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Classic books adapted to the big screen…
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Movie: The Godfather ( 1972 )
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
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Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird ( 1963 )
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
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Movie: Little Women ( 2019 )
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
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Movie: The Color Purple ( 1986 )
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
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Movie: The Wizard of Oz ( 1939 )
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.
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Movie: The Remains of the Day ( 1993 )
A butler, Stevens (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.
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Movie: Forrest Gump ( 1994 )
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.
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Movie: Persepolis ( 2007 )
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
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Movie: The Princess Bride ( 1987 )
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
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Movie: Doctor Zhivago ( 1965 )
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.
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Movie: Schindler's List ( 1993 )
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
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Movie: Hidden Figures ( 2017 )
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
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Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ( 2001 )
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
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Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ( 2002 )
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
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Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ( 2003 )
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
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Movie: The Shawshank Redemption ( 1994 )
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
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Movie: Goodfellas ( 1990 )
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
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Movie: No Country for Old Men ( 2007 )
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
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Movie: Great Expectations ( 1947 )
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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Movie: Fight Club ( 1999 )
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
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Movie: Don't Look Now ( 1973 )
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
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Movie: The Exorcist ( 1973 )
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
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Movie: The Social Network ( 2010 )
As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
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Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ( 1975 )
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
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Movie: American Psycho ( 2000 )
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
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Movie: The Silence of the Lambs ( 1991 )
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
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Movie: Psycho ( 1960 )
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
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Movie: Metropolis ( 1927 )
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
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Movie: Crazy Rich Asians ( 2018 )
This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.
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Movie: Trainspotting ( 1996 )
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
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Movie: Jackie Brown ( 1997 )
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
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Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's ( 1961 )
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.
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Movie: The Dig ( 2021 )
An archaeologist embarks on the historically important excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938.
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Movie: Nomadland ( 2021 )
After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
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Movie: The Woman in the Window ( 2021 )
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
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TV Show: Behind Her Eyes ( 2021 )
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job in a psychiatrist's office. Her world is thrown off kilter when she begins an affair with her new boss David and matters take an even stranger turn when she's drawn into an unlikely friendship with his wife Adele. What starts as an unconventional love triangle soon becomes a dark, psychological tale of suspense and twisted revelations, as Louise finds herself caught in a dangerous web of secrets where nothing and no-one is what they seem.
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Movie: One Hundred and One Dalmatians ( 1961 )
When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.
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Movie: Akira ( 1988 )
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.
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Movie: 12 Years a Slave ( 2013 )
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
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Movie: Atonement ( 2007 )
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
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Movie: Anna Karenina ( 1948 )
Stefan and Dolly Oblonsky have had a little spat and Stefan has asked his sister, Anna Karenina, to come down to Moscow to help mend the rift. Anna's companion on the train from St. Petersburg is Countess Vronsky who is met at the Moscow station by her son. Col. Vronsky looks very dashing in his uniform and it's love at first sight when he looks at Anna and their eyes meet. Back in St. Petersburg they keep running into each other at parties. Since she has a husband and small son, they must be very discreet if they are going to see each other alone.
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Movie: The BFG ( 2016 )
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.
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Movie: Brokeback Mountain ( 2005 )
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
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Movie: The Hunger Games ( 2012 )
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
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Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ( 2013 )
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
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Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ( 2014 )
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
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Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ( 2015 )
Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem.
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TV Show: The Handmaid's Tale ( 2017 )
The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
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Movie: The Handmaid's Tale ( 1990 )
In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
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TV Show: Mr. Mercedes ( 2017 )
A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King.
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TV Show: NOS4A2 ( 2019 )
NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things and can track Charlie Manx, a man who feeds off the souls of children using his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith (license plate: NOS4A2) to keep himself from aging, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic must strive to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.
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Movie: The Shining ( 1980 )
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
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TV Show: The Shining ( 1997 )
The Shining is a television adaptation of a Stephen King novel that follows a recovering alcoholic professor. He ends up taking a job as a winter caretaker for a remote Colorado hotel which he seeks as an opportunity to finish a piece of work. With his wife and son with him, the caretaker settles in, only to see visions of the hotel's long deceased employees and guests. With evil intentions, they manipulate him into his dark side which takes a toll on him and his family.
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Movie: Doctor Sleep ( 2019 )
Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.
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Movie: The Dead Zone ( 1983 )
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.
