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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Based on Books 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 Based on Books movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Metropolis

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8.3/10
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87/100
Released: 1927
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

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

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2. Throne of Blood

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8.1/10
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83/100
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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3. The Player

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7.5/10
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81/100
Released: 1992Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?

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

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4. The Great Beauty

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80/100
Released: 2013
Drama

What it's about: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

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

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5. Ugetsu

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8.3/10
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80/100
Released: 1953
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, FilmBox, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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6. Woman in the Dunes

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8.5/10
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80/100
Released: 1964
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

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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7. The Piano Teacher

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7.5/10
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79/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.

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

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8. The Sweet Hereafter

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79/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Drama, Independent

What it's about: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his efforts only seem to push the townspeople further apart. At the same time, one teenage survivor of the accident has to reckon with the loss of innocence brought about by a different kind of damage.

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

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9. Great Expectations

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1946
Drama, Romance

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, Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Fantastic Planet

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: On the planet Ygam, the Draags, extremely technologically and spiritually advanced blue humanoids, consider the tiny Oms, human beings descendants of Terra's inhabitants, as ignorant animals. Those who live in slavery are treated as simple pets and used to entertain Draag children; those who live hidden in the hostile wilderness of the planet are periodically hunted and ruthlessly slaughtered as if they were vermin.

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

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11. Jules and Jim

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1962
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim. Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine, but it's Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, Catherine and their daughter in their Austrian home and discovers not only that his feelings for Catherine are unchanged, but also that they're reciprocated.

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. Maurice

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78/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Drama, 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 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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13. Aparajito

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8.4/10
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78/100
Released: 1956Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: The Unvanquished is the second part of the Bangladesh Apu film series about a boy named Apu who gets a scholarship to study at a College in Calcutta. His mother is alone and torn between wanting him to be successful and not wanting him to leave her alone.

Where to Watch: Available to 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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14. Watership Down

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7.6/10
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78/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Animation, Cult

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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15. Black Narcissus

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7.8/10
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78/100
Released: 1947
Drama

What it's about: A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

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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16. My Life as a Dog

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77/100
Released: 1985
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A boy, obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle in 1959 Sweden.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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17. Picnic at Hanging Rock

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Released: 1975Rated: PG
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It's not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers have disappeared mysteriously.

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

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18. Kwaidan

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8.0/10
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77/100
Released: 1964
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup.

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

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19. Vampyr

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 1932Rated: PG-13
Horror, Fantasy

What it's about: Traveler Allan Gray arrives in the village of Courtempierre and takes lodgings in a small inn. Gray has a great interest in the supernatural, particularly vampires. He's barely settled in when he feels a sinister force descending upon him. In the night an old man enters his room to tell him 'she must not die'. One of the old man's daughters, Leone, has been bitten by a vampire. In order to break the curse, Gray and Leone's sister Gisele must find the original vampire and drive a stake through her heart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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20. Walkabout

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Released: 1971Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

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

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21. Oliver Twist

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75/100
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 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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22. Cure

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75/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Crime, Horror

What it's about: A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere...

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

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23. Phoenix

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75/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Drama, History

What it's about: A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

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

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24. Alice

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75/100
Released: 1988
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A quiet young English girl named Alice finds herself in an alternate version of her own reality after chasing a white rabbit. She becomes surrounded by living inanimate objects and stuffed dead animals, and must find a way out of this nightmare- no matter how twisted or odd that way must be. A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $7.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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25. Sabotage

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7.1/10
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75/100
Released: 1937
Thriller, Crime

What it's about: Karl Anton Verloc and his wife own a small cinema in a quiet London suburb where they live seemingly happily. But Mrs. Verloc does not know that her husband has a secret that will affect their relationship and threaten her teenage brother's life…

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Prime Video, FilmBox & 2 others) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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26. Vengeance Is Mine

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7.8/10
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75/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu is on the run from the police.

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

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27. Of Mice and Men

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7.9/10
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73/100
Released: 1939Rated: PG
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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28. Pépé le Moko

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 1937
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals, hides out in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows police will be waiting for him if he tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her.

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

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29. A Brief History of Time

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7.3/10
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73/100
Released: 1991Rated: G
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: The story of the extraordinary life of eminent scientist, Steven Hawking. As he goes through school, and despite being diagnosed with ALS, Hawking develops revolutionary theories about time, black holes, and the origin of the universe.

