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12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Dir: Steve McQueen With: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Biography | Drama | History 134 mins.
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. Dir: Ben Affleck With: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Biography | Drama | History | Thriller 120 mins.
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. Dir: Michel Hazanavicius With: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman Comedy | Drama | Romance 100 mins.
The King's Speech
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. Dir: Tom Hooper With: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter Biography | Drama | History 118 mins.
The Hurt Locker
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. Dir: Kathryn Bigelow With: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty Drama | Thriller | War 131 mins.
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. Dir: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan With: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla Drama | Romance | Thriller 120 mins.
No Country for Old Men
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. Dir: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen With: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin Crime | Drama | Thriller 122 mins.
An undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat. Dir: Martin Scorsese With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson Crime | Drama | Thriller 151 mins.
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. Dir: Paul Haggis With: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton Drama 112 mins.
Million Dollar Baby
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman Drama | Sport 132 mins.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. Dir: Peter Jackson With: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen Action | Adventure | Fantasy 201 mins.
Murderesses Velma Kelly (a chanteuse and tease who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together) and Roxie Hart (who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star) find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. Dir: Rob Marshall With: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere Comedy | Crime | Musical 113 mins.
A Beautiful Mind
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. Dir: Ron Howard With: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly Biography | Drama 135 mins.
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen Action | Adventure | Drama 155 mins.
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend. Dir: Sam Mendes With: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch Drama 122 mins.
Shakespeare in Love
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Dir: John Madden With: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush Comedy | Drama | Romance 123 mins.
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. Dir: James Cameron With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane Drama | Romance 194 mins.
The English Patient
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. Dir: Anthony Minghella With: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe Drama | Romance | War 162 mins.
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist. Dir: Mel Gibson With: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan Action | Biography | Drama | History | War 177 mins.
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. Dir: Robert Zemeckis With: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise Drama | Romance 142 mins.
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Biography | Drama | History 195 mins.
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman Western 131 mins.
The Silence of the Lambs
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. Dir: Jonathan Demme With: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney Crime | Drama | Thriller 118 mins.
Dances with Wolves
Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. Dir: Kevin Costner With: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene Adventure | Drama | Romance | Western 181 mins.
Driving Miss Daisy
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. Dir: Bruce Beresford With: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd Comedy | Drama 99 mins.
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. Dir: Barry Levinson With: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino Drama 133 mins.
The Last Emperor
The story of the final Emperor of China. Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci With: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole Biography | Drama | History 163 mins.
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. Dir: Oliver Stone With: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe Action | Drama | War 120 mins.
Out of Africa
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. Dir: Sydney Pollack With: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer Biography | Drama | Romance 161 mins.
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. Dir: Milos Forman With: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge Biography | Drama | Music 160 mins.
Terms of Endearment
Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage... Dir: James L. Brooks With: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson Comedy | Drama 132 mins.
Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest. Dir: Richard Attenborough With: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen Biography | Drama | History 191 mins.
Chariots of Fire
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. Dir: Hugh Hudson With: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell Drama | History | Sport 124 mins.
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. Dir: Robert Redford With: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch Drama 124 mins.
Kramer vs. Kramer
A just-divorced man must learn to care for his son on his own, and then must fight in court to keep custody of him. Dir: Robert Benton With: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander Drama 105 mins.
The Deer Hunter
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War disrupts and impacts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. Dir: Michael Cimino With: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale Drama | War 182 mins.
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Dir: Woody Allen With: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts Comedy | Romance 93 mins.
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. Dir: John G. Avildsen With: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young Drama | Sport 119 mins.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse. Dir: Milos Forman With: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman Drama 133 mins.
The Godfather: Part II
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola With: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall Crime | Drama 200 mins.
In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. Dir: George Roy Hill With: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw Comedy | Crime | Drama 129 mins.
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola With: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan Crime | Drama 175 mins.
The French Connection
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. Dir: William Friedkin With: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey Action | Crime | Thriller 104 mins.
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner With: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young Biography | Drama | History | War United States-GP 172 mins.
A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City. Dir: John Schlesinger With: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles Drama 113 mins.
Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Dir: Carol Reed With: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis Drama | Family | Musical 153 mins.
In the Heat of the Night
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. Dir: Norman Jewison With: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller 109 mins.
A Man for All Seasons
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. Dir: Fred Zinnemann With: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw Biography | Drama | History 120 mins.
The Sound of Music
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. Dir: Robert Wise With: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker Biography | Drama | Family | Musical | Romance 174 mins.
My Fair Lady
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. Dir: George Cukor With: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway Drama | Family | Musical | Romance 170 mins.