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Last updated September 18, 2019

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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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Of Mice and Men

1992 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This moving adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel follows two migrant workers, one a dimwitted gentle giant and the other his judicious protector, who find jobs in Depression-era California, only to have their hopes destroyed.
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Enchanted April

1992 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Stifled British wives Lottie (Josie Lawrence) and Rose (Miranda Richardson) rent an Italian villa for a husbandless vacation. Sharing the retreat are acerbic widow Mrs. Fisher (Oscar nominee Joan Plowright) and socialite Caroline (Polly Walker). The four spend a month savoring newfound freedom and the opportunity for self-discovery. Alfred Molina co-stars in this tale of 1920s English manners, based on Elizabeth von Arnim's novel.
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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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Cry, the Beloved Country

1995 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Shot in the aftermath of Nelson Mandela's election, this film adaptation of South African author Alan Paton's novel tells the story of two men -- one black, one white -- who must cope with family tragedy in the apartheid era. Rural minister Stephen Kumalo (James Earl Jones) travels to Johannesburg in search of his troubled son, while white landowner James Jarvis (Richard Harris) comes to the city to attend to his activist son's murder.
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Les Miserables

2000 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This adaption of the classic novel by Victor Hugo stars Gerard Depardieu as Jean Valjean, a Frenchman jailed for 19 years for stealing bread. Though he finds redemption and turns his life around, Valjean must still elude police inspector Javert.
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What Maisie Knew

2013 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In this updated rendering of the timeless Henry James novel, a perceptive 6-year-old girl becomes a bargaining tool when she gets caught in the midst of a toxic custody fight between her self-seeking, childish parents.
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Les Miserables

2000 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Gérard Depardieu leads a star-studded cast in this TV miniseries, starring as Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who reinvents himself as a wealthy benefactor -- but whose past continues to hound him in the form of the heartless Inspector Javert.
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Mansfield Park

1999 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In this period drama loosely based on Jane Austen's most autobiographical novel, penniless heroine Fanny Price is sent to live with wealthy relatives in 1800s England, where her wit and writing talent find the room -- and circumstance -- to grow.
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Jane Eyre

1996 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Jane Eyre is an orphan forced to endure life at a harsh boarding school. As Jane grows into an independent, strong-willed woman, she takes a governess job at Thornton Hall and falls in love with the estate's brooding owner, Mr. Rochester.
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The Sand Pebbles

1966 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Navy engineer Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) finds himself surrounded by conflict when, during the Chinese revolution of the 1920s, he's assigned to an American gunboat in the Yangtze River. His cynical and antagonistic personality has ensured his status as a loner, and the political situation creates more questions than answers. This epic and romantic drama from The Sound of Music director Robert Wise earned multiple Oscar nominations.
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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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There Will Be Blood

2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this expansive drama, ambitious prospector Daniel Plainview strikes it rich when he buys the oil rights to a California family's ranch. As he turns a simple village into a boomtown, Plainview stokes the ire of a charismatic young preacher.
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Sea Wolf

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A young man is taken aboard a seal-hunting vessel helmed by the cruel captain Wolf Larsen. An adaptation of Jack London's 1904 novel "The Sea-Wolf". In this exclusive premiere, Jack London's thrilling adventure at sea becomes an intense and thrilling miniseries for modern audiences.
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Pride and Prejudice

1980 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Preoccupied with status, Mrs. Bennet (Priscilla Morgan) will do just about anything to make sure that her five daughters marry into well-to-do families in this BBC series based on Jane Austen's classic novel. The second eldest daughter, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Garvie), has complete distaste for her wealth-obsessed circle, especially the conceited and affluent Fitzwilliam Darcy (David Rintoul). But what she doesn't realize is that Darcy feels the same way she does.
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Under the Greenwood Tree

2005 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, this charming tale follows schoolteacher Fancy Day, who returns to the bucolic hamlet of Melstock to look after her ailing father. To no one's surprise, three disparate suitors are soon courting the young beauty.
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The Way We Live Now

2001 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Based on the 1875 novel by Anthony Trollope, this sharp-edged miniseries artfully satirizes the greed and hypocrisy of upper-class Victorian society. The main story revolves around Augustus Melmotte, a mysterious financier who settles in London.
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Pride and Prejudice

1980 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Preoccupied with status, Mrs. Bennet (Priscilla Morgan) will do just about anything to make sure that her five daughters marry into well-to-do families in this BBC series based on Jane Austen's classic novel. The second eldest daughter, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Garvie), has complete distaste for her wealth-obsessed circle, especially the conceited and affluent Fitzwilliam Darcy (David Rintoul). But what she doesn't realize is that Darcy feels the same way she does.
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The Way We Live Now

2001 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

During the 1870s railway boom, ordinary people are blinded by wealth in this miniseries adaptation of Anthony Trollope's satirical novel. When financier Augustus Melmotte moves his business and his family to London, rumors emerge about his past.
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The Man in the Iron Mask

1998 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

With France on the brink of revolution thanks to the reign of callous King Louis XIV, the fabled Musketeers reunite and hatch a scheme to replace the sovereign with his unjustly imprisoned twin brother in this star-studded swashbuckler.
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Nicholas Nickleby

2002 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Life in 19th-century England deals Nicholas Nickleby a difficult hand when his father dies and Nicholas, his sister and his mother, now penniless, are forced to seek help from his twisted Uncle Ralph, who wants to tear the family apart.
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Masterpiece Classic: Mansfield Park

2007 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Sent to live in an estate with her wealthy aunt and uncle, fish-out-of-water Fanny Price (Billie Piper) struggles to find her place in the dizzying world of high society's glitz, glamour and sexual politics. Directed by Iain B. MacDonald, this made-for-television adaptation of the Jane Austen classic also stars Jemma Redgrave, Maggie O'Neill, Blake Ritson, Douglas Hodge, James D'Arcy, Rory Kinnear and Catherine Steadman.
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Sea Wolf

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A young man is taken aboard a seal-hunting vessel helmed by the cruel captain Wolf Larsen. An adaptation of Jack London's 1904 novel "The Sea-Wolf". In this exclusive premiere, Jack London's thrilling adventure at sea becomes an intense and thrilling miniseries for modern audiences.
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Catch-22

1970 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Capt. Yossarian (Alan Arkin) tries to escape the travesties of World War II by convincing his Air Force commanders that he's crazy. Hilarity ensues -- but so does reality as he watches his close friends (Martin Sheen and Art Garfunkel) die in the ridiculousness of war. Mike Nichols directs this cinematic adaptation of Joseph Heller's scathing black comedy about a small group of flyers in the Mediterranean in 1944.
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