Top Biographies movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Blind Side on DVD The Blind Side
Synopsis
In this sports drama based on a true story, affluent couple Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy take in Michael, a homeless teenager. Leigh Anne helps him catch up academically and nurtures his growth into a football powerhouse.
Cast
Cast
Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer
Director
Director
John Lee Hancock
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Football, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Sports Stories, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Social Network on DVD The Social Network
Synopsis
Director David Fincher's biographical drama chronicles the rise of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Harvard student to Internet superstar. As the entrepreneur is driven to succeed, his personal relationships suffer and he lands in legal trouble.
Cast
Cast
Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, Brenda Song, Rashida Jones, John Getz, David Selby, Denise Grayson, Douglas Urbanski, Rooney Mara
Director
Director
David Fincher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The King's Speech on DVD The King's Speech
Synopsis
In this biographical drama that garnered multiple Academy Awards, Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
Cast
Cast
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Andrews, Eve Best
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Blockbusters, United Kingdom
Rent Walk the Line on DVD Walk the Line
Synopsis
This critically acclaimed biopic distills country singer Johnny Cash's transformation from man to icon -- from his hardscrabble days on an Arkansas farm to his time inside Memphis's Sun Studios, where he finally found a voice for his talents.
Cast
Cast
Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Shelby Lynne, Dan Beene, Larry Bagby, Lucas Till, Ridge Canipe, Hailey Anne Nelson, Tyler Hilton, Brittany Shaw
Director
Director
James Mangold
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Showbiz Dramas, Classic Country & Western, 20th Century Period Pieces, Country & Western/Folk, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Into the Wild on DVD Into the Wild
Synopsis
A young man gives up everything -- including his trust fund and ties to a seemingly stable family -- to lead a solitary life in the wild, eschewing convention to trek across Alaska's harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Cast
Cast
Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook, Kristen Stewart, Zach Galifianakis, Haley Ramm, Merritt Wever, Thure Lindhardt
Director
Director
Sean Penn
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Queen on DVD The Queen
Synopsis
After Princess Diana's shocking death, Queen Elizabeth II and the newly elected Tony Blair try to manage Diana's loss on a personal level while reacting to public demand that the princess be memorialized in a manner beyond standard protocol.
Cast
Cast
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Mark Bazeley
Director
Director
Stephen Frears
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, United Kingdom
Rent The Fighter on DVD The Fighter
Synopsis
After a string of defeats, boxer Mickey Ward rediscovers his fighting will with help from his trainer and half-brother, Dicky -- a once-talented pugilist and small-town hero now battling drug addiction.
Cast
Cast
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter, Erica McDermott, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Kate B. O'Brien
Director
Director
David O. Russell
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, Boxing, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Stories
Rent The Aviator on DVD The Aviator
Synopsis
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes, who turned a small fortune into a massive one by producing Hollywood classics such as Scarface. He simultaneously branched into and transformed industry after industry -- including aviation.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, Adam Scott, Matt Ross, Kelli Garner, Frances Conroy, Brent Spiner
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Showbiz Dramas, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Milk on DVD Milk
Synopsis
Sean Penn stars in this biopic about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White in 1978.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Brandon Boyce, Carol Ruth Silver, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Howard Rosenman, Kelvin Yu, Jeff Koons, Mark Martinez, Lynn McRee
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, Biographies, Political Dramas, LGBT Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, Gay, Period Pieces
Rent Finding Neverland on DVD Finding Neverland
Synopsis
Peter Pan and the denizens of Neverland have captured the hearts and minds of J.M. Barrie's readers. But this Oscar-winning film reveals how the imaginative author envisioned a world that was at once so wondrous and perilous.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Radha Mitchell, Freddie Highmore, Kelly Macdonald, Ian Hart, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud
Director
Director
Marc Forster
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Tearjerkers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Ray on DVD Ray
Synopsis
Jamie Foxx portrays rhythm and blues legend Ray Charles, who rose from obscurity to become world famous despite losing his eyesight at age 6, a hardscrabble upbringing, repeated struggles with racism, romantic letdowns and his own heroin abuse.
Cast
Cast
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Schiff, Larenz Tate, Terrence Howard, David Krumholtz, Wendell Pierce
Director
Director
Taylor Hackford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Classic R&B/Soul, Dramas Based on Real Life, Blues, Showbiz Dramas, Urban & Dance, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Lincoln on DVD Lincoln
Synopsis
Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years. The biographical saga also reveals the conflicts within Lincoln's cabinet regarding the war and abolition.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Jared Harris, Joseph Cross, Tim Blake Nelson, David Oyelowo, Bruce McGill
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Capote on DVD Capote
Synopsis
The toast of New York City society after penning "Breakfast at Tiffany's," flamboyant writer Truman Capote finds himself in a dance with the devil while researching the Clutter family murders for his masterwork, "In Cold Blood."