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TV Show: The Dead Zone ( 2002 )
Based on the characters and story from the best-selling novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone is a unique psychological thriller that combines a rich mix of the paranormal, action, and a continuing quest for justice.
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Movie: The Dead Zone ( 2002 )
A young man awakens from a six-year coma with the ability to see into peoples futures.
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Movie: Firestarter ( 1984 )
A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.
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Movie: James and the Giant Peach ( 1996 )
An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.
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Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ( 1971 )
A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.
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Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( 2005 )
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
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Movie: The Accidental Tourist ( 1989 )
An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.
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Movie: About a Boy ( 2002 )
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
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Movie: Abandon ( 2002 )
An investigation of a college student's missing boyfriend becomes quite strange when she begins to see him periodically.
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Movie: A.I. Artificial Intelligence ( 2001 )
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
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Movie: Salem's Lot ( 1979 )
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
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TV Show: Salem's Lot ( 2004 )
Salem's Lot is a TV mini-series based on the book of the same name by Stephen King.
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Movie: A Return to Salem's Lot ( 1987 )
A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.
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TV Show: Chapelwaite ( 2021 )
Chapelwaite follows Captain Charles Boone, who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher's Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family's sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.
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Movie: The Stepford Wives ( 1975 )
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.
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Movie: Stuart Little ( 1999 )
The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.
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Movie: Watership Down ( 1978 )
A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.
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TV Show: Watership Down ( 2018 )
Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.
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TV Show: Watership Down ( 1999 )
Following the basic plot of the novel, Watership Down follows the lives of a group of rabbits as they leave their endangered warren in search of a safe new home. Travelling across the English countryside, they brave perilous dangers, until they finally find a hill called Watership Down, where they begin a new warren. However, they are endangered by another nearby warren, Efrafra, which is led by the authoritarian General Woundwort, and they are soon forced to defend their home and lives.
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Movie: The Talented Mr. Ripley ( 1999 )
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
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TV Show: The Mosquito Coast ( 2021 )
The Mosquito Coast is following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox, who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.
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Movie: The Mosquito Coast ( 1986 )
An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.
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Movie: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane ( 1976 )
13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.
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TV Show: Lupin ( 2021 )
Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
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TV Show: The Luminaries ( 2020 )
The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes. It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush. The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant Emery Staines, an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?
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Movie: French Exit ( 2021 )
An aging Manhattan socialite living on what's barely left of her inheritance moves to a small apartment in Paris with her son and cat.
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Movie: Cherry ( 2021 )
An Army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt.
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Movie: The Da Vinci Code ( 2006 )
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
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Movie: Damage ( 1992 )
A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.
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Movie: Dad ( 1989 )
John's mom has a heart attack and ends in hospital. John flies home to take care of his dad, teaching him to do things around the house, spends time with him and shows him how to live again without mom's control. John's son joins them.
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Movie: Dances with Wolves ( 1990 )
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
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Movie: Darby O'Gill and the Little People ( 1960 )
A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
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Movie: Limitless ( 2011 )
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
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Movie: Dark Passage ( 1947 )
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.
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Movie: Danny the Champion of the World ( 1989 )
Somewhere in England, in the Autumn of 1955, a widowed father and his son live an idyllic life together. Only their gas station happens to sit on a piece of land that a local developer wants to buy. And when he won't take no for an answer, and sets government inspectors and social works onto Danny and his father, Danny and his father decide to get even with Hazell and his pheasant- shooting friends in a manner in keeping with their own family tradition.
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Movie: The Dark Tower ( 2017 )
The last Gunslinger: Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, and determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the world at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle, as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
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Movie: Dead Calm ( 1989 )
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.
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Movie: Dressed to Kill ( 1941 )
Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders.
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Movie: Death on the Nile ( 1978 )
As Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?
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Movie: The Deep ( 1977 )
In Bermuda, two amateur treasure-hunting divers have a run-in with local criminals when they inadvertently discover the secret cargo of a World War II shipwreck.
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Movie: Deliverance ( 1972 )
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
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Movie: Death Wish ( 1974 )
A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.
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Movie: Demon Seed ( 1977 )
A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.
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Movie: After Dark, My Sweet ( 1990 )
An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both into helping kidnap a rich boy for ransom money, and the ex-fighter must make decisions about his loyalties and what is right.
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TV Show: Shadow and Bone ( 2021 )
In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive.
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