Top Social Issue Dramas movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Crash on DVD Crash
Synopsis
In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of a Brentwood housewife, her district attorney husband, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple converge during a 36-hour period.
Cast
Cast
Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Christopher Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate, Michael Peña, Tony Danza, Keith David
Director
Director
Paul Haggis
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Gran Torino on DVD Gran Torino
Synopsis
Curmudgeonly Korean War vet Walt must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors -- and his own prejudices -- when their teenage son Thao tries to steal Walt's beloved 1972 Gran Torino. Walt soon assumes the unlikely role of guardian angel to young Thao.
Cast
Cast
Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Blockbusters
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 Blood Diamond on DVD Blood Diamond
Synopsis
In war-ravaged Sierra Leone, diamond smuggler Danny Archer learns that a local fisherman has stumbled upon a gigantic gem, and he offers to reunite the man with his family in exchange for the diamond.
Cast
Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers, Arnold Vosloo, Antony Coleman, Benu Mabhena, Anointing Lukola, David Harewood, Basil Wallace, Jimi Mistry, Michael Sheen, Marius Weyers, Stephen Collins, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Director
Director
Edward Zwick
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Crime Dramas, Political Dramas, Action Thrillers, Social Issue Dramas
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 Babel on DVD Babel
Synopsis
When an American couple vacationing in Morocco falls victim to a random act of violence, a series of events unfolds across four countries that demonstrates both the necessity and impossibility of human communication.
Cast
Cast
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza, Kôji Yakusho, Said Tarchani, Boubker Ait El Caid, Elle Fanning, Mohamed Akhzam
Director
Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Political Dramas
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 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 Doubt on DVD Doubt
Synopsis
Sister Aloysius begins to have doubts about doting priest Father Flynn, who seems to have become overly involved in the life of a young African American pupil. Is she overreacting to the situation, or is there truth behind her convictions?
Cast
Cast
Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond, Audrie Neenan, Susan Blommaert, Carrie Preston, Lydia Jordan, Lloyd Clay Brown, Joseph Foster, Bridget Megan Clark, Evan Lewis
Director
Director
John Patrick Shanley
Genres
Genres
Drama, Religious & Spiritual Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films
Rent Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire on DVD Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire
Synopsis
Visciously abused by her mother and impregnated by her father, Harlem teen Precious has an unexpected chance at a different life when she enrolls in an alternative school, but she still must battle unimaginable barriers at every step of the way.
Cast
Cast
Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Nealla Gordon
Director
Director
Lee Daniels
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Constant Gardener on DVD The Constant Gardener
Synopsis
Justin Quayle, a member of the British High Commission based in Africa, launches a quest for the truth and begins his own international investigation when his wife is murdered. But he uncovers a conspiracy more dangerous than he could have imagined.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Danny Huston, Daniele Harford, Packson Ngugi, Damaris Itenyo Agweyu, Bernard Otieno Oduor, Bill Nighy, Keith Pearson
Director
Director
Fernando Meirelles
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Mystery, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Milk on DVD Milk
Synopsis
Sean Penn stars in this biopic about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by disgruntled city supervisor Dan White in 1978.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Denis O'Hare, Joseph Cross, Brandon Boyce, Carol Ruth Silver, Stephen Spinella, Lucas Grabeel, Howard Rosenman, Kelvin Yu, Jeff Koons, Mark Martinez, Lynn McRee
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, Biographies, Political Dramas, LGBT Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, Gay, Period Pieces
Rent The Help on DVD The Help
Synopsis
In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots.
Cast
Cast
Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek
Director
Director
Tate Taylor
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Tearjerkers, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Freedom Writers on DVD Freedom Writers
Synopsis
While her at-risk students are reading classics such as "The Diary of Anne Frank," a young teacher asks them to keep journals about their troubled lives -- hoping they can apply history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair.
Cast
Cast
Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April L. Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jaclyn Ngan, Ricardo Molina
Director
Director
Richard LaGravenese
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Kite Runner on DVD The Kite Runner
Synopsis
Years after fleeing the Taliban and immigrating to the United States, a privileged Afghan man returns to his war-ravaged homeland to try to repay a debt to a loyal childhood friend whose trust he once betrayed.
Cast
Cast
Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni, Homayoun Ershadi, Nabi Tanha, Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada , Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi
Director
Director
Marc Forster
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Farsi Language
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 The Secret Life of Bees on DVD The Secret Life of Bees
Synopsis
Haunted by her mother's death, 14-year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning) escapes her dreary life on her father's farm and heads to Tiburon, S.C., with friend and caregiver Rosaleen Daise (Jennifer Hudson), spawning a life-changing journey of self-discovery. Set amid the hotbed of racial tensions in the 1960s South, writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood's touching drama is based on Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel of the same name.
