Top Dramas Based on Real Life 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 Pursuit of Happyness on DVD The Pursuit of Happyness
Synopsis
Chris Gardner is smart and talented, but his dead-end salesman job barely pays the bills. When he and his son are evicted, they face trying times as a desperate Chris accepts an unpaid internship at a stock brokerage firm.
Cast
Cast
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe, James Karen, Dan Castellaneta, David Fine
Director
Director
Gabriele Muccino
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers, Blockbusters
Rent Invictus on DVD Invictus
Synopsis
This drama based on real-life events tells the story of what happened after the end of apartheid when newly elected President Nelson Mandela used the 1995 World Cup rugby matches to unite his people in South Africa.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adojoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Sports Stories, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Changeling on DVD Changeling
Synopsis
Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, she begins to challenge the authorities and the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Cast
Cast
Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoff Pierson, Denis O'Hare, Gattlin Griffith, Devon Conti, Eddie Alderson, Dale Dickey
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Mystery, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent Valkyrie on DVD Valkyrie
Synopsis
Wounded in Africa during World War II, a disillusioned Nazi colonel returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Cast
Cast
Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp, Eddie Izzard, Kevin McNally, Christian Berkel
Director
Director
Bryan Singer
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Suspense, Period Pieces
Rent Charlie Wilson's War on DVD Charlie Wilson's War
Synopsis
Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Ken Stott, John Slattery, Denis O'Hare
Director
Director
Mike Nichols
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Hotel Rwanda on DVD Hotel Rwanda
Synopsis
Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, one ordinary hotel manager musters the courage to save more than 1,000 helpless refugees.
Cast
Cast
Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Nick Nolte, Desmond Dube, David O'Hara, Cara Seymour, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Mosa Kaiser, Mathabo Pieterson, Ofentse Modiselle
Director
Director
Terry George
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Inspirational Stories, United Kingdom
Rent Public Enemies on DVD Public Enemies
Synopsis
In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving -- notorious men such as John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd -- and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI to bring them down in this gritty crime drama.
Cast
Cast
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, David Wenham, Stephen Graham, Jason Clarke
Director
Director
Michael Mann
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, 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 Julie & Julia on DVD Julie & Julia
Synopsis
This heartwarming, truth-inspired tale stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, who decides to spice up her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child's culinary classic <i>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i>.
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch, Joan Juliet Buck, Crystal Noelle
Director
Director
Nora Ephron
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Soloist on DVD The Soloist
Synopsis
This true-life drama tells the poignant tale of Los Angeles newspaper reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), who discovers brilliant street musician Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), and the unique friendship that transforms both their lives.
Cast
Cast
Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Nelsan Ellis, Rachael Harris, Stephen Root, Lorraine Toussaint, Justin Martin
Director
Director
Joe Wright
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on the Book
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 Last King of Scotland on DVD The Last King of Scotland
Synopsis
During a medical mission in the 1970s, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan impresses Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and becomes the dictator's personal physician. Garrigan enjoys the perks of his new position, until he becomes aware of Amin's inhumanity.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent American Gangster on DVD American Gangster
Synopsis
From director Ridley Scott comes this tense crime thriller starring Denzel Washington as true-life Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Russell Crowe as the dogged outcast NYPD cop charged with bringing him down. Ruby Dee (in an Oscar-nominated role), Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin and Chiwetel Ejiofor lead the supporting cast in this powerhouse tale penned by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) and based on actual events.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ruby Dee, Josh Brolin, RZA, John Ortiz, John Hawkes, Yul Vázquez, Carla Gugino, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, KaDee Strickland, Roger Bart, Common, Ted Levine
Director
Director
Ridley Scott
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Crime Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Defiance on DVD Defiance
Synopsis
In this action-packed drama based on an extraordinary true story, four brothers fight back against Nazi soldiers and create a hidden community in the woods of Belarus to protect more than 1,000 Jewish refugees during World War II.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein, Tomas Arana, Jodhi May, George MacKay, Kate Fahy, Mark Margolis, Mia Wasikowska
Director
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
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 Love and Other Drugs on DVD Love and Other Drugs
Synopsis
Pharmaceutical representative Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes a player in the big game of male-performance-enhancement-drug sales and, along the way, finds unexpected romance with a woman (Anne Hathaway) suffering from Parkinson's disease. Based on the real-life Jamie Reidy's memoir, <i>Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman</i>, this satirical look inside the culture of Big Pharm is directed by Edward Zwick.
