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I Like to Watch (Instantly): A Mighty Heart, Proof of Life

Notable husband-in-peril titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

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Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irfan Khan, Jillian Armenante, Denis O'Hare, Archie Panjabi, San Banarje, Azfar Ali

A Mighty Heart
A Mighty Heart

Angelina Jolie has gotten a lot of attention for her brave, unglamorous portrayal of Mariane Pearl's real-life account of searching for her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in Pakistan. The low-key docudrama (directed by 24 Hour Party People's Michael Winterbottom) thrives on gritty detail, though audiences not already interested in the subject matter may find it a demanding and depressing film. In English, French, Urdu and Arabic with English subtitles.

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Directed by Taylor Hackford

Cast: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, David Caruso, Pamela Reed, Alun Armstrong, Michael Kitchen, Vanessa Robbiano

Russel Crowe with a gun …
Russel Crowe with a gun …

When an American engineer (David Morse) is kidnapped and held for ransom in a small Latin American country, his wife (Meg Ryan) hires a specialist (Russell Crowe) to mount a do-or-die rescue mission.