The Shawshank Redemption
Directed by Frank Darabont
Netflix sleeve: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden (Bob Gunton). During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates--including an older prisoner named Red (Morgan Freeman)--for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.
I first saw this movie back in college, roughly 6 years after it was originally released. And it was around that time that I read Different Seasons, Stephen King's collection of four novellas that included the story on which this movie was based. Since then, it's become one of my favorite movies. It's one of those that I'll stop and watch if I happen to catch it while channel surfing. If you haven't seen it and have an extra two and a half hours to spare, do yourself a favor and watch.