The Elephant Man (1982) RT 90% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Dec 2001

A taped version of the stage play about a hideously deformed 19th-century London man and how he managed to triumph over his disease.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • TV movie
DIRECTION:  Jack Hofsiss
CAST:  Kevin Conway  •  Penny Fuller  •  Richard Clarke  •  Glenn Close

Now Is Good (2012) RT 58% / Audience 64%

DVD release: Jan 2013

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)

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

Blue Valentine (2010) RT 88% / Audience 77%

DVD release: May 2011

Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Derek Cianfrance
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Michelle Williams  •  Mike Vogel  •  John Doman

Marley & Me (2008) RT 63% / Audience 75%

DVD release: Mar 2009

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Family
DIRECTION:  David Frankel
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Eric Dane  •  Kathleen Turner

Ghost (1990) RT 74% / Audience 80%

DVD release: Apr 2001

Sam Wheat is a banker, Molly Jensen is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by his friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner over a ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy • Mystery • Romance • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Demi Moore  •  Tony Goldwyn  •  Whoopi Goldberg

Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) RT 62% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Mar 2010

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Joan Allen  •  Jason Alexander  •  Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

The Lion King (1994) RT 92% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Oct 2003

A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.  (more)

GENRES: Animation • Drama • Family
DIRECTION:  Rob Minkoff  •  Roger Allers
CAST:  Jonathan Taylor Thomas  •  Matthew Broderick  •  James Earl Jones  •  Jeremy Irons

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

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 ...  (more)

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

Million Dollar Baby (2004) RT 91% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jul 2005

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 ...  (more)

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

The Great Gatsby (2013) RT 48% / Audience 67%

DVD release: Aug 2013

An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Carey Mulligan  •  Joel Edgerton




The Act of Killing (2012) RT 96% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Dec 2013

In a place where killers are celebrated as heroes, these filmmakers challenge unrepentant death-squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The result is a surreal, ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Joshua Oppenheimer  •  Christine Cynn
CAST:  Haji Anif  •  Syamsul Arifin  •  Herman Koto  •  Sakhyan Asmara

The Painted Veil (2006) RT 74% / Audience 85%

DVD release: May 2007

A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.  (more)

GENRES: Romance
DIRECTION:  John Curran
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Juliet Howland  •  Naomi Watts  •  Ian Renwick

Les Misérables (2012)

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Tom Hooper
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Russell Crowe  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Amanda Seyfried

Brokeback Mountain (2005) RT 87% / Audience 82%

DVD release: Apr 2006

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Randy Quaid  •  Michelle Williams

Gran Torino (2008) RT 79% / Audience 90%

DVD release: Jun 2009

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  John Carroll Lynch  •  Geraldine Hughes  •  Brian Haley

The Notebook (2004) RT 52% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Feb 2005

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 ...  (more)

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

Fruitvale Station (2013) RT 94% / Audience 87%

DVD release: Jan 2014

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Ryan Coogler
CAST:  Michael B. Jordan  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Melonie Diaz  •  Ahna O'Reilly

If I Stay (2014) RT 35% / Audience 61%

DVD release: Nov 2014

Mia Hall, a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  R.J. Cutler
CAST:  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Mireille Enos  •  Jamie Blackley  •  Liana Liberato

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) RT 81% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Sep 2014

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 ...  (more)

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

Like Crazy (2011) RT 72% / Audience 61%

DVD release: Mar 2012

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Drake Doremus
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Felicity Jones  •  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Charlie Bewley