Best Drama Movies of 2007

1.

There Will Be Blood

6.6

Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. However, local preacher Eli Sunday suspects Plainviews motives and intentions, starting a slow-burning feud that threatens both their lives.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, Ciarán Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 2007-12-28
2.

No Country for Old Men

6.5

Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the violent pursuit of money and justice collide.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald
Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Release date: 2007-11-08
3.

Into the Wild

6.5

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian H. Dierker
Directed by: Sean Penn
Release date: 2007-09-11
4.

The Bourne Ultimatum

6.5

Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally uncover his dark past while dodging The Company's best efforts to eradicate him.

Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2007-08-03
5.

American Gangster

6.4

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Based on a true story.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2007-11-02
6.

The Man from Earth

6.3

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

Starring: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford, Annika Peterson
Directed by: Richard Schenkman
Release date: 2007-06-10
7.

Atonement

6.3

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release date: 2007-08-29
8.

Zodiac

6.2

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2007-03-02
9.

I Am Legend

6.2

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.

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Release date: 2007-12-14
10.

Gone Baby Gone

6.1

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt, Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives, Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve the case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that tears them apart.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Release date: 2007-10-19
11.

August Rush

6.0

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
Directed by: Kirsten Sheridan
Release date: 2007-11-21
12.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

6.0

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2007-12-20
13.

Juno

6.0

A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.

Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Release date: 2007-12-05
14.

The Bucket List

5.9

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, Alfonso Freeman
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 2007-12-25
15.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

5.9

Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Release date: 2007-09-02
16.

Bridge to Terabithia

5.9

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen.

Starring: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Zooey Deschanel, Bailee Madison
Directed by: Gábor Csupó
Release date: 2007-02-16
17.

The Darjeeling Limited

5.9

Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray).

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2007-09-29
18.

Shooter

5.8

A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to track the real killer and find out who exactly set him up, and why??

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2007-03-22
19.

P.S. I Love You

5.8

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Starring: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr., Gina Gershon
Directed by: Richard LaGravenese
Release date: 2007-11-15
20.

Once

5.6

A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.

Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley
Directed by: John Carney
Release date: 2007-03-23

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