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Last updated April 22, 2019

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Billy Elliot

2000 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) trades boxing school for ballet lessons, his father (Gary Lewis) -- a hardworking miner from Northern England who despises the idea of his son running around in toe shoes -- is less than pleased. But when the boy wins an audition for the Royal Ballet School, he experiences a change of heart. Stephen Daldry directs this Oscar-nominated drama that spawned a Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name.
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Masterpiece Classic: Wuthering Heights

2009 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Emily Brontë's sweeping tale of romance set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire moors gets the "Masterpiece" treatment in this lush made-for-television adaptation starring Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy.
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Masterpiece Classic: Wuthering Heights

2009 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Emily Brontë's sweeping tale of romance set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire moors gets the "Masterpiece" treatment in this lush made-for-television adaptation starring Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy. Cathy (Riley) eventually fell in love with Heathcliff (Hardy), the young Gypsy boy her father brought home years ago. But now that they're adults, another man (Tom Payne) is offering her his affections -- and a far more comfortable life.
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Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place

1994 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

After her parents die of cholera and their house is repossessed, 16-year-old Cissie Brodie is left to raise her younger brothers and sisters. They seek refuge in a cave, and Cissie is befriended by a kind carpenter.
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Catherine Cookson's The Dwelling Place

1994 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

After her parents die of cholera and their house is repossessed, 16-year-old Cissie Brodie is left to raise her younger brothers and sisters. They seek refuge in a cave, and Cissie is befriended by a kind carpenter.
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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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Doctor Zhivago

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

As political turmoil rumbles through Russia, Doctor Zhivago is trapped in a love triangle between his wife and his mistress. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution will change all their lives forever in this miniseries remake of the classic 1965 film.
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Island at War

2004 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Set on a fictional slice of the Channel Islands, this engrossing series follows three families caught on the islands at the beginning of World War II, capturing their experiences as they grapple with the stress of daily life and global conflict.
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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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StreetDance

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In this hip-hop drama, street crew Breaking Point and uptight ballet academy students wage a blistering turf battle when mischievous headmistress Helena forces the squads to work out in the same practice space.
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Doc Martin

2001 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In this feature-length prequel to the hit series, London-based obstetrician Dr. Martin Bamford leaves his cheating wife and goes on holiday in a quaint Cornish village, where he soon finds himself swept up in a peculiar mystery.
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Island at War

2004 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Set on a fictional slice of the Channel Islands, this engrossing series follows three families caught on the islands at the beginning of World War II, capturing their experiences as they grapple with the stress of daily life and global conflict.
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United

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

A devastating plane crash in 1958 left the Manchester United football squad with only four surviving team members still able to play, as recounted in this moving drama that finds the team and community struggling to recover from the tragedy.
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The Last Emperor

1987 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Recounting the last years of China's Ching Dynasty through flashbacks and flash-forwards, this Oscar-winning epic charts the life of Pu Yi (John Lone) -- who ascended the throne at age 3 -- from coddled aristocrat to enlightened insurgent to ordinary citizen. Co-starring Peter O'Toole as Pu Yi's Scottish tutor and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, the lavish drama collected nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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Doctor Zhivago

2002 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

As political turmoil rumbles through Russia, Doctor Zhivago is trapped in a love triangle between his wife and his mistress. Meanwhile, the Bolshevik Revolution will change all their lives forever in this miniseries remake of the classic 1965 film.
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I Am Slave

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This drama inspired by true events follows Malia, a young Sudanese girl who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. After being sent to London to work for a diplomat's family, Malia dreams of freedom and learns to fight her powerful oppressors.
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Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph

1997 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When her mother, a prostitute, runs away from the police, Millie is left alone on the streets and is taken in by Aggie, a kind rag lady. Despite Aggie's meager finances, Millie thrives under her care -- but a greedy pimp lurks just around the corner.
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Catherine Cookson's The Rag Nymph

1997 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When her mother, a prostitute, runs away from the police, Millie is left alone on the streets and is taken in by Aggie, a kind rag lady. Despite Aggie's meager finances, Millie thrives under her care -- but a greedy pimp lurks just around the corner.
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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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Catherine Cookson's The Moth

1997 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Best-selling author Catherine Cookson's novel of cross-class romance comes to the small screen in this miniseries, which follows the turmoil that erupts when a lowly carpenter falls for the daughter of the aristocratic family he works for.
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Trainspotting

1996 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Danny Boyle's explosive 1996 film tracks the misadventures of young men (played by a cast that includes Ewan MacGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jon Lee Miller) trying to find their way out of joblessness, aimless relationships and drug addiction. Some are successful, while others are hopelessly not. Based on Irvine Walsh's novel, Trainspotting melds grit with poetry, resulting in a film of harsh truths and stunning grace.
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Daniel Deronda

2002 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

The illegitimate son of a wealthy British aristocrat, Daniel Deronda harbors a secretive past and a ready supply of cash. But when he meets Gwendolyn, a beautiful woman in desperate need of money, things get even more complicated.
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Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin

1995 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When wealthy socialite Annabella Lagrange learns that her real mother is a madam at the local brothel, she flees the family estate with a childhood friend, and the two begin a new life in the working-class world.
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Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin

1995 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When wealthy socialite Annabella Lagrange learns that her real mother is a madam at the local brothel, she flees the family estate with a childhood friend, and the two begin a new life in the working-class world.
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Daniel Deronda

2002 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

The illegitimate son of a wealthy aristocrat, Daniel Deronda harbors a secret past and a ready supply of cash. But when he meets Gwendolyn, a beautiful woman in desperate need of money, things get complicated, as he's already involved in an affair.
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