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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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Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Rated:  PG-13  Stars: ****
Format:  DVD  181 min. 
Plot: The Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Brolin. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Categories:  SciFi/Fantasy  Action  Estates

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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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The Lion King (2019)
Rated:  PG  Stars: ***1/2
Format:  Blu-ray/DVD  118 min. 
Plot: After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Penny Johnson Jerald, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Amy Sedaris, Chance the Rapper. Directed by Jon Favreau.
Categories:  Animation  Estates  Family

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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.