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Arthur (1981)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  97 min. 
Plot: A man with no ambitions stands to inherit a fortune, but only if he marries the woman he is instructed to.
Cast: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, john Gielgud. Directed by Steve Gordon.
Categories:  Comedy  Estates  Romance

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Barry Lyndon (1975)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  184 min. 
Plot: An Irish rogue climbs to wealth and privilege in 18-century England.
Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Diana Koerner, Leon Vitali. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Categories:  History  Drama  Estates

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Bleak House (2005)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD (3 disc set) 465 min. 
Plot: Based on Charles Dickins novel of the same title, a story of the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system.
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Alun Armstrong, Charlie Brooks, Warren Clarke, Pauline Collins. Directed by Justin Chadwick and Susanna White.
Categories:  Television  Estates  Drama

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Captain Ron (1992)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: **1/2
Format:  DVD  99 min. 
Plot: A family in Chicago inherits the yacht formerly owned by Clark Gable and they decide to sail it from the island to Miami with the assistance of Captain Ron.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kay Place. Directed by Thom Eberhardt.
Categories:  Comedy  Maritime  Estates

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Charade (1963)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  113 min. 
Plot: A woman in Paris is pursued by several men who want the fortune her murdered husband stole.
Cast: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn. Directed by Stanley Donen.
Categories:  Comedy  Estates  Criminal Law

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Days of Heaven (1978)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  94 min. 
Plot: A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.
Cast: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz. Directed by Terrence Malick.
Categories:  Estates  Drama

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Elizabethtown (2005)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  123 min. 
Plot: A hotshot designer's world comes crashing down and on his way home for a funeral he meets a flight attendant that gets his life back on track.
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel. Directed by Cameron Crowe.
Categories:  Romance  Estates  Comedy

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Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD 5 disc set 7 hours, 17 min. 
Plot: Daenerys Targaryen arrives in Westeros with her army and three dragons.
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Arya Stark, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen. Directed by various.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Drama  Estates

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Gosford Park (2001)
Rated:  R  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  138 min. 
Plot: The lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England in 1932.
Cast: Eileen Atkins, Alan Bates, Stephen Fry, Derek Jacobi, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith. Directed by Robert Altman.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Estates  Family

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Great Expectations (1946)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  118 min. B&W
Plot: A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
Cast: John Mills, Tony Wager, Valerie Hobson, Jean Simmons, Martita Hunt, Finlay Currie. Directed by David Lean.
Categories:  Drama  Children  Estates

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Highlander (1986)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  116 min. 
Plot: An immortal swordsman confronts the last of his immortal opponents, in a contest for a fabled "Prize." Soundtrack by Queen.
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney, Alan North, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish, Hugh Quarshie, Christopher Malcolm, Peter Diamond. Directed by Russell Mulcahy.
Categories:  Action  Estates  Criminal Procedure

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Jesse James (1939)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  106 min. 
Plot: After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
Cast: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott, Henry Hull. Directed by Henry King.
Categories:  Western  Family  Estates

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Kiss Before Dying, A (1956)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  95 min. 
Plot: A money-hungry student kills his girlfriend and makes it look like suicide when he discovers her pregnancy will cause her to lose her inheritance.
Cast: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward. Directed by Gerd Oswald.
Categories:  Mystery/Suspense  Estates  Criminal Law

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  107 min. 
Plot: A dastardly, distant relative plots to steal the fortune left to three unlucky orphans.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Timothy Spall, Catherine O'Hara, Billy Connelly, Cedric the Entertainer, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Coolidge, Meryl Streep. Directed by Brad Silberling.
Categories:  Family  Estates

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. B&W
Plot: Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
Cast: Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn. Directed by Frank Capra.
Categories:  Estates  Drama  Wills

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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  132 min. 
Plot: A compassionate young man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldhearted uncle.
Cast: Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cuming, Edward Fox, Anne Hathaway. Directed by Douglas McGrath.
Categories:  Family  Estates  Drama