Cast
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, George Segal, Jill Clayburgh
Director
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Romantic Comedies, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent The Good Shepherd on DVD The Good Shepherd
Synopsis
This partially fact-based drama examines the early history of the CIA through the eyes of upstanding, sharp-minded agent Edward Wilson, who finds the job starting to erode his ideals, filling him with distrust and destroying his personal life.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, Keir Dullea, Joe Pesci, Lee Pace, Michael Gambon, Timothy Hutton, John Turturro, Jason Patric, Gabriel Macht, William Hurt
Director
Director
Robert De Niro
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Espionage Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, 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 127 Hours on DVD 127 Hours
Synopsis
From director Danny Boyle comes this harrowing tale of real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who literally cuts himself loose from danger -- and lives to tell about it when sliding rock pins his forearm under a boulder during a climb in Utah. To stay alive, Ralston resorts to his basest survival instincts. The film scored Academy Award nominations in the Best Picture and Best Actor (Franco) categories.
Cast
Cast
James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Koleman Stinger, Treat Williams, John Lawrence, Kate Burton, Lizzy Caplan, Clémence Poésy , Rebecca C. Olson
Director
Director
Danny Boyle
Genres
Genres
Drama, Suspense, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Good Night, and Good Luck on DVD Good Night, and Good Luck
Synopsis
George Clooney's Oscar-nominated docudrama pits veteran television newsman Edward R. Murrow against a determined Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his single-minded crusade to quell the threat of communism in America.
Cast
Cast
David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, Tate Donovan, Alex Borstein, Ray Wise, Robert John Burke
Director
Director
George Clooney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Showbiz Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Moneyball on DVD Moneyball
Synopsis
An all-star cast brings to life the true story of Billy Beane, a former jock turned general manager who uses unconventional methods to bring the best players to the Oakland A's, a Major League Baseball team struggling against financial hardship.
Cast
Cast
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Reed Diamond, Brent Jennings, Ken Medlock, Tammy Blanchard, Glenn Morshower, Kathryn Morris
Director
Director
Bennett Miller
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Dramas, Sports Stories, Baseball
Rent Zodiac on DVD Zodiac
Synopsis
Based on events in the 1960s and '70s, this chilling drama recounts the actions of a killer who stalked the streets of San Francisco and left clues in the newspaper, relating the mystery through a cartoonist who became obsessed with the case.
Cast
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, Chloë Sevigny
Director
Director
David Fincher
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Mystery, Crime Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Munich on DVD Munich
Synopsis
In this thriller based on actual events, Palestinian terrorists hold hostage and ultimately kill a group of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, prompting a Mossad agent to track down the assassins in the tragic aftermath.
Cast
Cast
Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Hanns Zischler, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
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 Eat Pray Love on DVD Eat Pray Love
Synopsis
Recent divorcée Liz decides to reshape her life, traveling the world in search of direction. She heads to Italy, India and Bali, indulging in delicious cuisine while seeking the true meaning of self-love, family, friendship and forgiveness.
Cast
Cast
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, Hadi Subiyanto, Mike O'Malley, Tuva Novotny, Luca Argentero
Director
Director
Ryan Murphy
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, Food Stories, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Informant! on DVD The Informant!
Synopsis
While gathering evidence against his institutional employer to help the FBI build a price-fixing conspiracy case, affable agribusiness executive Mark Whitacre begins to piece together a fantasy world of his own.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Thomas F. Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Tony Hale, Eddie Jemison, Paul F. Tompkins, Tom Papa
Director
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dark Humor & Black Comedies, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Argo on DVD Argo
Synopsis
When Iranian militants seize the American embassy in 1979, six Americans slip into the Canadian embassy for protection, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them by pretending that they're filmmakers rather than diplomats.
Cast
Cast
Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Keith Szarabajka, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind, Taylor Schilling, Adrienne Barbeau
Director
Director
Ben Affleck
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Political Thrillers, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Suspense, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent The Duchess on DVD The Duchess
Synopsis
Keira Knightley stars as Georgiana Spencer, a young duchess who indulges in extravagant vices and begins a scandalous affair with politician Charles Grey to compensate for her unhappy marriage to the duke of Devonshire.
