Top Drama Movies


The Top Drama Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Drama List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. The Shawshank Redemption

Year of Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Frank Darabont
Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Plot: A young banker named Andy, has his life changed rapidly when he is convicted of the murder of his wife and lover, and sentenced to life in prison. As the story unfolds, Andy shows that he is a not a typical prisoner. With the help of his friend Redd, Andy makes the most of his prison life. The film takes place in the 1940's.

2. The Godfather

Year of Release: 1972
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall
Plot: An organized crime leader gives up control of his "family" to his youngest son, Michael. The leader barely survives a battle between mobs, which leads Michael to begin a mob war against Sollozzo and tears the Corleone family apart.

3. Schindler's List

Year of Release: 1993
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Biography
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall
Plot: Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) tries to save the Jews by bringing as many as he can to an ammunitions plant that may not produce any ammunition.

4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Year of Release: 1975
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Milos Forman
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield
Plot: A man who may not really be insane is admitted to an institution. He plays tricks on the nurse and rounds up the other trouble patients for a healthy dose of fun.

5. Pulp Fiction

Year of Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames
Plot: A story of four interweaving stories developing from hit men, boxers, ringleaders, and anyone else who is involved with a crime. Violence and crime are not far away.

6. The Godfather: Part II

Year of Release: 1974
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, Robert De Niro
Plot: The sequel to "The Godfather," we are taken back to the begining of the Corleone family, and how it all began back in the early 1900's.

7. Forrest Gump

Year of Release: 1994
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Actors: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson
Plot: A "slow" man explains to people he meets on a park bench his life story which seems to encounter historic events.

8. Fight Club

Year of Release: 1999
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: David Fincher
Actors: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf
Plot: An average thirty-something office worker gets so bored of his life he creates a local fighting club. The path of insanity and psychosis is inevitable.

9. 12 Angry Men

Year of Release: 1957
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Joseph Sweeney, Lee J. Cobb
Plot: One man on a jury stands alone in a case in which most are initially convinced one way but one by one may be convinced another way.

10. The Green Mile

Year of Release: 1999
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Frank Darabont
Actors: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt
Plot: A wrongly convicted man sits on death row while the officers who guard him interact with him and his powers.

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