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Last updated August 18, 2017

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Forrest Gump

1994 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Forrest Gump, a simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and '70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and yearns for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.
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North & South

2004 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When her father moves his family to an industrial mill town, the parson's daughter, Margaret Hale, struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings. This BBC series is based on the popular novel by Elizabeth Gaskell.
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When his family moves to Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey.
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Apocalypse Now Redux

2001 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 masterpiece follows Capt. Willard as he journeys upriver during the Vietnam War in search of the mysterious, and totally insane, Col. Kurtz. This redux version has been reedited with new footage and a fade-to-black ending.
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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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Safe Haven

2013 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks centers on a mysterious woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and begins a new life but remains haunted by the terrifying secret that prompted her to travel across the country.
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North & South

2004 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

When her father uproots his family from their serene rural burg for an industrial mill town, parson's daughter Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings in this BBC series based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. As her mother's health fails, Margaret throws herself into the fight for workers' rights and clashes with mill owner John Thornton (Richard Armitage). Sinead Cusack and Tim Pigott-Smith also star.
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Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In this lavish production of Charles Dickens's classic tale, orphan Pip's fortunes change when an anonymous patron takes an interest in him. Meanwhile, he becomes involved with eccentric Miss Havisham, who can't get over being left at the altar.
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Lonesome Dove

1989 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In this Emmy-winning made-for-television movie based on the Larry McMurtry bestseller, two former Texas Rangers leave Texas to settle land in Montana. Their plans are thwarted and helped along by a cast of characters that could only live out West.
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Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

An orphaned young man meets a convict in a cemetery and sets into motion a series of events that leads him from a life in his brother-in-law's forge to a mysterious inheritance and his acquaintance with the eerie Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward.
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Lonesome Dove

1989 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Larry McMurtry's novel comes to life in this Emmy-winning made-for-television movie that centers on kindly Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and gruff Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones), two former Texas Rangers who leave Lonesome Dove in the Lone Star State to settle land in Montana. Along for the journey are ex-scout Joshua (Danny Glover) and Call's bastard son, Newt (Rick Schroder). Diane Lane plays California-dreaming prostitute Lorena Wood.
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Imitation of Life

1959 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Lora, a white widow with a daughter, and Annie, a black single mother, move in together and face a huge challenge as they try to raise their children. Annie's daughter favors her light-skinned father and comes to resent her mother's black identity.
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Red Cliff: Theatrical Version

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

When a warmongering prime minister advances his armies against two rival kingdoms, he unwittingly prompts his adversaries to work together, resulting in an epic battle by the sea involving more than 1 million soldiers.
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Jesse Stone: Night Passage

2006 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

After hard-drinking Jesse Stone is hired as police chief of the idyllic seaside town of Paradise, Mass., it doesn't take long for him to uncover the dark side of Paradise in this made-for-TV movie based on the writings of Robert B. Parker.
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The Forsyte Saga: Series 2

2003 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The drama of the Forsyte clan continues with the next generation. Fleur, the daughter of Soames and Annette, and Jon, the son of Irene and Jolyon, first met as youngsters. Ten years later, they reunite and fall completely, disastrously in love.
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Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise

2006 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Tom Selleck returns to the role of police chief Jesse Stone in this third chapter of the crime-mystery series. As Stone obsesses over solving the murder of a teenage girl found floating in the lake, he also works a deadly domestic violence case.
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The Wave

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

To give his students a real-world example of how dictatorships can grow powerful, a high school teacher starts a social experiment that gives some of his students a strong advantage while leaving others subservient and powerless.
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The Scapegoat

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Soon after meeting his doppelgänger, schoolteacher John Standing is duped into taking the man's place at the head of an aristocratic but troubled family. As Standing grows into his new identity, he learns that his lookalike has sinister intentions.
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House of Cards Trilogy III (BBC): The Final Cut

1995 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Ruthless prime minister Francis Urquhart wants to leave his mark on the world before his term as the political leader of Great Britain ends. But skeletons in his closet keep raising their ugly heads and threaten to bring about his ruin.
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House of Cards Trilogy II (BBC): To Play the King

1993 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Now firmly entrenched as prime minister, Francis Urquhart faces a fresh challenge when the new King expresses a desire to reshape British society. With the help of a new adviser, the PM aims to hold the King at bay and retain absolute power.
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World Without End

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

With 14th-century England as the backdrop, this epic sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth" picks up events 200 years later as the king leads the country into the Hundred Years War, and the plague begins to spread throughout Europe.
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House of Cards Trilogy I (BBC): House of Cards

1990 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Conservative Party whip Francis Urquhart expects to be handed a high-level cabinet position upon the election of a new prime minister. When he's told he hasn't been promoted, Urquhart chooses to exact revenge by creating dissent within the party.
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The Last of the Mohicans

1992 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

When rugged frontiersman Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) saves the Munro sisters -- two newly arrived English settlers -- from a Huron ambush, he ends up in the midst of the battle between the British and the French for control of the American colonies. Director Michael Mann's first-rate production also stars Madeleine Stowe as the Munro sister who wins Hawkeye's heart, and Wes Studi as the Huron warrior who has a score to settle with her father.
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The Forsyte Saga

2002 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This epic miniseries follows the Victorian pride of the Forsyte clan through the scandals and mistakes of the patriarch, Soames. His ways change when he sees his cherished daughter grow into a captivating young woman who carries on the family pride.
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Apocalypse Now

1979 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

During the Vietnam War, Capt. Willard is sent to Cambodia on a top-secret mission, where he journeys upriver in search of the mysterious Col. Kurtz. His instructions: terminate Kurtz, who's gone completely insane.
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