Top Dramas Based on Classic Literature movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent True Grit on DVD True Grit
Synopsis
After drifter Tom Chaney murders her father, 14-year-old Mattie Ross hires alcoholic U.S. Marshal Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn to help her exact revenge. The disreputable lawman still has grit, though, and mounts an epic search.
Cast
Cast
Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews, Jarlath Conroy, Paul Rae, Domhnall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel
Director
Director
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Westerns, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent There Will Be Blood on DVD There Will Be Blood
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor, Ciarán Hinds, Dillon Freasier, Sydney McCallister, David Willis, David Warshofsky, Colton Woodward, Russell Harvard
Director
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Painted Veil on DVD The Painted Veil
Synopsis
Shunned by a husband who's more interested in his scientific research than his marriage, Kitty Fane embarks on a quest for fulfillment, igniting a passionate affair with dashing womanizer Charles Townsend.
Cast
Cast
Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones, Diana Rigg, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Bin Li, Alan David, Marie-Laure Descoureaux, Juliet Howland, Lorraine Laurence
Director
Director
John Curran
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Pride & Prejudice on DVD Pride & Prejudice
Synopsis
In this retelling of Jane Austen's novel set in 19th-century England, Mrs. Bennet is all atwitter in hopes of marrying her daughters to prosperous gentlemen callers, especially when a wealthy bachelor moves nearby.
Cast
Cast
Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Talulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan, Claudie Blakley, Sylvester Morand, Kelly Reilly, Judi Dench
Director
Director
Joe Wright
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent I, Robot on DVD I, Robot
Synopsis
Inspired by Isaac Asimov's work, this techno-thriller stars Will Smith as Del Spooner, a technology-wary cop investigating the murder of a scientist in mid-21st century Chicago, who isn't the perfect man for the job … but he takes it on anyway. Aided by expert Dr. Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan), Spooner discovers that an android (Alan Tudyk) might be the culprit -- and realizes the entire human race could be at the mercy of machines.
Cast
Cast
Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Adrian Ricard, Chi McBride, Jerry Wasserman, Fiona Hogan, Peter Shinkoda, Terry Chen
Director
Director
Alex Proyas
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on DVD The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Synopsis
Beloved hobbit Bilbo Baggins is back in a visually spectacular tale inspired by The Lord of the Rings and likewise directed by Peter Jackson. Joining the effort to free the Kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo also faces a fateful encounter with Gollum.
Cast
Cast
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Browne, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis
Director
Director
Peter Jackson
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Epics, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Great Gatsby on DVD The Great Gatsby
Synopsis
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as literary icon Jay Gatsby in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Fascinated by the mysterious, affluent Gatsby, his neighbor Nick Carraway bears witness to the man's obsessive love and spiral into tragedy.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Adelaide Clemens, Callan McAuliffe, Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki
Director
Director
Baz Luhrmann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Count of Monte Cristo on DVD The Count of Monte Cristo
Synopsis
After his life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedès Iguanada are shattered by his best friend's false accusation, young sailor Edmond Dantes plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility as part of the plan.
Cast
Cast
Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Dominczyk, Michael Wincott, Luis Guzmán, Christopher Adamson, Henry Cavill
Director
Director
Kevin Reynolds
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Adventures, Super Swashbucklers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces
Rent Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on DVD Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Synopsis
In this final chapter, Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring to the heart of Mordor.
Cast
Cast
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Sean Bean, Marton Csokas
Director
Director
Peter Jackson
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Epics, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Les Misérables on DVD Les Misérables
Synopsis
The musical version of Victor Hugo's epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean's long struggle for redemption.
Cast
Cast
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Colm Wilkinson, Bertie Carvel
Director
Director
Tom Hooper
Genres
Genres
Drama, Contemporary Movie Musicals, Epics, Romantic Dramas, Tearjerkers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Musicals, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters, United Kingdom
Rent Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring on DVD Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Synopsis
From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, director Peter Jackson brings the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels to life as Frodo Baggins embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron.
Cast
Cast
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis
Director
Director
Peter Jackson
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Epics, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent To Kill a Mockingbird on DVD To Kill a Mockingbird
Synopsis
Southern comforts abound in this big-screen adaptation of Harper Lee's novel as lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role) defends an innocent black man (Brock Peters) against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend (John Megna), Finch's children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor (Robert Duvall).
