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Martin Ritt
Hud
[1963]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 52min
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.
Movie | Drama, Thriller | 1h 52min
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British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Stanley & Iris
[1990]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 44min
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A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.
Hombre
[1967]
 
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Movie | Western | 1h 51min
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John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.
The Front
[1976]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama | 1h 35min
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In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Nuts
[1987]
 
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Movie | Drama, Thriller | 1h 56min
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A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.
The Long, Hot Summer
[1958]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 55min
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Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.
Murphy's Romance
[1985]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 47min
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Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things are going along predictably until her ex-husband shows up, needing a place to stay. The three of them form an intricate circle, with Emma's son liking Murphy but desperately wanting his father back.
Sounder
[1972]
 
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Movie | Drama, Family | 1h 45min
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The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.
The Molly Maguires
[1970]
 
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Movie | Drama, History | 2h 4min
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Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltrate the group and report on its members. But on which side do his sympathies lie?
The Great White Hope
[1970]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance, Sport | 1h 43min
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A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.
Cross Creek
[1983]
 
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Movie | Biography, Drama, Romance | 2h 7min
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In 1930's Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moves to Florida's backwaters to write in peace. She feels bothered by affectionate men, editor and confused neighbors, but soon she connects and writes The Yearling, a classic of American literature.
Paris Blues
[1961]
 
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Movie | Drama, Music, Romance | 1h 38min
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During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls.
Edge of the City
[1957]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 25min
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Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.
Conrack
[1974]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 46min
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White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie Island, an island in a South Carolina river delta, the island accessible only by boat. The island is inhabited exclusively by blacks. He quickly learns that his students, who have never left the island, lack not only... see more
The Outrage
[1964]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama, Western | 1h 36min
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Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.
Back Roads
[1981]
 
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Movie | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 1h 34min
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A prostitute and a drifter find themselves bound together as they make their way through the rural South, doing what they have to do to survive.
Pete 'n' Tillie
[1972]
 
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Movie | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1h 40min
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Unassuming and single thirty-three year old Tillie Shlain is at that phase of her life of being known as a soon to be spinster if she doesn't marry soon. She isn't looking forward to meeting the latest in a long string of blind dates, his name being Pete Seltzer. Pete and Tillie are not a match made in heaven, he using wisecracking and constant flirtations with women to mask his own insecurities about... see more
The Brotherhood
[1968]
 
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Movie | Crime, Drama | 1h 36min
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The son of a powerful Mafia don comes home from his army service in Vietnam and wants to lead his own life, but family tradition, intrigues and powerplays involving his older brother dictate otherwise, and he finds himself being slowly drawn back into that world.
Casey's Shadow
[1978]
 
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Movie | Drama, Family, Sport | 1h 57min
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Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion.
The Black Orchid
[1958]
 
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Movie | Drama, Romance | 1h 36min
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After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers, to support herself and her son. Some suspect that Rose's demand for a lavish lifestyle pushed her husband to a life of crime, and they blame her for his death. Widower Frank Valente is attracted to Rose, and must convince her that real love exists. He must also deal with his own daughter, who has her own reasons... see more
The Sound and the Fury
[1959]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 50min
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Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons: a once-proud Southern family now just barely scraping by both financially and emotionally. Howard passes the time in a bottle; his brother Bengy is child in a man's body; sister Caddy has come crawling home after years of being kept by a string of "admirers". Only Jason, the cruel, cold-hearted adopted... see more
No Down Payment
[1957]
 
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Movie | Drama | 1h 45min
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The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, hard working Herman Kreitzer and his understanding wife Betty, and newlyweds Jean and David Martin.
Movie | Adventure, Drama, War | 2h 25min
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An immature young man from Middle America grows to manhood after a cross-country journey and his military service in World War I.
5 Branded Women
[1960]
 
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Movie | Drama, War | 1h 55min
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Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.
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