Mini-Series with Maxi-Quality

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1. House of Cards (1990)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, Alphonsia Emmanuel

Votes: 12,496

2. Kessler (1981)

50 min | Drama, Thriller

In the years after World War II, the tables have turned: ambitious, cruel Gestapo-officer Ludwig Kessler, the most implacable hunter of every opponent to the Third Reich, can no longer deny... See full summary »

Stars: Clifford Rose, Alan Dobie, Nitza Shaul, Ralph Michael

Votes: 170

3. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,148

4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

TV-PG | 240 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections.

Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Jones, Hans Matheson

Votes: 5,332

5. Les misérables (2000– )

90 min | Drama, History

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 3,964

6. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)

Not Rated | 931 min | Crime, Drama

In late-1920s Berlin, Franz Biberkopf is released from prison and vows to go straight; however he soon finds himself embroiled in the city's criminal underworld.

Stars: Günter Lamprecht, Claus Holm, Hanna Schygulla, Franz Buchrieser

Votes: 3,633

7. Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984– )

924 min | Drama, History, War

The village of Schabbach experiences the shifting fortunes of Germany from 1919 to 1982.

Stars: Marita Breuer, Kurt Wagner, Rüdiger Weigang, Eva Maria Schneider

Votes: 2,845

8. Little Dorrit (2008)

420 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father (Sir Tom Courtenay), who is a long term ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 7,803

9. Jane Eyre (2006)

TV-PG | 230 min | Drama, Romance

A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Aidan McArdle

Votes: 18,042

10. Emma (2009)

240 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, to have a loving father whom she cares for, friends and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit - matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors ... See full summary »

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller, Jodhi May

Votes: 13,622

11. Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984)

156 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Amateur detective Miss Jane Marple investigates the murder of a young woman whose body is found in the library at Gossington Hall, home of Colonel and Mrs. Arthur Bantry.

Stars: Gwen Watford, Moray Watson, Valentine Dyall, Frederick Jaeger

Votes: 1,612

12. A Taste for Death (1988)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sir Paul Berowne - a prominent Government Minister - turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The minister's wife is in... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Marsden, Wendy Hiller, Fiona Fullerton, Penny Downie

Votes: 250

13. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 6,993

14. The Way We Live Now (2001– )

300 min | Drama, Romance

At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings. Trollope describes him as 'something in the city',... See full summary »

Stars: David Suchet, Matthew Macfadyen, Cillian Murphy, Paloma Baeza

Votes: 2,594

15. Oliver Twist (1999– )

386 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Stars: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie

Votes: 719

16. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

TV-G | 199 min | Drama, Family

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.

Stars: Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth, Patricia Hamilton

Votes: 17,872

17. Doctor Zhivago (2002)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama, Romance

Young and beautiful Lara is loved by three men: a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor. Their lives become intertwined with the drama of Russian revolution. Doctor Zhivago is about to get ... See full summary »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Neill, Hans Matheson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 4,655

18. Everything She Ever Wanted (2009– )

240 min | Biography, Crime, Mystery

College dropout Tom Allanson is an embarrassing loser in the eyes of his father, reputed Savannah top lawyer Walter, who even sides with his first wife after their divorce sos he gets ... See full summary »

Stars: Gina Gershon, Rachel Blanchard, Ryan McPartlin, Gabriel Hogan

Votes: 229

19. Human Trafficking (2005– )

176 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hundreds of thousands of young women have vanished from their everyday lives-forced by violence into a hellish existence of brutality and prostitution. They're a profitable commodity in the... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Adams, Zoe Aggeliki, Isabelle Blais, Céline Bonnier

Votes: 6,353

20. Secret Smile (2005)

180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Charming Brendan Block dates Miranda Cotton and gets seriously committed. But she dumps him, claiming he invaded her privacy. A few weeks later, Brendan gets engaged to Miranda's sister and... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Goose, Kate Ashfield, David Tennant, Jill Baker

Votes: 1,409

21. Fingersmith (2005)

Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Evans

Votes: 7,533

22. Perfect Strangers (2001– )

238 min | Comedy, Drama

Attending a distant family reunion reveals more than was expected.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Matthew Macfadyen, Claire Skinner

Votes: 1,260

23. The Kingdom (1994–1997)

TV-MA | 561 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Doctors at an ultramodern hospital in Denmark become convinced, by way of weird, inexplicable happenings, that the place is haunted.

