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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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To Kill a Mockingbird 2013-01-31 1998-04-28 -

Southern comforts abound in this big-screen adaptation of Harper Lee's novel as lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role) defends an innocent black man (Brock Peters) against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend (John Megna), Finch's children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor (Robert Duvall).

a.k.a. Du silence et des ombres
Il buio oltre la siepe
Wer die Nachtigall stört
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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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The Grapes of Wrath 2012-06-05 2004-04-06 2014-01-01

12 Years a Slave (2013)

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12 Years a Slave 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 -

The autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted from New York state and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s, serves as the basis for this historical drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, and Brad Pitt plays an abolitionist.

a.k.a. Twelve Years a Slave
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Gandhi (1982)

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Gandhi 2009-02-17 2001-08-28 2014-07-01

American History X (1998)

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American History X 2009-04-07 1999-04-06 -

A California neo-Nazi gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can he atone for his sins and prevent his younger brother from following in his hate-filled footsteps?

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Boyz n the Hood (1991)

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Boyz N the Hood - 1998-07-14 2014-07-01

In this thoughtful drama, a South Central Los Angeles high schooler struggles to stay straight in a community polluted by drugs, violence and racism -- and his cynical but devoted father will accept nothing less than the best from him.

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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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Requiem for a Dream 2009-09-08 2001-05-22 2013-09-01

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

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Midnight Cowboy - 1997-08-27 2013-07-01

To earn cash as a freelance sex stud and work toward his dream of becoming a kept man, hayseed hustler Joe Buck heads to New York City, where an improbable friendship blossoms when he meets seedy con man Ratso Rizzo.

a.k.a. Asphalt Cowboy
Macadam Cowboy
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In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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In the Heat of the Night - 2001-01-09 -

Black Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs helps a redneck Southern sheriff solve a murder in this riveting study in racism that still strikes a chord. Rod Steiger won a Best Actor Oscar for his turn as the put-upon lawman who comes to respect Tibbs.

a.k.a. In der Hitze der Nacht
La calda notte dell'ispettore Tibbs
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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Hunger (2008)

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Hunger 2010-02-16 2010-02-16 2010-06-08

Acclaimed visual artist Steve McQueen makes his feature film debut with this gripping drama (and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film contender) that depicts the events surrounding a hunger strike staged by a group of IRA prisoners during their 1981 incarceration in Britain's Prison Maze. Led by IRA volunteer-poet Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), the strikers waged their six-week-long protest in an attempt to be acknowledged as political prisoners and to improve the prison's conditions.

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Thurgood (2011)

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Re-creating a Tony-nominated performance, Laurence Fishburne stars in this one-man live show as renowned lawyer and civil rights leader Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dead Man Walking (1995)

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Dead Man Walking 2011-05-10 1997-09-30 -

On death row for brutally slaying two teens, Matthew seeks the aid of activist nun Helen, a death penalty opponent. She becomes Matthew's spiritual adviser and tries to halt the execution, even though Matthew's professed innocence is dubious.

a.k.a. Dead Man Walking - Sein letzter Gang
La Dernière marche
Pena de muerte
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Doubt (2008)

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Sister Aloysius begins to have doubts about doting priest Father Flynn, who seems to have become overly involved in the life of a young African American pupil. Is she overreacting to the situation, or is there truth behind her convictions?

a.k.a. Glaubensfrage
Il dubbio
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The Color Purple (1985)

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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Dallas Buyers Club 2014-03-04 2014-03-04 -

Loosely based on true events, this drama follows Ron Woodroof, who refuses to accept he'll die in 30 days when he's diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients by smuggling medications from abroad.

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Short Term 12 (2013)

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Short Term 12 2014-01-14 2014-01-14 2014-04-14

A new charge at a foster care facility dredges up the memories of a young supervisor's own troubled past, and her tough exterior begins eroding.

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¡Alambrista! (1977)

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This stark drama follows Roberto, a Mexican man who sneaks across the border into California to make money to send back to his family. But immigrant raids and the rough-and-tumble of a migrant laborer's life soon take their toll on the young father.

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Gran Torino (2008)

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Gran Torino 2009-06-09 2009-06-09 -

Curmudgeonly Korean War vet Walt must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors -- and his own prejudices -- when their teenage son Thao tries to steal Walt's beloved 1972 Gran Torino. Walt soon assumes the unlikely role of guardian angel to young Thao.

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The Visitor (2007)

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The Visitor 2008-10-07 2008-10-07 -

Widowed professor Walter Vale finds himself drawn to a different rhythm when he discovers an immigrant couple squatting in his Manhattan apartment and becomes wrapped up in their lives.

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Comrades (1986)

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This historical saga spotlights the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a band of British farm laborers whose protests marked a first step in forming trade unions. The courage of the movement and the fate that befell them are portrayed with sympathy and objectivity.

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Red Riding Trilogy (2009)

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Red Riding Trilogy: '74 / '80 / '83 - - -

Through a series of delicately interconnected story lines that span several years, this sweeping trilogy traces the agonizingly protracted search for the mysterious Yorkshire Ripper and the rampant police corruption impeding the investigation. Inspired by actual events and adapted from David Peace's Red Riding series of novels, this neo-noir epic stars Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Rebecca Hall and Peter Mullan.

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The Selfish Giant (2013)

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Two teenage boys band together to steal copper wire from power stations and railway lines to sell to a local scrap dealer in this dour drama. Their friendship sours when Kitten, the scrap dealer, begins to favor one of the boys over the other.

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Fresh (1994)

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Fresh - 2002-02-05 2014-01-01

Motherless and living with an alcoholic father, clever 12-year-old Fresh runs drugs for local dealers to support himself and his sister.

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Philadelphia (1993)

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Philadelphia - 2004-11-02 2014-07-01

In this heartfelt drama, Philadelphia attorney Andrew Beckett launches a wrongful termination suit against the hand that feeds him when his law firm finds out about his HIV-positive status -- and his homosexuality -- and fires him.

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