Cast
Cast
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Cooper, Bruce Greenwood, Bob Balaban, Mark Pellegrino
Director
Director
Bennett Miller
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Crime Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Becoming Jane on DVD Becoming Jane
Synopsis
A passionate romance with roguish barrister Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy) serves as the inspiration for the works of budding novelist Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway) in director Julian Jarrold's prismatic drama set in late 18th century England. After rejecting a proposal from a neighbor's rich but stolid nephew, Austen becomes increasingly drawn to impoverished young lawyer Lefroy -- even as relatives and circumstances conspire to separate the couple.
Cast
Cast
Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Anna Maxwell Martin, Lucy Cohu, Laurence Fox, Joe Anderson, Ian Richardson
Director
Director
Julian Jarrold
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Cinderella Man on DVD Cinderella Man
Synopsis
Russell Crowe stars in this riveting biopic about legendary boxer Jim Braddock, who arrived on the scene during the Great Depression at a time when Americans were woefully in need of a hero.
Cast
Cast
Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Connor Price, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, Ron Canada, Boyd Banks, Fulvio Cecere, Angelo Tsarouchas
Director
Director
Ron Howard
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Secretariat on DVD Secretariat
Synopsis
When Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's thoroughbred stable, she transforms from housewife to horse breeder -- and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown -- in this dramatic biopic.
Cast
Cast
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Dalton Thompson, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn, Michael Harding
Director
Director
Randall Wallace
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Disney, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Period Pieces
Rent Invincible on DVD Invincible
Synopsis
Devoted Philadelphia Eagles fan Vince Papale has just lost his wife and his job as a substitute teacher. But by impressing his favorite NFL team's coach in open tryouts and winning a place on the field, he turns a terrible year into a winner.
Cast
Cast
Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli, Kirk Acevedo, Dov Davidoff, Michael Kelly
Director
Director
Ericson Core
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Football, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Stories, Period Pieces
Rent Catch Me If You Can on DVD Catch Me If You Can
Synopsis
Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is a cunning con man; he's also a deft forger, and his work attracts the attention of an FBI agent who makes it his mission to put Frank behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes, Steve Eastin, Malachi Throne
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Crime Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Iron Lady on DVD The Iron Lady
Synopsis
Meryl Streep provides a subtle and nuanced portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, whose political career and determination changed the rules that had limited women's opportunities for leadership.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, Victoria Bewick, Nicholas Farrell, John Sessions, Anthony Head, David Westhead, Julian Wadham, Richard E. Grant, Angus Wright, Roger Allam, Michael Pennington, Susan Brown, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Director
Director
Phyllida Lloyd
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Monster on DVD Monster
Synopsis
Charlize Theron took home the Best Actress Oscar for her electrifying performance as Aileen Wuornos, an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic client and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Cast
Cast
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay, Scott Wilson, Bubba Baker
Director
Director
Patty Jenkins
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Erotic Thrillers, LGBT Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Indie Dramas, Lesbian, Period Pieces
Rent W. on DVD W.
Synopsis
Featuring an all-star cast, director Oliver Stone's satiric retrospective chronicles the life and political career of George W. Bush, from his troubles as a young adult through his governorship of Texas and all the way to the Oval Office.
Cast
Cast
Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, Toby Jones, Stacy Keach, Bruce McGill, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks, Dennis Boutsikaris, Wes Chatham, Jesse Bradford
Director
Director
Oliver Stone
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent John Adams on DVD John Adams
Synopsis
Paul Giamatti shines in the title role of this epic Emmy and Golden Globe winner that recounts the life of founding father John Adams as revolutionary leader, America's first ambassador to England, the first vice president and the second president. The iconic cast of characters includes Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), George Washington (David Morse), Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) and Benjamin Franklin (Tom Wilkinson).
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, David Morse, Sarah Polley, Rufus Sewell, Justin Theroux, Tom Wilkinson, Danny Huston, Stephen Dillane, Clancy O'Connor
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, TV Miniseries, HBO
Rent 12 Years a Slave on DVD 12 Years a Slave
Synopsis
The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.
Cast
Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Adepero Oduye, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp
Director
Director
Steve McQueen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Elizabeth: The Golden Age on DVD Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Synopsis
Cate Blanchett reprises her role as the Virgin Queen in this lushly costumed but historically muddy sequel to 1998's Elizabeth which focuses on the queen's tempestuous relationship with the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh.
