Flight 93
(2005) PG-13
Sept. 11, 2001, was a dark day in the history of America. But amid the tragic events, many heroes emerged. This gripping drama recounts the story of the passengers of United Flight 93 and their courageous efforts to wrestle control of the hijacked plane from the terrorists before it crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Originally aired on A&E, the heart-pounding reenactment was produced in cooperation with some of the victims' family members.

Genre:Dramas Based on Real Life
This movie is:Suspenseful, Emotional, Dark
Flushed Away
(2006) PG
In this lively comedy from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features (Wallace & Gromit), London high-society mouse Roddy (voiced by Hugh Jackman) is flushed down the toilet by Syd, a common sewer rat. Hang on for a madcap adventure deep in the bowels of Ratropolis, where Roddy meets the resourceful Rita (Kate Winslet), the rodent-hating Toad (Ian McKellen) and his faithful thugs Spike and Whitey (Andy Serkis and Bill Nighy).

Genre:Family Animation, Animal Tales
This movie is:Witty, Goofy, Exciting
Flyboys
(2006) PG-13
Directed by Oscar winner Tony Bill, this epic drama tells the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of Americans who volunteered for the French military before the United States entered World War I. Farm boy Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) joins up and soon finds himself on an adventure more exciting than he ever imagined as he and his fellow soldiers become the world's first fighter pilots. Jean Reno stars as their battle-weary leader.

Genre:Military & War Action, Period Pieces, Military & War Dramas
This movie is:Suspenseful, Exciting
Fracture
(2007) R
Anthony Hopkins stars in this legal thriller as Ted Crawford, a man who allegedly attempted to murder his wife and is now locked in a battle of wits with an assistant district attorney, Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling). The D.A.'s convinced Crawford has blood on his hands, but Crawford is freed on a technicality, sending Beachum on an obsessive mission to prove Crawford's guilt -- even if he has to bend the law to make his case.

Genre:Courtroom Dramas, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas
Free Jimmy (2006)

Directed by Christopher Nielsen. With Woody Harrelson, Simon Pegg, Phil Daniels.

Freedom Writers
(2007) PG-13
Hilary Swank stars as a young teacher who inspires her at-risk students in this moving drama based on true events. Erin Gruwell (Swank) assigns her class an ambitious project: While studying works such as The Diary of Anne Frank, the kids keep journals about their troubled lives, applying history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair that threatens their futures. Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey co-star.

Genre:Inspirational Stories
This movie is:Inspiring, Gritty, Emotional
Freedomland
(2005) R
When a single mother (Julianne Moore) reports that her infant son was murdered by a black man from the projects, an intrepid African-American detective (Samuel L. Jackson) and a white journalist (Edie Falco) team up to dig for details. But what they unearth is hard to believe. Richard Price's best-selling novel leaps to the big screen in this racially charged thriller, directed by veteran producer Joe Roth (Mona Lisa Smile, Bachelor Party).

Genre:Mystery, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
This movie is:Suspenseful, Gritty, Emotional, Dark
Friends with Money
(2006) R
Set in Los Angeles, Nicole Holofcener's bittersweet tale examines the evolving lives of four women friends: married and financially secure Jane (Frances McDormand), Franny (Joan Cusack) and Christine (Catherine Keener), and their single friend Olivia (Jennifer Aniston). As the friends move from one group event to the next, the complexity of married life for Jane, Franny and Christine is revealed, while Olivia struggles to find herself.

Genre:Indie Comedies, Indie Dramas
Fun with Dick and Jane
(2005) PG-13
Stick 'em up! After losing their high-paying corporate jobs, Jane and Dick Harper (Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni) turn to crime -- robbing banks -- to maintain their standard of living. Talk about resourceful yuppies! Based on a remake of the 1977 film that starred George Segal and Jane Fonda in the titular roles, this action-comedy costars Angie Harmon, John Michael Higgins and Alec Baldwin. Dean Parisot directs.

Genre:Action Comedies, Heist Films
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
(2008) PG-13
When he attends his younger brother's wedding, playboy Connor (Matthew McConaughey) is troubled to discover that the ghosts of his many girlfriends have come to give him a piece of their mind and teach him a thing or two about true love. As the apparitions visit him, he rediscovers old feelings for the first love of his life. Mark Waters directs this delightful romantic comedy also starring Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.

Genre:Romantic Comedies
Nothing But the Truth
(2008) R
Journalist Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) turns Washington on its ear when she outs a casual acquaintance (Vera Farmiga) as a CIA agent. The government's formidable prosecutor (Matt Dillon) sends Rachel to jail for contempt, where she discovers the true impact of her decision. David Schwimmer, Alan Alda and Edie Falco co-star in this drama from Rod Lurie, the politically savvy filmmaker behind The Contender and "Commander in Chief."

Genre:Political Thrillers
Land of the Lost
(2009) PG-13
After accidentally uncovering a portal to an alternate universe peopled with dinosaurs, Sleestaks and other strange creatures, park ranger Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) and his two kids are forced to navigate a dangerous new world. Brad Silberling directs this big-screen adaptation of the classic 1970s adventure series "Land of the Lost," the high-concept, low-budget fantasy dreamed up by famed children's television producers Sid and Marty Krofft.

Genre:Sci-Fi Adventure, Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Obsessed
(2009) PG-13
Derek Charles (Idris Elba) seems to have it all -- including the perfect job and the perfect wife (Beyoncé Knowles). But his charmed life takes on an ugly tarnish when sexy office worker Lisa Sheridan (Ali Larter) sets out to seduce and destroy him. Now, it's much more than a dangerous liaison; it's a full-blown occupational hazard. Christine Lahti and Jerry O'Connell co-star in this Fatal Attraction-style thriller from director Steve Shill.

Genre:Erotic Thrillers, Suspense
On the Waterfront
(1954) NR
Winner of eight Oscars, director Elia Kazan's classic morality tale stars Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a has-been boxer who experiences a crisis of conscience while working for mobbed-up union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Terry turns a blind eye when Friendly's thugs kill a fellow dockworker to keep him from testifying in a corruption case, but he has second thoughts when the victim's sister (Eva Marie Saint) urges him to take a stand.

Genre:Classic Dramas, Crime Dramas
This movie is:Gritty, Dark
Public Enemies
(2009) R
In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving -- notorious men like John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), "Baby Face" Nelson (Stephen Graham) and "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Channing Tatum) -- and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and the FBI to bring them down. Michael Mann directs this gritty crime drama based on the book by Bryan Burrough. Christian Bale, Giovanni Ribisi and Leelee Sobieski co-star.

Genre:Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life
This movie is:Suspenseful, Gritty
 
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