Stars: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Nørby, Holger Juul Hansen

Votes: 16,159 | Gross: $0.09M

24. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 27,427

25. Mildred Pierce (2011)

TV-MA | 336 min | Drama

Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

Stars: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne

Votes: 17,575

26. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 17,907

27. To Play the King (1993)

218 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 3,712

28. Heimat 2: Chronicle of a Generation (1992)

1,416 min | Drama, History

The fortunes of the village Schabbach reflect those of Germany from 1960 to 1970.

Stars: Henry Arnold, Salome Kammer, Frank Röth, Noemi Steuer

Votes: 141

29. Clouds of Witness (1972)

Drama

Lord Peter's brother, the Duke of Denver is accused of murdering their sister Mary's fiancé. It's up to Lord Peter and his faithful man Bunter to untangle all the clues and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert

Votes: 265

30. The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

400 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Classic tale from Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 5,650

31. The Book of Negroes (2015)

265 min | Drama, History, War

Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the eighteenth century.

Stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco

Votes: 1,735

32. Fanny Hill (2007– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

Orphaned by smallpox, young Lancashire country lady Fanny Hill cheerfully accepts her friend Esther Davies's offer to join the London 'working girls' with Mrs. Brown, a madam who recruits ... See full summary »

Stars: Rebecca Night, Alison Steadman, Hugo Speer, Emma Stansfield

Votes: 1,006

33. War and Peace (2007– )

394 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of five aristocratic families in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of 1812

Stars: Clémence Poésy, Alessio Boni, Alexander Beyer, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 1,750

34. The Final Cut (1995)

206 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart is too experienced a politician not to know that everything must end, even his long career as British prime minister. In order to secure his retirement and establish ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Paul Freeman, Isla Blair

Votes: 3,145

35. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,036

36. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

TV-PG | 327 min | Drama, Romance

While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 68,940

37. Sense & Sensibility (2008)

TV-14 | 174 min | Drama, Romance

Widow Dashwood and her three unmarried daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, inherit only a tiny allowance. So they move out of their grand Sussex home to a more modest cottage in ... See full summary »

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Charity Wakefield, Hattie Morahan, Janet McTeer

Votes: 9,572

38. North and South, Book I (1985)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,837

39. The Ice House (1997– )

TV-MA | 172 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The peaceful, secluded, country hideaway of three diverse, lonely, supposedly lesbian, women is suddenly shattered when their gardener discovers a partially decomposed corpse in the old Ice... See full summary »

Stars: Frances Barber, Kitty Aldridge, Corin Redgrave, Penny Downie

Votes: 692

40. Prime Suspect 2 (1992)

203 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DCI Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield, Jack Ellis

Votes: 2,868

41. Shogun (1980)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

Votes: 10,693

42. Moby Dick (1998)

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,486

43. Merlin (1998)

Not Rated | 182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 19,510

44. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 17,890

45. The Potato Factory (2000– )

Comedy, Drama, History

Based on Bryce Courtenay's novel of the same name, this four-hour miniseries tells the story of Ikey Solomon, his wife Hannah and his mistress Mary. Set in London and Tasmania in the middle... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Cross, Lisa McCune, Sonia Todd, Robert Grubb

Votes: 83

46. The Crimson Petal and the White (2011– )

TV-MA | 274 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 2,717

47. The Thorn Birds (1983)

460 min | Drama, Romance

In the arid 1920s Australian Outback, a Catholic priest and the beautiful granddaughter of a vast sheep station owner stand powerless before God's will, tormented by desire. How far are they willing to go in the name of love?

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown

Votes: 7,430

48. It (1990)

TV-PG | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 104,130

49. Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,610

50. Parade's End (2012)

287 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.6