Cast
Cast
Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Rhys Ifans, Jordi Mollà, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton, Tom Hollander, Antony Carrick, David Threlfall
Director
Director
Shekhar Kapur
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Saving Mr. Banks on DVD Saving Mr. Banks
Synopsis
When Walt Disney sets his sights on obtaining the rights to the children's classic "Mary Poppins," he reaches out to the book's author, P.L. Travers, only to find that she proves a tough nut to crack.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Annie Buckley, Melanie Paxson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker
Director
Director
John Lee Hancock
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Showbiz Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Disney
Rent J. Edgar on DVD J. Edgar
Synopsis
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this riveting biopic as J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director as notorious for his overzealous methods of law enforcement as for the rumors regarding his cross-dressing and close relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Armie Hammer, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Stephen Root, Zach Grenier, Jeffrey Donovan, Denis O'Hare
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent The Wolf of Wall Street on DVD The Wolf of Wall Street
Synopsis
Martin Scorcese's high-rolling Wall Street drama is based on the memoirs of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose giddy career -- involving audacious scams and confrontations with the FBI and other agencies -- ended in federal prison.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, Joanna Lumley, Cristin Milioti, Christine Ebersole, Shea Whigham, Katarina Cas, P.J. Byrne, Kenneth Choi, Brian Sacca, Henry Zebrowski, Ethan Suplee
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Biographies
Rent The World's Fastest Indian on DVD The World's Fastest Indian
Synopsis
This fact-based drama stars Anthony Hopkins as quirky New Zealander Burt Munro, a 67-year-old grandfather who flies across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats and attempts to break into the record books on his customized Indian Scout motorcycle.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Hopkins, Bruce Greenwood, Diane Ladd, Jessica Cauffiel, Walton Goggins, Patrick John Flueger, Chris Williams, Christopher Lawford, Paul Rodriguez, Chris Bruno
Director
Director
Roger Donaldson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Indie Dramas, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Motorcycles & Motocross, Australia/ New Zealand
Rent The Young Victoria on DVD The Young Victoria
Synopsis
Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign.
Cast
Cast
Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Julian Glover
Director
Director
Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Political Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent Schindler's List on DVD Schindler's List
Synopsis
Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a greedy German factory owner made rich by exploiting cheap Jewish labor. But as World War II unfolds, he becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz, Malgoscha Gebel, Shmulik Levy, Mark Ivanir, Beatrice Macola, Friedrich von Thun, Andrzej Seweryn
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Inspirational Stories, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Imitation Game on DVD The Imitation Game
Synopsis
Chronicling mathematical wizard Alan Turing's key role in Britain's successful effort to crack Germany's Enigma code during World War II, this historical biopic also recounts how his groundbreaking work helped launch the computer age.
Cast
Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech , Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, James Northcote, Tom Goodman-Hill
Director
Director
Morten Tyldum
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Military & War Dramas
Rent Lee Daniels' The Butler on DVD Lee Daniels' The Butler
Synopsis
Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful performance as Cecil Gaines, who served as the White House butler under eight presidents. His three decades of service unfold against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Clarence Williams III
Director
Director
Lee Daniels
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Political Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Elizabeth on DVD Elizabeth
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning treatise on absolute power and its human toll sees fledgling queen Elizabeth I sacrificing happiness for her own safety and placing her trust in her stealthy "spymaster," Sir Francis Walsingham.
Cast
Cast
Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant, Éric Cantona , Vincent Cassel, John Gielgud, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Mortimer
Director
Director
Shekhar Kapur
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent The Express on DVD The Express
Synopsis
Rob Brown stars as trailblazer Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Dubbed the "Elmira Express" because of his tireless drive, Davis also lived up to the title off the field fighting for racial equality. Director Gary Fleder's inspiring biopic co-stars Dennis Quaid as Ben Schwartzwalder, the crusty Syracuse University coach who teaches Davis the game and in return learns much from his bold civil rights achievements.
Cast
Cast
Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Saul Rubinek, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Aunjanue Ellis, Justin Martin, Geoff Stults, Frank Grillo
Director
Director
Gary Fleder
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Biographies, Football, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Sports Stories
Rent A Beautiful Mind on DVD A Beautiful Mind
Synopsis
Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book of the same name, this Oscar-winning drama charts the life and work of famed economist John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant man plagued by the anguish of mental illness.
Cast
Cast
Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer, Clint Howard
Director
Director
Ron Howard
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent La Vie en Rose on DVD La Vie en Rose
Synopsis
Director Olivier Dahan paints a poignant portrait of legendary Parisian singer Édith Piaf, whose passion for music saw her through a life filled with tragedy. The film follows the chanteuse from her childhood in a brothel to her premature death.
