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: inspirational, dramatic, touching, realistic, intense and sad. Plot: mentor, storytelling, death, redemption, tragedy, loneliness, powerful ending, honest, friendship and destiny. Genre: Drama, War and Crime. Country: USA, UK and Canada.
Best Drama Movies
Best Drama Movies
TOP Movies: Whiplash (2014), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Manchester by the Sea (2016), American Beauty (1999), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Help (2011), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Hunt (2012), Joker (2019), The Pianist (2002), Capernaum (2018), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), I, Daniel Blake (2016), Fight Club (1999), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Black Swan (2010), Life of Pi (2012), The Green Mile (1999), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Seven Pounds (2008).

List of Best Movies

 8.5
 854K
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, dramatic, psychological, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: obsession, music, teachers and students, desire for fame, follow your dream, jazz, mentor, emotional abuse, musician's life, drummer, musician, music school ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa
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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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, twist ending, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, existentialism, friendship between men, life, life sentence, hopes, life philosophy, plot twist, powerful ending, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1966, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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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, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, loss, loneliness, suicide attempt, sadness, death, dysfunctional family, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, guardian, uncle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
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 8.4
 1.2M
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, sexy, dramatic, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, age difference, teenager, loneliness, obsession, suburbs, older man younger woman relationship, youth, older man young girl relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, disturbing, depressing, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, insanity, junkie, hallucination, drug abuse, mental illness, loneliness, degradation, drug addict ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
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 8.1
 460K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, civil rights, friendship, hopes, social relations, master and servant, maid, discrimination, human spirit, writers, life is a bitch, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, epic, captivating, breathtaking, rough ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: war, world war two, courage, military, army, nazi, sniper, self sacrifice, heroic mission, d day, friendship, rescue ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, middle ages, 20th century
Place: normandy, france, poland, germany, europe ...
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 8.3
 330K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, psychological, disturbing, sad ...
Plot: injustice, teacher, life turned upside down, false accusation, child abuse, father son relationship, pedophile, social injustice, friendship between men, divorced man, divorce, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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 8.4
 1.3M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, social problems, mental disorder, psychological trauma, character change, psycho, insanity, loneliness, revenge, social decay, villain, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york
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 8.5
 829K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: emotional, harsh, bleak, heartbreaking, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, jewish, war, anti semitism, nazism, pianist, hunger, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
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 8.4
 90K
Capernaum (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Cyprus, Qatar, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Zain, a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.
Style: social, sad, thought provoking, rough, cynical ...
Plot: poverty, traumatic childhood, slum, misery, child abuse, neglected child, refugee, child labor, child protagonist, life is a bitch, low lives, starving child ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: lebanon, beirut lebanon
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, brothers, character study, coming of age, life philosophy, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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I, Daniel Blake (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.
Style: disturbing, compassionate, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, working class, carpenter, bureaucracy, single mother, homeless, friendship, immigrants, self discovery, heart attack, social services, prostitution ...
Time: 2010s
Place: britain, england, united kingdom, northern england
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 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, imaginary friend, psychology, fight, plot twist, self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, insanity, losing-it hero, schizophrenia, against the rules ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 8.0
 766K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, sexy, suspense, surreal, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ballet, mental illness, obsession, dancing, character study, insanity, hallucination, psychology, surrealism, paranoia, mother daughter relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.9
 630K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, India, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, motivational, visually appealing, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: survival, ocean, human animal relationship, adventure, stranded, loneliness, life, animals, beautiful scenery, survivor, hopes, journey ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
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 8.6
 1.3M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: 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 cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sad, sentimental, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: prison, death row, convict, magic realism, false accusation, supernatural, electric chair, death sentence, life philosophy, justice, execution, healing power ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1999, year 1935, 90s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, love, orphan, rags to riches, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, street life, cheating, society, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.6
 304K
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, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, self sacrifice, true love, life changing experience, sacrifice, fall in love, suicide, hopes, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.9
 693K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: psychological, intellectual, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, linguist, time, extraterrestrial, science, alien race, alien contact, scientist, female protagonist, alien creature, ufo ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, massachusetts, venezuela, russia ...
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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, thought provoking, dramatic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, fighting the system, freedom, human spirit, insanity, psychiatrist, unlikely friendships, escaped mental patient, dehumanization, crazy, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 8.5
 794K
Parasite (2019)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Style: suspense, captivating, exciting, tragic ending, psychological ...
Plot: wealthy family, poverty, basement, class differences, wealth, scam, scheme, plot twist, social satire, tutor, poor family, maid ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: south korea, seoul, asia
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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: suspense, captivating, talky, brutal, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, slavery, violent, bounty hunter, revenge, vengeance, dark humor, gunfight, african american, old west, racial violence, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, tennessee, austin texas, texas, mississippi
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, touching, depressing, harsh ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, euthanasia, female boxer, mentor protege relationship, underdog, human spirit, female athlete, athlete's life, strong female lead, boxing trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, europe, london, las vegas ...
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 7.6
 247K
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as ...
Style: melancholic, sexy, emotional, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming of age, older woman younger man relationship, age difference, first love, forbidden love, nazi, older woman younger man sex, world war two, holocaust, secret, sex, unlikely couple ...
Time: year 1988, year 1958, year 1980, post world war two, year 1966 ...
Place: germany, israel, west berlin west germany, hamburg germany, poland ...
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 8.6
 1.8M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: 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.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: time travel, space travel, father daughter relationship, nasa, astronaut, distopia, survival, space station, end of the world, scientist, science, adventure ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.2
 120K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: touching, inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, teachers and students, life philosophy, single mother, addiction, parents and children, youth, alcohol abuse, school, good deed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
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 8.0
 515K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: road movie, sincere, uplifting, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, runaway, mentally challenged, disability, brother brother relationship, siblings relations, family relations, self discovery, greed, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, texas, missouri ...
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 7.3
 112K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, illiteracy, social misfits, teacher, aids, life is a bitch, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, year 1987, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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