Cast
Cast
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall, John Megna, Alice Ghostley, Frank Overton, Brock Peters, Rosemary Murphy, Ruth White, Estelle Evans
Director
Director
Robert Mulligan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on DVD Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Synopsis
Frodo and Sam trek to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the members of the Fellowship at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Cast
Cast
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban, Sean Bean, Andy Serkis, Craig Parker
Director
Director
Peter Jackson
Genres
Genres
Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Epics, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on DVD One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Synopsis
While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Ratched. Milos Forman's masterpiece won all five major Oscars.
Cast
Cast
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, Brad Dourif, Sydney Lassick, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Director
Director
Milos Forman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Medical Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on DVD The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Synopsis
Director Peter Jackson extends the Lord of the Rings saga with this second installment of Bilbo Baggins's dramatic experiences in Middle Earth. Accompanied by Gandalf and 13 dwarves, Bilbo journeys toward a confrontation with the dragon Smaug.
Cast
Cast
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Manu Bennett, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly
Director
Director
Peter Jackson
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Epics, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Talented Mr. Ripley on DVD The Talented Mr. Ripley
Synopsis
Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie, a young heir vacationing in Italy. Hired to persuade Dickie to return to America, Tom embraces Dickie's posh lifestyle and takes extreme measures to hold onto it.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn, Sergio Rubini, Philip Baker Hall, Celia Weston
Director
Director
Anthony Minghella
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Suspense, Crime Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Anna Karenina on DVD Anna Karenina
Synopsis
Oscar winner Tom Stoppard penned this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, which stars Keira Knightley as the titular 19th-century Russian aristocrat who enters into a passionate and forbidden love affair with the well-heeled Count Vronsky.
Cast
Cast
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Kelly Macdonald, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson
Director
Director
Joe Wright
Genres
Genres
Romance, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Breakfast at Tiffany's on DVD Breakfast at Tiffany's
Synopsis
Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who moves into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.
Cast
Cast
Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Mickey Rooney, Martin Balsam, Jose Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers, Stanley Adams, Claude Stroud
Director
Director
Blake Edwards
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Classic Comedies, Romantic Comedies, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent All the King's Men on DVD All the King's Men
Synopsis
Sean Penn stars as corrupt Southern politician Willie Stark -- a charismatic man who wins the populist vote but, behind closed doors, is as underhanded as those he smeared -- in this remake of an Oscar-winning 1949 film of the same name. Ex-reporter Jack Burden (Jude Law) unwittingly helps Stark gain political power, but it's just a matter of time before the governor's crooked dealings are exposed.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins, Jackie Earle Haley, Kathy Baker, Talia Balsam
Director
Director
Steven Zaillian
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Mansfield Park on DVD Mansfield Park
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, Alessandro Nivola, Embeth Davidtz, Harold Pinter, Lindsay Duncan, Sheila Gish, James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville
Director
Director
Patricia Rozema
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, United Kingdom
Rent Vanity Fair on DVD Vanity Fair
Synopsis
In this sumptuous film version of William Makepeace Thackeray's famous novel, lower-class vixen Becky Sharp uses her good looks and considerable wit to climb her way up the precipitous social ladder of 1820s London.
Cast
Cast
Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Romola Garai, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, Robert Pattinson
Director
Director
Mira Nair
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Being Julia on DVD Being Julia
Synopsis
Estranged from her son, willfully ignorant of her husband's philandering and aware that her youth and beauty are fading, aging actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening, who earned an Oscar nomination for her spirited performance) is in search of a way to regain the spark of passion. And that passion may lie in the smoldering attentions of a much-younger admirer (Shaun Evans) who might not be able to stay faithful to her.
Cast
Cast
Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Bruce Greenwood, Miriam Margolyes, Juliet Stevenson, Shaun Evans, Lucy Punch, Thomas Sturridge, Maury Chaykin, Sheila McCarthy, Rosemary Harris
Director
Director
Istvan Szabo
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, Showbiz Comedies, Showbiz Dramas, Romantic Comedies, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Gone with the Wind on DVD Gone with the Wind
Synopsis
Director Victor Fleming's 1939 epic adaption of Margaret Mitchell's novel of the same name stars Vivien Leigh as self-absorbed, headstrong Scarlett O'Hara, a Southern Belle who meets her match in Rhett Butler just as the Civil War breaks out.
Cast
Cast
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Ward Bond
Director
Director
Victor Fleming
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Epics, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent The Way Back on DVD The Way Back
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Dragos Bucur, Gustaf Skarsgård, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Alexandru Potocean
Director
Director
Peter Weir
Genres
Genres
Drama, Adventures, Military & War Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent Deliverance on DVD Deliverance
Synopsis
Four city-dwelling friends take a canoeing trip down a Georgia river, but what starts out as a lighthearted adventure becomes a voyage into the heart of darkness when redneck locals descend on the group and force them to kill or be killed.