Cast
Cast
Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Tristan Wilds, Nate Parker, Shondrella Avery
Director
Director
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Reign Over Me on DVD Reign Over Me
Synopsis
Consumed with grief after losing his family in the World Trade Center attacks, a widower (Adam Sandler) runs into his former college roommate (Don Cheadle) -- a married man with two daughters and a dental practice -- and eventually starts down the road to recovery. Mike Binder directs this thought-provoking look at friendship and post-Sept. 11 society, co-starring Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Saffron Burrows and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Cast
Cast
Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland, Robert Klein, Melinda Dillon, Mike Binder, Jonathan Banks
Director
Director
Mike Binder
Genres
Genres
Drama, Tearjerkers, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Visitor on DVD The Visitor
Synopsis
Widowed professor Walter Vale finds himself drawn to a different rhythm when he discovers an immigrant couple squatting in his Manhattan apartment and becomes wrapped up in their lives.
Cast
Cast
Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Marian Seldes, Maggie Moore, Amir Arison, Michael Cumpsty, Bill McHenry, Laith Nakli, Waleed Zuaiter, Tzahi Moskovitz, Richard Kind, Neal Lerner, Frank Pando
Director
Director
Thomas McCarthy
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Flight on DVD Flight
Synopsis
After his amazing safe landing of a damaged passenger plane, an airline pilot is praised for the feat, but has private questions about what happened. Further, the government's inquiry into the causes soon puts the new hero's reputation at risk.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty, Bruce Greenwood, Tamara Tunie, Garcelle Beauvais, James Badge Dale, Rhoda Griffis, Kwesi Boakye, Michael Beasley, Adam Tomei
Director
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Genres
Genres
Drama, Deadly Disasters, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Monster on DVD Monster
Synopsis
Charlize Theron took home the Best Actress Oscar for her electrifying performance as Aileen Wuornos, an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic client and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Cast
Cast
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay, Scott Wilson, Bubba Baker
Director
Director
Patty Jenkins
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Erotic Thrillers, LGBT Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life, Indie Dramas, Lesbian, Period Pieces
Rent Amazing Grace on DVD Amazing Grace
Synopsis
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
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
Genres
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
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Medical Dramas, LGBT Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent 12 Years a Slave on DVD 12 Years a Slave
Synopsis
The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.
Cast
Cast
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Adepero Oduye, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam, Bill Camp
Director
Director
Steve McQueen
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Dramas Based on the Book, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Period Pieces
Rent North Country on DVD North Country
Synopsis
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
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Mona Lisa Smile on DVD Mona Lisa Smile
Synopsis
At Wellesley College in 1953, the all-female student population constitutes the best and the brightest, yet they're still measured by how well they marry -- until the arrival of a professor who threatens to upend the status quo.
Cast
Cast
Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, Marcia Gay Harden, John Slattery, Marian Seldes, Donna Mitchell, Terence Rigby, Topher Grace, Kristen Connolly
Director
Director
Mike Newell
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, 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 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 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 Monster's Ball on DVD Monster's Ball
Synopsis
Death row in the Louisiana State Penitentiary is the hothouse backdrop for this hard-hitting drama about a racist prison guard who falls in love with the African American wife of a condemned man he helped execute.
Cast
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Mos Def, Will Rokos, Milo Addica
Director
Director
Marc Forster
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Romantic Dramas
Rent American History X on DVD American History X
Synopsis
A California neo-Nazi gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can he atone for his sins and prevent his younger brother from following in his hate-filled footsteps?
Cast
Cast
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien, Ethan Suplee, Fairuza Balk, Avery Brooks, Elliott Gould, Stacy Keach
Director
Director
Tony Kaye
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Maria Full of Grace on DVD Maria Full of Grace
Synopsis
Maria Alvarez is a smart, independent 17-year-old from Colombia who agrees to smuggle a half-kilo of heroin into the United States for a shot at a normal existence in "El Norte" -- where she imagines the city streets are paved with gold.
