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The Best Adaptation Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Adaptation movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Adaptation movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Oliver Twist

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7.8/10
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67/100
Released: 1948
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: When 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist dares to ask his cruel taskmaster, Mr. Bumble, for a second serving of gruel, he's hired out as an apprentice. Escaping that dismal fate, young Oliver falls in with the street urchin known as the Artful Dodger and his criminal mentor, Fagin. When kindly Mr. Brownlow takes Oliver in, Fagin's evil henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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2. Great Expectations

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70/100
Released: 1946
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. Watership Down

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Released: 1978Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: When the warren belonging to a community of rabbits is threatened, a brave group led by Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and Hazel leave their homeland in a search of a safe new haven.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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4. Lord of the Flies

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Released: 1963Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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5. A Room with a View

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71/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime & The Criterion Channel), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Importance of Being Earnest

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Released: 1952
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Algernon Moncrieff is surprised to discover that his affluent friend -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew. Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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7. Moby Dick

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66/100
Released: 1956
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In 1841, young Ishmael signs up for service abroad the Pequod, a whaler sailing out of New Bedford. The ship is under the command of Captain Ahab, a strict disciplinarian who exhorts his men to find Moby Dick, the great white whale. Ahab lost his his leg to that creature and is desperate for revenge. As the crew soon learns, he will stop at nothing to gain satisfaction.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (YouTube), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Titus

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7.1/10
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66/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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9. Tess

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66/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Robinson Crusoe

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57/100
Released: 1954Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An English slave trader is marooned on a remote tropical island, forced to fend for himself and deal with crushing loneliness.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel, Fandor & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. Throne of Blood

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74/100
Released: 1957
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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12. Hamlet

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7.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1948
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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13. Of Mice and Men

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61/100
Released: 1939Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An intellectually disabled giant and his level headed guardian find work at a sadistic cowboy's ranch in depression era America.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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14. The Secret of NIMH

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73/100
Released: 1982Rated: G
Animation, Drama

What it's about: A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Purple Noon

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66/100
Released: 1960Rated: PG-13
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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16. Tom Jones

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Released: 1963
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Tom loves Sophie and Sophie loves Tom. But Tom and Sophie are of differering classes. Can they find a way through the mayhem to be true to love?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. Pygmalion

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64/100
Released: 1939
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When linguistics professor Henry Higgins boasts that he can pass off Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as a princess with only six months' training, Colonel George Pickering takes him up on the bet. Eliza moves into Higgins's home and begins her rigorous training after the professor comes to a financial agreement with her dustman father, Alfred. But the plucky young woman is not the only one undergoing a transformation.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & 1 other) & rent or buy from $19.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

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68/100
Released: 1965
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. The Invisible Man

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7.7/10
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74/100
Released: 1933
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Working in Dr. Cranley’s laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. But the experimental drug has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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20. In Cold Blood

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Released: 1967Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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21. The Innocents

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74/100
Released: 1961
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV & The Criterion Channel).

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22. Arsenic and Old Lace

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75/100
Released: 1943
Comedy, Mystery

What it's about: Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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23. Creepy

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62/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: After having narrowly escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of a psychopath, detective inspector Takakura quits active service in the police force and takes up a position as a university lecturer in criminal psychology. But his desire to get to the bottom of criminals’ motives remains, and he does not hesitate long when former colleague Nogami asks him to reopen an old case.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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24. Let the Sunshine In

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Released: 2017
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love, at last.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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25. Blithe Spirit

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Released: 1945
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: An English mystery novelist invites a medium to his home, so she may conduct a séance for a small gathering. The writer hopes to gather enough material for the book he's working on, as well as to expose the medium as a charlatan. However, proceedings take an unexpected turn, resulting in a chain of supernatural events being set into motion that wreak havoc on the man's present marriage.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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26. Dillinger

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Released: 1973Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (YouTube), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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27. The Trial of Joan of Arc

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7.5/10
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75/100
Released: 1963
History, Drama

What it's about: Rouen, Normandy, 1431, during the Hundred Years' War. After being captured by French soldiers from an opposing faction, Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans, is unjustly tried by an ecclesiastical court overseen by her English enemies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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28. The Idiot

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57/100
Released: 1951
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn by Akama. When Akama realizes that he will never have Taeko, his thoughts turn to murder, and great tragedy ensues.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & FilmBox).

