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Last updated September 29, 2022

Masterpiece Classic: Wuthering Heights Poster

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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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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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Hanshirô, a destitute samurai, asks to commit hara-kiri at the estate of feudal lord Kageyu. Knowing the dishonor this will bring to his house, Kageyu begs him to reconsider, unaware of the shocking truth behind Hanshirô's choice of locale.
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The Red Violin

1998 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

When the long-lost "red violin," a rare instrument crafted during the Italian Renaissance, shows up at a modern auction, it reveals its mysterious history -- and the lives of its previous owners -- in a series of flashbacks spanning three centuries.
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A Royal Affair

2012 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

In 18th-century Denmark, the unstable King Christian VII neglects his young queen, Mathilde, who falls in love with his German physician, Struensee, an intellectual whose advocation of reform transforms the country but brings about his own downfall.
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Arn: The Knight Templar

2007 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Based on Jan Guillou's trilogy, this adventure saga follows the son of nobility from his monastic education to his return home to help fight for Sweden. But when Arn impregnates his lover, he must become a warrior of the Crusades as penance.
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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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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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When the Last Sword Is Drawn

2003 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Yôjirô Takita's period drama recounts the life of samurai Kanichiro Yoshimura and the waning days of feudal Japan. His memory triggered by a photograph of the expert swordsman, the elderly Saito reminisces about his past association with Yoshimura.
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Masterpiece Classic: Wuthering Heights Poster

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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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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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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Confucius

2010 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This sweeping epic revisits China's Spring and Autumn periods through the dramatic biography of Confucius, the legendary Eastern philosopher who, in spite of his mastery of the Six Arts, has difficulty instituting his political philosophies.
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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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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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White Vengeance

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

As all of China falls into chaos during the final years of the Qin Dynasty, two brothers, powerful warlords Liu Bang and Xiang Fu, engage in a bloody battle to ascend the imperial throne -- and to win the love of one woman.
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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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The Passion of the Christ

2004 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Oscar-winning actor-director Mel Gibson helms this controversial epic that focuses on the last 12 hours of Jesus's life -- from the betrayal, trial and death of Jesus to his brutal crucifixion and resurrection from the tomb. Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Maia Morgenstern as Jesus's mother and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, The Passion is spoken entirely in Latin and Aramaic, and the violent Crucifixion scenes are incredibly graphic.
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Daniel Deronda Poster

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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Cleopatra

1963 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on to the throne and seduces Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general.
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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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A Child Called Jesus

1987 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Produced for Italian television, this drama envisions the childhood of Jesus Christ, combining evidence from Bible passages with conjecture. Re-creating Jesus' life through age 12, the miniseries explores a period when the family moved near Egypt.
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Lagaan

2001 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match. If the villagers win, they'll avoid taxation for three years; if they lose, they'll pay the tax thrice over.
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Casanova

2005 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Aging Casanova reflects on the romantic adventures of his youth, in particular a love triangle with his one true love. The legendary lothario seduces a string of women as he escapes prison, engages in a duel and more in this fast-paced miniseries.
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