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Jaws (1975)

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When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Lorraine Gary

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Lorraine Gary

Roxanne (1987)

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Based on the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac', large-nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne—while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Schepisi
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Rick Rossovich  •  Shelley Duvall

Based on the play 'Cyrano de Bergerac', large-nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne—while she falls for his personality but another man's looks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Schepisi
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Daryl Hannah  •  Rick Rossovich  •  Shelley Duvall

A Bug's Life (1998)

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On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Phyllis Diller

On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Phyllis Diller

Pleasantville (1998)

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Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  William H. Macy  •  Joan Allen

Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ross
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  William H. Macy  •  Joan Allen

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  James Stewart  •  Ruth Hussey

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  James Stewart  •  Ruth Hussey

History of the World: Part I (1981)

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An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

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Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of paranoid college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count climbs, so does the fear and confusion as the college kids try to seek revenge against the pair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eli Craig
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Tyler Labine  •  Katrina Bowden  •  Jesse Moss

Two hillbillies are suspected of being killers by a group of paranoid college kids camping near the duo's West Virginian cabin. As the body count climbs, so does the fear and confusion as the college kids try to seek revenge against the pair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eli Craig
CAST:  Alan Tudyk  •  Tyler Labine  •  Katrina Bowden  •  Jesse Moss

Gosford Park (2001)

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In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

The Parent Trap (1998)

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Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. Unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and then plot with each ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Lindsay Lohan  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Natasha Richardson  •  Elaine Hendrix

Hallie Parker and Annie James are identical twins separated at a young age because of their parents' divorce. Unknowingly to their parents, the girls are sent to the same summer camp where they meet, discover the truth about themselves, and then plot with each ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Lindsay Lohan  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Natasha Richardson  •  Elaine Hendrix

Nanny McPhee (2005)

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Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's great-aunt and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk Jones
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Colin Firth  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee to care for his seven rambunctious children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Taunted by Simon and his siblings, Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline. And when the children's great-aunt and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk Jones
CAST:  Emma Thompson  •  Colin Firth  •  Kelly Macdonald  •  Thomas Brodie-Sangster

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Michael Palin

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Michael Palin

Rushmore (1998)

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When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray  •  Olivia Williams  •  Seymour Cassel

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Bill Murray  •  Olivia Williams  •  Seymour Cassel

Thank You for Smoking (2006)

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Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Maria Bello  •  Cameron Bright  •  Adam Brody

Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Reitman
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Maria Bello  •  Cameron Bright  •  Adam Brody

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax accepts a job at a New York law firm. With the stakes getting higher every case, Kevin quickly learns that his boss has something far more evil planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Al Pacino  •  Charlize Theron  •  Jeffrey Jones

Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax accepts a job at a New York law firm. With the stakes getting higher every case, Kevin quickly learns that his boss has something far more evil planned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Al Pacino  •  Charlize Theron  •  Jeffrey Jones

God Bless America (2011)

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Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST:  Joel Murray  •  Tara Lynne Barr  •  Mackenzie Brooke Smith  •  Melinda Page Hamilton

Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bobcat Goldthwait
CAST:  Joel Murray  •  Tara Lynne Barr  •  Mackenzie Brooke Smith  •  Melinda Page Hamilton

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin McDonagh
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Christopher Walken  •  Woody Harrelson

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin McDonagh
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Christopher Walken  •  Woody Harrelson

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Dev Patel  •  Saurabh Shukla  •  Rajendranath Zutshi

Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Boyle
CAST:  Anil Kapoor  •  Dev Patel  •  Saurabh Shukla  •  Rajendranath Zutshi

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

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An irritable marketing executive, Neal Page, is heading home to Chicago for Thanksgiving when a number of delays force him to travel with a well meaning but overbearing shower ring curtain salesman, Del Griffith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  John Candy  •  Laila Robins  •  Michael McKean

An irritable marketing executive, Neal Page, is heading home to Chicago for Thanksgiving when a number of delays force him to travel with a well meaning but overbearing shower ring curtain salesman, Del Griffith.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  John Candy  •  Laila Robins  •  Michael McKean

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt For Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt For Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Scott Glenn  •  Sam Neill

Chicken Run (2000)

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Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Lord  •  Nick Park
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Timothy Spall  •  Imelda Staunton

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Lord  •  Nick Park
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Timothy Spall  •  Imelda Staunton
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