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

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30. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

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73/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Island of Java, 1942, during World War II. British Major Jack Celliers arrives at a Japanese prison camp, run by the strict Captain Yonoi. Colonel John Lawrence, who has a profound knowledge of Japanese culture, and Sergeant Hara, brutal and simpleton, will witness the struggle of wills between two men from very different backgrounds who are tragically destined to clash…

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

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31. Desert Hearts

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72/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.

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

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32. Journey to Italy

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7.4/10
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72/100
Released: 1954
Drama, Romance

What it's about: This deceptively simple tale of a bored English couple travelling to Italy to find a buyer for a house inherited from an uncle is transformed by Roberto Rossellini into a passionate story of cruelty and cynicism as their marriage disintegrates around them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, FilmBox, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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33. La Chienne

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71/100
Released: 1931
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and make her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money. Remade as Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street with Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett.

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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34. Criss Cross

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7.5/10
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71/100
Released: 1949
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries mobster Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Steve Thompson leads Dundee into a daylight armored-truck robbery.

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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35. This Sporting Life

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7.7/10
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70/100
Released: 1963
Drama, Sport

What it's about: In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.

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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36. Young and Innocent

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70/100
Released: 1937
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Robert Tisdall finds on the beach the corpse of a woman he knew. Others wrongly conclude that he is the murderer. Fleeing, he desperately attempts to prove that he is not the killer. A young woman becomes embroiled in the effort.

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

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37. Seance on a Wet Afternoon

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68/100
Released: 1964
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Bill Savage is struggling to maintain his marriage to his increasingly unbalanced wife, Myra, who believes she is a medium. She plans a scheme that will make her famous, involving kidnapping then "psychically" locating a little girl.

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

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38. Kings Row

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Released: 1942
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Five children in an apparently ideal American small town find their lives changing as the years pass near the turn of the century in 1900. Parris and Drake, both of whom have lost their parents, are best friends; Parris dreams of becoming a doctor, studying under the father of his sweetheart Cassie, while Drake plans on becoming a local businessman when he receives his full inheritance - juggling girlfriends in the meantime. As they become adults, the revelations of local secrets threaten to ruin their hopes and dreams.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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39. Tom Jones

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68/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure, Comedy

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), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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40. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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68/100
Released: 1978
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

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

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41. Hopscotch

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68/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: When CIA operative Miles Kendig deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov get away, his boss threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former agency's covert practices. The CIA catches wind of the book and sends other agents after him, initiating a frenetic game of cat and mouse that spans the globe.

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

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42. Street of Shame

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7.9/10
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68/100
Released: 1956
Drama

What it's about: The personal tales of various sex workers who occupy a Japanese brothel.

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

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43. Wise Blood

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7.1/10
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67/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

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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44. Crazed Fruit

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7.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1956
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Two brothers compete for the amorous favors of a young woman during a seaside summer of gambling, boating, and drinking, in this seminal Sun Tribe film from director Kô Nakahira. Adapted from the controversial novel by Shintarô Ishihara, and critically savaged for its lurid portrayal of the postwar sexual revolution among Japan’s young and privileged, Crazed Fruit is an anarchic outcry against tradition and the older generation.

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

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45. Story of Women

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7.5/10
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67/100
Released: 1988
Drama, Romance

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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46. Dodes'ka-den

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7.4/10
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67/100
Released: 1970
Drama

What it's about: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son envisioning their dream house; the young woman abused by her uncle; the boy who imagines himself a trolley conductor—finds reasons to carry on. The unforgettable Dodes’ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears, and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

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

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47. A Farewell to Arms

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6.5/10
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66/100
Released: 1932Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Epix, Dove Channel & 4 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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48. We Won't Grow Old Together

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7.4/10
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66/100
Released: 1972
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Jean has been married to Francoise for years, but his relationship with his wife has been all but over for a long time. She's hardly ever around, always traveling to Russia for work, and she drifts in and out of the film as well, reflecting the ephemeral nature of their marriage.

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

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49. Bonjour Tristesse

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6.9/10
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64/100
Released: 1958
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father, Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.

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

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50. Tunes of Glory

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1960
Drama

What it's about: Following World War II in peacetime Scotland, brigade headquarters replaces commanding officer Major Jock Sinclair, a boisterous battalion leader, with the strict, temperamental Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow. Resentful toward his replacement, Sinclair undermines Barrow's authority and damages his successor's reputation among the soldiers. Barrow faces an uphill battle in regaining the discipline and respect of his battalion.

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).