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Wings [videorecording]

The story of two men who have gone to war and the girl they both leave behind.

Broadway Melody
Broadway melody of 1929 (DVD) [videorecording].

This is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Anita Page and Bessie Love star as two sisters in love with the same man.


All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front [(DVD)videorecording]

A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.


Cimarron (DVD) [videorecording].

A thundering recreation of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Rush. Based on the bestselling epic by novelist Edna Ferber, it traces the generations-spanning saga of the land.


Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel [(DVD)videorecording]

The glitz and glitter of Berlin's Grand Hotel comes alive with this story of love and betrayal. Contains both fullscreen and widescreen.


1933 Cavalcade

It Happend One Night
It Happened One Night [(DVD)videorecording]

A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter.


Mutiny on the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty [(DVD)videorecording]

Tale of the ship, Bounty, that sailed a 2 year voyage from England to Tahiti. Charles Laughton is Captain Bligh. Clark Gable is Fletcher Christian.


The Great Ziegeld
Great Ziegfeld (DVD) [videorecording].

A musical biography of the famous showman. Best Picture, Best Actress.


The Life of Emile Zola
The Life of Emile Zola (DVD) [videorecording].

A writer tries to save the life of a man jailed for a crime he did not commit. Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor


You Can't Take it With You
You Can't Take It with You [(DVD)videorecording]

A family of zany free spirits helps a stuffy financier realize there's more to life than money.


Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind [(DVD)videorecording]

"Focuses on the life and loves of the beautiful and selfish Scarlett O'Hara. The story begins on the O'Haras' Georgia plantation of Tara in antebellum days and moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction."


Rebecca [videorecording]

A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.


How Green Was My Valley
How Green Was My Valley [(DVD)videorecording]

A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family, while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.


Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver [(DVD)videorecording] 

A family in a small English town struggles through the 1940 bombing of England by Germany; the title character exemplifies fortitude for her family.


Casablanca [(DVD)videorecording]

In World War II Morocco, seething with European refugees desperate for passage to neutral Lisbon, only a world-weary and bitter nightclub owner can help his former lover and her Resistance-hero husband escape from the Nazis.


Going My Way
Going My Way [(DVD)videorecording] ; Holiday Inn [videorecording]

Going my way (127 min.): When old and fading St. Dominic's Church gets a new priest (Crosby), things are bound to change. For starters, young Father O'Malley meets the crusty old Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), who doesn't think much of him or his ideas. The two have their differences but O'Malley is able to inspire some neighborhood roughnecks to open their hearts and minds in a way the old priest simply could not do.


The Lost Weekend
The Lost Weekend [(DVD)videorecording]

A would-be writer's dissatisfaction with his life leads him on a three-day binge. This film gives an uncompromising look at the devestating effects of alcoholism.


The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of our Lives [(DVD)videorecording]

Recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans of WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives.


Gentlemen's Agreement
Gentleman's Agreement [(DVD)videorecording]

A journalist assigned to write a series of articles on anti-semitism decides to pose as a Jew and finds out first-hand what it is like to be the victim of intolerance.


Hamlet [(DVD)videorecording]

The classic version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the towering tragedy of the Danish prince who feigns madness to trap his father's murderer.


All the Kings Men
All the Kings Men [(DVD)videorecording]

Set in the Depression, follows the life of a young farm boy who turns from an honest political hopeful to a powerful but corrupt governor. Based on Robert Penn Warren's novel which loosely fictionalized the life of Louisiana's Gov. Huey P. Long.


All About Eve
All about Eve [(DVD)videorecording]

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing. The cunning Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend, her playwright and his wife. Only the cynical drama critics see through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit.


An American in Paris
An American in Paris [(DVD)videorecording]

Presents the romantic adventures of a carefree young artist in post-WWII Paris.


The Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth [(DVD)videorecording]

The master show-man, Cecil B. DeMille, brings the thrills, chills and exhilaration of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that includes an all-star cast.


From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity [(DVD)videorecording]

Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies the attempts of officers and men to break him when he refuses to fight on the company's boxing team. Includes actual scenes of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront [(DVD)videorecording]

A young dockworker tries to break the hold of a waterfront boss. Filmed in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Marty [(DVD)videorecording]

Marty is the story of a 34-year-old Bronx butcher who fears that he will never find love, but at a Saturday night dance he meets a girl with similar fears.


Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days [(DVD)videorecording]

A Victorian era adventure in which the eccentric and precise Phineas Fogg makes a daring wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days.


The Bridge Over the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai [(DVD)videorecording]

British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy.


Gigi [(DVD)videorecording]

A musical set in Paris in which a girl trained as a high society courtesan falls in love with a rich and handsome boulevardier.


