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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    One night, when a little boy can't fall asleep, his grandfather reads him a bed time story. It is the story of Princess Buttercup, and how she falls in love with a farm boy named Westley. When Westley leaves the farm to build a fortune so that the two can marry, he is kidnapped by the Dread Pirate Roberts and presumed dead. Buttercup is forced to be engaged to Prince Humperdinck, heir to the throne. Before they wed, she is kidnapped by three outlaws who were hired by the Prince to kill her. They are now being pursued by Prince Humperdinck and the Man in Black. The Man in Black catches up to them, and defeats the outlaws. Princess Buttercup realizes that it is Westley after accidentally pushing him down a hill. They manage to escape, briefly, before they are captured again by Humperdinck and Count Rugen. They torture Westley until he is "mostly dead," but Miracle Max saves him with a magic pill that brings him back to life, but leaves him partially paralyzed. Meanwhile, Buttercup is being forced to marry Humperdinck, who abridges the ceremony and locks Buttercup in a dungeon. Westley rescues her, and, assuring her that the wedding did not count because she never said, "I do," the two share a passionate kiss. The little boy asks his grandfather to read him the story again.  

    Also, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die. 
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    #12 addedElijah Wood, Ian McKellan
    J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, long thought to be unfilmable. Director Peter Jackson proved 'em all wrong.
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    #12 addedSam Neill, Laura Dern
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    #12 addedMarlon Brando, Al Pacino
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    James Caan, Kathy Bates
    Paul Sheldon is a romance author who writes novels about a character called Misery Chastain. On a cross-country drive back to his home in New York, a blizzard hits, and Paul is knocked unconscious when he crashes his vehicle. When he comes to, he is in the home of a woman named Annie who claims to be his biggest fan. Annie becomes more and more violent and controlling about his writing, forcing him to re-write parts of his stories that she does not like, and preventing him from escaping by severely injuring him. When the authorities come looking for Paul, she shoots the police officer who finds him hidden in her basement. He eventually is able to overpower her by lighting the latest manuscript she forced him to write on fire. 
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    DaveLozano addedRobert Duvall, Gregory Peck
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    #12 addedRoy Scheider, Robert Shaw
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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl
    Bastian is a nerdy, bookish kid who discovers a story of fantastical proportions in his local library. 
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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
    Jack Torrence, a writer and recovering alcoholic, takes time off to write his novel at the Overlook Hotel with his family. His son, Danny, possesses psychic abilities, and is able to see the ghosts that haunt the hotel. Due to the overwhelming amount of supernatural forces in the hotel, Jack slowly loses his mind, and eventually attempts to murder his wife and son. The book that he's working on ends up being nothing more than the words, "All work and no play make Jack a dull boy," over and over, in a creepy repitition that perfectly encapsulates Jack's downhill slide into madness. 
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    #12 addedJack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher
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    Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet
    This story focuses on J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Barrie forms a relationship with Davies' children, John, George, Michael, and Peter, and bases the characters in Peter Pan on them. 
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    Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
    This classic love story is centered around Noah and Allie, two kids from very different worlds that can't get enough of each other. They are forced apart by Allie's family, who thinks that Noah is not good enough for her because he isn't wealthy. Both of them move on with their lives, always thinking of one another. Noah writes Allie a letter every day for a year, professing his love and how much he misses her. One day, Allie sees Noah in the paper. She rushes to his side, and the two rekindle, even though Allie is now engaged to another man. She decides to stay with Noah. When they get older, Allie is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Noah writes down their love story in a beautiful book and reads it to her every single day in hopes that she remembers him. 
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    #12 addedBela Lugosi, Edward Van Sloan
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    #12 addedEllen Burstyn, Linda Blair
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    DaveLozano addedWhoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover
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    #12 addedMalcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke
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    Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss
    Five Michigan State University students are camping over spring break, when they discover that the cabin that they rented has a copy of Naturon Demonto, aka, the Book of the Dead. One by one, each student gets possessed, and they ultimately kill one another. The book is burned by the last surviving member of the group, but the film ends with a ghost coming after him. 
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    ShelbyLegros addedTom Cruise, Nicolas Cage
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    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
    Julie Powell decides to write a blog, and ultimately a book, documenting the year she spent trying to cook every single recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. 
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    munnimi addedBrad Pitt, Ed Norton
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    #12 addedEwan McGregor, Robert Carlyle
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    Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Harold Crick wakes up one morning and realizes that his life is being narrated by a disembodied female voice. He finds out that an author named Karen Eiffel is writing the story of his life, and soon discovers that it will end tragically. Harold attempts to live out the remainder of his life in the best way possible. He is saved when his wristwatch prevents his ulnar artery from being slashed in a bus accident, and Karen is unable to kill him off in her novel. 
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    Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
    Will Thacker is the owner of an independent travel bookshop. Anna Scott is a Hollywood superstar, looking to disappear for awhile in the town of Notting Hill. The two fall in love and break up several times, as Anna's fame has the tendency to get in the way of their relationship. Finally, they both realize that they are meant to be together, and Anna moves to the UK permanently to be with Will. 
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    Anna Paquin, Matt Damon
    An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, befriends reclusive writer, William Forrester, who helps him hone his writing skills. 
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