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Pickwick Papers, The (1985)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  350 min. 
Plot: A retired English businessman sets off with three of his friends in the adventure of a lifetime.
Cast: Nigel Stock, Alan Parnaby, Clive Swift, Patrick Malahide. Directed by Brian Lighthill.
Categories:  Television  Entertainment  Estates

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Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  129 min. 
Plot: The Bennet sisters have been raised with one purpose in life: finding a husband.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyn, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench. Directed by Joe Wright.
Categories:  Family  Estates  Drama

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Rain Man (1988)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  134 min. 
Plot: After leaning that he has an autistic brother who inherits the majority of his father's estate, a self-centered young man kidnaps his brother and takes him on a cross country trip.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino. Directed by Barry Levinson.
Categories:  Family  Disability  Estates

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Raisin in the Sun, A (1961)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  128 min. B&W
Plot: When a patriarch from Chicago's south side passes away, each family member is handed a slice of the insurance payoff. All of them have a dream, each dream costs money, and they all come with a catch that threatens to tear the family apart.
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee. Directed by Daniel Petrie.
Categories:  Estates  Family  Drama

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Return of Martin Guerre, The (1982)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  DVD  111 min. 
Plot: After an eight-year absence, a man returns to his French village. He convinces everyone that he is indeed who he claims to be, until he seeks the profits from his land. This request results in a court battle. Subtitled in English.
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Roger Planchon. Directed by Daniel Vigne.
Categories:  Estates  Foreign

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Ruling Class, The (1972)
Rated:     Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  154 min. 
Plot: A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his mentally ill son.
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews. Directed by Peter Medak.
Categories:  Estates  Mental Health  Family

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Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  136 min. 
Plot: The Dashwood sisters face the sudden loss of their father and fortune, as well as their chances of marriage.
Cast: Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant. Directed by Ang Lee.
Categories:  History  Estates  Romance

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Tichborne Claimant (1998)
Rated:  R  Stars: *****
Format:  VHS/DVD  94 min. 
Plot: Based on a true story, in the late 19th century, the ninth richest nobleman in England disappears after a South American shipwreck.
Cast: Robert Pugh, John Kani, Stephen Fry, John Gielgud, Robert Hardy. Directed by David Yates.
Categories:  Wills  Estates  Foreign

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Twelve Chairs, The (1970)
Rated:  G  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  93 min. 
Plot: A former Russian aristocrat struggling under the new Soviet regime sets off across country to find a hidden fortune.
Cast: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Mel Brooks. Directed by Mel Brooks.
Categories:  Comedy  Government  Estates

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Vanity Fair (2004)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ***
Format:  DVD  141 min. 
Plot: Growing up poor, a nanny defies her poverty-stricken background and is introduced to London's most exclusive social circle.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Directed by Mira Nair.
Categories:  Drama  Property  Estates

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Volver (2006)
Rated:  R  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  121 min. 
Plot: When the aunt of two orphaned girls dies, the spirit of their dead mother reappears.
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo, Chus Lampreave. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
Categories:  Women  Romance  Estates

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Washington Square (1997)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  115 min. 
Plot: An heiress must choose between love or money.
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin, Maggie Smith, Judith Ivey. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Categories:  Drama  Family  Estates

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Young Frankenstein (1974)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  102 min. 
Plot: Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits his grandfather's castle and decides to repeat the experiments.
Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman. Directed by Mel Brooks.
Categories:  Comedy  Estates  Mental Health

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Zorba the Greek (1964)
Rated:  NR  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  142 min. 
Plot: An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas. Directed by Michael Cacoyannis.
Categories:  Estates  Drama  Romance

The Wolf Law Library welcomes your suggestions for additions to the Feature Film Collection! If there is a law-related movie you feel we might be missing, please submit your suggestion to the Circulation & Reserve Desk at lawcir@wm.edu.

You can view a list of all law library movies in the online catalog.