Ben-Hur [(DVD)videorecording]

A peace-loving prince of Judea leads his nation against the wrath of the conquering Romans. His self-imposed destiny brings tragedy to himself, and his people, as he learns to fight, love, hate and, finally, forgive.


The Apartment
The Apartment [(DVD)videorecording]

An ambitious office clerk plans to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his boss, but falls in love with the boss's girlfriend.


West Side Story
West Side Story [(DVD)videorecording]

This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.


Lawerence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole), the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obscurity.


My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady [(DVD)videorecording]

A Cockney waif is transformed by a linguistics professor into an elegant lady.


The Sound of Music
Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music [(DVD)videorecording]

A young girl named Maria is uncertain about her decision to enter a religious order. While deciding what to do, she becomes the governess of the seven Von Trapp children who live with their widowed father, a former captain in the Austrian navy.


A Man for All Seasons
A Man for all Seasons [(DVD)videorecording]

Historical drama about the opposition of Sir Thomas More to the divorce of King Henry VIII and the events which lead to More's execution.


In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night [(DVD)videorecording]

A small town Southern sheriff finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a big-city black homicide detective as they investigate a murder.


Oliver! [(DVD)videorecording]

A young orphan, Oliver is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft. But Oliver is not content to be a thief for he knows that life holds great joys and true happiness cannot be stolen, but must be earned.


Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy [(DVD)videorecording]

Joe Buck moves to New York from Texas to make his fortune servicing women. Instead, he's conned into partnering up with small-time huslter Ratso Rizzo. Living together on the tattered edges of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond that helps them transcend their cruel existence.


Patton [(DVD)videorecording]

Story of General Patton in World War II whose military brilliance was balanced by his inability to deal with the social and political aspects of war, causing him difficulties in his dealings with the War Department.


The French Connection
The French Connection [(DVD)videorecording]

Two New York City narcotics detectives learn of a scheme to smuggle a large quantity of heroin inside an automobile being shipped from France.


The Godfather
The Godfather [(DVD)videorecording]

Explores the history and influence of a U.S. Mafia family. Don Corleone, the family patriarch, tries to ensure that his sons will inherit his position and power over rival Mafioso factions.


The Sting
The Sting [(DVD)videorecording]

Set in 1930's Chicago, this story deals with two con men who seek revenge on a big-time gangster who was responsible for the murder of their friend.


The Godfather Part 2
The Godfather part II [(DVD)videorecording]

In this sequel, two stories are told: the roots and rise of a young Don Vito and the ascension of Michael as the new Don.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of a man whose rebelliousness pits him against the head nurse of a mental ward and the full spectrum of institutional repression.


Rocky [(DVD)videorecording]

Rocky Balboa, the underdog, gets his million-to-one shot at love, self-respect and the world heavyweight boxing crown and comes out a winner.


Annie Hall
Annie Hall [(DVD)videorecording]

Woody Allen's semiautobiographical portrait of his amorous, but ultimately mismatched, relationship with co-star Diane Keaton. Allen uses satire and comedy to portray this "nervous romance" for modern times.


The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter [(DVD)videorecording]

Tracks a group of steelworker pals from a Pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of Vietnam. Shows what happens to friendship and courage under stress.


Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer [(DVD)videorecording]

When his wife walks out on Ted kramer and his six-year-old son they have a chance to really get to know each other. Then Ted's wife returns and she wants her son back.


Ordinary People
Ordinary People [(DVD)videorecording]

The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son against guilt and suicide.


Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire [(DVD)videorecording]

An exciting, inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell, and the dedicated team of athletic competitors who brought victory to Britain in the 1924 Olympics.


Gandhi [(DVD)videorecording]

Tells the story of Gandhi's adult life, when he led an entire country to freedom, using non-violent methods.


Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment [(DVD)videorecording]

A comedy-drama about the evolving 30+ year relationship between a mother and daughter.


Amadeus [(DVD)videorecording] : director's cut

Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri, a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


Out of Africa
Out of Africa [(DVD)videorecording]

The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.


Platoon [(DVD)videorecording]

Platoon is the story of every soldier whose innocence was lost in the war-torn jungles of Vietnam. Chris Taylor arrives in Vietnam and quickly discovers that his worst enemies are not just the Viet Cong, but gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and the anger growing within himself.


The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor [(DVD)videorecording]

The true story of Pu Yi, who, at the age of 3, toddled to the Imperial Dragon Throne to become "Lord of 10,000 Years," China's last emperor.


Rain Man
Rain Man [(DVD)videorecording]

A callous young hustler living in California finds his father has died and left him only rose bushes and a '49 Buick convertible. Feeling cheated out of what he considers is his 3 million dollar inheritance, he is in for an even bigger surprise-a brother he never knew he had!

Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy [(DVD)videorecording]

A joyous comedy about a head-strong southern lady and her ever-patient chauffeur.


Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves [(DVD)videorecording]

Rewarded for his heroism in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar wants to see the American frontier before it is gone. He is assigned to an abandoned fort, where a Sioux tribe is his only neighbor.


The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs [(DVD)videorecording]

FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist.


Unforgiven [(DVD)videorecording]  

Retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey.


Schindler's List
Schindler's List [(DVD)videorecording]

The story of a Catholic war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life and went bankrupt in order to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. He employed Jews in his crockery factory manufacturing goods for the German army. At the same time he tries to stay solvent with the help of a Jewish accountant and negotiates business with a vicious Nazi commandant who enjoys shooting Jews as target practice from the balcony of his villa that overlooks the prison camp he commands.


Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump [(DVD)videorecording]

The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he doesn't realize the significance of his actions. Forrest comes to embody a generation.


Braveheart [(DVD)videorecording]

William Wallace is a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation.


The English Patient
The English Patient [(DVD)videorecording]

During World War II, a mysterious stranger is rescued from a fiery plane crash. The American allies care for him and the dangerous secrets from his past come to light.


Titanic [(DVD)videorecording]

Two people from different worlds meet and fall in love on the brief, tragic maiden voyage of the grand ocean liner Titanic.


Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love [(DVD)videorecording]

When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer's block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before!


American Beauty
American Beauty [(DVD)videorecording]

An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides "to hell with it all" and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest--as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager--his daughter's best friend.


Gladiator [(DVD)videorecording]

A Roman general refuses to transfer his loyalty to the new Emperor, Commodus. He becomes a slave and then a gladiator, fighting in the Roman Colosseum in defiance of the Emperor.


A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind [(DVD)videorecording]

Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.


Chicago [(DVD)videorecording]

At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly and spotlight-seeking Roxie Hart both find themselves on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn, the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends.

The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King [(DVD)videorecording]

The Fellowship divides to conquer, as Frodo and Sam, with the help and hindrance of Gollum, continue on their way to Mount Doom. Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to help defend Gondor, while Merry remains with Eowyn and the other Rohan fighters. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli seek aid from those that live in the Cursed Mountains. All these battles have one ultimate goal in mind: to distract the Eye of Sauron and buy Frodo as much time as possible in order to destroy the One Ring.

Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby [(DVD)videorecording]

Frankie is a former boxing manager, who initially refuses to train Maggie due to her gender and age. With her talent and his coaching the spirited young fighter rises through the ranks of women's boxing, the pair form a touching bond in the process.


Crash [(DVD)videorecording]

A car accident brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles. Crash takes a provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America.


The Departed
The Departed [(DVD)videorecording]

In South Boston, the state police force are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello's confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there's a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, they each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.


No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men [(DVD)videorecording]

Llewelyn Moss is a Vietnam vet who could use a break. One morning while hunting antelope, he spies several trucks surrounded by dead bodies. He decides to examine the site. He finds a case filled with $2 million and a truck loaded with heroin. Moss takes it with him, tells his wife he's going away for awhile, and hits the road until he can determine his next move. On his the way from El Paso to the Mexican border, he discovers he's being followed by ex-special ops agent Chigurh. Chigurh's weapon of choice is a cattle gun, and he uses it on everyone who gets in his way. Just as Sheriff Bell, a World War II vet, is on Moss's trail, Chigurh's former colleague, Wells, is on his.


Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire[(DVD)videorecording]

Jamal Malik is an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's version of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' When the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. He describes their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Every chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible questions. When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers watch to find out if he can answer the question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.


The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker[(DVD)videorecording]

US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company's bomb disposal unit stationed in Baghdad. James is the tech team leader. When he arrives on the scene, Bravo Company has thirty-nine days left on its current deployment, and it will be a long thirty-nine days for Sanborn and Eldridge whose styles do not mesh with their new leader. James' thrill of the dismantlement seems to be the ultimate goal regardless of the safety of his fellow team members, others on the scene or himself. On the other hand, Sanborn is by the books: he knows his place and duty and trusts others in the army to carry out theirs as well as he. Eldridge is an insecure soldier who is constantly worried that an error or misjudgment on his part will lead to the death of an innocent civilian or a military colleague. While the three members face their own internal issues, they have to be aware of any person at the bomb sites, some of who may be bombers themselves.


The King's Speech
The King's Speech[(DVD)videorecording]

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.


The Artist
The artist (DVD) [videorecording].

In 1927, George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. However, the advent of the talkies will kill his career and he will sink into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky's the limit as major movie stardom awaits. Though their careers are taking different paths their destinies will become entwined.


On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

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