Cast
Cast
Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Marc Barbé, Elisabeth Commelin
Director
Director
Olivier Dahan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Showbiz Dramas, Foreign Dramas, French Language, France
Rent The Motorcycle Diaries on DVD The Motorcycle Diaries
Synopsis
Argentinean medical student and future revolutionary Che Guevara motorcycles across South America with his friend Alberto beginning in 1951, a deeply personal odyssey that ultimately crystallizes the young man's budding political beliefs.
Cast
Cast
Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Morán, Jean Pierre Noher, Lucas Oro, Marina Glezer, Sofia Bertolotto, Franco Solazzi, Ricardo Diaz Mourelle, Sergio Boris
Director
Director
Walter Salles
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Indie Dramas, Foreign Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Spanish Language, Argentina
Rent Marie Antoinette on DVD Marie Antoinette
Synopsis
Sofia Coppola directs a stylized portrait of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), the naive Austrian princess who married Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) to become queen of France at age 19. The film explores the effects of a luxurious yet terribly confining lifestyle on the young queen. Her resulting youthful indiscretion and frivolity ultimately led to her undoing. A Cannes Golden Palm nominee, this biopic also took Oscar honors for costume design.
Cast
Cast
Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Asia Argento, Molly Shannon, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Marianne Faithfull, Aurore Clément, Steve Coogan, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Guillaume Gallienne, Clémentine Poidatz, Rose Byrne
Director
Director
Sofia Coppola
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Amelia on DVD Amelia
Synopsis
Hilary Swank stars as famed aviator Amelia Earhart in this dramatic biopic that follows the daring pilot's rise from obscurity in Kansas to her troubled marriage to businessman George Putnam (Richard Gere), who recruited her for her first transatlantic flight. Mira Nair (The Namesake, Vanity Fair) directs; Ewan McGregor, Joe Anderson, Christopher Eccleston and Mia Wasikowska co-star.
Cast
Cast
Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson, Cherry Jones, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Abrams, Scott Anderson
Director
Director
Mira Nair
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Frida on DVD Frida
Synopsis
Julie Taymor directs this Oscar-winning biopic of painter Frida Kahlo, focusing on her often rocky relationship with husband Diego Rivera and her controversial political and sexual reputation (she was a communist and openly bisexual).
Cast
Cast
Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Valeria Golino, Geoffrey Rush, Ashley Judd, Diego Luna, Mía Maestro, Edward Norton, Roger Rees, Saffron Burrows
Director
Director
Julie Taymor
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Painting, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Bridge of Spies on DVD Bridge of Spies
Synopsis
At the height of the Cold War in 1960, the downing of an American spy plane and the pilot's subsequent capture by the Soviets draws Brooklyn attorney James Donovan into the middle of an intense effort to secure the aviator's release.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Biographies, Suspense, Mystery
Rent American Sniper on DVD American Sniper
Synopsis
Based on his memoir of the same name, this military biopic centers on legendary sniper Chris Kyle, who amassed a record number of kills on the battlefield during his 10-year career as a Navy SEAL.
Cast
Cast
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Kevin Lacz, Cory Hardrict, Navid Negahban
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Action, Action Thrillers, Biographies, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent The Diving Bell and the Butterfly on DVD The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Synopsis
Mathieu Amalric stars as author and Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby in this adaptation of Bauby's autobiography, which he dictated by blinking his left eye after a stroke rendered him mute and paralyzed.
Cast
Cast
Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz López Garmendia, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Marina Hands, Max von Sydow
Director
Director
Julian Schnabel
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Biographies, Foreign Dramas, Medical Dramas, Inspirational Stories, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, French Language, France
Rent 42 on DVD 42
Synopsis
This biopic focuses on the relationship between baseball icon Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and in 1947 made him the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.
Cast
Cast
Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, André Holland, Alan Tudyk, Brett Cullen, John C. McGinley, T.R. Knight, Brad Beyer, Jud Tylor
Director
Director
Brian Helgeland
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Baseball, Sports Stories, Period Pieces
Rent Miss Potter on DVD Miss Potter
Synopsis
Blending lush animation sequences with live-action drama, director Chris Noonan constructs this unconventional biopic about the personal life of beloved children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.
Cast
Cast
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Dakota Fanning stars in The Runaways, about a group of extraordinary young women as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary band that paved the way for future generations of girl musicians.
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With his body progressively ravaged by ALS, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking must rely on his wife, Jane, to continue his life's work as he faces various challenges. This affecting biographical drama centers on the couple's fertile partnership.
