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Amadeus Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Lavish, award-winning film with mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Swing Kids Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense conflict in coming-of-age movie set in Nazi Germany.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Searching for Bobby Fischer Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Young chess prodigy learns about sportsmanship.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Joy Luck Club Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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A Knight's Tale Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Edgy medieval tale with rock music, some cursing.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
age 7+
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Swiss Family Robinson Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Good intro to older movies for kids; watch for stereotypes.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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The Last Waltz Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Outstanding '70s concert docu has smoking, drinking.
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(Release Year: 1978)
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Hoosiers Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring tale of heroic sportsmanship will inspire families.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Sounder (1972) Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
A strong family triumphs over poverty and racism.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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Cast Away Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful, brutal, and mature drama is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Jakob the Liar Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Watered-down Holocaust tale may stir kids' interest.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Forceful telling of Angelou's coming-of-age book.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Handmaid's Tale Movie Poster Image
age 16+
Book-based cautionary tale has violence, sex, and language.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Willow Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Magic-filled fantasy adventure with a few battle scenes.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Moscow on the Hudson Movie Poster Image
age 17+
Charming Cold War-era immigrant story has cursing, sex.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Shrek Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairy tale mix.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Places in the Heart Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Inspiring, intense tale about hardship, bigotry, redemption.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Inspiring docu retells kids' poignant escape from Nazis.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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