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Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 195 min | 1993|

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

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Lawrence of Arabia

Directed by David Lean | PG | 216 min | 1962|

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

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Goodfellas

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 146 min | 1990|

Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

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Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese | R | 129 min | 1980|

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

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The Sound of Music

Directed by Robert Wise | G | 174 min | 1965|

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

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All the President's Men

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | PG | 138 min | 1976|

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Directed by Arthur Penn | 111 min | 1967|

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.

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Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | PG | 191 min | 1982|

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

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12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | R | 134 min | 2013|

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Amadeus

Directed by Milos Forman | R | 160 min | 1984|

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

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A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966|

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.

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The Social Network

Directed by David Fincher | PG-13 | 120 min | 2010|

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

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Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson | PG | 125 min | 1981|

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

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The Mirror

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky | N/A | 108 min | 1975|

A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Directed by George Roy Hill | M | 110 min | 1969|

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

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Selma

Directed by Ava DuVernay | PG-13 | 128 min | 2014|

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

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The Passion of Joan of Arc

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer | 114 min | 1928|

A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.


Patton

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner | GP | 172 min | 1970|

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

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The Pianist

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 150 min | 2002|

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

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Henry V

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 137 min | 1944|

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France.

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Andrei Rublev

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky | 205 min | 1966|

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.


Braveheart

Directed by Mel Gibson | R | 178 min | 1995|

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

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Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy | R | 128 min | 2015|

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Reds

Directed by Warren Beatty | PG | 195 min | 1981|

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

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My Left Foot

Directed by Jim Sheridan | R | 103 min | 1989|

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

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Man on Wire

Directed by James Marsh | PG-13 | 94 min | 2008|

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

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Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck | R | 120 min | 2012|

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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Malcolm X

Directed by Spike Lee | PG-13 | 202 min | 1992|

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

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The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci | PG-13 | 163 min | 1987|

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Directed by Michael Curtiz | 126 min | 1942|

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

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La Vie en Rose

Directed by Olivier Dahan | PG-13 | 140 min | 2007|

The life story of singer Édith Piaf.

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The King's Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper | R | 118 min | 2010|

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

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The Life of Emile Zola

Directed by William Dieterle | 116 min | 1937|

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

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Close-Up

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami | 98 min | 1990|

Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ...

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Belle

Directed by Amma Asante | PG | 100 min | 2013|

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

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Bessie

Directed by Dee Rees | TV-MA | 132 min | 2015|

The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.

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Fruitvale Station

Directed by Ryan Coogler | R | 85 min | 2013|

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

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Gods and Monsters

Directed by Bill Condon | R | 105 min | 1998|

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) director James Whale are explored.

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O.J.: Made in America

Directed by Ezra Edelman | TV-MA | 467 min | 2016|

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.


Topsy-Turvy

Directed by Mike Leigh | R | 154 min | 1999|

After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado".

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Becket

Directed by Peter Glenville | PG-13 | 148 min | 1964|

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

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Milk

Directed by Gus Van Sant | R | 128 min | 2008|

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.

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The Aviator

Directed by Martin Scorsese | PG-13 | 170 min | 2004|

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

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The Lion in Winter

Directed by Anthony Harvey | PG | 134 min | 1968|

1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

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Monster

Directed by Patty Jenkins | R | 109 min | 2003|

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

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The Madness of King George

Directed by Nicholas Hytner | PG-13 | 104 min | 1994|

A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he ...

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Finding Neverland

Directed by Marc Forster | PG | 106 min | 2004|

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

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Good Night, and Good Luck.

Directed by George Clooney | PG | 93 min | 2005|

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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Macbeth

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 140 min | 1971|

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

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Question 7

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg | N/A | 106 min | 1961|

Suspenseful story of a boy and his father, each forced to decide his future on his willingness to stand up for what he believes.


Quills

Directed by Philip Kaufman | R | 124 min | 2000|

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

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Shine

Directed by Scott Hicks | PG-13 | 105 min | 1996|

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

Directed by Richard Kaplan | N/A | 90 min | 1965|

An admiring, uncritical biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, released three years after her death. The film focuses solely on her, beginning with her unhappy childhood after both her parents had...

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Richard III

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 161 min | 1955|

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

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The Elephant Man

Directed by David Lynch | PG | 124 min | 1980|

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

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The Queen

Directed by Stephen Frears | PG-13 | 103 min | 2006|

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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Elizabeth

Directed by Shekhar Kapur | R | 124 min | 1998|

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

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Caravaggio

Directed by Derek Jarman | N/A | 93 min | 1986|

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

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The Intouchables

Directed by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | R | 112 min | 2011|

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

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Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein | 95 min | 1945|

During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.


A Beautiful Mind

Directed by Ron Howard | PG-13 | 135 min | 2001|

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

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American Splendor

Directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | R | 101 min | 2003|

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

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Out of Africa

Directed by Sydney Pollack | PG | 161 min | 1985|

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

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Spartacus

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | PG-13 | 197 min | 1960|

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

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Napoleon

Directed by Abel Gance | N/A | 240 min | 1927|

A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career.


In the Realm of the Senses

Directed by Nagisa Ôshima | X | 109 min | 1976|

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

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I'm Not There.

Directed by Todd Haynes | R | 135 min | 2007|

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

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28 Up

Directed by Michael Apted | N/A | 136 min | 1984|

Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last ...


Bugsy

Directed by Barry Levinson | R | 136 min | 1991|

The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas.

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The Times of Harvey Milk

Directed by Rob Epstein | 90 min | 1984|

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.

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Grizzly Man

Directed by Werner Herzog | R | 103 min | 2005|

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

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Lust for Life

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | 122 min | 1956|

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

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The Great Ziegfeld

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard | 176 min | 1936|

This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.

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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Directed by Errol Morris | PG-13 | 107 min | 2003|

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.


Seven Up!

Directed by Paul Almond | N/A | 39 min | 1964|

A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to reinterview them at seven-year ...


Capturing the Friedmans

Directed by Andrew Jarecki | 107 min | 2003|

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

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Crumb

Directed by Terry Zwigoff | R | 119 min | 1994|

An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Directed by Seth Gordon | PG-13 | 79 min | 2007|

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

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Capote

Directed by Bennett Miller | R | 114 min | 2005|

In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.

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The Insider

Directed by Michael Mann | R | 157 min | 1999|

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

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Waltz with Bashir

Directed by Ari Folman | R | 90 min | 2008|

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

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Born on the Fourth of July

Directed by Oliver Stone | R | 145 min | 1989|

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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Coal Miner's Daughter

Directed by Michael Apted | PG | 124 min | 1980|

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

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Evita

Directed by Alan Parker | PG | 135 min | 1996|

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

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Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG-13 | 150 min | 2012|

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

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Song Without End

Directed by Charles Vidor, George Cukor | 141 min | 1960|

The romantic story of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt (Dirk Bogarde), whose scandalous love affair forced him to abandon his adoring audiences.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Directed by Andrew Dominik | R | 160 min | 2007|

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

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The King and I

Directed by Walter Lang | 133 min | 1956|

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

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Walk the Line

Directed by James Mangold | PG-13 | 136 min | 2005|

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

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With a Song in My Heart

Directed by Walter Lang | N/A | 117 min | 1952|

Jane Froman (Susan Hayward), an aspiring songstress, lands a job in radio with help from pianist Don Ross (David Wayne), whom she later marries. Jane's popularity soars, and she leaves on a...


The Big Short

Directed by Adam McKay | R | 130 min | 2015|

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

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Mr. Turner

Directed by Mike Leigh | R | 150 min | 2014|

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

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