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Movies: Best Drama Movies

In reference to film and television, drama is a genre of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humourous in tone. Drama of this kind is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "political drama", "legal drama", "historical period drama", "domestic drama", or "comedy-drama". These terms tend to indicate a particular setting or subject-matter, or else they qualify the otherwise serious tone of a drama with elements that encourage a broader range of moods. All forms of cinema or television that involve fictional stories are forms of drama in the broader sense if their storytelling is achieved by means of actors who represent (mimesis) characters. In this broader sense, drama is a mode distinct from novels, short stories, and narrative poetry or songs. In the modern era before the birth of cinema or television, "drama" came to be used within the theatre as a generic term to describe a type of play that was neither a comedy nor a tragedy. It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with film studies, adopted. "Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has also been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the drama... [Wikipedia]

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The Dark Knight(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
4.2/5 (with 7,387 votes)

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, ...

Interstellar(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 49min | Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
4.1/5 (with 6,973 votes)

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, ...

Django Unchained(2012)

R
| 2h 45min | Drama, Western
4.0/5 (with 6,194 votes)

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino - With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, ...

Fight Club(1999)

R
| 2h 19min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 6,157 votes)

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Directed by David Fincher - With Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Jared Leto, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier, ...

The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 5,540 votes)

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, ...

Forrest Gump(1994)

PG-13
| 2h 22min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
4.2/5 (with 5,299 votes)

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis - With Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Robin Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Haley Joel Osment, ...

Titanic(1997)

PG-13
| 3h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.8/5 (with 5,058 votes)

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Directed by James Cameron - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, ...

The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

2h 22min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 5,045 votes)

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Directed by Frank Darabont - With Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, James Whitmore, Clancy Brown, ...

Batman Begins(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 20min | Action, Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 4,682 votes)

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, ...

The Martian(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Drama, Adventure, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 4,632 votes)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, ...

Inside Out(2015)

PG
| 1h 34min | Drama, Comedy, Animation, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 4,511 votes)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Directed by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen

Logan(2017)

R
| 2h 17min | Action, Drama, Science Fiction
3.9/5 (with 4,444 votes)

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

Directed by James Mangold - With Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen Fernández, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, ...

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

R
| 3h | Crime, Drama, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 4,427 votes)

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, ...

Shutter Island(2010)

R
| 2h 18min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 4,425 votes)

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max von Sydow, ...

Inglourious Basterds(2009)

R
| 2h 33min | Drama, Action, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 4,303 votes)

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth - With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, ...

The Revenant(2015)

R
| 2h 36min | Western, Drama, Adventure, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 4,141 votes)

In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu - With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, ...

The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 3,824 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Directed by Morten Tyldum - With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, ...

Gone Girl(2014)

R
| 2h 25min | Mystery, Thriller, Drama
4.0/5 (with 3,817 votes)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Directed by David Fincher - With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, ...

The Godfather(1972)

R
| 2h 55min | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 3,811 votes)

Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola - With Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, ...

Arrival(2016)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 3,798 votes)

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve - With Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Sangita Patel, ...

It(2017)

R
| 2h 14min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 3,769 votes)

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Directed by Andrés Muschietti - With Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, ...

The Lion King(1994)

G
| 1h 29min | Kids & Family, Animation, Drama
4.1/5 (with 3,634 votes)

A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.

Directed by Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

Gravity(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 31min | Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama
3.6/5 (with 3,615 votes)

Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón - With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Paul Sharma, Amy Warren

The Intouchables(2011)

R
| 1h 52min | Drama, Comedy
4.1/5 (with 3,571 votes)

A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.

Directed by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano - With François Cluzeto, Omar Sy, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, ...

Gladiator(2000)

R
| 2h 35min | Action, Drama, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 3,556 votes)

In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Richard Harris, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...

La La Land(2016)

4.0/5 (with 3,517 votes)

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Directed by Damien Chazelle - With Emma Stone, J. K. Simmons, Finn Wittrock, Rosemarie DeWitt, Meagen Fay, John Legend, ...

Life of Pi(2012)

PG
| 2h 7min | Adventure, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 3,505 votes)

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Directed by Ang Lee - With Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Adil Hussain, ...

World War Z(2013)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Action, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 3,458 votes)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.

Directed by Marc Forster - With Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Eric West, Daniella Kertesz, ...

I Am Legend(2007)

PG-13
| 1h 41min | Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
3.5/5 (with 3,312 votes)

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.

Directed by Francis Lawrence - With Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith, Dash Mihok, ...

The Truman Show(1998)

PG
| 1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 3,227 votes)

Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows -- including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

Directed by Peter Weir - With Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, ...