Cast
Cast
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez, John Alex Toro, Patricia Rae, Wilson Guerrero, Jaime Osorio Gómez, Johanna Andrea Mora, Orlando Tobon, Fernando Velasquez
Director
Director
Joshua Marston
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Indie Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Spanish Language
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 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 The Life of David Gale on DVD The Life of David Gale
Synopsis
When Texas professor David Gale, an advocate for the elimination of the death penalty, is falsely accused and convicted of the rape and murder of another activist, he ends up on the state's notorious death row himself.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Leon Rippy, Matt Craven, Jim Beaver, Elizabeth Gast, Cleo King, Constance Jones, Brandy Little, Cindy Waite, Jesse De Luna, Vernon Grote
Director
Director
Alan Parker
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Mystery, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Rent on DVD Rent
Synopsis
Chris Columbus's faithful adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical set in New York's East Village boasts a slew of stars from the show's original Broadway cast, including Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs and Jesse L. Martin. Based on Puccini's opera "La boheme," the story follows a group of scrappy bohemians who face true love, broken hearts, drug addiction and AIDS -- and paying rent to high-powered oppressors.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel, Tracie Thoms, Taye Diggs
Director
Director
Chris Columbus
Genres
Genres
Drama, Contemporary Movie Musicals, LGBT Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Musicals
Rent Daddy's Little Girls on DVD Daddy's Little Girls
Synopsis
In this drama from Tyler Perry, a powerful attorney falls in love with a janitor who's the single father of three daughters. Trouble comes in the form of his ex-wife, who reappears on the scene threatening to take away his children.
Cast
Cast
Idris Elba, Gabrielle Union, Louis Gossett Jr., Tasha Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross, Malinda Williams, Gary Anthony Sturgis, Cassi Davis, Sierra Aylina McClain, China Anne McClain, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Juanita Jennings
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Romance, African-American Dramas
Rent I Am Sam on DVD I Am Sam
Synopsis
After fathering a child with a homeless woman, Sam (Sean Penn) -- a grown man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old -- raises the baby himself until an incident at a birthday party finds the Child Protective Services deeming him an unfit guardian. With the help of yuppie lawyer Michelle Pfeiffer, Sam attempts to regain custody of his daughter and prove that, despite his handicap, he's a truly loving father.
Cast
Cast
Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest, Loretta Devine, Laura Dern, Richard Schiff, Doug Hutchison, Stanley DeSantis, Brad Silverman, Will Wallace, Mary Steenburgen, Scott Paulin, Kathleen Robertson, Eileen Ryan, Wendy Phillips, Elle Fanning
Director
Director
Jessie Nelson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers
Rent Frozen River on DVD Frozen River
Synopsis
On a Mohawk reservation on the Canadian border, Ray Eddy teams with widowed tribe member Lila Littlewolf to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. Though the work provides the women with much-needed money, each trip puts them in peril.
Cast
Cast
Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Boone Junior, James Reilly, Jay Klaitz, John Canoe, Dylan Carusona, Michael Sky
Director
Director
Courtney Hunt
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Suspense
Rent The Green Mile on DVD The Green Mile
Synopsis
On death row in a Southern prison, gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the man's execution.
Cast
Cast
Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell, Bonnie Hunt, Harry Dean Stanton, Sam Rockwell, Michael Jeter, Graham Greene, Doug Hutchison, Barry Pepper, Gary Sinise
Director
Director
Frank Darabont
Genres
Genres
Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Crime Dramas, Inspirational Stories, Social Issue Dramas, Faith & Spirituality Feature Films, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Gandhi on DVD Gandhi
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
Drama, Biographies, Epics, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Classic Dramas, Period Pieces, Blockbusters, United Kingdom
Rent John Q on DVD John Q
Synopsis
In director Nick Cassavetes's gripping social drama, blue-collar worker John Q. (Denzel Washington) finds that his meager insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant, so he holds a hospital emergency room hostage until doctors agree to perform the surgery. Meanwhile, gung ho police chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta) and hostage negotiator Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) try to diffuse the situation amid a media frenzy.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta, James Woods, Kimberly Elise, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Griffin, Shawn Hatosy, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Obba Babatundé, Laura Harring, Paul Johansson, Dina Waters
Director
Director
Nick Cassavetes
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Suspense, Medical Dramas
Rent Pay It Forward on DVD Pay It Forward
Synopsis
In this gentle drama from director Mimi Leder, young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) responds to a school assignment with a plan to help three people who will, in turn, help three more, and so on, in an ever-widening circle. But Trevor touches more people than he expected, including his abused mother (Helen Hunt), his physically and emotionally scarred teacher (Kevin Spacey) and a journalist (Jay Mohr) who's investigating the plan.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi, Angie Dickinson, David Ramsey, Shawn Pyfrom
Director
Director
Mimi Leder
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Tearjerkers, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Inspirational Stories, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent The Messenger on DVD The Messenger
Synopsis
An injured soldier is paired with a by-the-book captain to notify families of their loss -- a job that bonds them as they debate differing views on serving America. At odds at first, the two find common ground while facing life's variety of battles.
Cast
Cast
Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Steve Buscemi, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Yaya DaCosta, Peter Francis James, Lisa Joyce
Director
Director
Oren Moverman
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Stop-Loss on DVD Stop-Loss
Synopsis
After a tour in Iraq, decorated hero Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) returns home to his small Texas town and tries to readjust to civilian life. But when he's called up again as part of the military's controversial stop-loss program, he decides to go AWOL. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum play Brandon's war buddies, and Timothy Olyphant is his stern commanding officer in this poignant antiwar drama from director Kimberly Peirce.
