Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) RT 94% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Feb 2000

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  James Stewart  •  Claude Rains  •  Edward Arnold

Brian's Song (1971) RT 92% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Aug 2000

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • TV movie
DIRECTION:  Buzz Kulik
CAST:  James Caan  •  Billy Dee Williams  •  Jack Warden  •  Bernie Casey

The Graduate (1967) RT 89% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jun 2001

Benjamin, a recent college graduate is very worried about his future, he then finds himself in a love triangle with an older woman and her daughter.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Katharine Ross  •  Murray Hamilton

Born Free (1966) RT 94% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Mar 2003

At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  James Hill
CAST:  Virginia McKenna  •  Bill Travers  •  Geoffrey Keen  •  Peter Lukoye

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) RT 88% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Sep 1999

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  George Peppard  •  Patricia Neal  •  Buddy Ebsen

Sense and Sensibility (1995) RT 98% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jan 1998

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Emma Thompson  •  Hugh Grant  •  Tom Wilkinson

Roman Holiday (1953) RT 98% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Nov 2002

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Eddie Albert  •  Hartley Power

Moonstruck (1987) RT 92% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Jun 1998

No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, than she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny. She ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Cher  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Vincent Gardenia  •  Olympia Dukakis

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) RT 94% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Sep 1995

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

Oliver! (1968) RT 81% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Aug 1998

Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family • Music
DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Shani Wallis  •  Oliver Reed  •  Jack Wild




Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) RT 100% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Apr 2004

In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Music • Romance
DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucille Bremer

The Aviator (2004) RT 87% / Audience 79%

DVD release: May 2005

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Cate Blanchett  •  John C. Reilly  •  Kate Beckinsale

Father Goose (1964) RT 79% / Audience 86%

DVD release: May 2013

During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Comedy • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Leslie Caron  •  Trevor Howard  •  Jack Good

Pinocchio (1940) RT 100% / Audience 72%

DVD release: Mar 2009

Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must ...  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Family
DIRECTION:  Hamilton Luske  •  Ben Sharpsteen
CAST:  Cliff Edwards  •  Evelyn Venable  •  Mel Blanc  •  Frankie Darro

Thelma & Louise (1991) RT 83% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Feb 2003

Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country ...  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Crime • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Geena Davis  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Brad Pitt

Shakespeare in Love (1998) RT 92% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Aug 1999

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • History • Romance
DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Joseph Fiennes  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Tom Wilkinson

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) RT 30% / Audience 62%

DVD release: Sep 2012

In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Virginia Madsen  •  Madeline Carroll  •  Emma Fuhrmann

The Parent Trap (1961) RT 89% / Audience 74%

DVD release: May 2002

Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  David Swift
CAST:  Hayley Mills  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Brian Keith  •  Charles Ruggles

Steel Magnolias (1989) RT 69% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Jul 2000

This heart wrenching drama is about a beauty shop, in Louisana owned by Truvy, and the tragedies of all of her clients.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Sally Field  •  Dolly Parton  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Julia Roberts

To Catch a Thief (1955) RT 95% / Audience 84%

DVD release: Mar 2009

To prevent being accused of the crimes, an ex-burglar must catch a thief who’s been copying his style.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  Brigitte Auber