Cast
Cast
Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle, John Shrapnel, Alistair Petrie, Patrick Godfrey
Director
Director
Saul Dibb
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, United Kingdom, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent We Bought a Zoo on DVD We Bought a Zoo
Synopsis
In this adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir about buying and saving a run-down zoo, the locale shifts from Britain to southern California. However, the wacky spirit of the original is retained, complete with escaped tigers and a zoo crew of misfits.
Cast
Cast
Cameron Crowe, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Elle Fanning, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, John Michael Higgins, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Riegert, Stephanie Szostak, J.B. Smoove
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent Frost/Nixon on DVD Frost/Nixon
Synopsis
Ron Howard directs this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play, a drama centering on a series of revelatory television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Frank Langella reprises his Tony Award-winning stage role as Nixon with a stellar cast that includes Michael Sheen, Toby Jones, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt.
Cast
Cast
Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Max Elliott Slade
Director
Director
Ron Howard
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent Dreamer on DVD Dreamer
Synopsis
Down-and-out horse trainer Ben Crane rescues a once-great racehorse that's been severely injured. Buoyed by the unwavering faith of his daughter, he sets out to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Cast
Cast
Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Elisabeth Shue, Kris Kristofferson, Freddy Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán, Oded Fehr, David Morse, Ken Howard, Frank Hoyt Taylor
Director
Director
John Gatins
Genres
Genres
Children & Family, Family Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Coach Carter on DVD Coach Carter
Synopsis
Samuel L. Jackson stars in the true story of high school basketball coach Ken Carter, who controversially puts school before sports and benches his entire undefeated team because of poor academic performance.
Cast
Cast
Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri'chard, Rick Gonzalez, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum, Ashanti, Texas Battle, Denise Dowse
Director
Director
Thomas Carter
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Triumph of the Underdogs, Basketball, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Stories
Rent Letters from Iwo Jima on DVD Letters from Iwo Jima
Synopsis
As tens of thousands of Allied troops push further inland, the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima during World War II prepare to meet their fate in this Clint Eastwood-directed Oscar nominee, a companion piece to his hit film Flags of Our Fathers. Ken Watanabe stars as a Japanese general who knows his men are outnumbered and, with no hope of rescue, that most will eventually die in battle -- or end up killing themselves.
Cast
Cast
Ken Watanabe, Shido Nakamura, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryô Kase, Yuki Matsuzaki, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takashi Yamaguchi, Nae, Evan Ellingson, Kazunari Ninomiya
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Military & War Action, Foreign Dramas, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Conviction on DVD Conviction
Synopsis
Convinced that her brother, Kenneth, has been unjustly convicted of murder and incompetently defended by court-ordered attorneys, high school dropout Betty Anne Waters puts herself through law school in order to represent him in his appeal.
Cast
Cast
Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher, Ari Graynor, Loren Dean, Conor Donovan, Owen Campbell, Juliette Lewis
Director
Director
Tony Goldwyn
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers
Rent Extraordinary Measures on DVD Extraordinary Measures
Synopsis
After their two young children are diagnosed with a rare genetic disease for which conventional medicine has no cure, John and Aileen pin their hopes on the work of unconventional scientist Dr. Robert Stonehill and form a company to develop a drug.
Cast
Cast
Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez, Sam Hall, Jared Harris, Patrick Bauchau, Alan Ruck, David Clennon, Dee Wallace, Courtney B. Vance
Director
Director
Tom Vaughan
Genres
Genres
Drama, Medical Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Tearjerkers
Rent We Are Marshall on DVD We Are Marshall
Synopsis
After a plane crash takes the lives of most of Marshall University's football team, new coach Jack Lengyel must rally the surviving players and a grieving community to victory in this drama based on actual events.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Fox, Matthew McConaughey, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie, Ian McShane, Kate Mara, January Jones, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Robert Patrick, Brian Geraghty, Tommy Cresswell, Nina Jones
Director
Director
McG
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers, Football
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 In the Valley of Elah on DVD In the Valley of Elah
Synopsis
When an exemplary soldier disappears after returning from Iraq, his concerned father -- a retired sergeant -- works with a gutsy police detective to investigate in this drama based on actual events.
