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The Best Adaptation Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Adaptation movie 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 of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Rashomon

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8.2/10
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88/100
Released: 1950
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

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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2. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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8.1/10
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84/100
Released: 1962
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.

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

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3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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7.4/10
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Released: 1978Rated: PG
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Showtime, The Criterion Channel & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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4. We Need to Talk About Kevin

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7.5/10
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83/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, Vudu & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, The Criterion Channel & 3 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. 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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6. The Wicker Man

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7.5/10
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82/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

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 & Vudu).

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7. 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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8. The Hours

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7.5/10
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81/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, CBS All Access, The Criterion Channel & 3 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. The Great Beauty

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7.8/10
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81/100
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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10. 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, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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11. The Piano Teacher

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7.5/10
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80/100
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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12. 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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13. Fantastic Planet

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7.8/10
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80/100
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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14. A Brighter Summer Day

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8.4/10
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79/100
Released: 1991
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A boy experiences first love, friendships and injustices growing up in 1960s Taiwan.

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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15. 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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16. Maurice

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79/100
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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17. Black Narcissus

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7.8/10
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79/100
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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18. Kwaidan

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8.0/10
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79/100
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. Sansho the Bailiff

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8.4/10
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79/100
Released: 1954
Drama, Independent

What it's about: In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

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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20. Great Expectations

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7.8/10
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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, The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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21. Vampyr

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7.5/10
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79/100
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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22. 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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23. Picnic at Hanging Rock

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78/100
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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24. Aparajito

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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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25. The Sweet Hereafter

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78/100
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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26. A Night to Remember

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7.9/10
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77/100
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 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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27. Cure

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7.4/10
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77/100
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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28. My Life as a Dog

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7.6/10
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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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29. Breaker Morant

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7.8/10
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77/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

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

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30. The Women

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7.8/10
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76/100
Released: 1939
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.

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

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31. The Most Dangerous Game

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7.1/10
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76/100
Released: 1932Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: When legendary hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked on the perilous reefs surrounding a mysterious island, he finds himself the guest of the reclusive and eccentric Count Zaroff. While he is very gracious at first, Zaroff eventually forces Rainsford and two other shipwreck survivors, brother and sister Eve and Martin Towbridge, to participate in a sadistic game of cat and mouse in which they are the prey and he is the hunter.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, Epix & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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32. Oliver Twist

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7.8/10
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76/100
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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33. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

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76/100
Released: 1972
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.

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

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34. Phoenix

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7.3/10
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76/100
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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35. Walkabout

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76/100
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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36. 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 (The Criterion Channel, Fandor & 2 others).

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37. Hamlet

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75/100
Released: 1948
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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38. In the Realm of the Senses

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75/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.

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

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

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40. Pandora's Box

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7.9/10
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75/100
Released: 1929Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Lulu is a young woman so beautiful and alluring that few can resist her siren charms. The men drawn into her web include respectable newspaper publisher Dr. Ludwig Schön, his musical producer son Alwa, circus performer Rodrigo Quast and Lulu's seedy old friend, Schigolch. When Lulu's charms inevitably lead to tragedy, the downward spiral encompasses them all.

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

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41. Grand Hotel

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7.4/10
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74/100
Released: 1932
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.

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

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42. Vengeance Is Mine

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7.8/10
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74/100
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 (The Criterion Channel & FilmBox) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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43. Of Mice and Men

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7.9/10
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74/100
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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44. Secret Sunshine

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7.5/10
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74/100
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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45. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

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7.3/10
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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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46. Pygmalion

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7.7/10
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73/100
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 stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 2 others).

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47. 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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48. 45 Years

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7.1/10
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73/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

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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49. Desert Hearts

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7.0/10
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73/100
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, fuboTV, Showtime & 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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50. Criss Cross

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7.5/10
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73/100
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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