Top Drama Movies


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

21. It's a Wonderful Life

Year of Release: 1946
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Family/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Plot: A down and out man is shown the light by an Angel who treats him to life on earth without himself.

22. Gone with the Wind

Year of Release: 1939
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Victor Fleming
Actors: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, George Reeves, Leslie Howard
Plot: An epic civil war tale of a strong woman, Scarlett, who loves the man she didn?t marry. It is simple tale of selfishness and love.

23. The Departed

Year of Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Crime/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen
Plot: Two detectives who go through the same training, and perform well are on opposite sides of the war between a big wig Irish crime boss. They both struggle to figure out who the mole is.

24. Raging Bull

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Biography
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Nicholas Colasanto
Plot: A middle weight boxer, who is emotionally unstable, rises to the top over time, but takes a tumble as his life continues.

25. Apocalypse Now

Year of Release: 1979
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Special ops Army captain Ben Willard is sent into the dark heart of the Vietnam War on a classified mission to assassinate rogue colonel Walter Kurtz. His journey includes some of the most iconic war scenes put to film, from surf-loving Lt Col Kilgore, and the famous helicopter attack on a Viet Cong village (to the strains of Wagner), the surreal USO jungle show by Playboy Playmates, to the Do Lung Bridge, the US' last outpost, where soldiers are abandoned to their fate and the only sound, besides explosions, is the yelling of the damned for salvation. Like Dante, every mile brings Willard further into hell with a growing suspicion that Kurtz may not be as crazy as the brass need to believe.

26. Whiplash

Year of Release: 2014
Overall Rating: 3.4 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Damien Chazelle
Actors: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser
Plot: A stern teacher helps mold a struggling young drummer who is working to become a top jazz drummer.

27. Gran Torino

Year of Release: 2008
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Action
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her
Plot: When a teenager tries to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino, a Korean war veteran decides to take matters into his own hands and reform the boy.

28. Million Dollar Baby

Year of Release: 2004
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/Sport
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel
Plot: An old hard nosed trainer who owns a gym tries to discourage a woman boxer from boxing. He is finally convinced to train her and helps her to become one of the best female boxers.

29. Requiem for a Dream

Year of Release: 2000
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
Plot: Four normal people are addicted to drugs in different ways. When it comes down to it, they struggle to survive after their once great high.

30. Rocky

Year of Release: 1976
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Sport/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: John G. Avildsen
Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burt Young, Talia Shire
Plot: A undersized and underfunded heavyweight challenges the long time heavyweight to a fight after being the underdog in many of his fights. He struggles to balance his training with his personal life and confidence.

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