Cast
Cast
Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Ed Ramey, Billy Redden, Seamon Glass, Randall Deal
Director
Director
John Boorman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Action Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Adventures, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Jane Eyre on DVD Jane Eyre
Synopsis
Driven from her post at Thornfield House by her love for her brooding employer and his secret past, young governess Jane Eyre reflects on her youth and the events that led her to the misty moors in this artful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel.
Cast
Cast
Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Simon McBurney, Valentina Cervi, Imogen Poots, Amelia Clarkson, Romy Settbon Moore, Tamzin Merchant, Holliday Grainger, Freya Wilson
Director
Director
Cary Fukunaga
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Tearjerkers, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Persuasion on DVD Persuasion
Synopsis
Nearly a decade after breaking her engagement to sea captain Frederick Wentworth because of pressure from her financially strapped family, Anne Elliot meets up with him again and finds she still has feelings for the now rich and successful officer.
Cast
Cast
Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Fleetwood, Corin Redgrave, Fiona Shaw, John Woodvine, Phoebe Nicholls, Samuel West
Director
Director
Roger Michell
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, United Kingdom, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Midnight Cowboy on DVD Midnight Cowboy
Synopsis
To earn cash as a freelance sex stud and work toward his dream of becoming a kept man, hayseed hustler Joe Buck heads to New York City, where an improbable friendship blossoms when he meets seedy con man Ratso Rizzo.
Cast
Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Barnard Hughes, Ruth White, Jennifer Salt, Bob Balaban
Director
Director
John Schlesinger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Sense and Sensibility on DVD Sense and Sensibility
Synopsis
Adapted from Jane Austen's classic 19th-century novel of manners, this eloquent drama follows the dramatic lives of the three Dashwood sisters. Facing poverty after their father's death, the sisters are obliged to rely on the generosity of others.
Cast
Cast
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter, Gemma Jones, Emilie François, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Hardy, Ian Brimble, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Imogen Stubbs, Hugh Laurie
Director
Director
Ang Lee
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Out of Africa on DVD Out of Africa
Synopsis
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
Director
Sydney Pollack
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Biographies, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent The Three Musketeers on DVD The Three Musketeers
Synopsis
The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation. To do so, they must undermine Cardinal Richelieu's plot to have himself crowned France's next king.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wilde, Orlando Bloom, Mads Mikkelsen, Christoph Waltz, Freddie Fox, Juno Temple, James Corden, Til Schweiger, Dexter Fletcher, Jane Perry
Director
Director
Paul W.S. Anderson
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Super Swashbucklers, Adventures, Action Thrillers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent A Streetcar Named Desire on DVD A Streetcar Named Desire
Synopsis
After losing the family plantation to creditors, aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) travels to New Orleans seeking solace in her sister, Stella (Kim Hunter). Instead, she goes toe-to-toe with Stella's brute of a husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando). Leigh, Hunter and Karl Malden all took home Oscars for their work in this sizzling adaptation of Tennessee Williams's classic rumination on carnal attraction and faded gentility.
Cast
Cast
Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias
Director
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Last of the Mohicans on DVD The Last of the Mohicans
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May, Steven Waddington, Wes Studi, Maurice Roëves, Patrice Chéreau, Edward Blatchford, Terry Kinney, Tracey Ellis, Justin M. Rice, Dennis Banks, Pete Postlethwaite, Colm Meaney, Mac Andrews, Malcolm Storry, David Schofield
Director
Director
Michael Mann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent The Bridge on the River Kwai on DVD The Bridge on the River Kwai
Synopsis
Director David Lean's sweeping epic -- best known for a whistling work theme that became legendary -- is set in a World War II Japanese prison camp, where British prisoners are forced to build a railway bridge as a morale-building exercise.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell , Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert
Director
Director
David Lean
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Les Misérables on DVD Les Misérables
Synopsis
The lush adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel stars Liam Neeson as Jean Valjean, an ex-convict trying to build a new life of nobility and compassion, only to be pursued by the callous Inspector Javert, who doesn't intend to let Valjean escape his past.
Cast
Cast
Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, Reine Brynolfsson, Peter Vaughan, Mimi Newman, Kathleen Byron, Toby Jones
Director
Director
Bille August
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Sophie's Choice on DVD Sophie's Choice
Synopsis
Aspiring author Stingo shares a Brooklyn boarding house with winsome Polish émigré Sophie and her mercurial lover, Nathan, a union unsettled by Nathan's violent behavior and Sophie's disturbing recollections of her wartime experience.
