A List of Top 10 Best Drama Movies of All Time

Who doesn’t like a little drama in their lives? Drama with the inclusion of Mystery, Thriller or Crime is all the better isn’t it? Some Drama movies are so realistic that we find ourselves being able to relate to the characters and situations. So, without further ado here is the list of the top Drama movies.

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1.    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  • IMDB Rating: 9.3/10
  • Movie Length: 142 minutes
  • Director: Frank Darabont
  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
  • Gross revenue: $28.3 million

Shawshank Redemption has got to be one of the best crimes cum drama movies I have ever watched.

A young banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sent to the Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife. He befriends two humble prisoners and is also really smart and soon starts getting in favour of the warden even handling his taxes. All along he has a plan and is waiting for the perfect time to execute it. Watch it to enjoy it.

2.    Forrest Gump (1994)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 142 minutes
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
  • Gross revenue: $330.2 million

This movie focuses on how strong love is and especially the love of the main character to his childhood love.

Forrest (Tom Hanks) is an average boy with low IQ who joins the army to participate in the Vietnam War. Though he makes friends at the camp, all he can think about is his love, Jenny Curran. Any sadness or hardships he faces in life all mean nothing when he has Jenny on his mind.

3.    The Godfather (1972)

  • IMDB Rating: 2/10
  • Movie Length: 175 minutes
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
  • Gross revenue: $134.9 million

This film is one of the greatest movies ever made. Al Pacino is seen delivering some of his best work in this drama movie ‘The Godfather’.

The head of a very dangerous mafia family Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) decides to step down and give away his whole business and empire to the smallest son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), creating a frenzy within the family and many problems arise.

4.    One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Movie Length: 133 minutes
  • Director: Milos Forman
  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco
  • Gross revenue: $112 million

McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is sentenced to prison after having a lot of criminal records, to escape his jail time McMurphy pretends to be mentally ill. Therefore, the court sends him to a mental hospital instead where he witnesses a nurse who is both abusive and oppressive. He along with some other patients forms a group against her.

5.    Black Swan (2010)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 108 minutes
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder
  • Gross revenue: $106.95 million

Nina (Natalie Portman) has given her whole life to Ballet and is finally chosen to be the lead in the production ‘Swan Lake’ by Tchaikovsky. She starts getting so immersed in the character of the black swan and trying to perfect it that her sanity starts going out of control.

Black Swan is a drama movie filled with mystery where you never know what is going to happen next.

6.    The Green Mile (1999)

  • IMDB Rating: 5/10
  • Movie Length: 189 minutes
  • Director: Frank Darabont
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt
  • Gross revenue: $136.8 million

John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) is brought to jail for the rape and murder of two little girls. He does not talk to anyone and is very quiet. The head of the prison Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) later finds out that Coffey has powers to heal and is a very kind person. Is he the real murderer? If not, why is he here?

7.    Good Willing Hunting (1997)

  • IMDB Rating: 3/10
  • Movie Length: 126 minutes
  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Actors: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard
  • Gross revenue: $138.43 million

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a janitor at MIT who is very poor but has a talent for Mathematics which he can solve any problematic question as if it were an easy one. Being poor, he does not have a path in life and one day when due to a problem he is put in jail, a professor bails him out on a condition to work for him and see a therapist.

8.    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 166 minutes
  • Director: David Fincher
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond
  • Gross revenue: $127.51 million

The story of a boy who was born as an old man suffering from a rare disease that makes him age backwards. Benjamin (Brad Pitt) and Daisy (Cate Blanchett) meet at an old- age home. As many years pass, Daisy starts to grow older, and Benjamin grows younger. He falls in love with Daisy, but the two cannot be together.

This fantasy cum drama movie has a unique concept and one that you will surely enjoy.

9.    Catch me if you can (2002)

  • IMDB Rating: 1/10
  • Movie Length: 141 minutes
  • Director: Stephen Spielberg
  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen
  • Gross revenue: $164.62 million

Based on a true story, this drama movie is on the life of a con man called Frank Jr.

Frank Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a con man who pretends to be many things he is not, to earn cash. His most excellent con was when he posed as a pilot of Panama airlines after researching about it under the pretence of being a student. Frank cheats the airlines for millions of dollars before he is caught by Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), an FBI agent.


10.  The Theory of Everything (2014)

  • IMDB Rating: 7/10
  • Movie Length: 123 minutes
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
  • Gross revenue: $123.72 million

My drama movies list would not be complete without the story of the late Stephen Hawking portrayed by the very talented Eddie Redmayne, not to forget he even won an Oscar for the same.

Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) is majoring in Astrophysics from Cambridge University and takes an interest in Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) who is majoring in arts. Stephen is not sure about the topic of his thesis. He takes an interest in the birth of black holes after a lecture and starts researching on the same. As he gets closer to his goal, he is suddenly diagnosed with ALS (a motor neuron disease), and the doctor gave him two years to live.


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