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1.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
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Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart. (327 mins.)
 
2.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
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Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
3.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
4.
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
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A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-heartedly grasping uncle. (132 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
5.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (2002 TV Movie)
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A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters (90 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
 
6.
Emma (1996)
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In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
 
7.
Emma (1996 TV Movie)
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Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend... (107 mins.)
 
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Emma (2009 Mini-Series)
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Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home... (240 mins.)
 
9.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
 
10.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
11.
Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001 Mini-Series)
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When the war began, she was only a little girl. When it ended, she was the voice of a generation... A compassionate and sensitive televisual portrait of the Holocaust's greatest diarist. (120 mins.)
 
12.
Under the Greenwood Tree (2005 TV Movie)
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In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.
Director: Nick Laughland
 
13.
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005 TV Movie)
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Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII. (120 mins.)
Director: Brent Shields
 
14.
The Abduction Club (2002)
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A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers. (96 mins.)
Director: Stefan Schwartz
“ adventure, romance & humor ” - Kristina
 
15.
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008 TV Series)
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An adaptation of Flora Thompson's autobiographical novel "Lark Rise To Candleford", set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress. (53 mins.)
 
16.
Northanger Abbey (2007 TV Movie)
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A young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Jones
 
17.
Wives and Daughters (1999 Mini-Series)
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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend. (301 mins.)
 
18.
Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)
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Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne... (93 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
 
19.
Love Comes Softly (2003 TV Movie)
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A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? (84 mins.)
“ episode-1 (must see all episodes) ” - Kristina
 
20.
Love's Enduring Promise (2004 TV Movie)
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Devout, wild west farmer, Clark Davis, works his tail off to provide for his wife, sons Aaron and Arnie... (120 mins.)
 
21.
Christy (1994 TV Series)
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Based on the bestseller by Catherine Marshall, Christy tells the story of an idealistic nineteen year... (60 mins.)
 
22.
Lost in Austen (2008 Mini-Series)
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Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet. (180 mins.)
 
23.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (58 mins.)
 
24.
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
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A young thief, seeking revenge over the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who is also seeking a vengeance of his own. (136 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
25.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998 TV Movie)
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A free-spirited yet naive country girl is caught between her wealthy, manipulative "cousin" Alec and the handsome, educated farmer Angel Clare in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy. (180 mins.)
Director: Ian Sharp
 
26.
He Knew He Was Right (2004 Mini-Series)
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Louis Trevelyan's refusal to trust his wife, Emily, destroys their marriage. (240 mins.)
Director: Tom Vaughan
 
27.
First Knight (1995)
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Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. (134 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
 
28.
Lorna Doone (2000 TV Movie)
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Against a backdrop of political and religious upheaval, a farmer falls in love with the "queen" of the notorious Doone clan --a family that he has sworn vengeance on. (180 mins.)
Director: Mike Barker
 
29.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
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The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale. (121 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
30.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
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A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. (131 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
31.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
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After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. (132 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
32.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
 
33.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
34.
Daniel Deronda (2002 Mini-Series)
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Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. (210 mins.)
 
35.
Anne of Green Gables (1985 Mini-Series)
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An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination. (199 mins.)
 
36.
Anne of Avonlea (1987 Mini-Series)
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Anne Shirley accepts a teaching position at a girls boarding school in a town dominated by a rich and belligerant family determined to make her life miserable. (230 mins.)
Director: Kevin Sullivan
 
37.
Little Dorrit (2008 Mini-Series)
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The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father... (30 mins.)
 
38.
Amazing Grace (2006)
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The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
39.
One Night with the King (2006)
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The young Jewish girl, Hadassah, goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia, who saves... (123 mins.)
 
40.
City Boy (1992 TV Movie)
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Nick, a 17-year-old in search of his father, gains employment with a logging company in a beautiful... (108 mins.)
 
41.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
42.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
43.
Sense & Sensibility (2008 Mini-Series)
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Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance... (59 mins.)
 
44.
Great Expectations (2011 Mini-Series)
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The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor. (60 mins.)
 
