Schindler's List, in my eyes, is an almost perfect fit to the tragedy archetype. Schindler's List, directed by Steven Spielberg, depicts a dramatized version of factual events during the 1940's when Nazis had control of Poland. Oskar Schindler is a wealthy business owner who is making a lot of money from providing services for the Nazi Regime. He hires Jews to work in his factory in poland so he wont have to pay them as much money. At the beginning of the film it is noticeable that one of Oskar Schindler's character flaws is that he feels the need to attain mass quantities of money and power. Through emotionally touching experiences and convincing by his Jewish accountant, Oskar eventually starts to mark the Jews in his factory as "essential" thus saving their lives from a cruel death at Nazi hands. Oskar eventually ends up paying Nazi officials for the lives of the Jews because it is the only way he can save them. Schindler uses almost all of his personal funds for the good of other people. Because Schindler was a business partner with the Nazi Regime, he was marked as a war criminal once the war was over. He was forced to flee and leave everything he owned, but before doing so he told his Jews that they were free. There is a touching scene when Schindler is saying goodbye to the Jews, and they give him a golden ring as a gift. Schindler breaks down crying, saying that he could have spent more of his money to save more lives. He then flees and eventually dies.
Schindler's List fits the archetype of a tragedy because he was a wealthy business owner and high up member of society, but his character flaw, thirst for wealth, caused him to begin dealings with unsavory characters. This character flaw of greed lead to Schindler's downfall, however before that happened he was changed. Schindler went through a metamorphosis from caring about his own personal wealth and power, to a person who would do everything in their power to help those in need. This is very similar to the change that takes place in King Lear by William Shakespeare. Lear has an epiphany about helping those in need before helping himself.
It might not fit perfectly, and I might be stretching a few things...but I believe Schindler's List to be an example of modern tragedy. What do you think, stretch or spot on?
Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwfIf1WMhgc