Lust for Life 1956Lust for Life (1956) Biography of Vincent Van Gogh with Kirk Douglas as van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Gaugin.
The Magnificent Seven 1960The Magnificent Seven (1960)Kurosawa's Seven Samurai changed to the American West, where a poor Mexican village hires seven gunfighters to fight bandits.
The Man who Never Was 1956The Man Who Never Was (1956)Clifton Webb stars in the true story of how British intelligence fooled Hitler about the plans for D-Day by inventing a fictional officer whose body washed up in Spain with fake plans on him.
Middle of the Night 1959Middle of the Night (1959) A widowed, middle-aged garment center manager (Frederic March) falls in love with a divorced secretary half his age (Kim Novak).
Midnight Cowboy 1969Midnight Cowboy (1969) 
a handsome young cowboy in Texas (Jon Voight) gets the idea that he could make money as a gigolo in New York City and goes there, only to descend into a world of poverty along with a friend who says he can promote him (Dustin Hoffman) but is actually a small time hustler.
Moby Dick 1956Moby Dick (1956) Film version of the Herman Melville novel about a whaling boat captain defying fate. Directed by John Huston from a screenplay by Ray Bradbury, starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Orson Welles.
My Left Foot 1989My Left Foot(1989) Autobiography of Christy Brown, born with only the use of his left foot, who nevertheless becomes a successful painter. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Naked Prey 1966The Naked Prey (1966) Cornell Wilde stars as a man captured by an African tribe who has everything, even his clothes, taken away and is given a chance that, if he can survive with six braves chasing him, he can live.
Nevada Smith 1966Nevada Smith (1966) Steve McQueen stars as the title character, drawn from Harold Robbins' The Carpetbaggers, a half Indian who pursues the three men who murdered both his mother and father.
The Night of the Iguana 1965The Night of the Iguana (1965)Richard Burton plays a defrocked priest leading a group of tourists in Mexico who undergoes a journey of self-discovery. With Ava Gardner. From the play by Tennessee Williams.
Nights in Rodanthe 2008Nights in Rodanthe (2008) A divorced man and woman (Richard Gere and Diane Lane) share a beach house together on the Outer Banks of North Carolina during a hurricane.
The Notebook (2004)The Notebook (2004) A man (James Garner) tells a story to an old woman in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s in the hope it will jog her memory.
The Notorious Bettie Page 2005The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) Story of the infamous model in the 1950s who posed nude and in bondage. Gretchen Mol plays Bettie.
An Officer and A Gentleman 1982An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)Richard Gere plays an angry young man who decides to go out for officer training, and falls in love with Debra Winger.
Of Human Bondage 1934Of Human Bondage (Bette Davis, 1934) Film version of M. Somerset Maugham's novel about a young medical student who falls in love with a waitress who treats him like dirt. The film that made Bette Davis famous.
Of Human Bondage 1964Of Human Bondage (Kim Novak, 1964)Remake with Kim Novak.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)Film version of the novel by Ken Kesey about a mental hospital disrupted when a convict (Jack Nicholson) fakes being crazy to get sent there.
On Dangerous Ground 1952On Dangerous Ground (Robert Ryan, 1952). A policeman who is starting to have a breakdown working in the city, is sent out to the country to help solve a crime and meets a blind woman (Ida Lupino).
On the Beach 1959On the Beach (1959) Film version of the Nevil Shute novel where an atomic war has happened and the few survivors in Australia are waiting for the nuclear fallout to eventually reach them and kill everyone left.
On the Waterfront 1954On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando stars as a washed out prizefighter who does jobs for the Mafia on the waterfront, but then falls in love with the sister of a man he helped them kill. With Rod Steiger, Lee J.J. Cobb and Karl Malden.
Orphans of the Storm 1921Orphans of the Storm (1921, silent) Two girls, one blind, raised on the outskirts of Paris, take their first trip into the city just as the French Revolution is breaking out. D.W. Griffith's masterpiece, introducing Lillian and Dorothy Gish as the sisters.