Cast
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin, Frances Fisher, Jonathan Tucker, Rick Gonzalez, Wayne Duvall, Kathy Lamkin, Mehcad Brooks
Director
Director
Paul Haggis
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Crime Dramas, Mystery
Rent 21 on DVD 21
Synopsis
Struggling to come up with medical school tuition, Ben Campbell turns to one of his professors, who trains Ben and five other students to become card-counting experts with the intent of swindling millions out of Las Vegas casinos.
Cast
Cast
Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Laurence Fishburne, Jack McGee, Josh Gad, Sam Golzari, Helen Carey, Jack Gilpin
Director
Director
Robert Luketic
Genres
Genres
Drama, Gambling Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Flyboys on DVD Flyboys
Synopsis
Farm boy Blaine Rawlings and his fellow soldiers become the world's first fighter pilots when they join the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of Americans who are volunteering for the French military at the dawn of World War I.
Cast
Cast
James Franco, Martin Henderson, David Ellison, Jennifer Decker, Jean Reno, Tyler Labine, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, Daniel Rigby, Tim Pigott-Smith
Director
Director
Tony Bill
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Adventures, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces
Rent The Ides of March on DVD The Ides of March
Synopsis
Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where "victory" is relative. The film is inspired by the real-life experiences of an aide who worked on Howard Dean's failed 2004 run.
Cast
Cast
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Max Minghella, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Mantell
Director
Director
George Clooney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Captain Phillips on DVD Captain Phillips
Synopsis
In this exciting adventure based on true events that made international headlines, Tom Hanks portrays Capt. Richard Phillips, who is taken hostage by Somali pirates after they hijack his cargo ship, and the U.S. Navy's efforts to rescue him.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vázquez, David Warshofsky, Catherine Keener
Director
Director
Paul Greengrass
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Adventures, Dramas Based on Real Life
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
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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
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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 50/50 on DVD 50/50
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An otherwise healthy twentysomething has a comically early midlife crisis when he gets slapped with a cancer diagnosis -- and a 50-50 chance of survival. But what's the meaning of life when you're not sure how long yours will last?
Cast
Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Serge Houde, Andrew Airlie, Matt Frewer, Marie Avgeropoulos, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Philip Baker Hall
Director
Director
Jonathan Levine
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Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Medical Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Indie Comedies
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Captured by the enemy and held in a Laotian torture camp after his plane is shot down during a bombing mission, fighter pilot Dieter Dengler defies death by organizing one of the most daring escapes of the Vietnam conflict.
Cast
Cast
Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Toby Huss, James Oliver, Evan Jones, Zach Grenier, Craig Gellis, Marshall Bell
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
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Genres
Action & Adventure, Military & War Action, Dramas Based on Real Life, Military & War Dramas, Indie Action
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Based on actual events, this historical drama tells the story of William Wilberforce, an 18th-century English politician who launched an aggressive campaign to abolish British slavery, despite staunch opposition.
Cast
Cast
Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N'Dour, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Nicholas Farrell
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Drama, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas, United Kingdom, Romance
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Oscar winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek team up to tell the true story of irascible Felix Bush, a backwoods Tennessee loner who planned his funeral in 1938 while he was still around to attend -- and enjoy -- the proceedings.
Cast
Cast
Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper, Lori Beth Sikes, Linds Edwards, Andrea Powell
Director
Director
Aaron Schneider
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Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Indie Comedies, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
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In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Written, directed and starring George Clooney.
Cast
Cast
George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
Director
Director
George Clooney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Glory Road on DVD Glory Road
Synopsis
In 1965, Coach Don Haskins inherits a losing basketball team at Texas Western University and brings on seven black players, angering others at the school and resulting in threats of violent retaliation.
Cast
Cast
Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight, Evan Jones, Schin A.S. Kerr, Alphonso McAuley, Mehcad Brooks, Tatyana Ali, Emily Deschanel, Sam Jones III
Director
Director
James Gartner
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Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Period Pieces
Rent Dallas Buyers Club on DVD Dallas Buyers Club
Synopsis
Loosely based on true events, this drama follows Ron Woodroof, who refuses to accept he'll die in 30 days when he's diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients by smuggling medications from abroad.
Cast
Cast
Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Griffin Dunne, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts, Kevin Rankin
Director
Director
Jean-Marc Vallee
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Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Medical Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Elizabeth: The Golden Age on DVD Elizabeth: The Golden Age
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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 The Pianist on DVD The Pianist
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Famed Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this drama based on his memoirs. In spite of his well-known talent, Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, clinging to life.