Cast
Cast
Peter MacNicol, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman, Josh Mostel, Marcell Rosenblatt, Moishe Rosenfeld, Robin Bartlett
Director
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Genres
Genres
Drama, Tearjerkers, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent The Maltese Falcon on DVD The Maltese Falcon
Synopsis
Humphrey Bogart stars as private eye Sam Spade in this Oscar-nominated noir classic that finds the sultry Miss Wonderly (Mary Astor) seeking out protection from a man named Thursby. Spade's partner (Jerome Cowan) takes the case -- but he winds up dead, along with Thursby. Spade's subsequent hunt for the killer leads him into a world of deception and double-crossing, as a trio of criminals searches for a priceless statue known as the Maltese Falcon.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr., James Burke, Murray Alper, John Hamilton
Director
Director
John Huston
Genres
Genres
Classics, Film Noir, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Killer Inside Me on DVD The Killer Inside Me
Synopsis
West Texas Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is harboring a dark secret. Though the small town's residents think he's a bit dense, Ford is, in fact, afflicted with a "sickness" that turns the mild-mannered peace officer into a brutal, psychotic killer.
Cast
Cast
Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Tom Bower, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman, Brent Briscoe, Matthew Maher, Liam Aiken
Director
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Quiet American on DVD The Quiet American
Synopsis
Based on the novel by Graham Greene, this murder mystery centers on a love triangle set against the French Indochina War in 1952 Vietnam -- a world suffused with opium, intrigue and betrayal. A British reporter, Fowler (Michael Caine, in an Oscar-nominated performance), falls in love with a young Vietnamese woman, Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), and is dismayed when an American (Brendan Fraser) also begins vying for her attention.
Cast
Cast
Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Serbedzija, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Quang Hai, Holmes Osborne
Director
Director
Phillip Noyce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, Military & War Dramas, Mystery, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Brideshead Revisited on DVD Brideshead Revisited
Synopsis
Impressionable Charles Ryder becomes enthralled with the lifestyle of effete Oxford schoolmate Sebastian Flyte after spending the summer holiday at his patrician family's well-appointed estate, Brideshead Castle.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Goode, Ben Whishaw, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Jonathan Cake, Patrick Malahide, Joseph Beattie, James Bradshaw, Felicity Jones, Anna Madeley
Director
Director
Julian Jarrold
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
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Based on the H.G. Wells classic, this sci-fi adventure follows an inventor who's determined to prove to doubters that time travel is actually possible. In the 1890s, he builds a time machine that sends him progressively farther into the future.
Cast
Cast
Guy Pearce, Samantha Mumba, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, Phyllida Law, Alan Young, Omero Mumba, Yancey Arias
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Director
Simon Wells
Genres
Genres
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Rent A Room with a View on DVD A Room with a View
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In this adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel, Lucy travels to Florence with her chaperone in tow. There, she falls for a fellow countryman's moody son. But like any proper Englishwoman of that era, she must fight her feelings, and it's a losing battle.
Cast
Cast
Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliott, Rupert Graves, Simon Callow
Director
Director
James Ivory
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Classic Dramas, The Criterion Collection
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In director Terrence Malick's lyrical and beautiful retelling of James Jones's novel about the 1942 battle for Guadalcanal, the men of C-Company become a tight-knit group as they each individually struggle with the horrors of war.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, Dash Mihok, Tim Blake Nelson, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly
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Director
Terrence Malick
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Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent The Four Feathers on DVD The Four Feathers
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In Victorian-era Sudan, British officer Harry Faversham resigns right before a battle against Mahdi rebels, prompting his fiancée and friends to brand him a coward. Little do they know he's going undercover for a chance to redeem himself.
Cast
Cast
Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Kris Marshall, Alex Jennings, Lucy Gordon, Alek Wek
Director
Director
Shekhar Kapur
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Genres
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Rent Jane Austen's Persuasion on DVD Jane Austen's Persuasion
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At 19, Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins) fell in love with Frederick Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones) but broke off the engagement because he had neither rank nor money. Eight years later, when the eligible Frederick returns from sea with a fortune, Anne regrets her decision. She still loves Frederick, but she can only watch as he's pursued by every young woman in the district in this masterful adaptation of Jane Austen's romantic novel.