Over The Top 1986Over the Top (Stallone, 1986) Sylvester Stallone stars as a truck driver who makes extra money arm wrestling, who had left his wife and son years before, but his dying wife asks him to take the boy and get to know him again against the wishes of her wealthy father.
Panic of the Year Zero 1962Panic in the Year Zero (1962) A family goes on vacation just as nuclear war breaks out, and they struggle to survive in the aftermath. With Ray Milland and Frankie Avalon.
Papillon 1973Papillon (1973) Steve McQueen plays a man sentenced for life on Devil's Island who refuses to give up and keeps trying to escape his whole life.
The Passion of Ayn Rand 1999The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) Film version of Barbara Branden's book about the last years of Ayn Rand when she pursued an affair with Barbara's husband who was half her age.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) Film by Sam Peckinpah with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, about Billy the Kid's former friend Pat Garrett who was appointed sheriff and assigned to hunt him down.
Patriot Games 1992Patriot Games  (1992) Film with Harrison Ford as CIA analyst Jack Ryan (hero in Tom Clancy novels) who disrupts an IRA assassination attempt and suddenly has killers after him and his family.
The Pawnbroker 1964The Pawnbroker (1964) Rod Steiger stars as a concentration camp survivor in the Bronx running a pawn shop who is emotionally dead.
Pay or Die 1960Pay or Die (1960) Ernest Borgnine stars as the first Italian police detective in New York City fighting the "Black Hand" in Little Italy in the early 1900s.
Platoon 1986Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone's chaotic and bloody depiction of the Vietnam War.
Play Misty for Me 1971Play Misty for Me (1971) Clint Eastwood stars as a radio DJ who has an affair with a woman who calls his station, who then stalks him.
Pride and Prejudice 2005Pride and Prejudice (2005) 2005 film adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about a family of five sisters seeking advantageous marriages in 1800s England. With Keira Knightly and Donald Sutherland.
Queen Christina 1933Queen Christina (1933) Greta Garbo stars as the Queen of Sweden who longs to give up her throne and live as a normal woman.
River of No Return 1954River of No Return (Marilyn Monroe, 1954) Robert Mitchum play is a widower with a young son must take a trip on a raft down a dangerous river with a gold digging saloon girl (Marilyn Monroe) during the gold rush.
Romeo and Juliet 1968Romeo and Juliet (1968) Film version by Franco Zeffirelli.
Ryan's Daughter (1970)Ryan's Daughter (1970) In Ireland during WW1, pub owner Ryan’s sensuous, wild daughter ( Sara Miles) gets married to a much older man ( Robert Mitchum), but being unsatisfied starts an affair with a British officer, which when discovered leads to her being accused of treason.
St.Elmo's Fire 1985St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) The lives of a group of students in the first year after they graduate. Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.
Saving Private Ryan 1998Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg's essay on World War II, in which a troop is assigned to find the only remaining son of a woman whose three other sons were just killed.
Schindler's List 1993Schindler’s List (1993) Industrialist Oscar Schindler gets work permits for Jews to keep them out of the concentration camps.
Sense and Sensibility 1995Sense and Sensibility (1995) Film version of Jane Austen's novel about two sisters, one who wants to give in to every impulse (Kate Winslet) and the other who always has to be sensible (Emma Thompson).
Seven Years in Tibet 1997Seven Years in Tibet (1997) The true story of climber Heinrich Harrer who found his way to Tibet in the 1940s and became the tutor of the Dalai Lama. With Brad Pitt.
Shadowlands (1993)Shadowlands (1993) Confirmed bachelor C.S. Lewis marries an American woman to keep her from deported, then falls in love with her when she gets cancer.
The Shawshank Redemption 1994The Shawshank Redemption (1994) From a story by Stephen King. A banker is unjustly convicted for murdering his wife and spends years planning his escape.
