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Last updated August 22, 2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bleak House

2005 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

The wealthy and kind John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) takes orphaned Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) into his household, where she befriends two of his wards, Richard (Patrick Kennedy) and Ada (Carey Mulligan). Meanwhile, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) guards a secret about Esther's origins -- and her fate. Charles Dickens's suspenseful yarn of legal justice comes to life in this BBC miniseries penned by period-piece writer Andrew Davies.
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The Forsyte Saga: Series 1

2002 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This epic miniseries follows the Victorian pride of the Forsytes through the scandals of the family's patriarch, Soames. His ways change when he sees his cherished daughter grow up to be a captivating young woman who carries on the family pride.
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Wives & Daughters

1999 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Family life changes drastically for the good-natured Molly Gibson when her widowed father decides to remarry, and a woman with her own set of rules -- and a beautiful daughter -- becomes her stepmother.
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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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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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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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Bleak House

2005 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

An orphaned girl finds a happy home with a wealthy man and his wards, never suspecting the truth about her origins -- or knowing her fate. But as the plot thickens, a suspenseful yarn of legal justice unfolds in this drama miniseries.
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Wives & Daughters

1999 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Family life changes drastically for the good-natured Molly Gibson when her widowed father decides to remarry and a woman with her own set of rules -- and a beautiful daughter -- becomes her stepmother.
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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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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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Little Men

1997 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In this adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, two homeless boys from Boston find themselves at Plumfield, a rural boarding school run by Jo and her husband -- and they soon learn academic and life lessons they won't ever forget.
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The Way Back

2010 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

After narrowly escaping from a wretched World War II Siberian labor camp, a small band of multinational soldiers desperately undertakes a harrowing journey to traverse Siberia, the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas on foot.
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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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The Count of Monte Cristo

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu stars as the French sailor Edmond Dantes in this faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure tale. Wrongly imprisoned in the formidable Château d'If for 18 years, Dantes learns of buried treasure from a fellow inmate.
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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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The Grapes of Wrath

1940 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Tom Joad, a Depression-era everyman, leads his poor family on a harrowing journey from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to the promised land of California in this adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel.
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The Count of Monte Cristo

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu stars as the French sailor Edmond Dantes in this faithful adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure tale. Wrongly imprisoned in the formidable Château d'If for 18 years, Dantes learns of buried treasure from a fellow inmate.
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The Well-Digger's Daughter

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Pascale, a widowed laborer, lives in Provence, raising five daughters alone until his eldest daughter returns home to help care for her sisters. But a young pilot and the approaching shadow of World War I change Pascale's hopes for the future.
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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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