One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Poster of the 1975 movie and cover of the 1962 book
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey, 1962
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Milos Forman, 1975

In Oregon in the fall in 1963 , repeat offender Randle Patrick McMurphy is transferred to a mental institution after serving a few months on a prison farm on charges of assault and statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl. Upon arriving at the hospital, he finds the ward is being dominated by head nurse Mildred Ratched, a cold, passive-aggressive tyrant who uses her authority to intimidate her patients.


Amadeus. Poster of the 1984 movie and cover of the 1979 book
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Amadeus
Peter Shaffer, 1979
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Milos Forman, 1984

In the winter of 1823, Antonio Salieri is committed to a psychiatric hospital after surviving a suicide attempt, during which he loudly confesses to murdering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri, a devout Catholic, cannot fathom why God would endow such a great gift to Mozart instead of him, and concludes that God is using Mozart’s talent to mock Salieri’s mediocrity.


Ragtime. Poster of the 1981 movie and cover of the 1975 book
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Ragtime
E.L. Doctorow, 1975
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Milos Forman, 1981

In early 1900s New York City, a young black pianist becomes entangled in the affairs of an upper-class white family, navigating through a backdrop of racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other significant historical events.


Valmont. Poster of the 1989 movie and cover of the 1782 book, Dangerous Liaisons
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Dangerous Liaisons
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, 1782
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Milos Forman, 1989

In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil, a beautiful wealthy widow, learns from her cousin Madame de Volanges that Volanges’ 15-year-old daughter Cécile has been betrothed to a middle-age man named Gercourt, Merteuil’s own secret lover. Angered over the hypocrisy of Gercourt’s insistence on a virgin bride while keeping a lover of his own, his concealment of his upcoming marriage, and his slight of her character, Merteuil plans revenge.