Shipping News 2001Shipping News (2001) Kevin Spacey plays a passive man who lets a wild woman dominate him and use him to raise her daughter, and after she's killed in a car accident, he returns to his ancestral Newfoundland home and becomes a reporter for the local newspaper. With Julianne Moore.
Smoke Signals 1998Smoke Signals (1998 American Indian film) The first film made completely by American Indians. A young man on the reservation finds out his father, who left years ago, has died far away, and he goes to pick up his father's old truck and belongings.From a story by Sherman Alexie.
Somewhere in Time 1980Somewhere in Time (1980) A man falls in love with an old photograph of an actress and travels back in time to meet her.
Sommersby 1993Sommersby (1993) A man (Richard Gere) returns after six years in the civil war to his hometown and his wife (Jodie Foster), but some townspeople begin to suspect that he's actually an imposter.
Songcatcher 2000Songcatcher (2000) A woman professor of music goes to visit her sister who's running a school in the western North Carolina mountains, and discovers a tremendous number of songs preserved by the mountain folk from England and Scotland.
Sound Of My Voice (2011)Sound Of My Voice (2011) A man and woman investigating cults in Southern California to do a documentary film stumble upon a group gathered around a woman who claims to be from the future.
Spartacus 1960Spartacus (1960) The story of the slave who led the slave rebellion in Rome. With Kirk Douglas.
Splendor in The Grass 1961Splendor in the Grass (1961)  Natalie Wood plays a young girl in 1920s Kansas who's in love with her high school sweetheart (Warren Beatty) but so sexually repressed that he abandons her for a more willing girl and she descends into mental illness.
Swordfish 2001Swordfish (2001) A computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) who just got out of jail and wants to get his daughter back from his ex-wife is hired by a mysterious millionaire (John Travolta) with intelligence connections for some big project.
Tess (1979)Tess (1979)

Roman Polanski directed this film version of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles, about the beautiful daughter (Natassija Kinski) of a poor man who becomes convinced that he is descended from a royal family and therefore his family deserves much better.

Thelma and Louise 1991Thelma and Louise (1991) Two women (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon) go off on an adventure that leads them deeper and deeper into trouble.
The Thirteenth Warrior 1999The Thirteenth Warrior (1999) An Arab warrior visiting Vikings in the Middle Ages joins them on a campaign against supernatural foes.
Three Came Home 1950Three Came Home (1950) The true story of American writer Agnes Newton Keith's five years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp with her young son and separated from her British husband who was in another camp. Claudette Colbert.
Titanic 1997Titanic (1997) Kate Winslet plays a woman whose mother is trying to force her into marriage with a wealthy man (Billy Zane), who meets Irish artist Jack Dawson on the Titanic's maiden voyage and then must fight to stay alive when the ship sinks.
The Tower of London 1962The Tower of London (1939) Film version of Shakespeare's story of Richard the Third who murdered his way to the throne. Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price.
To Have and Have Not 1944To Have and Have Not (1944)Humphrey Bogart plays a fishing boat captain trying to stay neutral in Nazi- occupied French Martinique who begins to change his tune when he meets a young American (Lauren Bacall). From a story by Ernest Hemingway and directed by Howard Hawks. With Walter Brennan and Hoagy Carmichael.
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Film version of the novel by Harper Lee about an intensely moral lawyer in a southern town who takes up the defense of a black man accused of raping a white woman even though he knows the people of the town only want him to pretend to really defend the man.
Traffic 2000Traffic (2000) Pro-drug legalization movie trying to prove that enforcement of drug laws is hopeless through the stories of a judge in Washington DC whose daughter becomes a drug addict, drug enforcement agents in the United States and Mexico, and a woman who has no idea her husband makes money through drug smuggling until the day he's arrested.
Unbroken (2014)Unbroken (2014) Based on the true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survives living on a raft for weeks in the Pacific after his plane crashes in WWII and then years of torture in Japanese POW camps.
Untamed Heart 1993Untamed Heart (1993)

A waitress (Marisa Tomei) falls in love with a shy introverted young man (Christian Slater) who never speaks, and finds out he has a congenital heart defect.