Cast
Cast
Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis, Michael Fenton Stevens, Mary Stockley, Peter Wight, Marion Bailey, Amanda Hale, Jennifer Higham, Rosamund Stephen, Stella Gonet, Sam Hazeldine
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
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Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is a Korean War hero with a lethal secret: He's been brainwashed by the communist Chinese. With one phone call, the Reds can transform Shaw into a deadly assassin -- unless fellow veteran Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra) can stop them first. Some thrillers remain as suspenseful -- and timely -- as when they were first released, and this classic from director John Frankenheimer is one of the best.
Cast
Cast
Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver
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Director
John Frankenheimer
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Genres
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Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel comes to life in this sensitive, soulful adaptation. Four sisters and their mother battle life's vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict.
Cast
Cast
Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, John Neville, Mary Wickes, Donal Logue
Director
Director
Gillian Armstrong
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Genres
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Synopsis
When Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) seeks approval from the English aristocracy to divorce his wife and marry commoner Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) finds himself caught between a murderous king and the powerful Roman Catholic Church. Richly crafted with a fine supporting cast, director Fred Zinnemann's period drama swept the 1966 Oscars, winning six golden statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.
Cast
Cast
Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave
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Director
Fred Zinnemann
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Based on a true story, this tension-filled epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers who've escaped their Nazi captors time and again to stage a massive breakout, this time from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp.
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Cast
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Hannes Messemer, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson
Director
Director
John Sturges
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Genres
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A dangerous blackmailer has targeted the Sternwoods, a wealthy family once tucked away in the safety of their Los Angeles mansion. But while private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) works on the case, he ends up falling for the clan's fiery daughter (Lauren Bacall). Crackling dialogue and the perfect pairing of Bogart and Bacall make this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel a timeless classic. Howard Hawks directs.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone, Peggy Knudsen, Regis Toomey, Charles Waldron, Charles D. Brown, Bob Steele, Elisha Cook Jr., Louis Jean Heydt
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Director
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Teenage tomboy Mattie Ross enlists the help of crusty lawman Rooster Cogburn to track down the hired hand who murdered her father. Joining them is Texas Ranger La Boeuf, who's after the killer for a different crime.
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Cast
John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Alfred Ryder, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey
Director
Director
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Genres
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Ayn Rand's controversial bestseller is the basis for this potent drama about Dagny Taggart, a fiercely independent railroad tycoon determined to use innovative technology and enterprising partners to revive her business, no matter the personal cost.
Cast
Cast
Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Graham Beckel, Jon Polito, Patrick Fischler, Rebecca Wisocky, Michael Lerner
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Director
Paul Johansson
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A dark chapter of U.S. history comes to light in this epic saga (which earned an Emmy Award for Best Made-for-Television Movie) of the U.S. government's deliberate extermination of the American Indians. Beginning after the Sioux victory at Little Big Horn, the film traces the stories of three men: a Sioux doctor (Adam Beach), a lobbying senator (Aidan Quinn) and the Lakota hero Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg).
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Cast
Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin, Wes Studi, Fred Dalton Thompson, J.K. Simmons, Eric Schweig, Colm Feore
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Director
Yves Simoneau
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Genres
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In this period drama based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel, winsome Bathsheba Everdene wins the hearts of three disparate men: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, dashing soldier Frank Troy and William Boldwood, a moneyed older man.
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Cast
Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts
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Director
Thomas Vinterberg
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Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
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Lacking money to woo an heiress (Lynn Collins), smitten Bassanio (Joseph Fiennes) turns to his merchant friend, Antonio (Jeremy Irons), whose cash is tied up. But he secures a loan from Shylock (Al Pacino) on the condition that if Antonio defaults, he'll literally pay with a pound of flesh. Michael Radford directs this lush adaptation of William Shakespeare's incendiary drama about passion and justice amid an anti-Semitic atmosphere.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Zuleikha Robinson, Kris Marshall, Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Heather Goldenhersh, John Sessions, Gregor Fisher, Ron Cook, Allan Corduner
Director
Director
Michael Radford
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Genres
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The only Alfred Hitchcock film to win an Oscar for Best Picture, this mystery stars Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter, a widower whose hapless second wife (Joan Fontaine) moves into his mansion only to find the memory of his first wife still governs the household. Intimidated by the home's hostile staff, the living Mrs. de Winter begins to go mad in Hitchcock's eerie adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Gothic classic.
Cast
Cast
Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Gladys Cooper, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith
Director
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
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Genres
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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.
