If you're looking for some cinematic gold, you need to check out the 10 best dramas ever. Dramas are what we use to judge an actor's true abilities, so the following flicks are definitely measures of cinematic glory. The following are some of the best dramas ever because of their engaging plotlines, amazing characters and all-around superior quality.

  1. "The Shawshank Redemption" One of the grittiest looks at prison life, this is easily one of the best dramas ever. Each character is well-defined and every single situation is thought out to the point that it stays with you long after the credits roll. If you haven't seen this movie, take some time and do so soon!

  2. "Apocalypse Now" Francis Ford Coppola's look at the Vietnam War might be one of the most controversial films of all time, but it's also one of the best dramas ever. Never before have we been given such a uncensored and completely bombastic look at the most controversial struggle in this nation's history.

  3. "American History X" Sometimes a little hard to watch, this take on White Supremacy is one of the greatest films of all time. Edward Norton is unapologetic in his portrayal of the main protagonist and there are many moments which are cringe-worthy, but doesn't keep this movie from being one of the best dramas ever!

  4. "Casablanca" One of the most romantic and heart-breaking films ever, this movie easily deserves a spot amongst the best dramas ever. This film has been quoted and re-made so many times, it's hard not to see its impact on the entertainment industry.

  5. "Schindler's List" Equal parts artistic and disturbing, this look at Nazi Germany may just be one of the greatest works of art ever. Its use of color and amazing character performances make it one of the best dramas ever.

  6. "GoodFellas" Hard-hitting, unapologetic and sometimes hilarious, this is one of the best dramas from the mind of Martin Scorsese. His look at the mob lifestyle and decline in America pulls no punches in its delivery of some of the best portrayals of the actors' careers.

  7. "Fight Club" Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this amazing drama film that delivers on all cylinders. Fincher's take on this amazing novel is one of the most visually arresting films on this list.

  8. "12 Angry Men" This older film about twelve men and their role as jurors is considered one of the best films of all time by many. This is a film that is carried entirely by its amazing script and the glorious men who carry each line with a certain unyielding tenacity.

  9. "Raging Bull" Many consider this to be the greatest Scorsese film of all time and possibly Robert De Niro's finest role yet. The story of a middleweight boxer who keeps getting dealt the worst hands by life is always a classic tale.

  10. "Citizen Kane" In quite possibly the greatest film of all time, Orson Welles manages to smash all expectations with this completely unabashed look into the life of William Randolph Hearst. If you haven't seen this movie, you're missing out on one of the best dramas ever.