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Cast
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Director
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In 12th-century Asia, an orphaned slave named Temudjin escapes the clutches of his captors and begins a journey that will lead him to become one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known: Genghis Khan.
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Cast
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This inspiring tale of survival is based on the real-life experiences of Louis Zamperini, an American pilot held by the Japanese during World War II. After his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, Zamperini spends 47 days adrift before his capture.
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Cast
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Director
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Liam Neeson turns in a fascinating portrayal of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, who interviewed thousands of people about their sex lives and released his findings in a groundbreaking 1948 book known popularly as "The Kinsey Report."
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Cast
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This portrayal of Adolf Hitler's final days is based on the memoirs of Traudl Junge, the young secretary who was with him until his death. Holed up in a bunker in Berlin, Hitler spends his last days vacillating between paranoia and defiance.
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Cast
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Johnny Depp turns in a quietly powerful performance at the heart of this Ted Demme-directed drama as real-life coke smuggler George Jung, who rises from poverty to become one of the biggest drug dealers in America before his eventual downfall.
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Cast
Ted Demme, Denis Leary, Nick Cassavetes, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Mollà, Ray Liotta, Cliff Curtis, Miguel Sandoval, Ashley Edner, Noah Emmerich, Lola Glaudini, Max Perlich, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Gage, Jesse James, Miguel Perez, Dan Ferro, Emma Roberts, Jaime King
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Genres
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Undone by a broken marriage and her mother's death, Cheryl Strayed has been on a years-long reckless tear, fueled by addiction and despair. In a bid to save her life, she decides to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail -- alone and with no experience.
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Cast
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Cast
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Set during the last year of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's life, this biopic explores the fractious relationship between Tolstoy (Oscar nominee Christopher Plummer) and his wife (Oscar nominee Helen Mirren), as he embraces a life of asceticism. Paul Giamatti co-stars as impassioned Tolstoy devotee Vladimir Chertkov, with James McAvoy playing the aging writer's assistant, Valentin, who is caught in the middle of various struggles.
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Cast
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Director
Michael Hoffman
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Genres
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When a TV producer coaxes a researcher to speak about his former employer's knowledge of tobacco's dangers, the corporations try to silence them in this Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
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Genres
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Trash-TV maven Chuck Barris has it all -- the hit series "The Gong Show" and the love of a good woman. But he also has a big, dark secret: He's a CIA assassin who kills while purportedly escorting his game show winners on their vacation prizes.
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Cast
Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Rutger Hauer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert John Burke, Jennifer Hall, Kristen Wilson, J. Todd Anderson, Krista Allen
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George Clooney
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This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. This lush, timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures that changed the tide of war.
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, I.S. Johar, Gamil Ratib, Michel Ray, John Dimech, Zia Mohyeddin
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At all-black Wiley College in 1935, an activist professor pushes his debate team to a level of excellence that nets them a chance to take on Harvard University -- the reigning national champs -- in this inspiring drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker, Gina Ravera, John Heard, Kimberly Elise, J.D. Evermore
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Director
Denzel Washington
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Genres
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Kevin Spacey directs and stars in this biopic of Bobby Darin, a hipster in the Frank Sinatra tradition and singer of pop hits such as "Splish Splash." Darin moved on to performing jazz standards that culminated in his signature hit, "Mack the Knife."
Cast
Cast
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Kevin Spacey
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Genres
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Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders sees the crash coming and bets against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits.
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Cast
Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock
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Director
Adam McKay
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Genres
Drama, Biographies
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Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon. This stylized portrait reveals how Dylan reinvented himself many times.
Cast
Cast
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marcus Carl Franklin, Bruce Greenwood, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, David Cross, Kim Roberts, Kris Kristofferson
Director
Director
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Genres
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Oliver Stone takes on the saga of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), the legendary Macedonian warrior. Although Alexander's leadership was unflinching and his politics cunning, his interior life was quite complicated, and included a strangely twisted relationship with his mother (Angelina Jolie), a complex marriage to Roxanne (Rosario Dawson) and a male lover (Jared Leto). This cut is shorter than the theatrical version.
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Cast
Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Gary Stretch, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Blessed, Bin Bunluerit
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Director
Oliver Stone
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Genres
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At the zenith of his boxing career, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter finds himself wrongly convicted of a triple homicide and facing life in jail. While in prison, Carter pens his autobiography, which inspires advocates to help prove his innocence.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber, John Hannah, Dan Hedaya, Debbi Morgan, Clancy Brown
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Norman Jewison
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Genres
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Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his portrayal of self-destructive boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's widely acclaimed biopic, which paints a raw portrait of a tormented soul unable to control his violent outbursts.