Cast
Cast
Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Doris Bowden, Russell Simpson, O.Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Zeffie Tilbury
Director
Director
John Ford
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Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book
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Adapted from the novels of celebrated Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell, this Emmy-winning BBC miniseries follows a group of women in a town wrestling with modernity and the inevitability of change.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis, Eileen Atkins, Philip Glenister, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawalha, Simon Woods
Director
Director
Genres
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In a quiet performance (he speaks perhaps 30 lines of dialogue in the whole film), loner Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) seeks isolation in the mountains, but he's forced to battle nature's inconstancy and nearly every American Indian in the vicinity to survive. Redford persuaded director Sydney Pollack to film in Utah, ensuring that the movie -- based on Vardis Fisher's novel -- would have a breathtaking backdrop.
Cast
Cast
Robert Redford, Will Geer, Stefan Gierasch, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquin Martinez, Danny Bonaduce, Allyn Ann McLerie, Charles Tyner
Director
Director
Sydney Pollack
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Genres
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Legendary director John Huston adapts Rudyard Kipling's short story about Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine), two bored British soldiers stationed in India who travel to a mountainous Middle Eastern kingdom in search of riches and power. Embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, they con their way into becoming deities in Kafiristan before losing it all. The film earned four Oscar nominations.
Cast
Cast
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Doghmi Larbi, Jack May, Karroom Ben Bouih, Mohammad Shamsi, Albert Moses, Paul Antrim
Director
Director
John Huston
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Genres
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Rent The Lion in Winter on DVD The Lion in Winter
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In this stylish costume drama, England's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his dysfunctional family gather on Christmas Eve to decide who will inherit the throne. What ensues is a bitter battle of wills that strains every family bond of love and trust. Henry fancies youngest son John (Nigel Terry), but his iron-willed spouse (Katharine Hepburn) thinks the crown should go to eldest son Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins, in his film debut).
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Timothy Dalton, Jane Merrow, Nigel Stock, Kenneth Ives, O.Z. Whitehead, Fran Stafford, Ella More, Kenneth Griffith, Henry Woolf, Karol Hagar, Mark Griffith
Director
Director
Anthony Harvey
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When French courtesan Madame Peloux (Kathy Bates) sets her pampered son, Chéri (Rupert Friend), up with middle-aged fellow courtesan Lea de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer), she wants to ensure that he learns everything he needs to know about lovemaking from the very best. But the affair lasts for years, creating problems when it's time for Chéri to marry a wealthy woman. Stephen Frears directs this romantic drama, based on a novel by Colette.
Cast
Cast
Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty, Tom Burke, Hubert Tellegen, Joe Sheridan, Toby Kebbell, Felicity Jones, Anita Pallenberg
Director
Director
Stephen Frears
Genres
Genres
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Rent From Here to Eternity on DVD From Here to Eternity
Synopsis
This gripping adaptation of James Jones's novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before Dec. 7, 1941, follows the stories of three soldiers and the women who love them.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Claude Akins, Willis Bouchey, John L. Cason, James Jones, George Reeves, Joseph Sargent, Robert J. Wilke, Jean Willes, Carleton Young
Director
Director
Fred Zinnemann
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Genres
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In an adventure imbrued with blood and tragedy, the legendary Norse warrior Beowulf (Gerard Butler) must command an army across the seas of ancient Northern Europe to save the kingdom by conquering the wrathful troll Grendel. Anticipating his epic crusade against the evil monster, Beowulf must arbitrate his emanating notoriety and his relationship with the enchanting Selma amid a time of barbaric turmoil and transformation.
Cast
Cast
Gerard Butler, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Steindor Andersen, Bryjar Agustsson, Benedikt Clausen, Hringur Ingvarsson, Spencer Wilding, Stellan Skarsgård, Gunnar Eyjolfsson
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Director
Sturla Gunnarsson
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Genres
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Synopsis
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Newland Archer, a well-bred New Yorker engaged to an appropriate match: cultured May Welland. But when her alluring cousin, Ellen Olenska, comes along, Archer puts society's mores to the test.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Géraldine Chaplin, Michael Gough, Richard E. Grant, Mary Beth Hurt, Robert Sean Leonard, Alec McCowen, Alexis Smith, Miriam Margolyes, Linda Faye Farkas, Stuart Wilson, Jonathan Pryce, Siân Phillips, Joanne Woodward
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Director
Martin Scorsese
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Genres
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Sent to stay at her father's ranch -- far from the big-city lights she's used to -- young skateboarder Carrie McLaughlin feels as if she's serving a prison sentence. But she soon finds unexpected friendship in an untamed horse named Flicka.
