Best Drama Movies of 2003

1.

Big Fish

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Marion Cotillard, Robert Guillaume, Matthew McGrory, David Denman ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2003-12-25
2.

Dogville

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara ..
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2003-05-19
3.

The Last Samurai

6.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Koyuki, Timothy Spall, Togo Igawa ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2003-12-05
4.

Mystic River

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Chapman, Tom Guiry, Emmy Rossum, Eli Wallach ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2003-10-07
5.

Lost in Translation

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Faris, Giovanni Ribisi, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Kazuko Shibata, Take, Fumihiro Hayashi, Hiroko Kawasaki ..
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2003-08-31
6.

21 Grams

6.1
7.7/10 IMDB

This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girl; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will learn harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably—forever.

Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio del Toro, Danny Huston, Carly Nahon, Claire Pakis, Eddie Marsan, Melissa Leo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clea DuVall ..
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release date: 2003-09-06
7.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Billy Boyd, Joseph Morgan, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2003-11-14
8.

Love Actually

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson ..
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Release date: 2003-09-07
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9.

Battlestar Galactica

6.0
8.6/10 IMDB

After a 40-year armistice in a war between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons, the Cylons launch a surprise nuclear attack intended to exterminate the human race. Virtually all of the population of the Twelve Colonies are wiped out.

Release date: 2003-12-08
10.

Monster

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

An emotionally scarred highway drifter shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her, and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay, Scott Wilson, Rus Blackwell ..
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Release date: 2003-12-24

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