Cast
Cast
Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Victor Rasuk, Terry Quay, Matthew Scott Wilcox, Connett Brewer, Timothy Olyphant, Josef Sommer, Linda Emond, Ciarán Hinds, Mamie Gummer, Abbie Cornish, Alex Frost
Director
Director
Kimberly Peirce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Woodsman on DVD The Woodsman
Synopsis
A convicted pedophile -- paroled after 12 years -- returns to his hometown eager to rebuild his life. But as he settles into a lumberyard job and begins a relationship with a co-worker, he struggles to suppress his inner demons.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, David Alan Grier, Eve, Kevin Rice, Michael Shannon, Hannah Pilkes, Carlos Leon, Gina Philips
Director
Director
Nicole Kassell
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Something the Lord Made on DVD Something the Lord Made
Synopsis
This Emmy-winning HBO film based on a true story follows white surgeon Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and his black assistant, Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who teamed in the 1940s to develop a procedure to save children suffering from a heart defect. But Thomas's status as a second-class citizen prevented him from getting recognition, as Blalock took all the credit. Their relationship, while close, was complicated by the social realities of the time.
Cast
Cast
Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kyra Sedgwick, Merritt Wever, Doug Olear
Director
Director
Joseph Sargent
Genres
Genres
Drama, Made-for-TV Movies, HBO, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Medical Dramas
Rent The Cider House Rules on DVD The Cider House Rules
Synopsis
A surrogate son and protégé to a kindly physician who runs an orphanage in rural Maine, itchy Homer Wells sets off wide-eyed to see the world -- but cold reality soon intrudes on his youthful idealism and moral certitude.
Cast
Cast
Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo, Paul Rudd, Michael Caine, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, Erykah Badu, Kieran Culkin, Kate Nelligan, Heavy D, K. Todd Freeman, Paz de la Huerta, J.K. Simmons, Evan Parke
Director
Director
Lasse Hallström
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Remember the Titans on DVD Remember the Titans
Synopsis
The year is 1971, and the people of Alexandria, Va., are none too pleased when African American Herman Boone is given the nod to head a newly integrated football team. As the season progresses, however, their contentious attitudes begin to change.
Cast
Cast
Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst, Donald Faison, Ryan Gosling, Kate Bosworth, Hayden Panettiere, Kip Pardue, Gregory Allen Howard, Scott Miles
Director
Director
Boaz Yakin
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Sports Dramas, Triumph of the Underdogs, 20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Football, Period Pieces, Blockbusters
Rent Spotlight on DVD Spotlight
Synopsis
Revealing a string of cover-ups stretching back decades, a team of "Boston Globe" reporters exposes the Catholic Archdiocese's history of keeping reports about child molestation and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps.
Cast
Cast
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery
Director
Director
Thomas McCarthy
Genres
Genres
Thrillers, Biographies, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Finding Forrester on DVD Finding Forrester
Synopsis
After recognizing a high school basketball star's exceptional writing talent, award-winning novelist William Forrester decides to mentor the youngster, who harbors a passion not usually associated with jocks: He's obsessed with words.
Cast
Cast
Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, Busta Rhymes, April Grace, Michael Pitt, Michael Nouri, Richard Easton, Glenn Fitzgerald
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Sports Dramas
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Synopsis
Newly released from prison, recovering addict Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) struggles to normalize her life so she can be a good person and a trustworthy mother to her young daughter, Lexie (Ryan Simpkins).
Cast
Cast
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Sam Bottoms, Kate Burton, Giancarlo Esposito, Danny Trejo, Rio Hackford, Bridget Barkan, Ryan Simpkins, Stephen Peabody
Director
Director
Laurie Collyer
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Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Room on DVD Room
Synopsis
After being abducted, raped and imprisoned in a small windowless room, a young woman gives birth and is forced to raise her son, Jack, in the same improvised space. But after five years, Jack's mother begins planning their escape.
Cast
Cast
Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen, Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay
Director
Director
Lenny Abrahamson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Boys Don't Cry on DVD Boys Don't Cry
Synopsis
Based on actual events, director Kimberly Peirce's powerful, often harrowing drama stars Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena, a transgender person searching for love and acceptance in a small Midwestern town.
Cast
Cast
Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, Alicia Goranson, Alison Folland, Jeannetta Arnette, Rob Campbell, Matt McGrath, Cheyenne Rushing
Director
Director
Kimberly Peirce
Genres
Genres
Drama, LGBT, Social Issue Dramas, Romantic LGBT, LGBT Dramas, Indie Dramas, Lesbian
Rent Albert Nobbs on DVD Albert Nobbs
Synopsis
Having for decades disguised herself as a man while working as a butler in a posh 19th-century Dublin hotel, a woman calling herself Albert Nobbs reconsiders her charade when a handsome painter arrives on the scene.