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Cast
Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black, Reilly Dolman, Emily Tennant, Ted Whittall, Lorne Cardinal, Dwayne Wiley, Craig Stanghetta, Alvin Sanders
Director
Director
Michael Damian
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Synopsis
Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), the young wife of a struggling actor (John Cassavetes), is thrilled to find out she's pregnant. But the larger her belly grows, the more certain she becomes that her unborn child is in serious danger.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Bellamy, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Elisha Cook Jr., Sidney Blackmer
Director
Director
Roman Polanski
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Genres
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Synopsis
When Bruno meets tennis star Guy aboard a train, he confesses he wants his rich father dead, prompting Guy to reveal that he wants to divorce his shrewish wife -- so Bruno suggests that they "trade" murders in this Alfred Hitchcock classic.
Cast
Cast
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock, Kasey Rogers, Marion Lorne, Jonathan Hale, Howard St. John, John Brown, Norma Varden, Robert Gist
Director
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
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Genres
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Synopsis
Halle Berry stars in this version of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, adapted for television and produced by Oprah Winfrey. The story centers on Janie Crawford (Berry), a free-spirited woman who lives her life on her own terms. Refusing to accept her place as a black woman in the 1920s, Crawford lives life to its fullest and experiences a journey filled with great joy and unbearable heartache. Ruby Dee and Ruben Santiago-Hudson also star.
Cast
Cast
Halle Berry, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint, Ruby Dee, Terrence Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kayaru, Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown
Director
Director
Darnell Martin
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Genres
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Ruth Wilson stars in the Charlotte Brontë classic about the titular governess who, resist as she may, falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester. The moody and mysterious Rochester feels the same way, but fate tears them apart.
Cast
Cast
Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, Pam Ferris, Ned Irish, Cosima Littlewood, Aidan McArdle, Tara Fitzgerald, Elsa Mollien, Rebekah Staton, Francesca Annis, Christina Cole
Director
Director
Susanna White
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Genres
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Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), the booze-guzzling, rough-hewn captain of a broken-down East African riverboat, teams with a straitlaced, iron-willed missionary (Katharine Hepburn) to take on a menacing German gunboat during World War I.
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Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner
Director
Director
John Huston
Genres
Genres
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There's not much to do in the windswept Texas hamlet of Anarene, where the town's only cinema is about to close forever. So high schoolers Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after incorrigible flirt Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd) while trying to chart their uncertain futures. When Duane heads for Korea after joining the service and Jacy gets shipped off to college, Sonny is left behind in a veritable ghost town.
Cast
Cast
Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Ellen Burstyn, Eileen Brennan, Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Sharon Ullrick, Randy Quaid
Director
Director
Peter Bogdanovich
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Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is uncontrollably attracted to jailbait teen Lolita (Sue Lyon) and knows no good can come of his pursuit. But, driven by passion and desire, he continues his dangerous seduction -- despite overwhelming reasons to stop. Peter Sellers co-stars as Humbert's nemesis, Clare Quilty, in director Stanley Kubrick's artful adaptation of the controversial novel by Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov.
Cast
Cast
Peter Sellers, James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell, Jerry Stovin, Diana Decker, Lois Maxwell, Cec Linder, Roberta Shore
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
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Genres
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Charlton Heston plays Judah Ben-Hur, a proud Jew who runs afoul of ambitious boyhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd) in this 1959 epic that boasts an unforgettable chariot race and earned 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Heston) and Best Director (William Wyler). Condemned to life as a slave, Judah swears vengeance against Messala and escapes, later crossing paths with a gentle prophet named Jesus.
Cast
Cast
Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, André Morell
Director
Director
William Wyler
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Genres
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A British scribe (Michael York) and his comrades -- including a flamboyant American nightclub entertainer named Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) -- chronicle the debauchery and turbulence of prewar Berlin in director Bob Fosse's big-screen adaptation of a musical classic. Existing in a morally ambiguous void, the characters doggedly maintain their facades as the world outside the cabaret gears for war.
Cast
Cast
Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Helen Vita, Sigrid von Richthofen, Gerd Vespermann
Director
Director
Bob Fosse
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The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy finds the world's economy in dire straits, prompting corporate protagonist Dagny Taggart to search for a solution amid the rubble of a long-abandoned factory.
Cast
Cast
Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney, Paul McCrane, John Rubinstein, Robert Picardo, Ray Wise, Diedrich Bader
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Director
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Genres
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Actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with this modern update of Shakespeare's tale about the arrogant general who is banished by the republic he protected at all costs, provoking him to align with former foes and wreak bloody revenge.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt, Paul Jesson, Lubna Azabal, Ashraf Barhom, Dragan Mieanovie
Director
Director
Ralph Fiennes
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Genres
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Rent The Hustler on DVD The Hustler
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Paul Newman scores as pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, who tours the country hustling games -- even challenging reigning champion Minnesota Fats -- in this brooding drama that explores the synergies between good and evil, love and desperation.
