Best Drama Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Drama Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, interesting, thought provoking, visually appealing, intense and dramatic. Plot: storytelling, redemption, mentor, loneliness, honest, dialogue, brutality, violence, tragedy and greed. Genre: Drama, Thriller and Music. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Drama Movies
Best Drama Movies
TOP Movies: American Beauty (1999), The Help (2011), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fight Club (1999), Manchester by the Sea (2016), There Will Be Blood (2007), Moonlight (2016), Boyhood (2014), Trainspotting (1996), Night Hunter (2018), Seven Pounds (2008), Blue Jasmine (2013), Gran Torino (2008), Whiplash (2014), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Hillbilly Elegy (2020), The Florida Project (2017), Django Unchained (2012), Detachment (2011).

List of Best Movies

 8.3
 1.1M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cerebral, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, loneliness, age difference, existentialism, dysfunctional family, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, character study, youth, first time ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 426K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, writers, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life sentence, life is a bitch, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 8.8
 1.8M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, mind bending, thought provoking, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, fighting the system, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, fist fighting, insanity, social misfits, nihilism, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, heartbreaking, psychological, emotional, sad ...
Plot: depression, sadness, family drama, loneliness, dysfunctional family, death, suicide attempt, loss, nephew, last will and testament, house fire, funeral ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, money, bowling, oil, rivalry, obsession, villain, arson, marriage ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, pacific ocean, los angeles
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 7.4
 272K
Moonlight (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
Style: gay cinema, serious, sad, lgbt cinema, compassionate ...
Plot: lgbt, homosexuality, drug dealer, first gay sexual experience, gay, african american, parent child relationship, drug addict, gay slur, dysfunctional family, revenge, childhood friend ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, miami, atlanta georgia
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 7.9
 335K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parenting, parents and children, teenage life, marital problem, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2000s, year 2012 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
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 8.1
 632K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, dark humor, captivating, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, addiction, drug addiction, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, counterculture, society, self destructing, stylish ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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 5.9
 14K
Night Hunter (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A police task force traps an online predator, only to discover that the depth of his crimes goes far beyond anything they had anticipated.
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, tense, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, profiler, tragic past, vigilante, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, fbi agent, investigation, psychopath, kidnap, pedophile, schizophrenic ...
Time: 2010s
Place: minnesota
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 7.6
 286K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: depression, redemption, life philosophy, fall in love, life changing experience, true love, hopes, tragic event, self sacrifice, sacrifice, secret, suicidal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states
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 7.3
 191K
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ...
Style: psychological, realistic, cynical, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: narcissism, suicide, depression, starting over, couple relations, family relations, drugs/alcohol, introspection, crumbling marriage, downfall, self discovery, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
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 8.1
 718K
Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, veteran, gunfight, friendship, interracial relations, elderly, pride and honor, immigrants, neighbor, visceral, prejudice, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, dramatic, tragicomedy, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, human spirit, mental institution, freedom, anti hero, insanity, dehumanization, nurse, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 8.5
 711K
Whiplash (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.
Style: motivational, psychological, dramatic, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, follow your dream, teachers and students, musician's life, desire for fame, mentor, drummer, music, jazz, musician, music conductor, jazz band ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, rough, bleak, factual, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, religion, jesus, religions or cults, torture, bible, life philosophy, sacrifice, suffering, mission ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, degradation, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, touching, realistic, scenic ...
Plot: american dream, life, grandmother grandson relationship, single mother, small town life, brother sister relationship, family relations, family drama, getting home, acceptance, mother son relationship, teenage life ...
Time: year 1946, year 2011, year 1997
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The Florida Project (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: motel, friendship, drug addiction, little girl, mother daughter relationship, children, eviction, social services, mother child separation, female friendship, parent child relationship, poverty ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, orlando florida
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, captivating, rough, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, vengeance, racism, african american, one against many, society, gory, courage, rescue ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, texas, tennessee
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 7.7
 77K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: depression, teachers and students, teacher, suicide, unhappy, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, classroom, dedicated educator, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.9
 1.8M
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Style: dark humor, exciting, interesting, witty, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gunfight, hitman, drugs, twists & turns, cocaine, crime, drugs/alcohol, stylish, boxing, criminal heroes, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.0
 289K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1910s, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles
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 7.2
 154K
The Master (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World ...
Style: stylized, intellectual, atmospheric, art house, psychological ...
Plot: right hand man, drifter, alcoholic, belief, religious cult, cult leader, psychiatry, guru, life is a bitch, religions or cults, wisdom of life, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, future, year 1950
Place: usa, pennsylvania, england, new york, alabama ...
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 8.1
 50K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, emotional, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, juvenile delinquent, teenage boy, teenage life, rebelliousness, family problems, anti conformity, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s, near future ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec
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 8.8
 1.8M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: 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. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: life philosophy, human spirit, mentally challenged, destiny, rise to the top, true love, journey, storytelling, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new york, san francisco ...
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 7.4
 167K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, river, coming of age, first love, teenage boy, bounty hunter, bittersweet, obsession, fugitives, unlikely friendships, loss, escape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
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 7.2
 223K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, rough, harsh, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, post apocalyptic, apocalypse, father son relationship, starvation, future dystopia, journey, vestiges of humanity, catastrophe, cannibalism, on the road ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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T2: Trainspotting (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie.
Style: intense, stylized, thought provoking, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: drug addiction, junkie, friendship, addiction, heroin, theft, blackmail, violence, extortion, revenge, redemption, betrayal ...
Time: 2010s, year 1974, year 1979, 80s
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, bulgaria, edinburgh scotland, london ...
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 7.2
 183K
Shame (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brandon is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sincere, serious, psychological ...
Plot: pornography, sex addict, sexual relations, masturbation, addiction, sexual dysfunction, strong sexual content, sexuality, introspection, explicit sex, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new jersey
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