Cast
Cast
Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Mark Williams, Bronagh Gallagher, John Light
Director
Director
Rodrigo García
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom, Period Pieces
Rent Far from Heaven on DVD Far from Heaven
Synopsis
When she finds her husband with another man, a housewife in 1950s Connecticut must deal not only with infidelity but racial tension, as she copes with her emotional turmoil by developing an unlikely friendship with her African-American gardener.
Cast
Cast
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, James Rebhorn, Celia Weston, Viola Davis, Bette Henritze, Michael Gaston
Director
Director
Todd Haynes
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Gay, Period Pieces
Rent You Don't Know Jack on DVD You Don't Know Jack
Synopsis
Al Pacino stars in this Emmy-winning biopic that focuses on the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the controversial physician who boldly advocated the legalization of euthanasia and personally helped more than 100 terminally ill patients commit suicide. Directed by Hollywood veteran Barry Levinson, the made-for-cable drama also stars Susan Sarandon as vocal activist Janet Good and John Goodman as Kevorkian's trusted friend and supporter Neal Nicol.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, Danny Huston, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Delaney Williams, Eric Lange, Allen Lewis Rickman, Adam Mucci, Peter Conboy, James Urbaniak
Director
Director
Barry Levinson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Medical Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent Angels in America on DVD Angels in America
Synopsis
Tony Kushner's groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play about love, loss and loneliness -- the basis for this six-hour HBO miniseries -- took more than 10 years to make it to the small screen. Starring Al Pacino (as real-life legal counsel Roy Cohn) and Meryl Streep, the drama examines the first few years of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1980s, set against the moral absolutism and unresponsive backdrop of the Reagan Administration.
Cast
Cast
Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Justin Kirk, Ben Shenkman, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Patrick Wilson, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Brian Markinson
Director
Director
Mike Nichols
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Miniseries, Made-for-TV Movies, LGBT, Social Issue Dramas, HBO
Rent Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story on DVD Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Synopsis
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who overcomes enormous obstacles to study medicine and save lives at Johns Hopkins Hospital in this made-for-cable drama based on Carson's memoirs.
Cast
Cast
Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise, Aunjanue Ellis, Gus Hoffman, Maestro Harrell, Jaishon Fisher, Ele Bardha, Danny Goldring, John Hoogenakker, Guy Van Swearingen, Tajh Bellow
Director
Director
Thomas Carter
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Medical Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Tearjerkers, Made-for-TV Movies
Rent Catch a Fire on DVD Catch a Fire
Synopsis
Apolitical until the apartheid-era South African government brutalizes him and his wife, oil refinery worker Patrick Chamusso turns terrorist. Changed by his experience, Chamusso volunteers to be a one-man wrecking crew against his ex-employer.
Cast
Cast
Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Mbuli, Mncedisi Shabangu, Tumisho Masha, Sithembiso Khumalo, Terry Pheto, Michele Burgers, Mpho Lovinga, Robert Hobbs
Director
Director
Phillip Noyce
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, 20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas, Political Thrillers
Rent Promised Land on DVD Promised Land
Synopsis
Taking advantage of hard economic times, two salespeople for a natural gas company come to a small town to buy drilling rights from the residents. To their surprise, a local schoolteacher mobilizes a campaign aimed at blocking the company's plans.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook
Director
Director
Gus Van Sant
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Veronica Guerin on DVD Veronica Guerin
Synopsis
Based on a true story, director Joel Schumacher's brisk thriller stars Cate Blanchett as unrelenting Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, whose single-minded investigation of Dublin's underground drug trade gives rise to shocking consequences.
Cast
Cast
Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds, Darragh Kelly, Laurence Kinlan, Colin Farrell
Director
Director
Joel Schumacher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Biographies, Social Issue Dramas
Rent The Good Lie on DVD The Good Lie
Synopsis
In this fact-based drama, a young Sudanese War refugee wins a lottery that allows him to start life anew in the United States. But adapting to his new home presents challenges -- both for the "lost boy" and for the American woman who's helping him.
Cast
Cast
Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Thad Luckinbill, Sarah Baker, Sharon Conley, Maria Howell, Joshua Mikel, Mike Pniewski
Director
Director
Philippe Falardeau
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas
Rent A Time to Kill on DVD A Time to Kill
Synopsis
When two white men brutally rape a young black girl in a small Mississippi town, the child's vengeful father (Samuel L. Jackson) fears their acquittal and takes the law into his own hands. But as his trial date approaches, all hell breaks loose. Aided by lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) and his spunky legal assistant (Sandra Bullock), the father fights to stay out of prison and salve his daughter's terrible memories.
