Best Drama Movies of All Time

1.

The Dark Knight (2008)

7.6
9.0/10

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.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2008-07-16
2.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

7.3
9.3/10

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.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, Mark Rolston
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 1994-09-23
3.

The Godfather (1972)

7.3
9.2/10

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.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1972-03-14
4.

Forrest Gump (1994)

7.3
8.8/10

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. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love eludes him.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1994-07-06
5.

Interstellar (2014)

7.3
8.6/10

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.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2014-11-05
6.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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
7.

Schindler's List (1993)

7.2
8.9/10

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1993-12-15
8.

The Lion King (1994)

7.2
8.5/10

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.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly
Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Release date: 1994-05-07
9.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

7.1
9.0/10

In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1974-12-20
10.

Titanic (1997)

7.1
7.8/10

101-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story of her life aboard the Titanic, 84 years later. A young Rose boards the ship with her mother and fiancé. Meanwhile, Jack Dawson and Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets aboard the ship. Rose tells the whole story from Titanic's departure through to its death—on its first and last voyage—on April 15, 1912.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1997-11-18
11.

The Green Mile (1999)

7.1
8.6/10

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 1999-12-10
12.

Fight Club (1999)

7.1
8.8/10

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.

Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf, Jared Leto
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 1999-10-15
13.

12 Angry Men (1957)

7.1
8.9/10

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1957-03-25
14.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

7.0
8.0/10

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher
Release date: 2018-10-24
15.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

7.0
8.6/10

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1998-07-24
16.

Inside Out (2015)

7.0
8.2/10

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.

Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 2015-06-09
17.

GoodFellas (1990)

7.0
8.7/10

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1990-09-12
18.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

7.0
8.7/10

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny DeVito, William Redfield, Scatman Crothers
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1975-11-18
19.

Gladiator (2000)

7.0
8.5/10

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.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2000-05-01
20.

Django Unchained (2012)

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

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