Urban Cowboy 1980Urban Cowboy (1980) John Travolta stars as a wild Texan oil rig worker who rides the mechanical bull at the big honky-tonks in Houston and romances Debra Winger.
Wait Untill Dark 1967Wait Until Dark (1967) A shipment of heroin hidden in a child's doll winds up in the home of a blind woman who must defend herself against hired killers out to get it
White Heat 1949White Heat (1949) James Cagney stars as a manic gangster mama's boy obsessed with rising to the top.
The World According  to Garp 1982The World According to Garp (1982)

A young man (Robin Williams) tries to live a normal life despite being raised by a crazy feminist mother.

The World the Flesh and The Devil 1959The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) A black man (Harry Belafonte) and a white woman (Inger Stevens) appear to be the only survivors of an atomic war, but then they find a white man (Mel Ferrer) has also survived.
A Doll's House 1973A Doll’s House (1973) Film version of Henrik Ibsen's famous play.
The African Queen 1951The African Queen (1951) Humphrey Bogart befriends missionary Katharine Hepburn in Africa and they journey together down river to try to stop the Germans in World War One.
Agora 2009Agora (2009) The story of Hypatia who led the Library of Alexandria in the time when anti-intellectual Christians burned it down and eventually murdered her.
A History of Violence 2005A History of Violence (2005) Viggo Mortensen plays a former hit-man who tries to leave his past behind and adopt a new identity but is then discovered.
All About Eve 1950All About Eve (1950) A young woman comes to Hollywood and befriends a famous star who feels sorry for her and hires her as an aide, only to discover she's not when she appears to be.
Anne of the 1000 days 1968Anne of the Thousand Days (1968) Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold star in the film version of the play about Henry the 8th and his second wife Anne Boleyn.
Apocalypse Now Redux 2001Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Stanley Kubrick's film about the Vietnam War based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, re-edited to be as the director wanted it to be originally.
Argo 2012Argo (2012) Story of the successful CIA operation to rescue five Americans trapped in Iran when the American Embassy was invaded. With Ben Affleck.
At Sword's Point (1952)At Sword's Point (1952) The Queen of France calls the 3 Musketeers for help years later and gets it instead from their sons (Cornell Wilde, Arthur Hale Jr. and Dan O’Herlihy) and one’s sword-fighting daughter (Maureen O’Hara).
Atlas Shrugged Part1 2011Atlas Shrugged - Part 1 (2011) Film version of the novel by Ayn Rand about US society in the future where the inventors and creative men begin disappearing to keep from being exploited and enslaved by the government.
Atlas Shrugged Part 2 2012Atlas Shrugged - Part 2 (2012) Continuation.
The Basketball Diaries 1995The Basketball Diaries (1995) Leonardo deCaprio plays a young man who grows up in a tough part of NYC who strives to be a basketball star but drifts into heroin use and petty crime.
The Bedford Incident 1965The Bedford Incident (1965) A reporter on board a ship during the height of the Cold War fears that the fanatic captain is going to trigger a third world war.
The Best Years of our Lives 1946The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)The story of three veterans returning from World War 2.
The Big Carnival 1951The Big Carnival (Ace in the Hole, 1951) A reporter seizes an opportunity to restart his fading career when a cave-in traps a man.
Birth of a Nation silentBirth of a Nation (silent) DW Griffith's story of the Civil War and its aftermath.
Black Hawk Down 2001Black Hawk Down (2001) Story of the shooting down of a US helicopter in Somalia.
The Blind Side 2009The Blind Side (2009) A white couple adopts a homeless black teenager and helps him become a football hero.
Blood Diamond 2006Blood Diamond (2006) Depiction of how African revolutionaries kidnap villagers and force them to work illegal diamond mines to finance their military.
Blood of Heroes 1989Blood of Heroes (1989) Sylvester Stallone. Rutger Hauer stars in this Australian film set in a post-apocalyptic world turned to savagery like Mad Max in which tribes have become fanatical about a violent deadly game.