Cast
Cast
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Michal Zebrowski, Jessica Kate Meyer, Wanja Mues, Richard Ridings, Daniel Caltagirone, Ruth Platt, Valentine Pelka, Nomi Sharron, Anthony Milner, Lucy Skeaping, Roddy Skeaping
Director
Director
Roman Polanski
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent North Country on DVD North Country
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In the 1970s, Josey Aimes is one of only a handful of women working in the Minnesota iron mines. Forced to labor under sexist conditions, she and her female colleagues stand up against the unrelenting harassment from their male counterparts.
Cast
Cast
Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sissy Spacek, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Cole Williams, Amber Heard
Director
Director
Niki Caro
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Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent A Mighty Heart on DVD A Mighty Heart
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While in Pakistan researching a story on shoe bomber Richard Reid in 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is suddenly kidnapped, prompting his pregnant wife to launch a desperate search to find him in this riveting drama.
Cast
Cast
Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Jillian Armenante, Denis O'Hare, Archie Panjabi, San Banarje, Azfar Ali
Director
Director
Michael Winterbottom
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Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Political Dramas
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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 Gangs of New York on DVD Gangs of New York
Synopsis
Amid the savage Irish and Italian rivalry that dominated New York City in the mid-1800s, young Amsterdam Vallon hunts down his father's hateful murderer, Bill "the Butcher" Cutting. Along the way, Vallon falls for a streetwise pickpocket.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Lewis, Stephen Graham, Eddie Marsan, Alec McCowen, David Hemmings, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Cara Seymour
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Epics, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Fair Game on DVD Fair Game
Synopsis
After her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, writes op-ed columns accusing the Bush administration of misleading the public to justify invading Iraq, Valerie Plame Wilson's status as a covert CIA agent is leaked by administration officials.
Cast
Cast
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Bruce McGill, Michael Kelly, Ty Burrell, Noah Emmerich, David Andrews, Sam Shepard, Tim Griffin, Jessica Hecht
Director
Director
Doug Liman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Political Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent J. Edgar on DVD J. Edgar
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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 Seabiscuit on DVD Seabiscuit
Synopsis
A knobble-kneed colt becomes a winning thoroughbred at the hands of its owner, its unorthodox trainer and its jockey, a half-blind ex-prizefighter, in this Depression-era drama based on the true story of champion racehorse Seabiscuit.
Cast
Cast
Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens, William H. Macy, Kingston DuCoeur, Eddie Jones, Annie Corley, Ed Lauter, Michael O'Neill, David McCullough
Director
Director
Gary Ross
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Horse Racing, Triumph of the Underdogs, Sports Stories, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
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 Taking Chance on DVD Taking Chance
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Based on an article by Marine Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, this HBO original film tells the story of Strobl's emotional experience traveling across America as a volunteer escort officer for the body of fallen 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps. Along the 2004 journey to Phelps' hometown in Wyoming, Strobl (portrayed by Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon) witnesses -- and is moved by -- acts of respect by everyday American.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker, Guy Boyd, Dominic Colon, Liza Colon-Zayas, Mike Colter
Director
Director
Ross Katz
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Radio on DVD Radio
Synopsis
When a high school football coach befriends a developmentally disabled man nicknamed "Radio" -- who's the target of teasing -- their friendship raises eyebrows. But Radio's growth under the coach's guidance causes the townsfolk to think differently.
Cast
Cast
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard, S. Epatha Merkerson, Brent Sexton, Chris Mulkey, Sarah Drew, Riley Smith, Debra Winger
Director
Director
Michael Tollin
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Football, Tearjerkers, Period Pieces
Rent Take the Lead on DVD Take the Lead
Synopsis
When a former professional dancer (Antonio Banderas) offers his skills to the New York public school system, his traditional methods clash with his students' hip-hop sensibilities. But the class ultimately creates a style that's uniquely their own. Alfre Woodard co-stars in this inspiring dance drama about the creative spark of collaboration, based on the real-life experiences of instructor Pierre Dulaine.
