Best Drama Movies of 2011

1.

The Help

6.6
8.1/10

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain
Directed by: Tate Taylor
Release date: 2011-08-09
2.

Warrior

6.5
8.2/10

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine with a tragic past.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Frank Grillo
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Release date: 2011-09-09
3.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

6.3
7.8/10

This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, as he investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2011-12-14
4.

The Artist

6.3
7.9/10

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller
Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius
Release date: 2011-06-26
5.

Drive

6.3
7.8/10

A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaac
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release date: 2011-08-06
6.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

6.3
7.6/10

Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in intelligence and brain activity in the primate subjects – especially Caesar, his pet chimpanzee.

Starring: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Release date: 2011-08-03
7.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

6.2
7.5/10

After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer
Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
Release date: 2011-09-28
8.

Hugo

6.2
7.5/10

Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2011-11-22
9.

Moneyball

6.1
7.6/10

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt
Directed by: Bennett Miller
Release date: 2011-09-22
10.

50/50

6.1
7.7/10

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Release date: 2011-09-30
11.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

6.0
7.4/10

Cal Weaver is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer, a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies.

Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Release date: 2011-07-29
12.

Samsara

6.0
8.5/10

Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Starring: Marcos Luna, Putu Dinda Pratika, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi
Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 2011-09-16
13.

War Horse

6.0
7.2/10

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Emily Watson
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2011-12-25
14.

The Lincoln Lawyer

5.9
7.3/10

A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas
Directed by: Brad Furman
Release date: 2011-03-17
15.

Carnage

5.9
7.2/10

After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly, Elvis Polanski
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 2011-09-16
16.

Shame

5.8
7.2/10

Brandon is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control.

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Alex Manette
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 2011-10-02
17.

One Day

5.8
7.0/10

A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker, Rafe Spall
Directed by: Lone Scherfig
Release date: 2011-03-02
18.

The Descendants

5.8
7.3/10

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.

Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Robert Forster
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Release date: 2011-09-09
19.

We Bought a Zoo

5.7
7.1/10

Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the head keeper and the rest of the staff, but, the zoo soon runs into financial trouble.

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Release date: 2011-12-22
20.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

5.7
6.9/10

A year after his father's death, Oskar, a troubled young boy, discovers a mysterious key he believes was left for him by his father and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock.

Starring: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, John Goodman
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2011-12-24

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