Cast
Cast
Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt, Brenda Fricker, Donald Sutherland, Ashley Judd, Tonea Stewart, John Diehl, Chris Cooper, Nicky Katt, Kurtwood Smith, Beth Grant, Joe Seneca, Anthony Heald, Alexandra Kyle, Kiefer Sutherland
Director
Director
Joel Schumacher
Genres
Genres
Drama, Mystery, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Blockbusters, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
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 White Oleander on DVD White Oleander
Synopsis
When a volatile artist offs her boyfriend and is sentenced to life in prison, her daughter is sent to live in a series of foster homes. But as she moves from one dysfunctional arrangement to the next, her mother's manipulations are never far behind.
Cast
Cast
Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright, Renée Zellweger, Patrick Fugit, Noah Wyle, Cole Hauser, Taryn Manning, Billy Connolly, Stephen Root, Liz Stauber
Director
Director
Peter Kosminsky
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
Rent The Color Purple on DVD The Color Purple
Synopsis
Whoopi Goldberg stars as Celie, a Southern woman whose correspondence with her sister in Africa helps her escape an abusive husband and a life of bitter circumstance. Steven Spielberg directs this Oscar-nominated adaptation of Alice Walker's novel.
Cast
Cast
Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Adolph Caesar, Willard E. Pugh, Rae Dawn Chong, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, Dana Ivey, Leonard Jackson, Carl Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Bennet Guillory, Susan Beaubian
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas, Tearjerkers, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Blockbusters
Rent Fast Food Nation on DVD Fast Food Nation
Synopsis
This fictional tale critiques the junk-food juggernaut that's arguably responsible for America's alarming obesity rates, centering on a CEO of a fast-food chain who follows beef's journey from the corrals to the slaughterhouses -- and your stomach.
Cast
Cast
Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Wilmer Valderrama, Ashley Johnson, Luis Guzmán
Director
Director
Richard Linklater
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Dead Man Walking on DVD Dead Man Walking
Synopsis
On death row for brutally slaying two teens, Matthew seeks the aid of activist nun Helen, a death penalty opponent. She becomes Matthew's spiritual adviser and tries to halt the execution, even though Matthew's professed innocence is dubious.
Cast
Cast
Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey, Celia Weston, Lois Smith, Scott Wilson, Roberta Maxwell, Margo Martindale
Director
Director
Tim Robbins
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book, Tearjerkers
Rent Amistad on DVD Amistad
Synopsis
An African-born slave leads a mutiny against his brutal captors, but because the ship is in American waters, a U.S. court must decide the slaves' fates. In an eloquent courtroom speech, ex-president John Quincy Adams argues for the Africans' freedom.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgård, Razaaq Adoti, Abu Bakaar Fofanah, Anna Paquin, Tomás Milián, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director
Director
Steven Spielberg
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Vera Drake on DVD Vera Drake
Synopsis
Vera Drake spends her days doting on her working-class family in 1950s England. But Vera also has a secret side: She visits women and helps them induce miscarriages. When the authorities get wind of her activities, Vera's world quickly falls apart.
Cast
Cast
Imelda Staunton, Richard Graham, Eddie Marsan, Anna Keaveney, Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays, Philip Davis, Lesley Manville, Sally Hawkins, Simon Chandler
Director
Director
Mike Leigh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, United Kingdom
Rent Erin Brockovich on DVD Erin Brockovich
Synopsis
Julia Roberts earned an Oscar in this unconventional drama based on actual events for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, a twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra.
Cast
Cast
Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones, Veanne Cox, Conchata Ferrell, Tracey Walter, Peter Coyote, Scotty Leavenworth, Gemmenne de la Pena, Jamie Harrold
Director
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on Real Life, Social Issue Dramas, Blockbusters
Rent Mother and Child on DVD Mother and Child
Synopsis
Fifty-year-old Karen (Annette Bening) regrets giving up her daughter, Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), for adoption; years later, Elizabeth questions her own approach to life. Their stories intersect with that of Lucy (Kerry Washington), who hopes to fulfill her dreams of motherhood through adoption. Rodrigo García writes and directs this drama about parenting, sacrifice, romance and self-fulfillment. Eileen Ryan and Samuel L. Jackson co-star.
Cast
Cast
Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Shareeka Epps, Elpidia Carrillo, Marc Blucas, David Ramsey, S. Epatha Merkerson, Britt Robertson, David Morse
Director
Director
Rodrigo García
Genres
Genres
Drama, Indie Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers
Rent The Rainmaker on DVD The Rainmaker
Synopsis
When young attorney Rudy Baylor goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy sue their insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal must open their own law firm.