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Cast
Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, Frank Adonis, Joseph Bono
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
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Genres
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The year is 1971, and the people of Alexandria, Va., are none too pleased when African American Herman Boone is given the nod to head a newly integrated football team. As the season progresses, however, their contentious attitudes begin to change.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Ryan Gosling, Kate Bosworth, Hayden Panettiere, Kip Pardue, Gregory Allen Howard, Scott Miles
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Director
Boaz Yakin
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Genres
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Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar, a working-class file clerk who found an outlet for his creativity by chronicling the minutia of his life in Cleveland, Ohio, in a comic book series called American Splendor.
Cast
Cast
Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Harvey Pekar, Shari Springer Berman, Earl Billings, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Robert Pulcini, Toby Radloff, Joyce Brabner, Donal Logue, Molly Shannon, James McCaffrey, Josh Hutcherson
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Director
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
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Genres
Independent, Indie Comedies, Biographies, Indie Dramas
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Revealing a string of cover-ups stretching back decades, a team of "Boston Globe" reporters exposes the Catholic Archdiocese's history of keeping reports about child molestation and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps.
Cast
Cast
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery
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Director
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Jet Li stars as real-life martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, a world-class Chinese fighter who dreams of continuing his father's legacy and restoring pride in his nation. But as Huo's sparring skills grow, so does his ego.
Cast
Cast
Jet Li, Yong Dong, Sun Li, Shido Nakamura, Hee Ching Paw, Yun Qu, Masato Harada, Collin Chou, Nathan Jones, Brandon Rhea, Anthony De Longis, Jean Claude Leuyer, Mike Leeder, Zhigang Zhao
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F. Murray Abraham earned a Best Actor Oscar for his imperious performance as Antonio Salieri, a mediocre composer whose churlish young rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), wins immortality with his musical genius. Not happy to see his talent eclipsed, Salieri dons a disguise and deviously plots revenge, obsessed with muffling Mozart's maddening laughter. Milos Forman's masterful drama also won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
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Cast
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Cynthia Nixon
Director
Director
Milos Forman
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A young Angelina Jolie stars as supermodel Gia Carangi, a cover girl who lived fast and died at age 26 from AIDS. The film follows Gia from the glamorous world of high-fashion photography to her downward spiral into drugs and toxic relationships.
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Cast
Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Mitchell, Faye Dunaway, Mercedes Ruehl, Mila Kunis, Kylie Travis
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When FBI agent Joe Pistone goes undercover and rechristens himself Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mob, he increasingly identifies with the made men he's charged with taking down in this engrossing crime drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, Anne Heche, Zeljko Ivanek, Gerry Becker, Robert Miano, Brian Tarantina, Rocco Sisto, Zach Grenier, Walt MacPherson, Ronnie Farer, Terry Serpico, Gretchen Mol
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Director
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Genres
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As the Soviet satellite Sputnik streaks across the heavens in October 1957, it's a source of inspiration for 17-year-old Homer Hickam. Drafting a few friends to help, Homer crafts a rocket to compete for a science fair scholarship.
Cast
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, Natalie Canerday, Scott Miles, Randy Stripling, Chris Ellis
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Joe Johnston
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Genres
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After 10 years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing miracle.
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Director
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A young sailor, Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke), is ordered to see a Navy psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) who aims to help him get a handle on debilitating anger that causes many shipboard scraps -- and that also led Fisher to a life of crime before he joined the Navy. Via therapy, Antwone seeks out the family that abandoned him as a child and experiences a catharsis that leads him to a career as a Hollywood screenwriter. Based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Derek Luke, Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Kente Scott, Kevin Connolly, Rainoldo Gooding, Novella Nelson, Stephen Snedden, Yolonda Ross, Viola Davis, Earl Billings, Malcolm David Kelley, Cory Hodges
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This dramatic portrayal of the intense 1970s rivalry between race drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt captures the contrasts between the two champions. While Hunt was a charming and handsome ladies' man, Lauda was a loner with a single goal: victory.
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Cast
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Revisiting the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, this historical drama chronicles the crew's horrific 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair.
Cast
Cast
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Jordi Mollà
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When Dr. Bennet Omalu's autopsy studies lead him to conclude that multiple concussions could be the underlying cause of the brain disorders suffered by many U.S. football players, he encounters harsh resistance from the NFL establishment.
Cast
Cast
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Six decades after World War II, Jewish octogenarian Maria Altmann begins a quest to reclaim the artwork confiscated from her family by the Nazis -- including a famed Gustav Klimt masterpiece.