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29. Farewell, My Lovely

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63/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: LA private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by ex-con Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend. While also investigating the murder of a client and the theft of a jade necklace, Marlowe becomes entangled with seductress Helen Grayle and discovers a web of dark secrets that are better left hidden.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 4 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, The Criterion Channel & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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30. Henry V

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7.1/10
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61/100
Released: 1944
Drama

What it's about: In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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31. Spirits of the Dead

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Released: 1968Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: Three directors each adapt a Poe short story to the screen: "Toby Dammit" features a disheveled drugged and drunk English movie star who nods acceptance in the Italian press and his producers fawn over him. "Metzengerstein" features a Mediveal countess who has a love-hate relationship with a black stallion - who it turns out is really her dead lover. "William Wilson" tells the story of a sadistic Austrian student with an exact double whom he later kills.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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32. Chimes at Midnight

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7.8/10
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66/100
Released: 1965
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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33. Maurice

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69/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Romance, LGBTQ

What it's about: After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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34. Othello

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Released: 1951
Romance, Drama

What it's about: When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello down. When their first plan, to have him accused of witchcraft, fails, they plant evidence intended to make him believe Desdemona is unfaithful.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & FilmBox) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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35. A Night to Remember

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67/100
Released: 1958
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The sinking of the Titanic is presented in a highly realistic fashion in this tense British drama. The disaster is portrayed largely from the perspective of the ocean liner's second officer, Charles Lightoller. Despite numerous warnings about ice, the ship sails on, with Capt. Edward John Smith keeping it going at a steady clip. When the doomed vessel finally hits an iceberg, the crew and passengers discover that they lack enough lifeboats, and tragedy follows.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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36. From Hell

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6.8/10
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72/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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37. Richard III

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62/100
Released: 1955
Drama

What it's about: Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne, and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, Richard orchestrates a bloody rise to power before finding all his gains jeopardized by those he betrayed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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38. La Vie de Bohème

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62/100
Released: 1992
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Three penniless artists become friends in modern-day Paris: Rodolfo, an Albanian painter with no visa, Marcel, a playwright and magazine editor with no publisher, and Schaunard, a post-modernist composer of execrable noise.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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39. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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60/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
History, Drama

What it's about: In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110. She tells him her story dating back to her earliest memories before slavery ended. In between the chapters of her life, the present-day struggles of Blacks in Bayonne, urged on by Jimmy, are dramatized.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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40. Secret Sunshine

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 2007
Drama

What it's about: Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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41. A Taste of Honey

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7.5/10
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62/100
Released: 1961
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A working class girl struggles to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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42. In This Our Life

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7.4/10
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60/100
Released: 1942
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A young woman dumps her fiancée and runs off with her sister's husband. They marry, settle in Baltimore, and Stanley ultimately drives Peter to drink and suicide. Stanley returns home to Richmond only to learn that her sister Roy and old flame Craig have fallen in love and plan to marry. The jealous and selfish Stanley attempts to win back Craig's affections, but her true character is revealed when, rather than take the rap herself, she attempts to pin a hit and run accident on the young black clerk who works in Craig's law office.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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43. The Captive

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5.9/10
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53/100
Released: 2000
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Arian lives in Simon's large parisian appartment. He wants to know everything from her, follows her, has her accompanied for her trips and constantly interrogates her. Knowing her taste for women and her double life only exacerbates his suffering, his helplessness and his desire for her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Fandor).

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44. Story of Women

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7.5/10
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61/100
Released: 1988
Romance, Drama

What it's about: France, World War II. In order to somehow make ends meet, the mother of two children, Marie Latour, does underground abortions and rents a room to a familiar prostitute. She doesn't pay any attention to her husband, who returned from the war because of his injury and lives her own life. Abortions gradually begin to bring a good income, and boredom can be easily dispelled by starting a young lover ...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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45. Look Back in Anger

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7.0/10
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59/100
Released: 1959
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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46. Donkey Skin

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7.0/10
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76/100
Released: 1970
Fantasy, Musical

What it's about: A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry her father.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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47. The Hidden Room

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7.4/10
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56/100
Released: 1949
Crime

What it's about: A British psychiatrist catches his wife in a relationship with an American man and, without her knowledge, spirits the American away to a basement back room in a bombed-out London neighborhood, chaining him to a wall and keeping him barely alive, while taunting him against an undefined date on which he will kill him in an acid bath. The authorities, meanwhile, only know that the American is missing, as both the doctor and his wife remain silent about him to avoid a public scandal, a charade which continues for months...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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48. Swann in Love

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6.6/10
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52/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor in the best circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, has also some more vulgar but rich friends, the Verdurins. Through them he meets Odette (Ornella Muti), a courtesan, with whom he falls hopelessly in love. She seems to enjoy his company, for which he pays, but considers herself free to socialise and sleep where she pleases, particularly with a rival called de Forcheville. Swann’s passion turns to consuming jealousy, which leads him eventually to accept the social stigma of marrying her. One old friend, the overtly gay Charlus (Alain Delon), stays sympathetic.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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49. In Which We Serve

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7.2/10
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60/100
Released: 1942
Drama

What it's about: The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most importantly—to themselves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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50. Crazed Fruit

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7.3/10
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56/100
Released: 1956
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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