10 Best Dramas Of All Time

Tuesday, March 1 by Robin Foster

The 10 best dramas of all time are a selection of movies that everyone should have in their library.  These films date back to the 1950’s and go through the late 1990’s.  They are films of drama that provide suspense, mystery and comedy combined.

  1. “The Shawshank Redemption”  “The Shawshank Redemption” is a 1994 film directed by Frank Darabont.  The film stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.  It is about two men who are sentenced to Shawnshank State Prison and spend a lifetime there together.  They become good friends and help each other through their long imprisonment. The day of release happens for both of them and they meet up in Mexico to live the life that they dreamed of.   
  2. “One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest”  “One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest” is a 1975 drama film directed by Miles Freeman.  The movie stars Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and Louise Fletcher.  Randle Patrick McMurphy who is played by Jack Nicholson is serving time in prison for rape.  Based on his behavior, he is transferred to a mental institution for an evaluation.  He thinks that this would be a better place for him to be so he starts doing things that allow the institution to make a final decision to keep in institutionalized. 
  3. “Schindler’s List”  “Schindler’s List” is a 1993 biographical drama.  It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.  The film tells the story of a German businessman that hires thousands of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust in his factories to save their lives. 
  4. “12 Angry Men”  “12 Angry Men” is a 1957 drama directed by Sidney Lumet and stars Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman and Joseph Sweeney.   They end up being 12 angry men because juror number 8 does not believe the evidence proves the boy to not be guilty.  At that point, the jurors explode and deliberation becomes chaotic.
  5. “Forrest Gump”  “Forrest Gump” is a 1994 comedy drama that was directed by Robert Zemeckis.  It starred Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn and Gary Sinise.  Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks is not a very intelligent man who goes through a lifetime of wonderful historical events that he shares.
  6. “To Kill a Mockingbird”  “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a 1962 family drama film.  It was directed by Robert Mulligan and starred Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and Phillip Alford.  The film is about racial injustice and takes place in the 1930’s.  A black man being tried for a rape is defended by a white attorney.  The date and time of this film makes the outcome is devastating.
  7. “Good Will Hunting”  “Good Will Hunting” is a 1997 drama that was directed by Gus VanSant.  The movie stars Matt Damon, Benn Afflect and Minnie Driver.  Will Hunting played by Matt Damon is a mathematical genius who has a lot of psychological problems.  A professor finds out about his skills and steps in to help him.  It is a struggle but through a series of therapists Will is able to get his life on track and make fantastic changes.
  8. “All About Eve”  “All About Eve” is a 1950 drama directed by Joseph L. Makiewicz.  The film stars Bette Davis, Anne Baster and George Sanders.  It is about a young lady who enters an acting career with no intentions of be a star.  She is so magnificent that she climbs the later of stardom very quickly and her life is changed forever.
  9. “Roots”  “Roots” is a 1997 drama directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and John Erman.  The film stars LeVar Burton, Ben Vereen and Vic Morrow.  This film that tells a story about a man’s ancestors going all the way back to Africa.  He tells about the terrible things that happen to them and how they survived.
  10. “The Verdict”  “The Verdict” is a 1982 drama directed by Sidney Lumet.  The film star Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling and Jack Warden.  Paul Newman plays Frank Calvin who is an alcoholic attorney who has destroyed his career.  He is given a second chance when he is given a high profile malpractice lawsuit that he takes to trial.
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