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Last updated April 15, 2021

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

2009 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who overcomes enormous obstacles to study medicine and save lives at Johns Hopkins Hospital in this made-for-cable drama based on Carson's memoirs.
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The Intouchables

2011 | NR | 4.4 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, a quadriplegic aristocrat's world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored ex-con as his caretaker. This unlikely duo overcomes adversity of every flavor as they shatter preconceptions of love, life and each other.
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The King's Speech

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

In this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture, Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
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The Perfect Game

2009 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

A seemingly impossible dream of playing baseball for the United States becomes a reality for a group of youngsters from an impoverished Mexican city in this poignant drama based on actual events.
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Winnie Mandela

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

South Africa's Winnie Mandela, one of the most galvanizing public figures in modern history, comes to life in this absorbing biopic. Though it traces Winnie's whole story, the film hinges on the Apartheid-era imprisonment that would define her image.
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The Hammer

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this drama follows the career of wrestler Matt Hamill, a keen athlete and avid student who is deaf. Raised by his hearing grandparents, Matt feels like an outsider in the deaf community but perseveres with his dreams.
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The Pianist

2002 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Famed Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this drama based on his memoirs. In spite of his well-known talent, Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, clinging to life.
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The Legend is Born: Ip Man

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This martial arts biopic follows the early years of Ip Man -- the master who would one day become Bruce Lee's mentor -- as he perfects his Wing Chun style of combat against a small army of villainous foes.
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The First Grader

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this inspirational drama profiles the amazing determination of 84-year-old Kenyan Kimani N'gan'ga Maruge, a Mau Mau freedom fighter who wants to take advantage of a new universal education decree by learning how to read.
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Maria Di Nazaret

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Mary, Mother of God. Mary is an ordinary young woman who works in the olive groves and spends time with her friends. If she only knew that these three little words -- Mother of God -- would one day be synonymous with her name. Humbled by the role she is asked to play as the mother of the Messiah, she unwaveringly fulfills the mission assigned to her. An ordinary girl chosen for an extraordinary role unlike any other.
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Maria Di Nazaret

2012 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In this biographical drama, the young Mary of Nazareth grows up as just another young Israelite working in the olive groves under Roman occupation. Following her life, the film captures the weight of Mary's fated role as the Mother of God.
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Haute Cuisine

2013 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on real characters and lives, this food-rich drama recounts Hortense Laborie's experiences as personal chef for the president of France. After reluctantly accepting the job, Hortense braves the intimidating atmosphere of the Elysee Palace.
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Masterpiece Classic: The Diary of Anne Frank

2009 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In this production based on the classic book, teenager Anne Frank tells, in her own words, how she and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis during World War II. As time drags on, they must balance the fear of their situation and "normal" family life
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American Violet

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Inspired by true events, this penetrating drama centers on Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24-year-old mother of four who's forced to take on a corrupt district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) when she's unjustly prosecuted in a large-scale drug case. Directed by Tim Disney, the inspiring tale also stars Alfre Woodard as Dee's mother, Alma, Tim Blake Nelson as ACLU attorney David Cohen and Will Patton as retired narcotics officer Sam Conroy.
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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

1958 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Ingrid Bergman stars as Gladys Aylward, a real-life missionary who goes to China during the Sino-Japanese War. As the hostile Chinese begin to trust her, she takes on an arduous task: guiding 100 children through enemy territory and into safety.
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The Ryan White Story

1989 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

After contracting HIV from a tainted blood treatment, young hemophiliac Ryan White is ostracized by his Kokomo, Ind., community, forcing the ailing teen and his determined mother to hire a lawyer to fight for Ryan's right to attend public school.
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Skin

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Both her father (Sam Neill) and mother (Alice Krige) are white, but Sandra Laing (Sophie Okonedo) is born with dark skin -- a complex problem in the era of South African apartheid that soon drives a wedge into the family in this poignant drama based on a true story. Though her parents fight to have the government classify her as white, Sandra grows up in a divided world, and experiences her parents can't understand make her question her identity.
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Perlasca

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

While on a business trip in Budapest in the midst of World War II, Italian cattle dealer Giorgio Perlasca risks his own life to pose as a Spanish diplomat and save more than 5,000 Jews from deportation.
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Che

2008 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Benicio Del Toro delivers a searing performance as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an asthmatic Argentine doctor who became one of Latin America's most legendary revolutionary leaders in the 1950s.
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Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen

2005 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This biopic chronicles how the shrewd Virgin Queen assumed the throne of a nation in turmoil, stabilized the economy, earned her subjects' devotion and manipulated a succession of suitors to political advantage.
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Che

2008 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Benicio Del Toro delivers a searing, emotional performance as Ernesto "Che" Guevara, an asthmatic Argentine doctor who became one of Latin America's most legendary revolutionary leaders in the 1950s. Director Steven Soderbergh recounts the events of the Cuban revolution, in which Guevara, Fidel Castro (Demiàn Bichir), Tamara Bunke (Franka Potente) and other revolutionaries worked to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
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My Left Foot

1989 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for his emotionally and physically complex portrayal of Irish writer Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy and eventually learned to write using the only body part he could control: his left foot.
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Becket

1964 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) names his former drinking partner Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton) the new Archbishop of Canterbury, he counts on his friend's unbending loyalty when it comes to religious matters. But he doesn't expect Becket to take his job so seriously. O'Toole, Burton and co-star John Gielgud turn in a trio of Oscar-nominated performances in this critically acclaimed drama rooted deep in English history.
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Ike: Countdown to D-Day

2004 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Tom Selleck stars as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in this action-packed dramatization that chronicles the 90 tense days leading up to his execution of one of history's most renowned military operations: World War II's Normandy invasion.
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Jet Li's Fearless

2006 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Jet Li stars as real-life martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, a world-class Chinese fighter who dreams of continuing his father's legacy and restoring pride in his nation. But as Huo's sparring skills grow, so does his ego.
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