Dave Tompkins :: DVD Library :: 2-Genre Table :: Family :: Drama


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Anastasia (1997)

The only surviving child of the Russian Royal Family hooks up with two con men while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

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Animal Farm (1999)

The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves.

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Anne of Green Gables (1985)

An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her firey spirit and imagination.

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Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000)

The continuing adventures of Anne Shirley in New York and in France during World War I.

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Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987)

Anne Shirley accepts a teaching position at a girls boarding school in a town dominated by a rich and belligerant family determined to make her life miserable.

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Annie (1982)

Broadway musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. A young orphan girls adventures in finding a family that will take her.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission.

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Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.

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Bambi (1942)

Animated film about a young deer, Bambi, growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters.

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*batteries not included (1987)

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

At a big city Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.

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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

A preteen's life is changed after befriending the new girl at school.

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Captains Courageous (1937)

Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns...

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Children of Heaven (1997)

Zohre's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes...

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

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Condorman (1981)

Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West.

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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed...

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The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

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Dolphin Tale (2011)

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

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Eight Below (2006)

Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.

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Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home.

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Field of Dreams (1989)

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

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Finding Neverland (2004)

The story of J.M. Barrie 's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

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The Fox & The Hound (1981)

Two childhood animal friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

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Hanna Montana: The Movie (2009)

As Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging from her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most.

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High School Musical (2006)

Troy and Gabriella - two teens who are worlds apart - meet at a karaoke contest and discover their mutual love for music.

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High School Musical 2 (2007)

During the summer vacations a talent show is organized in a local country club and Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor take part in it.

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

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Home (2009)

With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.

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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining...

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How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

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Hugo (2011)

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

A deformed bellringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancing girl.

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.

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The Karate Kid (1984)

A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

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The Karate Kid (2010)

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.

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The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

A bad guy from KK1 attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the aid of an old army buddy.

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The Kid (1921)

The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.

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The Kid Brother (1927)

The most important family in Hickoryville is (naturally enough) the Hickorys, with sheriff Jim and his tough manly sons Leo and Olin...

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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

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The Land Before Time (1988)

Five orphan dinosaurs travel the ruins of their world, while grieving the loss of their families and banding together to face the odds of survival.

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The Lion King (1994)

Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

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The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)

To protect her from a sea witch, Ariel's daughter is not allowed in the ocean; but when she becomes 12, she runs away to an adventure under the sea.

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The Little Mermaid 3: Ariel's Beginning (2008)

The plot explores the story of Athena, Ariel's mother, through the narration of Ariel.

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Little Women (1933)

Little Women is a ''coming of age'' drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy...

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Marley & Me (2008)

A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.

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Mayor Cupcake (2011)

A hard-working cupcake maker is inadvertently elected mayor of a small town burdened with debt. Uneducated, she relies on her street smarts to clean up the town.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus...

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Mirror Mirror (2012)

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

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My Fair Lady (1964)

A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

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National Velvet (1944)

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

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The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)

A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.

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The Next Karate Kid (1994)

Mr. Miyagi is back and he takes a new pupil under his wing a troubled teenage girl

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October Sky (1999)

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

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Oliver! (1968)

Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

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The Pacifier (2005)

Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.

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The Parent Trap (1998)

Identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.

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Pinocchio (1940)

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

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Pocahontas (1995)

The daughter of a Native American tribe chief and English soldier share a romance when English colonists invade 17th century Virginia.

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The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig.

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The Prince Of Egypt (1998)

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and, later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

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The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The RAS agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher

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The Rugrats movie (1998)

Tommy, Angelica, Chuckie, Phil an Lil get lost while going on vacation, now they must find the way back to their home

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The Sandlot (1993)

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball...

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The Santa Clause (1994)

When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney , who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

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Secondhand Lions (2003)

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

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The Secret of Nimh (1982)

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats, in whom she has a deeper link to than she ever suspected.

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Secretariat (2010)

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

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Son of Batman (2014)

Batman learns he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins.

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Son of Rambow (2007)

During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).

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The Sound of Music (1965)

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower.

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Sounder (1972)

The son of a family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.

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Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.

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Summer Hours (2008)

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

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Summer Wars (2009)

A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancÚ of his friend in her grandmother's 90th birthday.

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Tarzan (1999)

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

A quartet of humanoid turtles trained by their mentor in ninjitsu must learn to pull together in order to face the menace of Shredder and the Foot Clan.

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Three Men and a Baby (1987)

Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guy's girlfriends.

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Touchback (2011)

A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.

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Uncle Buck (1989)

Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

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Up! (2009)

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.

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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

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Whale Rider (2002)

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)

A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow...

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Wild Hearts Can't be Broken (1991)

This is the story of Sonora Webster, a teenage runaway during the Depression. Her life's ambition is to travel to Atlantic City...

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The Yearling (1946)

Jody convinces his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves ?

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Yoyo (1965)

A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ...

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