Keyword: overcoming adversity

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42 (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 128 minutes Release date: 04/11/2013
In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and...
Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (1994)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 142 minutes Release date: 07/05/1994
Forrest Gump tells his remarkable life story to a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. He taught Elvis Presley to dance, became a football star and met JFK and LBJ. He served with honor in Vietnam and spoke at an anti-war rally at the...
Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 117 minutes Release date: 12/14/2006
Chris Gardener is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son, Christopher, is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows...
Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 121 minutes Release date: 12/24/2013
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in...
Fighter

The Fighter (2010)

Rated: R Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 12/09/2010
Up-and-coming boxer Micky Ward always lived in the shadow of his half-brother Dicky, who was a boxing hero. Dicky eventually ruined his career by getting involved with drugs and crime and now works as Micky's trainer. Together, the two brothers work to win a title bout that would redeem each of them, unite their family, and bring pride to their town.
12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 133 minutes Release date: 10/17/2013
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will...
Help

The Help (2011)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 137 minutes Release date: 08/09/2011
At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss, and her mother won't be happy until she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker, suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen's sassy best friend, struggles to...
Railway Man

The Railway Man (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 116 minutes Release date: 04/10/2014
When Japanese forces overrun Singapore in 1942, thousands of soldiers are taken prisoner. Eric Lomax, a 21-year-old engineer and railway enthusiast, is sent to work on the construction of the notorious Death Railway in Thailand, where Eric witnesses unimaginable suffering and is tortured for building a secret radio. After the war, he returns home, haunted by the face of one young Japanese officer...
King's Speech

The King's Speech (2010)

Rated: R Runtime: 118 minutes Release date: 11/25/2010
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist...
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur (1959)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 212 minutes Release date: 11/29/1959
When rich Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur is framed for a crime and sold into slavery, he escapes and comes back for revenge in this Academy Award-winning Biblical epic. With Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, a cast of thousands and the greatest chariot race ever put on film.
Braveheart

Braveheart (1995)

Rated: R Runtime: 179 minutes Release date: 05/23/1995
In the late 13th century, William Wallace returns to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir and the king of England, a ruthless pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. Wallace becomes the leader of a ramshackle yet courageous army determined to vanquish the greater English forces. At the historic battle of...

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 10/10/2013
For over 50 years, Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine horrific elements with comedy, as well as political and ecological cartoons. His cartoons have appeared in Playboy Magazine, The New Yorker, National Lampoon, The New York Times, Colliers and Look. This documentary takes an intimate look at Wilson's bizarre and personal inspirations, the inner workings of...
Wild

Wild (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: N/A Release date: 12/04/2014
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.
When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: N/A Release date: 08/21/2014
Football coach Bob Ladouceur takes the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game, 12 year winning streak that shatters all records for any American sport. Based on the non-fiction book "When the Game Stands Tall" by Neil Hayes.
Revenge of the Nerds II

Revenge of the Nerds II (1987)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 92 minutes Release date: 07/09/1987
Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 95 minutes Release date: 05/01/2014
After losing an audition for her dream job, an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying. She awakes in a stranger's bed to a phone message from her agent telling her the job is hers, if she can make it across town by 5 pm. Stranded in an unknown area without money, a phone, and a car, she embarks on a series of misadventures as she races to the most...
Decoding Annie Parker

Decoding Annie Parker (2012)

Rated: R Runtime: 91 minutes Release date: 11/29/2012
Annie Parker has a personal relationship with breast cancer. Her mother and her sister died of the disease and ultimately she is diagnosed with it too. Naturally affable with an offbeat sense of humor - even in the face of her own mortality, she struggles to hold her family and life together, as her body betrays her. Meanwhile, geneticist Mary-Claire King is convinced there is a link between DNA...
Cas & Dylan

Cas & Dylan (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 04/03/2014
Seriously ill and grieving the death of his wife, 61-year-old Dr. Cas Pepper is suicidal when he decides to dump everything and drive to British Columbia. On his way, he meets Dylan, an unpredictable 22-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a writer. He reluctantly agrees to take her home, where they are greeted by her abusive and armed boyfriend. In self-defense, Cas ends up hurting the man with...
Escape Plan

Escape Plan (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 116 minutes Release date: 10/17/2013
One of the world's foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called "The Tomb." Deceived and wrongly imprisoned, Ray Breslin must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.
All is Bright

All is Bright (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 107 minutes Release date: 10/03/2013
Lie, cheat, steal it's all part of the holiday spirit for ex-con Dennis and fast-talker Rene when they try to make a quick buck selling Christmas trees in New York. For Dennis it's a chance to go straight, and for his best friend and former partner-in-crime, Rene, it's a chance to make some easy cash so he can marry Dennis's ex-wife. But for two not-very-bright guys now stuck together on the cold...

Southpaw (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 06/12/2014
Cocky, pugnacious, and unpredictable middleweight champ Billy Hope plans to ride out his boxing career with his massive winnings, adoring fans, beloved wife, and their 10 year old daughter. When Billy's bad temper sparks a fight and the ensuing shootout leaves his wife dead, Billy's life spins out of control. He turns to drinking and drugs, ignores his daughter, and neglects all responsibilities...
One Chance

One Chance (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 103 minutes Release date: 08/28/2014
This is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for "Britain's Got Talent." Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win the talent competition and the hearts of millions.
Book Thief

The Book Thief (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 125 minutes Release date: 11/07/2013
This is the story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape - and even joy - from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves.
Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Rated: R Runtime: 144 minutes Release date: 12/27/2001
The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians. Eighteen U.S. soldiers and more than 500 Somalians were killed as a result of this conflict.

McFarland (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/20/2014
In a poor rural town outside Bakersfield, California, a coach forms a cross-country track team that overcomes physical and socio-economic challenges to become champions. Based on a true story.