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Dramas based on classic literature

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Bel Ami

A manipulative journalist climbs from abject poverty to the height of Parisian society, taking up with a variety of beautiful women along the way. Youthful beauty plus insatiable greed. It's a recipe for riches for this impoverished young man.

2012

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who moves into her building on a wealthy woman's dime.

1961

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Brighton Rock

In hopes of silencing a waitress who saw him kill another criminal, a young thug decides to romance her and suss out how much she knows.

2010

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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

On the day of Dolly Thatcham's wedding, the sight of her former beau leads her to realize that going ahead with the ceremony would be a huge mistake. Does anyone know of a reason why these two should not be wed? Well, the bride-to-be does ... her ex-lover!

2012

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The Crucible

Playwright Arthur Miller's parable of the 1950s anti-communist crusade receives lush treatment in this Oscar-nominated film adaptation.

1996

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Cruel Intentions

Quenching a thirst for dangerous games, a promiscuous teen challenges her stepbrother to deflower their headmaster's daughter before summer ends.

1999

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Dangerous Liaisons

Two experts in seduction, Mo Jieyu and her ex-lover Xie Yifan, decide to entertain themselves with a wager involving the innocent beauty Du Fenyu.

2012

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The Day of the Locust

This 1975 film made an indelible impression for its portrayal of desperados who ache to make it big in the entertainment industry of the 1930s.

1975

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The Four Feathers

A British officer resigns before a battle against Mahdi rebels and must redeem himself to his fiancée and friends, who have branded him a coward.

2002

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

In this charming fantasy, a headstrong young widow moves into a haunted cottage, where she's romanced by the spirit of a salty sea captain.

1947

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The Great Escape

This epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers to stage a massive breakout from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp. If they want freedom, they'll have to take it. Nothing stands in their way ... except for all of Nazi Germany.

1963

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A destitute samurai asks to commit hara-kiri at the estate of a feudal lord, who begs the samurai to reconsider due to the dishonor it will bring him.

2011

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The Hustler

Paul Newman scores as pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, who tours the country hustling games -- even challenging reigning champion Minnesota Fats.

1961

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I Capture the Castle

To save the crumbling castle in which he resides, a writer tries to marry off his daughters to two wealthy Americans who've arrived to take ownership.

2003

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Jane Eyre

In this adaptation of Charlotte Bronté's novel, orphan Jane Eyre rises from a meager life at a boarding school to governess at a sprawling estate.

1996

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Jane Eyre

Driven from her post at Thornfield House, young governess Jane Eyre reflects on her youth and the events that led her to misty moors.

2011

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The Long, Hot Summer

Two William Faulkner tales combine in this smoldering drama as a handyman moves to a Mississippi town, where rumors about his past begin to circulate.

1958

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Mandingo

In this controversial potboiler set in the antebellum South, Hammond marries his cousin Blanche, but the two bed their slaves instead of each other. One way to escape a loveless marriage with a vile slave owner? Take his prized bare-knuckle boxer to your bedroom.

1975

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Mansfield Park

A poor heroine is sent to live with wealthy relatives in 1800s England, where her wit and writing talent find the room, and circumstance, to grow.

1999

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The Man Who Laughs

Scarred by his kidnappers as a child, Gwynplaine now makes a living from his disfigurement in a traveling show, where his only friend is blind Déa.

2012

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