Cast
Cast
Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mary Kay Place, Dean Stockwell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Madsen, Mickey Rourke
Director
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent For Colored Girls on DVD For Colored Girls
Synopsis
Tyler Perry directs his own adaptation of the Obie-winning stage play by Ntozake Shange, constructed as a series of poetic vignettes that collectively explore the lives of modern African American women.
Cast
Cast
Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Omari Hardwick, Macy Gray, Michael Ealy, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain
Director
Director
Tyler Perry
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, African-American Dramas
Rent Hello, My Name Is Doris on DVD Hello, My Name Is Doris
Synopsis
Inspired by insights gained through a self-help seminar, 60-year-old Doris Miller brazenly steps forward to pursue the affections of a much younger co-worker -- and inadvertently becomes a hit with his hipster cohorts.
Cast
Cast
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Elizabeth Reaser, Natasha Lyonne, Tyne Daly
Director
Director
Michael Showalter
Genres
Genres
Comedy, Romantic Comedies, Social Issue Dramas
Rent A Better Life on DVD A Better Life
Synopsis
This candid social drama tracks the relationship and conflicts between Mexican immigrant gardener Carlos and his teenage son Luis, whom he's trying to interest in earning an honest living rather than drifting into the East L.A. gang scene.
Cast
Cast
Demián Bichir, José Julián, Dolorès Heredia, Joaquín Cosio, Nancy Lenehan, Tim Griffin, Bobby Soto, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Linares, Isabella Rae Thomas
Director
Director
Chris Weitz
Genres
Genres
Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Indie Dramas
Rent Breaking and Entering on DVD Breaking and Entering
Synopsis
When his London office is burglarized by a young Muslim thief, an affluent architect is forced to rethink his priorities and re-evaluate his life, weighing the difference between emotional and physical robbery.
Cast
Cast
Jude Law, Robin Wright, Martin Freeman, Juliette Binoche, Rafi Gavron, Ed Westwick, Serge Soric, Velibor Topic, Rad Lazar, Ting Ting Hu, Vera Farmiga, Ray Winstone
Director
Director
Anthony Minghella
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, United Kingdom
Rent American Violet on DVD American Violet
Synopsis
Inspired by true events, this penetrating drama centers on Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24-year-old mother of four who's forced to take on a corrupt district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) when she's unjustly prosecuted in a large-scale drug case. Directed by Tim Disney, the inspiring tale also stars Alfre Woodard as Dee's mother, Alma, Tim Blake Nelson as ACLU attorney David Cohen and Will Patton as retired narcotics officer Sam Conroy.
Cast
Cast
Nicole Beharie, Michael O'Keefe, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott A. Martin, Malcolm Barrett, Charles S. Dutton, Jackson Beals, Michael Beasley, Samantha Beaulieu
Director
Director
Tim Disney
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Sin Nombre on DVD Sin Nombre
Synopsis
Fleeing retaliation from the violent Central American street gang he's deserted, a young hood boards a northbound train, where he takes refuge atop the moving freight cars and hopes for a fresh start in a new country.
Cast
Cast
Paulina Gaitan, Édgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Diana Garcia, Héctor Jiménez, Luis Fernando Peña, Damayanti Quintanar, Gerardo Taracena, Karla Cecilia Alvarado, Tenoch Huerta
Director
Director
Cary Fukunaga
Genres
Genres
Drama, Foreign, Crime Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Indie Dramas, Foreign Dramas, Spanish Language, Mexico
Rent To Save a Life on DVD To Save a Life
Synopsis
After tragedy strikes a childhood friend, Jake reevaluates his life. By reaching out to lonely outsider Jonny, Jake risks losing everything that matters most to him, including a college scholarship and his friends.
Cast
Cast
Randy Wayne, Deja Kreutzberg, Joshua Weigel, Steven Crowder, D. David Morin, Sean Michael Afable, Bubba Lewis, Robert Bailey Jr., Kim Hidalgo, Arjay Smith
Director
Director
Brian Baugh
Genres
Genres
Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Indie Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, Inspirational Stories
Rent Sleepers on DVD Sleepers
Synopsis
In this drama based on characters in Lorenzo Carcaterra's controversial book, four boys from Hell's Kitchen enter a reformatory where a cruel guard (Kevin Bacon) abuses them. Years later, two of them avenge their tormenter and stand trial, defended by a druggie lawyer (Dustin Hoffman) and aided by their scheming cohort (Brad Pitt) and other friends from the 'hood (Robert DeNiro, Minnie Driver), who face the moral dilemma of justice vs. loyalty.
