The Imitation Game (2014) RT 90% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Mar 2015

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • Thriller • War
DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Benedict Cumberbatch  •  Keira Knightley  •  Mark Strong  •  Rory Kinnear

Dead Man Walking (1995) RT 95% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Sep 1998

A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Sean Penn  •  Robert Prosky  •  Raymond J. Barry

To Sir, with Love (1967) RT 92% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Feb 2000

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  James Clavell
CAST:  Sidney Poitier  •  Judy Geeson  •  Christian Roberts  •  Suzy Kendall

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) RT 76% / Audience 78%

DVD release: May 2012

After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Lynne Ramsay
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Ezra Miller  •  Siobhan Fallon

American Gangster (2007) RT 80% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Feb 2008

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Russell Crowe  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Josh Brolin

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

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

Jarhead (2005) RT 61% / Audience 68%

DVD release: Mar 2006

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Jerry Maguire (1996) RT 82% / Audience 79%

DVD release: Jun 1997

Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Cuba Gooding, Jr.  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Kelly Preston

25th Hour (2002) RT 78% / Audience 85%

DVD release: May 2003

In New York City in the days following the events of 9/11, Monty Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Pepper  •  Rosario Dawson




To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) RT 91% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Apr 1998

Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Mary Badham  •  Phillip Alford  •  Robert Duvall

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

Lincoln (2012) RT 90% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2013

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Sally Field  •  David Strathairn  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Atonement (2007) RT 83% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Mar 2008

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

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

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) RT 85% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Apr 2004

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama
DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Paul Bettany  •  James D'Arcy  •  Billy Boyd

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) RT 100% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Jul 2000

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

Road to Perdition (2002) RT 81% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Feb 2003

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) RT 82% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Jan 2015

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Sonam Kapoor  •  Divya Dutta  •  Pavan Malhotra

Fury (2014)

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • War
DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Shia LaBeouf  •  Logan Lerman  •  Jon Bernthal

The Theory of Everything (2014) RT 79% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Feb 2015

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 ...  (more)

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