Blow-up 1967Blow-Up (1967) A photographer comes to realize that he may have photographed a murder while taking pictures in the park.
Bonnie and Clyde 1967Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Story of the misfits who started a bank robbery gang in the Depression.
Bullitt 1968Bullitt (1968) A policeman assigned to guard a witness uncovers a web of corruption.
Capricorn One 1977Capricorn One (1977) Three astronauts are hauled off their spacecraft to Mars just before takeoff and told that, due to budget cuts, they will have to stay on earth and pretend to be in space filming a fake mission on a movie set.
Casablanca 1942Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart plays a disillusioned American during World War II who lives only for himself, until the woman who ruined his life reenters it.
The Center of the World 2001The Center of the World (2001) A man who is trying to live without any commitment hires a prostitute to spend a week with him in Las Vegas and falls in love with her.
Ciao!Manhattan 1972Ciao! Manhattan (1972) The story of the 1960's drug culture in New York City told through the life of the Andy Warhol model Edie Sedgwick.
Citizen Kane 1941Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles film based on the life of William Randolph Hearst.
Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2001Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2001) Story of a man somehow born old who gradually grows younger through life.
Dangerous Beauty 1998Dangerous Beauty (1998) Fantasy romance story of a woman who becomes a prostitute in 1500s Venice.
Dead End 1937Dead End (1937) People in the Brooklyn slum pursue different ways of getting through life or somehow getting out of their poverty to a better future.
The Deep 1977The Deep (1977) Two tourists in the Bahamas (Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset) discover a treasure while skin diving and are suddenly pursued by a Haitian drug gang.
Dinner at Eight 1933Dinner at Eight (1933) A group of people's lives intersect at a fancy dress dinner during the Depression.
The Dollmaker 1984The Dollmaker (1984) Jane Fonda stars as a country woman skilled with whittling whose husband decides to move the family to Detroit for work during World War II.
Dragonfly 2002Dragonfly (2002) A man's wife disappears in the Amazon rainforest but he is led psychically to find her.
The Elephant Man 1980The Elephant Man (1980) The story of the hideously deformed freak John Merrick who is rescued from the circus by a doctor.
Enemy at the Gates 2001Enemy at the Gates (2011) The 1942 Nazi invasion of Stalingrad turns into a duel between a German and a Russian sniper.
Eye of the Needle 1981Eye of the Needle (1981) Donald Sutherland plays a Nazi spy in England trying to expose the true plans for D-Day.
Eyes Wide Shut 1999Eyes Wide Shut (1999) A New York City doctor discovers a pagan group of wealthy men that have orgies on an estate on Long Island.
The Face Behind the Mask 1941The Face Behind the Mask (1941) Film noir with Peter Lorre as an immigrant horribly disfigured in a fire who must turn to crime when no one will hire him.
Fail-Safe 1964Fail-Safe (1964) Cold War horror story in which a computer accidentally sends a group of US bombers to drop nuclear bombs on Russia.
The Fountainhead 1949The Fountainhead (1949) Film of Ayn Rand's novel about an individualistic architect who refuses to cave in to society's demands. With Gary Cooper.
Four Friends 1981Four Friends (1981) The 60s in a microcosm told through the story of three men and a girl.
The French Connection 1971The French Connection (1971) Based on the true story of a detective who stumbles upon a major heroin smuggling ring through a chance conversation overheard in a restaurant. With Gene Hackman.
The Fugitive Kind 1951The Fugitive Kind (1951) With Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward and Anna Magnani. From the play by Tennessee Williams about a drifter who winds up in a love triangle in a small Southern town.
Gone With The Wind 1939Gone With The Wind (1939) The film version of the great Margaret Mitchell novel about the destruction of the old Southern order following the Civil War, and a headstrong young woman determined to have her way no matter what. Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Gran Torino 2008Gran Torino (2008) Clint Eastwood's last film, in which he plays an aging Korean War veteran disgusted with Asian neighbors moving in in Detroit and the black gangs making the streets dangerous, and decides to do something about it.