Cast
Cast
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch
Director
Director
Robert Rossen
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Genres
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Mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby is obsessed with Daisy Buchanan in this 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Beyond Gatsby's grasp, Daisy is married to unfaithful Tom, making for a love triangle that ends with broken hearts.
Cast
Cast
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterston, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, Edward Herrmann
Director
Director
Jack Clayton
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Genres
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Synopsis
Quenching a thirst for dangerous games, promiscuous Kathryn Merteuil challenges her stepbrother to deflower their headmaster's daughter before summer ends. If he succeeds, he gets to bed Kathryn. If he fails, she'll win his most prized possession.
Cast
Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Sean Patrick Thomas, Swoosie Kurtz, Christine Baranski
Director
Director
Roger Kumble
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Rent Murder on the Orient Express on DVD Murder on the Orient Express
Synopsis
Investigator Hercule Poirot is aboard the Orient Express when a fellow passenger, Samuel Ratchett, is found murdered. Widely despised, Rachett had many enemies, so Poirot must sift through an eccentric group of suspects to find the killer.
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Cast
Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, Michael York, Colin Blakely
Director
Director
Sidney Lumet
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Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Mystery, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent East of Eden: Special Edition on DVD East of Eden: Special Edition
Synopsis
Set in California's Salinas Valley, Elia Kazan's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel centers on Cal Trask (James Dean), the black sheep son of a stern farmer(Raymond Massey). Tired of being compared to his perfect brother, troublemaker Cal tries in vain to please his father. The two finally face off when Cal confronts his dad with the truth about his allegedly dead mother. Julie Harris, Jo Van Fleet and Burl Ives co-star.
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Cast
Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith, Harold Gordon, Nick Dennis
Director
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Barry Lyndon on DVD Barry Lyndon
Synopsis
Based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, this gorgeously painted tale yields a slow-moving portrait of a young Irishman (Ryan O'Neal) who moves up the social ladder through soldiering, spying and a marriage to a wealthy countess (Marisa Berenson). Although this Stanley Kubrick-directed film was a box office flop, it was eventually recognized as a masterpiece, winning four Academy Awards (including Best Cinematography).
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Cast
Marisa Berenson, Diana Koerner, Hardy Kruger, Patrick Magee, Ryan O'Neal, Leon Vitali
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Foreign Regions
Rent Bleak House on DVD Bleak House
Synopsis
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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Cast
Denis Lawson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Patrick Kennedy, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson, Timothy West, Charles Dance, Burn Gorman, Alun Armstrong, Tom Georgeson, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Harrington, Warren Clarke, Johnny Vegas, Hugo Speer, John Lynch, Tony Haygarth, Andrew Davies
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, BBC
Rent Wives & Daughters on DVD Wives & Daughters
Synopsis
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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Cast
Justine Waddell, Bill Paterson, Francesca Annis, Keeley Hawes, Tom Hollander, Anthony Howell, Michael Gambon, Barbara Flynn, Deborah Findlay, Iain Glen, Peter Copley, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Ian Carmichael, Rosamund Pike, Emily McKenzie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, British TV Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Romantic Dramas, TV Dramas, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, British TV, United Kingdom
Rent Catch-22 on DVD Catch-22
Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Jon Voight, Martin Balsam, Paula Prentiss, Orson Welles, Bob Balaban, Susanne Benton, Norman Fell, Seth Allen, Charles Grodin
Director
Director
Mike Nichols
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Tess on DVD Tess
Synopsis
In a star-making performance, Nastassja Kinski plays the title character, an impoverished country girl sent to live with distant relatives at their palatial estate -- where the family's suave son seduces, impregnates and abandons her.
Cast
Cast
Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin, Rosemary Martin, Carolyn Pickles, Richard Pearson, David Markham
Director
Director
Roman Polanski
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Roots on DVD Roots
Synopsis
This legendary TV miniseries -- an adaptation of author Alex Haley's groundbreaking novel that details the history of his own family from slavery to emancipation -- received five Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Dramatic TV Series. With a dynamic ensemble cast, this rousing epic features LeVar Burton, in his acting debut, portraying Haley's ancestor, Kunta Kinte, who was kidnapped from his African village and sold into slavery.
Cast
Cast
John Amos, Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Lane Binkley, Tanya Boyd, Lloyd Bridges, Todd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, LeVar Burton, Macdonald Carey, Cicely Tyson, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett Jr., Sandy Duncan, Vic Morrow, Ian McShane, Gary Collins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, TV Miniseries, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, TV Classics
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