'The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies,' a recent collection of essays by academics analyzing The Dude's impact on society, uses 'The Big Lebowski' to explore topics like slackerdom, surrealism and bowling, as well as the film's impact on American film culture.

The book's release begs the question: What other movies are worth some academic scrutiny? With that in mind, I've compiled a list of films I certainly wouldn't mind seeing pop up on the curriculum.