Cast
Cast
Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Lauren Collins, Marcus T. Paulk, Yaya DaCosta, Jonathan Malen, Laura Benanti
Director
Director
Liz Friedlander
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Latin & Ballroom Dance, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance, Dance
Rent My Week with Marilyn on DVD My Week with Marilyn
Synopsis
While filming a movie in England, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe slips away with a young Brit for a week of self-discovery and frivolity. The story that ensues is based on the real-life memoirs of Colin Clark, once assistant to Sir Laurence Olivier.
Cast
Cast
Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper, Julia Ormond, Emma Watson, Judi Dench, Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones, Derek Jacobi, Dougray Scott
Director
Director
Simon Curtis
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent World Trade Center on DVD World Trade Center
Synopsis
Oliver Stone helms this gripping docudrama set amid the rubble of Sept. 11, 2001. Working under treacherous conditions, an army of dedicated rescuers struggles to find anyone who survived the World Trade Center's tragic collapse.
Cast
Cast
Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon, Frank Whaley, Jon Bernthal, Morgan Flynn, Nick Damici, Viola Davis, William Mapother
Director
Director
Oliver Stone
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Deadly Disasters, Tearjerkers
Rent Jarhead on DVD Jarhead
Synopsis
Based on Marine Anthony Swofford's biting memoir about his stint as a sniper in Operation Desert Storm, this film focuses on the long, lonely days spent at war, and the cynicism and caustic humor soldiers employ to deal with unimaginable conditions.
Cast
Cast
Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Ming Lo, Lucas Black, Kevin Foster, Brian Geraghty, Damion Poitier, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Jacob Vargas, Laz Alonso
Director
Director
Sam Mendes
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Flash of Genius on DVD Flash of Genius
Synopsis
In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids. Alan Alda and Dermot Mulroney also star.
Cast
Cast
Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney, Alan Alda, Bill Smitrovich, Mitch Pileggi, Daniel Roebuck, Tim Kelleher, Aaron Abrams, Chuck Shamata, Andrew Gillies
Director
Director
Marc Abraham
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Rabbit-Proof Fence on DVD Rabbit-Proof Fence
Synopsis
Australia's aboriginal integration program of the 1930s broke countless hearts -- among them, those of young Molly (Evelyn Sampi), Gracie (Laura Monaghan) and Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage. Without food or water, the girls resolve to make the 1,500-mile trek home. Meanwhile, a well-intentioned tracker is trying to return the girls to the authorities.
Cast
Cast
Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke, Kenneth Branagh
Director
Director
Phillip Noyce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Adventures, Australia/ New Zealand
Rent Gridiron Gang on DVD Gridiron Gang
Synopsis
In this moving drama, a probation officer at a detention camp for juvenile delinquents hopes to mold teen inmates into a successful football team -- but his superiors have their doubts. With a spirited co-worker's help, he just may prove them wrong.
Cast
Cast
Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy, Kevin Dunn, Jade Yorker, David V. Thomas, Setu Taase, Brandon Smith, Jamal Mixon, Mary Mara
Director
Director
Phil Joanou
Genres
Genres
Drama, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Football, Sports Stories
Rent Temple Grandin on DVD Temple Grandin
Synopsis
Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and she fulfills her love of education by teaching about autism and the most humane ways to treat livestock and pets.
Cast
Cast
Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Melissa Farman, Cherami Leigh, Tamara Jolaine, Charles Baker, Blair Bomar, Barry Tubb
Director
Director
Mick Jackson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers
Rent The Haunting in Connecticut on DVD The Haunting in Connecticut
Synopsis
In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past.
Cast
Cast
Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas, Amanda Crew, Martin Donovan, Sophi Knight, Ty Wood, Erik J. Berg, John Bluethner, D.W. Brown
Director
Director
Peter Cornwell
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Supernatural Thrillers, Supernatural Horror, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent United 93 on DVD United 93
Synopsis
Re-creating the harrowing events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in real time, filmmaker Paul Greengrass presents the devastating drama of Sept. 11, 2001, as experienced by those on board and by those watching in horror on the ground.
Cast
Cast
J.J. Johnson, Gary Commock, Polly Adams, Opal Alladin, Starla Benford, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel, Khalid Abdalla, Louis Alsamari, Alan Basche, Denny Dillon, Chip Zien, Peter Marinker, Cheyenne Jackson, Simon Poland
Director
Director
Paul Greengrass
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Philomena on DVD Philomena
Synopsis
Floundering BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith and aging Irishwoman Philomena Lee form an unlikely bond when they pair up to find the son Philomena was forced to give up for adoption 50 years ago.