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Cast
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Director
Director
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Genres
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No stranger to wealth and power, slick lobbyist Jack Abramoff lands deep in a political corruption scandal after bilking millions from Indian tribes. Greed and vanity catch up to the charismatic Abramoff in the form of the mob, the media and the law.
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Cast
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College gymnast Dan Millman had everything he could ever want, until an injury changed his life forever. During his recovery, fate presents Dan with a wife and a stranger named Socrates, who unlocks a world of wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Cast
Cast
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Iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock struggles with his marriage, the censors and the financiers of his 1960 film Psycho in this biopic. Driven to prove he still has an edge, Hitchcock crafts what would become one of the greatest thrillers of all time.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, Ralph Macchio, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow
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Director
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In this David Cronenberg-helmed biopic, Sigmund Freud's relationship with fellow psychology luminary Carl Jung is tested when Sabina Spielrein, one of the first female psychoanalysts, enters their lives.
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Cast
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Director
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Hoping to forge a better life, Denmark native Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) enters into a marriage of convenience with a womanizing baron. But when the couple moves to Nairobi, Karen falls in love with a free-spirited hunter (Robert Redford) who can't be tied down. Director Sydney Pollack's lush period drama earned seven Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui, Michael Gough, Suzanna Hamilton, Rachel Kempson
Director
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Viewers around the world were astonished in 2009 when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact-based drama illuminates Sullenberger's life and heroic achievement.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Holt McCallany, Wayne Bastrup, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara, Sam Huntington, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Max Adler, Valerie Mahaffey
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Biographies, Drama
Rent Talk to Me on DVD Talk to Me
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Oscar nominee Don Cheadle stars as real-life radio trailblazer Ralph "Petey" Greene, a high-school dropout and charismatic ex-con who leverages a prison disc jockey gig into a stint at a Washington, D.C., radio station.
Cast
Cast
Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps, Peter MacNeill, Adam Gaudreau, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen, Elle Downs, Benz Antoine, Keith Sweat, David Brown
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Kasi Lemmons
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Synopsis
When his brother, Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton), falls ill, Iowa farmer Alvin Straight (Oscar nominee Richard Farnsworth) pledges to go to Lyle's side -- despite being unable to drive -- armed with a riding lawnmower for transportation, a tent and unshakable determination. Leaving his mentally challenged daughter (Sissy Spacek) at home, Alvin sets out to cover the 300 miles to his brother's house in a weeks-long journey of healing and remembrance.
Cast
Cast
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton, Jane Galloway Heitz, Everett McGill, Wiley Harker, Kevin P. Farley
Director
Director
David Lynch
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Genres
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Based on the story of Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G. (played by Jamal Woolard), this insightful biopic chronicles the gangsta rapper's troubled life as a drug dealer, his artistic success and his unresolved murder at age 24. The film also delves into his close friendship with Sean Combs (Derek Luke) and the famous feud with hip-hop rival Tupac Shakur (Anthony Mackie). Angela Bassett portrays Biggie's mother.
Cast
Cast
Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Mohamed Dione, Dennis L.A. White, Marc John Jefferies, Menyone DeVeaux, Ginger Kroll, Ricky Smith, Charles Malik Whitfield, Angela Bassett, Sean Ringgold, Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton
Director
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Critically acclaimed Australian filmmaker Jane Campion helms this drama detailing the passionate three-year romance between 19th-century Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) -- who died tragically at age 25 -- and his great love and muse, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Much of the story was inspired by Keats's poetry and the actual love letters the pair exchanged. Thomas Sangster, Paul Schneider and Kerry Fox co-star.
