Movies for adults – Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has impressed both critics and audiences with its take on the 16th president.
Movies for adults – Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," based on the best-selling book, has gotten off to a strong start at the box office.
Movies for adults – Early reviews of "Les Miserables" -- based on the long-running musical -- have been ecstatic, and audiences are expected to make it a hit.
Movies for adults – In the '70s, the sprawling period epic "The Godfather" -- now considered one of the best films of all time -- was also the box-office king.
Movies for adults – The subject matter of the 1975 best picture winner "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- patients in a mental institution -- would almost certainly make it an indie film today. Back then it was among the top three box-office hits of the year.
Movies for adults – A talky, low-key film about divorce? "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Oscar as 1979's best picture -- and was No. 1 at the box office.
Movies for adults – The 1986 hit "Top Gun" was loathed by critics, but its box-office success helped create the template for the slick, dialogue-light but effects-heavy blockbusters of the last 25 years.
Movies for adults – Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction" showed that independent productions need not be box-office also-rans.
Movies for adults – Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman film "The Dark Knight" was instrumental in pushing the Academy Awards to expand the number of best picture nominees -- and showed that comic-book films had come of age.
Movies for adults – "The Hurt Locker," the 2009 best picture winner, is symbolic of a recent run of critically acclaimed films that have found little support at the box office.
Movies for adults – "The King's Speech," last year's best picture winner, showed that mainstream dramas can do well with the public and film fans. Is it the sign of a trend -- or an aberration?