Cast
Cast
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Anna Maxwell Martin, Ruth McCabe, Barbara Jefford, Kate Fleetwood, Peter Hermann, Mare Winningham, Michelle Fairley
Director
Director
Stephen Frears
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent We Were Soldiers on DVD We Were Soldiers
Synopsis
This Vietnam War epic tells the true story of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang through the eyes of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, who led 450 American soldiers into battle against thousands of well-armed Vietnamese troops.
Cast
Cast
Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Duong Don, Ryan Hurst, Robert Bagnell
Director
Director
Randall Wallace
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Blockbusters
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 The Great Raid on DVD The Great Raid
Synopsis
In World War II, a battalion goes on a daring rescue mission to liberate the Americans and Filipinos who've been captured by the Japanese and thrown into brutal POW camps in the city of Cabanatuan.
Cast
Cast
Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, Marton Csokas, Joseph Fiennes, Motoki Kobayashi, Robert Mammone, Natalie Mendoza, Cesar Montano, James Carpinello, Mark Consuelos, Sam Worthington, Craig McLachlan, Max Martini, Clayne Clawford
Director
Director
John Dahl
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Conspirator on DVD The Conspirator
Synopsis
Robert Redford directs this gripping historical drama that follows the efforts of young lawyer Frederick Aiken as he reluctantly defends Mary Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
Cast
Cast
James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Justin Long, Danny Huston, James Badge Dale, Colm Meaney, Alexis Bledel
Director
Director
Robert Redford
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Greatest Game Ever Played on DVD The Greatest Game Ever Played
Synopsis
With a pint-sized caddie at his side, amateur golfer Francis Ouimet shocked the world at the 1913 U.S. Open when he outplayed defending British champ Harry Vardon in what was dubbed "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
Cast
Cast
Tyler Brody Stein, Shia LaBeouf, Elias Koteas, Josh Flitter, Max Kasch, Stephen Dillane, Peter Firth, Peyton List, Jackie Burroughs, Luke Askew, Len Cariou
Director
Director
Bill Paxton
Genres
Genres
Drama, Family Dramas, Sports Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Stories, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces, Golf, Disney
Rent American Sniper on DVD American Sniper
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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 Hardict, Navid Negahban
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Action, Action Thrillers, Biographies, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Alpha Dog on DVD Alpha Dog
Synopsis
Nick Cassavetes helms this gritty, ensemble drama with a cast that includes Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis, based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood -- one of the youngest men ever to appear on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Cast
Cast
Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Foster, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Dominique Swain, Fernando Vargas, Paul Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Chris Marquette
Director
Director
Nick Cassavetes
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent The Impossible on DVD The Impossible
Synopsis
Tracking one family's harrowing experiences, this gripping drama depicts the chaos generated by the massive 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. On December 26, Maria, Henry and their sons are vacationing in Thailand when unthinkable disaster strikes.
Cast
Cast
Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sonke Mohring
Director
Director
J.A. Bayona
Genres
Genres
Drama, Tearjerkers, Deadly Disasters, Dramas Based on Real Life, Spain
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
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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 Miracle on DVD Miracle
Synopsis
Focused on achieving the impossible -- defeating the Soviet Union's unbeaten hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics -- brash U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks unites a motley group of college athletes and turns them into a force to be reckoned with.
Cast
Cast
Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Sean McCann, Kenneth Welsh, Eddie Cahill, Patrick O'Brien Demsey, Michael Mantenuto, Nathan West, Kenneth Mitchell, Eric Peter-Kaiser, Bobby Hanson, Joseph Cure, Billy Schneider
Director
Director
Gavin O'Connor
Genres
Genres
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Rent Friday Night Lights on DVD Friday Night Lights
Synopsis
Peter Berg directs this gritty but heartwarming tale, based on a book by H.G. Bissinger, that chronicles the efforts of Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton), the coach of a local football team in small-town Odessa, Texas, to propel his squad to the state championships. But the path to glory is paved with racial and economic strife, and the coach must help his players navigate through the maze so they can play like winners.
Cast
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Tim McGraw, Grover Coulson, Connie Britton
Director
Director
Peter Berg
Genres
Genres
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Rent Soul Surfer on DVD Soul Surfer
Synopsis
From director Sean McNamara comes this inspiring film that dramatizes the real-life story of Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaiian teen who bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack.