Cast
Cast
Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Samuel Barnett, Edie Martin, Gerard Monaco, Alfred Harmsworth, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Claudie Blakley, Samuel Roukin, Amanda Hale, Lucinda Raikes, Jonathan Aris, Olly Alexander
Director
Director
Jane Campion
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Tearjerkers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent You Don't Know Jack on DVD You Don't Know Jack
Synopsis
Al Pacino stars in this Emmy-winning biopic that focuses on the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the controversial physician who boldly advocated the legalization of euthanasia and personally helped more than 100 terminally ill patients commit suicide. Directed by Hollywood veteran Barry Levinson, the made-for-cable drama also stars Susan Sarandon as vocal activist Janet Good and John Goodman as Kevorkian's trusted friend and supporter Neal Nicol.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, Danny Huston, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Delaney Williams, Eric Lange, Allen Lewis Rickman, Adam Mucci, Peter Conboy, James Urbaniak
Director
Director
Barry Levinson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Medical Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent Mao's Last Dancer on DVD Mao's Last Dancer
Synopsis
A delegation from Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy selects 11-year-old peasant villager Li Cunxin to study ballet in far-off Beijing, where he trains for seven grueling years to become one of China's greatest dancers. His efforts win him the opportunity to dance in America, opening his eyes to a new love and the possibility of a dramatic defection from China in this remarkable true story based on Cunxin's autobiography.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull, Shuangbao Wang, Chengwu Guo, Wen Bin Huang, Aden Young, Jack Thompson, Christopher Kirby, Penne Hackforth-Jones
Director
Director
Bruce Beresford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Ballet & Modern Dance, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Australia/ New Zealand, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Libertine on DVD The Libertine
Synopsis
In this provocative period piece, Johnny Depp portrays 17th-century poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, who received posthumous acclaim for his sexually overt poetry and, during his brief life, was known for his womanizing ways.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Rupert Friend, Richard Coyle, Susie Gossling Valerio, Johnny Vegas, Julia Hickman, Jack Davenport
Director
Director
Laurence Dunmore
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent The Railway Man on DVD The Railway Man
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Decades after his brutal captivity under the Japanese during World War II, Eric Lomax still has nightmares about the ordeal. But when he unexpectedly meets and falls for Patti, a bizarre coincidence brings his past back into focus.
Cast
Cast
Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jeremy Irvine, Sam Reid, Marta Dusseldorp
Director
Director
Jonathan Teplitzky
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Australia/ New Zealand
Rent 8 Mile on DVD 8 Mile
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The people of Detroit know 8 Mile as the city limit -- a boundary that also represents a psychological line separating aspiring hip-hop artist Jimmy from where and who he wants to be. This drama chronicles a critical week in Jimmy's life.
Cast
Cast
Eminem, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Evan Jones, Omar Benson Miller, De'Angelo Wilson, Eugene Byrd, Taryn Manning, Proof
Director
Director
Curtis Hanson
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Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, Biographies, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance, Blockbusters
Rent Veronica Guerin on DVD Veronica Guerin
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Based on a true story, director Joel Schumacher's brisk thriller stars Cate Blanchett as unrelenting Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, whose single-minded investigation of Dublin's underground drug trade gives rise to shocking consequences.
Cast
Cast
Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds, Darragh Kelly, Laurence Kinlan, Colin Farrell
Director
Director
Joel Schumacher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Biographies, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Luther on DVD Luther
Synopsis
This epic movie follows the life of Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), author of the then-controversial 95 Theses and founding father of the Protestant church, who, with the courage of his convictions, faced the wrath of the church in the 16th century. Alfred Molina co-stars as Johann Tetzel, with Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox and Sir Peter Ustinov rounding out the cast as Girolamo Aleander, Katharina von Bora and Fredrick the Wise, respectively.
Cast
Cast
Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox, Peter Ustinov, Bruno Ganz, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Mathieu Carrière, Marco Hofschneider
Director
Director
Eric Till
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Period Pieces, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films, Faith & Spirituality
Rent Ali on DVD Ali
Synopsis
From his epic victories to his anti-war stance, Muhammad Ali stirred controversy during the decades in which he ruled the ring. This biopic centers on the boxing legend's personal and professional life, framed by the social climate of his heyday.
Cast
Cast
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Michael Michele
Director
Director
Michael Mann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Infamous on DVD Infamous
Synopsis
In this biographical drama, writer Truman Capote's literary investigation into the grisly murders of a family has unintended consequences. While probing the psyches of the killers as research for a novel, Capote forms an attachment to one of the men.
Cast
Cast
Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Juliet Stevenson, Sigourney Weaver, John Benjamin Hickey, Lee Pace
Director
Director
Douglas McGrath
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent Chasing Mavericks on DVD Chasing Mavericks
Synopsis
This thrilling biopic tells the story of legendary surfer Jay Moriarity's quest to ride the monstrous Northern California waves at Mavericks -- and details his close friendship with surfing mentor Frosty Hesson.
Cast
Cast
Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Greg Long, Peter Mel, Zach Wormhoudt, Devin Crittenden, Taylor Handley
Director
Director
Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent Black Mass on DVD Black Mass
Synopsis
This fact-based drama recounts the story of notorious Boston gangster "Whitey" Bulger, who turned FBI informant to get rid of his mob rivals. Later facing imminent indictment, he eluded authorities for more than 15 years, until his arrest in 2011.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Julianne Nicholson, Juno Temple, David Harbour, James Russo, Adam Scott, Jeremy Strong, Brad Carter, W. Earl Brown, Erica McDermott
Director
Director
Scott Cooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Biographies, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
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