Band of ‘Outsiders’

You can see Jared Leto (above), Oscar winner for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club, as The Outsidera US Army deserter who joins the Yakuza (organized crime) in post-World War II Japan — starting today on Netflix.

If the title The Outsider sounds familiar, that’s because dozens of other films have had the exact same moniker over the years.

So, what does it take to be The Outsider?

Here are four of our favorites, in their entirety:


A Native American, Ira Hayes (Tony Curtis), becomes famous for raising the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II but faces harsh times back home:


A gunslinger (Tim Daly) falls in love with a religious widow (Naomi Watts):


A working class British boy (Richard Attenborough) tries to win acceptance from snobbish students at his new school (shown here under its British title The Guinea Pig):


A female high school student (Vera Stough) is “the one nobody asks” — until she makes up her mind “not to act like an outsider”:

Finally, in a nod to this article’s headline, we must mention the 1964 Jean-Luc Godard film Band of Outsiders, which IMDb describes as follows: “Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a language student to help them commit a robbery.” Here’s the movie’s “Madison Dance Scene”:

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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