Cast
Cast
Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Brad Renfro, Bruno Kirby, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, Aida Turturro
Director
Director
Barry Levinson
Genres
Genres
Drama, Courtroom Dramas, Social Issue Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Trade on DVD Trade
Synopsis
When human traffickers kidnap his younger sister from their home in Mexico, desperate teenager Jorge turns to a jaded Texas lawman to help him rescue her before she disappears forever into the dark world of the international sex slave trade.
Cast
Cast
Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos, Alicja Bachleda, Paulina Gaitan, Marco Pérez, Linda Emond, Zack Ward, Kate del Castillo, Kathleen Gati, Pavel Lychnikoff, Anthony Crivello, Christian Vázquez
Director
Director
Marco Kreuzpaintner
Genres
Genres
Drama, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Crossing Over on DVD Crossing Over
Synopsis
This thoughtful drama weaves together several stories as it examines immigration in Los Angeles, providing a harrowing look at border crossing, document fraud, asylum seekers, naturalization, counterterrorism and the clash of cultures in America.
Cast
Cast
Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis, Alice Braga, Alice Eve, Summer Bishil, Jacqueline Obradors, Justin Chon, Jaysha Patel, Merik Tadros
Director
Director
Wayne Kramer
Genres
Genres
Drama, Political Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
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Synopsis
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).
Cast
Cast
Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin, Wes Studi, Fred Dalton Thompson, J.K. Simmons, Eric Schweig, Colm Feore
Director
Director
Yves Simoneau
Genres
Genres
Drama, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Political Dramas, Made-for-TV Movies, HBO, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Social Issue Dramas
Rent 28 Days on DVD 28 Days
Synopsis
After her drunken antics ruin her sister's wedding and result in major property damage, journalist Gwen Cummings enters rehab, where she runs afoul of the program director -- and soon meets a fellow resident who changes her outlook.
Cast
Cast
Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, Azura Skye, Steve Buscemi, Alan Tudyk, Mike O'Malley, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Reni Santoni, Diane Ladd, Margo Martindale, Susan Krebs, Loudon Wainwright III
Director
Director
Betty Thomas
Genres
Genres
Drama, Romantic Dramas, Social Issue Dramas
Rent Music Within on DVD Music Within
Synopsis
After losing his hearing as a soldier during the Vietnam War, Richard Pimentel returns to America, where he falls in with an unlikely circle of friends and finds a new calling as a spokesman for the disabled in this inspirational true story.
Cast
Cast
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Steven Sawalich
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Synopsis
In this heartfelt drama, Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett launches a wrongful termination suit against the hand that feeds him when his law firm finds out about his HIV-positive status -- and his homosexuality -- and fires him.
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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, Ron Vawter, Charles Napier, Joanne Woodward, Karen Finley, Buzz Kilman, Roberta Maxwell, Bradley Whitford, Chandra Wilson
Director
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Jonathan Demme
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
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Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Doris Bowden, Russell Simpson, O.Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Zeffie Tilbury
Director
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John Ford
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Saddled with chronic pain, Claire Simmons has kept a sense of humor, even if it's of the acidic, angry variety. Upset but gripped by curiosity when a member of her support group kills herself, Claire decides to excavate the truths behind the suicide.
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Daniel Barnz, Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Mamie Gummer, Lucy Punch, Britt Robertson, Paula Cale, Ashley Crow, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Camille Guaty, Allen Maldonado, Camille Mana, Julio Oscar Mechoso
Director
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This candid biopic traces the winding path of Brian Wilson, creator of the Beach Boys' unique sound. Battling mental illness, Wilson traded stardom for an isolated existence in the 1960s but returned to the stage in the '80s after taming his demons.
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After wealthy and strong-willed Atlanta widow Miss Daisy Werthan crashes her car, her son insists she hire a chauffeur. Miss Daisy's stubborn reluctance gives way as she slowly warms up to her new driver and the two strike up an enduring friendship.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone, Esther Rolle, Joann Havrilla, William Hall Jr., Alvin M. Sugarman, Clarice F. Geigerman, Muriel Moore
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This adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir stars Christina Ricci as a girl on the verge of losing her grip on life after she leaves her emotionally unstable home for college. Her psychiatrist prescribes Prozac ... but is that her only choice?
Cast
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In this fact-based drama, two women from different classes and races (Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal) draw on their common bond of motherhood to fight institutional inertia and an antagonistic bureacracy to improve an inner-city school.
Cast
Cast
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Drama, Social Issue Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
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Synopsis
Sportswriter Erik Kernan is struggling to boost his career, live up to his father's legacy and be a better father to his own son. Complicating matters is his friendship with a homeless man who claims to be one-time boxing champion Bob Satterfield.
Cast
Cast
Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Alan Alda, Rachel Nichols, Teri Hatcher, Kristen Shaw, Nick Sandow, David Paymer, Harry Lennix, Peter Coyote
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