Now Is Good (2012)

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A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ol Parker
CAST:  Dakota Fanning  •  Jeremy Irvine  •  Kaya Scodelario  •  Olivia Williams

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Hilary Swank  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Jay Baruchel

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Asa Butterfield  •  Zac Mattoon O'Brien  •  Henry Kingsmill

The Notebook (2004)

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An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Cassavetes
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Ryan Gosling  •  Gena Rowlands  •  James Garner

An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Cassavetes
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Ryan Gosling  •  Gena Rowlands  •  James Garner

The Help (2011)

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Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini

The Green Mile (1999)

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A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Michael Clarke Duncan  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  David Morse

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Michael Clarke Duncan  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  David Morse

Departures (2008)

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Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yojiro Takita
CAST:  Masahiro Motoki  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Ryoko Hirosue  •  Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yojiro Takita
CAST:  Masahiro Motoki  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Ryoko Hirosue  •  Kazuko Yoshiyuki

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Boone
CAST:  Shailene Woodley  •  Ansel Elgort  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Nat Wolff

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josh Boone
CAST:  Shailene Woodley  •  Ansel Elgort  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Nat Wolff

Dead Poets Society (1989)

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At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Robert Sean Leonard  •  Gale Hansen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991. High school freshman Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two senior students, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick, become his mentors, helping him discover the joys of friendship, music and love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Chbosky
CAST:  Logan Lerman  •  Emma Watson  •  Ezra Miller  •  Paul Rudd

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991. High school freshman Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two senior students, Sam and her stepbrother Patrick, become his mentors, helping him discover the joys of friendship, music and love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Chbosky
CAST:  Logan Lerman  •  Emma Watson  •  Ezra Miller  •  Paul Rudd

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Bob Gunton  •  William Sadler

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Darabont
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Morgan Freeman  •  Bob Gunton  •  William Sadler

About Time (2013)

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The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life – so he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Bill Nighy  •  Domhnall Gleeson  •  Tom Hollander

The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life – so he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Rachel McAdams  •  Bill Nighy  •  Domhnall Gleeson  •  Tom Hollander

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Elijah Wood  •  Mark Ruffalo

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Elijah Wood  •  Mark Ruffalo