Cast
Cast
AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Lorraine Nicholson, Kevin Sorbo, Carrie Underwood, Ross Thomas, Chris Brochu, Jeremy Sumpter, Craig T. Nelson
Director
Director
Sean McNamara
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Sports Dramas, Surfing & Boardsports
Rent The New World on DVD The New World
Synopsis
Set in 1607 at the founding of the Jamestown Settlement, Terrence Malick's epic adventure chronicles the extraordinary actions of explorer John Smith (Colin Farrell) and Native American princess Pocahontas (Q'Orianka Kilcher). As English settlers and Native Americans clash, Smith and Pocahontas find their worlds colliding and their hearts entwined, but ancestral loyalty may tear them apart. Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer co-star.
Cast
Cast
Colin Farrell, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, Yorick van Wageningen, Raoul Trujillo, Michael Greyeyes, Kalani Queypo, Ben Mendelsohn, Noah Taylor, Roger Rees, Irene Bedard
Director
Director
Terrence Malick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Band of Brothers on DVD Band of Brothers
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Based on Stephen Ambrose's best-seller, this Emmy-nominated miniseries profiles the men of Easy Company, the airborne infantry regiment that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Drawn from journals and letters -- and punctuated with interviews with veterans -- the drama underscores the extraordinary fear and unflagging bravery that made these soldiers heroes.
Cast
Cast
Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle, Frank John Hughes, Neal McDonough, Eion Bailey, James Madio, Kirk Acevedo, Richard Speight Jr., Dexter Fletcher, Rick Warden, Scott Grimes, Rick Gomez, Michael Cudlitz, Ross McCall, Shane Taylor, Matthew Leitch, David Schwimmer, Colin Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks
Director
Director
Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, David Frankel, Tony To
Genres
Genres
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Synopsis
Mark Wahlberg stars as Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in this action-drama based on an ill-fated real-life mission to bring down a Taliban boss. The stakes get even higher when Luttrell and his unit are ambushed in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.
Cast
Cast
Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Yousuf Azami, Sammy Sheik, Dan Bilzerian
Director
Director
Peter Berg
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Hollywoodland on DVD Hollywoodland
Synopsis
When the actor who famously played the Man of Steel in TV's "Adventures of Superman" turns up dead in Beverly Hills, a dogged private eye investigates and unearths a string of strange secrets in this gritty noir-style drama based on a true story.
Cast
Cast
Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney, Kathleen Robertson, Lois Smith, Phillip MacKenzie, Larry Cedar, Eric Kaldor, Caroline Dhavernas, Kevin Hare, Molly Parker, Zach Mills, Neil Crone
Director
Director
Allen Coulter
Genres
Genres
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Synopsis
When notorious East Coast mob boss Mickey Cohen looks to set up his operations in L.A., it's up to a group of hard-nosed LAPD cops to take him down. Based on true events, this '40s-era crime drama is directed by Ruben Fleischer.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Holt McCallany, Robert Patrick, Mireille Enos
Director
Director
Ruben Fleischer
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Synopsis
Director Martin Scorsese's gripping gangster opus recounts three decades in the life of real-world mobster Henry Hill, who dreamed of becoming a big-time wise guy but landed in the Witness Protection Program instead.
Cast
Cast
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Chuck Low, Frank DiLeo, Michael Imperioli
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Mobster, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
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Synopsis
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.
Cast
Cast
Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, Thomas Kretschmann, Michael Mendl, André Hennicke, Ulrich Noethen, Birgit Minichmayr, Rolf Kanies, Justus von Dohnanyi
Director
Director
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Military & War Dramas, Biographies, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Foreign Dramas, German Language, Germany
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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.
Cast
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
Director
Director
Ted Demme
Genres
Genres
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Synopsis
This awe-inspiring biopic about Mahatma Gandhi -- the diminutive lawyer who stood up against British rule in India and became an international symbol of nonviolence and understanding -- brilliantly underscores the difference one person can make.
Cast
Cast
Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson, Athol Fugard, Günther Maria Halmer, Saeed Jaffrey, Geraldine James, Alyque Padamsee, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Rohini Hattangadi, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Richard Griffiths
Director
Director
Richard Attenborough
Genres
Genres
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