Best Drama Movies of 2012

1.

The Dark Knight Rises

7.2
8.4/10

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.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2012-07-16
2.

Django Unchained

7.0
8.4/10

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

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2012-12-25
3.

Life of Pi

6.5
7.9/10

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.

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tandon, Gautam Belur, Adil Hussain
Directed by: Ang Lee
Release date: 2012-11-20
4.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

6.5
8.0/10

15-year-old freshman Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic senior students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam and her stepbrother Patrick help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer.

Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Release date: 2012-09-20
5.

Moonrise Kingdom

6.3
7.8/10

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2012-05-24
6.

Les Misérables

6.3
7.6/10

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Release date: 2012-12-18
7.

The Impossible

6.2
7.6/10

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.

Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast
Directed by: J.A. Bayona
Release date: 2012-09-09
8.

Argo

6.2
7.7/10

As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Scoot McNairy
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Release date: 2012-10-11
9.

Silver Linings Playbook

6.1
7.7/10

After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Directed by: David O. Russell
Release date: 2012-09-08
10.

End of Watch

6.1
7.6/10

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, David Harbour
Directed by: David Ayer
Release date: 2012-09-20
11.

Stuck in Love

5.9
7.2/10

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff, Logan Lerman
Directed by: Josh Boone
Release date: 2012-09-09
12.

Lincoln

5.9
7.3/10

The revealing story of the 16th US President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2012-11-09
13.

Cloud Atlas

5.9
7.4/10

A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess
Directed by: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Release date: 2012-10-26
14.

Zero Dark Thirty

5.9
7.4/10

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2012-12-19
15.

Lawless

5.9
7.3/10

Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Release date: 2012-08-29
16.

The Vow

5.8
6.8/10

Happy young married couple Paige and Leo are, well, happy. Then a car accident puts Paige into a life-threatening coma. Upon awakening she has lost the previous five years of memories, including those of her beloved Leo, her wedding, a confusing relationship with her parents, or the ending of her relationship with her ex-fiance. Despite these complications, Leo endeavors to win her heart again and rebuild their marriage.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange
Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Release date: 2012-02-05
17.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

5.7
9.5/10

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Lara Pulver, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2012-01-01
18.

Flight

5.7
7.3/10

Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2012-11-02
19.

Chronicle

5.7
7.0/10

Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Anna Wood
Directed by: Josh Trank
Release date: 2012-02-01
20.

Jack Reacher

5.6
7.0/10

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Release date: 2012-12-20

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