The Dead Zone (1983) RT 90% / Audience 76%

DVD release: Sep 2000

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 ...  (more)

GENRES: Horror • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Brooke Adams  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Martin Sheen

The World According to Garp (1982) RT 79% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Apr 2001

Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, Jenny writes a feminist ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Mary Beth Hurt  •  Glenn Close  •  John Lithgow

The Railway Man (2013) RT 67% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Aug 2014

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Jonathan Teplitzky
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Stellan Skarsgård  •  Colin Firth  •  Jeremy Irvine

Barney's Version (2010) RT 80% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Jun 2011

The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Richard J. Lewis
CAST:  Minnie Driver  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Paul Giamatti

Hidalgo (2004) RT 47% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Aug 2004

Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Western
DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Zuleikha Robinson  •  Omar Sharif  •  Adam Alexi-Malle

Saturday Night Fever (1977) RT 88% / Audience 71%

DVD release: Aug 2002

Nineteen-year-old Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he's king of the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don't look so rosy. At home, he ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Karen Lynn Gorney  •  Barry Miller  •  Joseph Cali

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) RT 100% / Audience 86%

DVD release: May 2003

Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Music
DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Sissy Spacek  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Levon Helm  •  Phyllis Boyens

War Horse (2011) RT 76% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Apr 2012

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hiddleston  •  Benedict Cumberbatch  •  Toby Kebbell  •  Emily Watson

Magnolia (1999) RT 84% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Jul 2000

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Atonement (2007) RT 83% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2008

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan




Rabbit Hole (2010) RT 86% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Apr 2011

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  John Cameron Mitchell
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Sandra Oh  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Aaron Eckhart

Au revoir, les enfants (1987)

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Louis Malle
CAST:  Gaspard Manesse  •  Raphael Fejtö  •  Francine Racette  •  Philippe Morier-Genoud

The Last Samurai (2003) RT 66% / Audience 83%

DVD release: May 2004

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Ken Watanabe  •  William Atherton  •  Chad Lindberg

Philomena (2013) RT 92% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Apr 2014

A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Steve Coogan  •  Michelle Fairley  •  Mare Winningham

Stand by Me (1986) RT 91% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Aug 2000

The film's name comes from the song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King from 1961. The song was also the theme song. This film was modeled from a novella by Stephen King called "The ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Wil Wheaton  •  River Phoenix  •  Corey Feldman  •  Jerry O'Connell

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) RT 96% / Audience 88%

DVD release: Jan 2002

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

The Holiday (2006) RT 47% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2007

Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Kate Winslet  •  Jude Law  •  Jack Black

Closer (2004) RT 68% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Mar 2005

Set in contemporary London, a story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving four strangers--their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Jude Law  •  Julia Roberts  •  Clive Owen

The Color Purple (1985) RT 88% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Feb 2003

In the southern United States in the 1930s, a male-dominated African American woman fights her way through a troubled life.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Margaret Avery  •  Danny Glover  •  Akosua Busia

Nowhere Boy (2009) RT 80% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Jan 2011

The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Sam Taylor-Johnson
CAST:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  David Morrissey  •  Anne-Marie Duff