Great Expectations 1998Great Expectations (1998)  Film version of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a young boy seeking to succeed in 1800s London.
The Great Santini 1979The Great Santini (1979) Robert Duvall plays a madcap alcoholic Marine who runs his family like a drill sergeant in the 1960s South.
The Green Mile (1999)The Green Mile (1999) An elderly man recalls how, in his life as a prison guard years before, he experienced the healing powers of a condemned man who was executed for killing 2 children he was actually trying to bring back to life.Tom Hanks.
The Help 2011The Help (2011) A young woman in early 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, wants to become a journalist, and decides to start by having all the black maids in her city tell her their stories, and she publishes them as a book.
Henry V 1989Henry V (1989) Kenneth Branagh became famous with this film version of Shakespeare's play about the king who won the great victory at Agincourt. With Emma Thompson.
His Kind of Woman 1951His Kind of Woman (1951) Howard Hughes produced this 1951 film starting his then girlfriend Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum as a private eye hired to unknowingly help a gangster sneak back into the United States from Mexico.
The Hoodlum Priest 1961The Hoodlum Priest (1961)Based on the true story of a priest working with criminals in the inner city in the 1950s.
Hud 1963Hud (Paul Newman, 1963) Paul Newman stars as the self-centered, womanizing son of a rich Texas cattle rancher whom he despises.
The Hurt Locker 2008The Hurt Locker (2008) A film depicting the chaos of Iraq shortly after the US invaded and deposed Saddam Hussein, as told through the dangerous work of a bomb deactivation squad.
Imitation Game (2014)Imitation Game (2014)
Imitation of Life (1959)Imitation of Life (1959) A young girl with a black mother and an almost-white deceased father tries to pass for white and grows to hate her mother for spoiling her pretense.
Inherit the Wind 1960Inherit the Wind (1960) Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly star in this dramatization of the 1925 Scopes "monkey trial" in Tennessee.
I Remember Mama (1948)I Remember Mama (1948) Film version of a Norwegian immigrant's memories of growing up around 1910.
Jeremiah Johnson(1972)Jeremiah Johnson(1972) Robert Redford plays a man who decides to abandon civilization and become a mountain man in 1870s Colorado, but ends up in constant conflict with the Indians.
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)Johnny Got His Gun (1971) Film version of Dalton Trumbo's antiwar novel in which a World War I soldier is left armless, legless, deaf, dumb and blind but still alive in a hospital bed.
Joe 1970Joe (1970) A man kills a hippie drug dealer responsible for putting his daughter (Susan Sarandon) in the hospital, and a right-wing hippie-hater (Peter Boyle) finds out he did it and encourages him to even more violence.
Key Largo (1948)Key Largo (1948) Humphrey Bogart stars as a disillusioned veteran taking a message from a dead friend to his widow (Lauren Bacall), who walks into a hotel taken over by gangster Edward G. Robinson.
Leave Her to Heaven 1945Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Gene Tierney stars as a controlling woman who even murders her husband's retarded brother from jealousy.
Lillies of the Field (1963)Lillies of the Field (1963) Sydney Poitier plays a Korean War veteran driving around the Southwest who encounters a group of nuns looking to build a chapel.
Limitless 2011Limitless (2011) People discover a drug that gives you the use of 100% of your brain but gradually kills you.
Little Women 1994Little Women (1994) Film version of Louisa May Alcott's novel about four girls growing up in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s and 70s. With Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder.
Lolita 1962Lolita (1962)  Film version of Vladimir Nabokov's book about a professor obsessed with 12-year-old girls. By Stanley Kubrick, starring James Mason and Peter Sellers.
Lolita 1997Lolita (1997) Remake with Jeremy Irons.
Lord of the Flies 1963Lord of the Flies (1963) Film version of the William Golding novel about a group of English boys stranded on an island who gradually revert to savagery.