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Dramas based on contemporary literature

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A brilliant group of students become card-counting experts with the intent of swindling millions out of Las Vegas casinos by playing blackjack. A broke MIT student takes on Vegas with help from his math professor. When the chips are down, you need more than luck.

2008

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All Our Desires

A young judge hides her inoperable cancer so she can focus the last stage of her life on fighting for the poor against predatory credit agencies.

2011

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Angela's Ashes

This adaptation of Frank McCourt's best-selling memoir tells the grim story of the author's impoverished childhood in 1940s Ireland.

1999

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Appaloosa

When a malicious, land-hungry rancher has the marshal and deputy of Appaloosa killed, two gunmen blow into town to restore law and order. A lifelong bond. Law and order. The future of a territory. It's all up for grabs when a beautiful widow arrives in town.

2008

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Back to 1942

At the height of World War II, millions of rural Chinese refugees embark on a desperate journey to escape a widespread provincial famine. Starvation. Suffering. Death. It's every man for himself when a fatal famine hits wartime China.

2012

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Beautiful Creatures

Based on the best-selling novel, this supernatural drama focuses on the romance between Ethan and Lena, the enigmatic new girl in his Southern town. He's mortal ... she's not. A poetic teen is drawn to a mysterious girl torn between good and evil.

2013

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Black Friday

This docudrama based on the same-titled book tracks the aftermath of a 1993 bombing in Bombay through the eyes of a journalist covering the story.

2004

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The Book Thief

Young Liesel steals books to teach herself to read, giving her refuge from the horrors of Nazi Germany and her cold foster parents. In a German town, among the ravages of war, a little girl defies Nazi oppression. Words can be stronger than death.

2013

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When his family moves from Berlin to Poland, a young boy befriends a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, unaware he's a Jewish prisoner. The son of a Nazi struggles to make sense of the war. Especially after he meets a mysterious boy in the woods.

2008

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Bright Days Ahead

In her search for new pursuits after retirement, married Caroline unexpectedly finds romance with a flirty hunk who's decades younger. She finds new meaning in life -- and a bit of fun -- with a younger man. Her husband's not too happy for her, though.

2013

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Brokeback Mountain

Two sheepherders in 1963 Wyoming become involved in an increasingly passionate affair, but hiding the relationship from their wives proves agonizing. Their love was forbidden. Their passion was real. Their torment took them through a lifetime of joy and bitterness.

2005

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Chocolat

A single mother and her young daughter move into a peaceful French village and open an unusual chocolate shop during the height of Lent. A town forgotten by love's sweetness. A wise stranger with a lush passion. To embrace life, they just need one taste.

2000

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Cloud Atlas

In this star-studded drama, six seemingly disparate stories explore the complicated links that humanity shares through the generations. From ancient killer to hero in a primal future. When time shapes the soul, yesterday's gesture is tomorrow's revolution.

2012

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The Counterfeit Traitor

A Swedish oil trader who's being blackmailed to spy on the Nazis falls in love with a German woman, which could have grave consequences for them both. A Swede pretends to be pro-Nazi while spying for the British. It was easy until he fell for his German contact.

1962

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Day of the Falcon

After a long war, two kings declare a large piece of desert to be neutral territory. But when oil is discovered there, one king breaks the treaty. Some call it black gold. To one Saudi family, an oil boom is power, respect and immortality. And an epic war.

2011

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Deadline

Following a fateful meeting with an altruistic woman, a young man sets out to solve the long-forgotten murder of a black youth in rural Alabama. Years ago, a black youth was killed in Alabama. No one's solved it. One driven reporter is about to find out why.

2012

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The Deep End

A teenager's gay lover dies accidentally after an argument, but the boy's mother believes it was murder and scrambles to protect her son.

2001

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Desert Hearts

In 1959, an uptight literature professor heads to Reno, Nev., for a quickie divorce and finds herself drawn to a young, confident lesbian.

1985

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Eat Pray Love

After deciding to reshape her life after divorce, Liz travels around the world in search of good food, spirituality and true love. From Italy to India to Bali, one writer searches for meaning. But how far do you have to go to find yourself?

2010

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The English Patient

Ralph Fiennes stars as a horribly burned pilot who recounts a tale of doomed romance to the nurse tending to him in this World War II-era drama. A World War II nurse cares for a critically injured pilot, bringing him -- and his buried memories -- back to life.

1996

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