Biography, Drama, History: A German businessman finds his humanity when he shelters Jews during World War II. Courage takes many forms.
Comedy, Drama, Romance: A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.
Drama, War: Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name "Ryan" stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. The film's historical consultant is Stephen E. Ambrose, and the incident is based on a true occurance in Ambrose's 1994 bestseller D-Day: June 6, 1944.
Animated, Drama, Family: Set in Japan during World War II, the film focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother is killed in an air raid and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on. Takahata and his team, including character animator Yoshifumi Kondo (who has subsequently worked on other acclaimed Ghibli films from director Hayao Miyazaki) have created a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war and has rightly earned a reputation as an anime classic.
Biography, Drama, Music: A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Comedy, Drama, War: In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish “Tomainian” dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him. Featuring Jack Oakie and Paulette Goddard in stellar supporting turns, The Great Dictator, boldly going after the fascist leader before the U.S.’s official entry into World War II, is an audacious amalgam of politics and slapstick that culminates in Chaplin’s famously impassioned speech.
Drama, War: A tale of a nine year old girl's determination to search for her biological mother when the adopted parents disclose it. The search takes the family to strife-torn Sri Lanka, where she comes face-to-face with reality, and reconciles herself to it.
Drama, War: This powerful, fact-based absurdity-of-war film stars Kirk Douglas as a commanding officer who defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.
Comedy, Drama, War: Stanley Kubrick’s painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. The matchless shape-shifter Peter Sellers plays three wildly different roles: Royal Air Force Captain Lionel Mandrake, timidly trying to stop a nuclear attack on the USSR ordered by an unbalanced general (Sterling Hayden); the ineffectual and perpetually dumbfounded U.S. President Merkin Muffley, who must deliver the very bad news to the Soviet premier; and the titular Strangelove himself, a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser with a Nazi past. Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an unparalleled stylist and pitch-black ironist.
Action, Adventure, Biography: Two-time Oscar® winner Anthony Quinn stars as Omar Mukhtar, the brilliant Bedouin leader who waged a 20-year guerilla war against the invading Italian tank armies led by General Rodolfo ‘The Butcher’’ Graziani (Oliver Reed of Gladiator) and increasingly furious Facist dictator Benito Mussolini (Academy Award® winner Rod Steiger). Oscar® winner John Gielgud co-stars with a cast of thousands in this action-packed epic produced and directed by Moustapha Akkad (The Message) that remains one of the most provocative historical dramas of our time.
Drama, Mystery, War: A never-before-seen and newly restored cut of Francis Ford Coppola's spectacular cinematic masterpiece in a way which the director believes "looks better than it has ever looked and sounds better than it has ever sounded". Apocalypse Now was nominated for 8 Academy Awards® (including Best Picture) and won 2 Academy Award® for Best Cinematography and Best Sound, 2 BAFTAs for Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor and the Palme d'Or in Cannes. Starring Academy Award® winner Marlon Brando (1972, Best Actor, The Godfather), Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall (1983, Best Actor, Tender Mercies), Golden Globe® winner Martin Sheen (2001, Best Actor – TV Series, "The West Wing"), Academy Award® nominee Dennis Hopper (1986, Best Supporting Actor, Hoosiers), Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What's Love Got to Do with It), and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford (1985, Best Actor, Witness), the film follows Army Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.The best visual and sound technologies have been used to present Coppola's true vision of the film: one that delivers deep, visceral visual and auditory impact. "The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be—from the first 'bang' to the final whimper" said the film-maker. All three versions of this film are available on this release including Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut, Apocalypse Now: Theatrical Cut, and Apocalypse Now Redux Extended Cut.
Drama, History, War: Sergeant Suleyman finds a little girl in a battlefield during the Korean War. Five year old girl, who is an orphan, has no idea where to go. Sergeant Suleyman decides to take her under his wings and names her Ayla. Ayla brings joy to the Turkish brigade. Suleyman and Ayla start building a strong father daughter relationship. Fifteen months later, Süleyman's brigade is told they will be returning to Turkey. Sergeant Suleyman doesn’t want to leave Ayla behind and despite all his attempts he can’t overcome the Korean laws. Sergeant Suleyman ends up abandoning Ayla. Ayla, like other orphans, is taken into an orphanage as a part of the Korean government’s initiative. While they are saying their farewells, Suleyman and Ayla promise each other they will get together again. Will they be able to reunite in the future?
