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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Bakshi
CAST:  Christopher Guard  •  William Squire  •  Michael Scholes  •  John Hurt

The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Bakshi
CAST:  Christopher Guard  •  William Squire  •  Michael Scholes  •  John Hurt

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

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Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  James Caan  •  Michael Caine  •  Sean Connery

Spice World (1997)

Zany adventure that follows The Spice Girls and their entourage (mostly fictional characters) - manager Clifford, his assistant Deborah, and filmmaker Piers (who is trying to shoot a documentary on "the real Spice Girls").  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Spiers
CAST:  Victoria Beckham  •  Mel B  •  Emma Bunton  •  Melanie Chisholm

Zany adventure that follows The Spice Girls and their entourage (mostly fictional characters) - manager Clifford, his assistant Deborah, and filmmaker Piers (who is trying to shoot a documentary on "the real Spice Girls").  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Spiers
CAST:  Victoria Beckham  •  Mel B  •  Emma Bunton  •  Melanie Chisholm

The Bounty (1984)

The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Edward Fox

The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Edward Fox

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Peter Gallagher  •  Joanne Whalley  •  Alfred Molina

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Peter Gallagher  •  Joanne Whalley  •  Alfred Molina

Vera Drake (2004)

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Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Phil Davis  •  Richard Graham

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Sally Hawkins  •  Phil Davis  •  Richard Graham

Penelope (2006)

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Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her company. This untraditional ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Palansky
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  James McAvoy  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  Peter Dinklage

Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her company. This untraditional ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Palansky
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  James McAvoy  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  Peter Dinklage

Dr. Fischer of Geneva (1984)

Dr. Fischer has an unusual hobby — to expose human greed. How much humiliation will his fellow man endure enticed by valuable presents? Dignity for money! Death for money?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  James Mason  •  Alan Bates  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Clarissa Kaye-Mason

Dr. Fischer has an unusual hobby — to expose human greed. How much humiliation will his fellow man endure enticed by valuable presents? Dignity for money! Death for money?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  James Mason  •  Alan Bates  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Clarissa Kaye-Mason

If You Go Down in the Woods Today (1981)

A Boy Scout troupe led by their scoutmaster (Sykes) is on a field trip to a seemingly-peaceful English woodland. However, the woods are actually teeming with strange characters, some of whom turn out to be disguised police officers and others criminals. The police ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Sykes
CAST:  Eric Sykes  •  Robin Bailey  •  Norman Bird  •  Glyn Houston

A Boy Scout troupe led by their scoutmaster (Sykes) is on a field trip to a seemingly-peaceful English woodland. However, the woods are actually teeming with strange characters, some of whom turn out to be disguised police officers and others criminals. The police ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Sykes
CAST:  Eric Sykes  •  Robin Bailey  •  Norman Bird  •  Glyn Houston

The Iron Lady (2011)

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phyllida Lloyd
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Anthony Stewart Head  •  Harry Lloyd  •  Jim Broadbent

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phyllida Lloyd
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Anthony Stewart Head  •  Harry Lloyd  •  Jim Broadbent

The Theory of Everything (2014)

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The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

Critical Eye (2010)

Miserable critic, Brian Tanner, is famous for his vicious film reviews on his TV show Critical Eye. Over the years, he's grown to hate pretty much everything he sees, including his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Nathan
CAST:  Hugh Bonneville  •  Anna Chancellor  •  Sebastian Street  •  Nathalie Adlam

Miserable critic, Brian Tanner, is famous for his vicious film reviews on his TV show Critical Eye. Over the years, he's grown to hate pretty much everything he sees, including his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Nathan
CAST:  Hugh Bonneville  •  Anna Chancellor  •  Sebastian Street  •  Nathalie Adlam

Unnatural Causes (1993)

Roy Marsden returns as author P.D. James's indefatigable gumshoe, Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. This time, he's investigating the murder of a famous mystery writer whose body is found in the bottom of a dinghy on the Suffolk coast. To add a further degree of difficulty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Davies
CAST:  Roy Marsden  •  Simon Chandler  •  Kenneth Colley  •  Mel Martin

Roy Marsden returns as author P.D. James's indefatigable gumshoe, Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. This time, he's investigating the murder of a famous mystery writer whose body is found in the bottom of a dinghy on the Suffolk coast. To add a further degree of difficulty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Davies
CAST:  Roy Marsden  •  Simon Chandler  •  Kenneth Colley  •  Mel Martin

Milk (1999)

Forty-five-year-old Adrian has been living with his mother Lucy and running their Wiltshire dairy farm all his adult life. When Lucy unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, a rogue's gallery of family members show up at the farm to argue over the execution of Ruth's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Brookfield
CAST:  James Fleet  •  Phyllida Law  •  Lesley Manville  •  Dawn French

Forty-five-year-old Adrian has been living with his mother Lucy and running their Wiltshire dairy farm all his adult life. When Lucy unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, a rogue's gallery of family members show up at the farm to argue over the execution of Ruth's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Brookfield
CAST:  James Fleet  •  Phyllida Law  •  Lesley Manville  •  Dawn French

Gentlemen's Relish (2001)

The career of the once successful classical portraitist, Kingdom Swann, has hit bad times. When a leading gallery rejects his work, he seems at the point of giving up. It is only the support of his housekeeper, Violet Askey, that keeps him going and it is she who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Mackinnon
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Sarah Lancashire  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Katie Blake

The career of the once successful classical portraitist, Kingdom Swann, has hit bad times. When a leading gallery rejects his work, he seems at the point of giving up. It is only the support of his housekeeper, Violet Askey, that keeps him going and it is she who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Mackinnon
CAST:  Billy Connolly  •  Sarah Lancashire  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Katie Blake

The Commissioner (1998)

John Hurt stars as a scandal-hit member of parliament, dispatched to the political backwaters of the European Commission in Brussels as penance for his failures. However, once there he stumbles upon a chemical weapons outrage that points to a sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Rosana Pastor  •  Alice Krige  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

John Hurt stars as a scandal-hit member of parliament, dispatched to the political backwaters of the European Commission in Brussels as penance for his failures. However, once there he stumbles upon a chemical weapons outrage that points to a sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Rosana Pastor  •  Alice Krige  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

The King's Speech (2010)

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The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Guy Pearce

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Guy Pearce

The Stone Raft (2002)

An inexplicable crack in the Pyrenees Mountains provokes excitement and scientific curiosity. As the geological fracture deepens and widens, the European community begins to disassociate itself from the calamity, and panic ensues among tourists and residents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  Federico Luppi  •  Icíar Bollaín  •  Gabino Diego  •  Ana Padrão

An inexplicable crack in the Pyrenees Mountains provokes excitement and scientific curiosity. As the geological fracture deepens and widens, the European community begins to disassociate itself from the calamity, and panic ensues among tourists and residents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  Federico Luppi  •  Icíar Bollaín  •  Gabino Diego  •  Ana Padrão

Sword of Honour (2001)

Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. Instead he finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Nicholas Boulton  •  Richard Coyle

Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. Instead he finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Anderson
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Katrin Cartlidge  •  Nicholas Boulton  •  Richard Coyle

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982)

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare missives, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hugh Jones
CAST:  Alan Bennett  •  Richard O'Callaghan  •  Tenniel Evans  •  Bryan Marshall

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare missives, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Hugh Jones
CAST:  Alan Bennett  •  Richard O'Callaghan  •  Tenniel Evans  •  Bryan Marshall
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