at Black Rock - 1955Films that were worried about race relations incorporated Hollywood's first real arraignment of prejudice in maker Stanley Kramer's and executive Mark Robson's Home of the Brave (1949), the account of a dark WWII trooper confronting biased put-down from his squad. At that point, there was John Sturges' Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) about community Japanese-American bias revealed by a one-equipped Spencer Tracy, Stanley Kramer's The Defiant Ones (1958) with Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as bound-together getting away convicts - and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) about a between racial couple (Sidney Poitier as WHO specialist John Prentiss and Katharine Houghton as SF socialite Joanna Drayton) anticipating wedding who required parental endorsement from Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (in their ninth and last film together). Likewise, In the Heat of the Night (1967) included a narrow-minded sheriff and a dark crime criminologist cooperating to settle a homicide, and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) - about racial strains and possible viciousness amid a sweltering Brooklyn summer.