Action, Adventure, Biography: Director David Lean follows the heroic true-life odyssey of T E Lawrence in this dramatic portrait of the famed British officer's journey to the Middle East. Assigned to Arabia during World War I, Lawrence courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front. He leads them into brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire.
Action, Drama, History: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic's George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones' Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. 1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).
Drama, Mystery, War: In the highly-acclaimed suspense thriller Incendies, a mother's dying wish creates a painful puzzle her children are forced to solve. At the reading of their mother's will, twins Jeanne and Simon are given instructions to locate the father they believed was dead and the brother neither knew existed. They travel to the Middle East, to piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world only to make a shocking discovery.
Drama, War: A hardened unit of soldiers in Vietnam closes in on an unseen enemy with deadly aim. Can this battle be won?
Action, Adventure, Biography: Love made him a leader. Freedom gave him purpose. And courage made him a legend. But not without a price.
Action, Adventure, Drama: During World War II, a fierce band of Nazi hunters close in on the biggest prize of all. Oh, sweet revenge!
Action, Adventure, Drama: If they want freedom, they'll have to take it. Nothing stands in their way ... except for all of Nazi Germany.
Drama, War: It is the year 1942. The Fascist government of the Slovak Republic adopts the Nuremberg laws, transferring the Jewish enterprises into the hands of well-screened Slovak citizens. Tono Brtko, a decent and industrious cabinet-maker, lives in a small town and keeps himself away from those who are now in power. His greedy wife Evelyna, however, asks her brother-in-law Markus, member of Hlinka's guards, to pull some strings for them. Tono is involuntarily appointed the so-called aryanizer of the little haberdashery of the widow Lautmannová on the main street. Dressed for the occasion, he is sent by his wife to take over the property. The very old and almost deaf Mrs Lautmannová does not perceive the world much any more and does not understand what the puzzled Tono wants from her. Brtko's acquaintance Imro Kuchár, an esteemed member of the local Jewish community, suggests to the old woman, whom he has been caring for since the death of her husband, to take Tono as a shop assistant. Imro knows that there are almost no goods left in the little shop and thus pays Tono a small amount from the community funds. Evelyna is satisfied, considering the money to be sales from the shop. Brtko becomes friends with Lautmannová and renovates her age-old furniture in the flat behind the shop. The Jewish inhabitants of the town soon begin to be summoned to the transport. Only the old widow was forgotten by the authorities. One day, the main street is crowded with people prepared for the forced departure. The desperate Brtko, paralyzed with fear, tries to prevent the old lady from going out to the main street, which is bustling with soldiers, and pushes her harshly behind the door of the cellar. The transport leaves. Brtko discovers the body of the dead Lautmannová, who killed herself falling down the stairs to the cellar, and hangs himself.
Drama, Fantasy, War: An Academy Award–winning dark fable set five years after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Pan’s Labyrinth encapsulates the rich visual style and genre-defying craft of Guillermo del Toro. Eleven-year-old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero, in a mature and tender performance) comes face to face with the horrors of fascism when she and her pregnant mother are uprooted to the countryside, where her new stepfather (Sergi López), a sadistic captain in General Francisco Franco’s army, hunts down Republican guerrillas refusing to give up the fight. The violent reality in which Ofelia lives merges seamlessly with her fantastical interior world when she meets a faun in a decaying labyrinth and is set on a strange, mythic journey that is at once terrifying and beautiful. In his revisiting of this bloody period in Spanish history, del Toro creates a vivid depiction of the monstrosities of war infiltrating a child’s imagination and threatening the innocence of youth.
Action, Adventure, Drama: To avenge his father's death, a young man leads an army into battle against a cruel tyrant in this Hindi conclusion to the historic saga.
Drama, Romance, War: Saleem, the son of the emperor of the Mughal Empire, Akbar, falls utterly in love with a beautiful court dancer, Anarkali. He is determined to marry her, even if it means waging a hopeless war against his father Akbar.
Drama, War: When Michael, Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and psychological wounds.