We have compiled a list of 10 best drama movies of 2005. While most of a list is dominated by Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films that were released that year, there were some independent films which flew under the radar that we felt were just as captivating.

  1. "Walk The Line" (2005). Based on the life of American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash and the love he had for June Carter. Actor Joaquin Phoenix delivers one of his best (and Oscar-nominated) performances as the "Man In Black" while Reese Witherspoon portrays June in her Oscar-winning performance.

  2. "Good Night and Good Luck" (2005). The second film directed by famous actor George Clooney, this six-time Oscar-nominated drama that dramatizes the  famous political conflict between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. The black and white film keeps you enwrapped in its dramatic tension from beginning to end.

  3. "Match Point" (2005). When you think of Woody Allen, you don't normally think that he could direct something as sexy and spellbinding as "Match Point" but he has and did. Starring Jonathan-Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson, this film does not provide anything groundbreaking on the "affair" storyline circuit, but it is the delicious tension that you suddenly become addicted to when watching this film.

  4. "Capote" (2005). This dramatic film based on the actual events that inspired Truman Capote to write his classic novel "In Cold Blood." It is evident why Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Oscar for his performance as Truman Capote because he completely transforms himself into the prolific author in this film.

  5. "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). This is a dramatic film that is about star-crossed love story which is culturally significant to the world we live in today. And with director Ang Lee at the helm, it is shot beautifully.

  6. "Pride & Prejudice" (2005). Based on Jane Austen's classic novel of the same name, Keira Knightley portrays Austen's celebrated heroine, "Elizabeth Bennet" with stark realism. Meanwhile Matthew McFadyen portrays "Mr.Darcy" with many delicate layers and both characters are able to fall in love within the environment of director Joe Wright's beautiful cinematography.

  7. "The Constant Gardener" (2005). Directed by Fernando Meirelles, this dramatic film is based off of the John Le Carre novel of the same name. It tells the story of a man who ventures into dangerous territory to find out who and why his political activist wife Tessa was murdered.

  8. "The New World" (2005). Written and directed by one of our most-revered directors known today, Terrence Malick, this dramatic film is about the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. Actor Colin Farrell stars as Captain John Smith with newcomer Q'orianka Kilcher as Pocahantas. This beautifully shot film portrays the star-crossed love story between the two historical figures and how they are torn apart by their different cultures.

  9. "Dear Frankie" (2005). An independent dramatic film which starred Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone and Gerard Butler. When a mother wants to protect her son Frankie from his abusive father, she has him write letters to father she has made up and pretends he is at sea. But when But when Frankie wants to meet his father in person, she has to find somebody who will be willing to pretend to be his father in order to protect her secret.

  10. "The Prize Winner on Defiance, Ohio" (2005). Starring Julianne Moore as a wife and mother of ten children who makes a home and income from winning jingle-writing contests. This is such a heartwarming story, it will you have crying before you know it.