45.
Great Expectations (1999 TV Movie)
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Young Pip is expected to become a blacksmith, but, hating the soot and smoke, he secretly dreams of becoming a gentleman... (168 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
46.
The Jungle Book (1994)
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Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of Mowgli, the orphaned jungle boy raised by wolves, and how he becomes king of the jungle. (111 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
47.
Lyddie (1996 TV Movie)
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Set in 1843, the film tells the story of Lyddie, an impoverished farm girl whose father has been gone for three long years...
Director: Stefan Scaini
 
48.
China Cry: A True Story (1990)
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Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family... (101 mins.)
 
49.
Anna and the King (1999)
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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s. (148 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
50.
Durango (1999 TV Movie)
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In 1939 Ireland, a young man decides to lead a forty mile cattle drive rather than selling his cattle to an unscrupulous local buyer... (98 mins.)
Director: Brent Shields
 
51.
Miss Austen Regrets (2008 TV Movie)
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In the later years of her life, as she's approaching the age of forty, the novelist Jane Austen helps her niece find a husband. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Lovering
 
52.
Screen One (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Adam Bede (1992)
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In 1799 rural England emotions run high when two men, one rich and one poor love the same girl, driving the confused girl to drastic measures.
 
53.
Princess Caraboo (1994)
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Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Austin
 
54.
The Inheritance (1997 TV Movie)
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At the lush Evenswood estate in Concord, Massachusetts, Edith Adelon, a beautiful orphan, lives as the... (95 mins.)
Director: Bobby Roth
 
55.
Schindler's List (1993)
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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. (195 mins.)
 
56.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
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The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
57.
The Woman in White (1997 TV Movie)
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Based upon Wilkie Collins Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives... (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Fywell
 
58.
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
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A young woman meets and falls in love with a young man who is part of a family of immortals. (90 mins.)
Director: Jay Russell
 
59.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
60.
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (142 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
 
61.
Aristocrats (1999 Mini-Series)
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18th-century England and Ireland viewed through the eyes of four beautiful high-born sisters - Caroline, Emily, Louisa, and Sarah Lennox, great-granddaughters of a king, daughters of a cabinet minister, and wives of politicians and peers. (300 mins.)
Director: David Caffrey
 
62.
The Old Curiosity Shop (2007 TV Movie)
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A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts, he and his granddaughter flee. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
 
63.
The Mill on the Floss (1997 TV Movie)
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Lawyer Wakem takes away the mill on the river Floss from Edward Tulliver, whose ancestors owned it for 300 years... (90 mins.)
 
64.
The Madness of King George (1994)
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A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced... (104 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
65.
Ballet Shoes (2007 TV Movie)
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The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova, and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer, Great Uncle Matthew, and his niece Sylvia, in 1930s London. (85 mins.)
 
66.
Mary Poppins (1964)
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A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
 
67.
The Sound of Music (1965)
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
68.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
69.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012 Mini-Series)
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An exploration of Charles Dicken's unfinished work in which the mystery of the murder of Edwin Drood is examined. (120 mins.)
 
70.
My Fair Lady (1964)
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A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
71.
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
72.
Amistad (1997)
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About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. (155 mins.)
 
73.
The King and I (1956)
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
74.
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986 TV Movie)
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Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia. (200 mins.)
 
75.
Poor Anastasia (2003 TV Series)
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The story of "Bednaya Nastya" is set in the XIX century and features a whole tangle of various genres: romance... (40 mins.)
 
76.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Persuasion (1995)
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Eight years earlier, Anne Elliot, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded...
 
77.
Braveheart (1995)
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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. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
78.
David (1997 TV Movie)
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The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us... (190 mins.)
 
79.
Joseph (1995 TV Movie)
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The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic... (185 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
80.
St. Paul (2000 TV Movie)
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Biblical epic from the book of Acts and Paul's epistles covering the conversion of Saul of Tarsus and his ministry to the Gentiles now known as Paul... (170 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
81.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
82.
Fireproof (2008)
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In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as "The Love Dare". (122 mins.)
Director: Alex Kendrick