10 Best Old Drama Movies

Sunday, February 20 by Amber Grey

This a list of 10 best old drama movies. Everybody ranks the likes of "Citizen Kane," "The Godfather," and "Gone With The Wind" on their old drama movies lists. Although, we have chosen some classics you may have heard of but a majority of this list belongs to old drama movies you may have not heard of yet.

  1. "The Snake Pit" (1948). Think the female version of "One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). Olivia De Havilland is a schizophrenic inmate belonging to the Juniper Hill State Hospital. This old drama also explores the inhuman conditions and controversial treatments of asylums.
  2. "Penny Serenade" (1941). This old drama movie stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as a married couple who try to work through the emotional toll of suffering a miscarriage and what looks like a childless marriage.
  3. "Mildred Pierce" (1945). Based on the James M. Cain novel of the same name, this noir-style drama, Joan Crawford stars in her most iconic role as the title character Mildred Pierce. Mildred is a woman who will do anything for her ungrateful daughter Vita. But will she sacrifice herself for murder
  4. "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). This old drama movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in a story about a married couple's divorce. Initially, it was controversial because of its narrative heavily addressing divorce and how it affects the family. But now, it is considered culturally significant for its impact for those very same reasons.
  5. "The Graduate" (1967). This is the story of rebellion and seduction, injected with the perfect amount of awkward humor to prevent it from being taken too seriously. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, Hoffman plays Benjamin, a recent college graduate who engages in an affair with Mrs. Robinson. It is not until he thinks he's fallen in love with her daughter, that he finally feels he has something to fight for and rebel against.
  6. "To Have & Have Not" (1944). It all started on a drunken bet between director Howard Hawks and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway bet that Hawks could not make a film out of what he considered to be his worst novel, "To Have and Have Not." Hawks accepted the bet and won. This old drama stars Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in a steamy and intense film that sparked one of the greatest on-screen and off-screen romances of all-time between the two headlining stars.
  7. "Laura" (1944). Starring the beautiful Gene Tierney, this drama is a murder-mystery surrounding the homocide of a successful advertising executive, "Laura Hunt" (Tierney).
  8. "All About Eve" (1950). In this old drama directed and written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Bette Davis stars as "Margo Channing," an stage actress who employs an enthusiastic young woman, "Eve Harrington" (played by Anne Baxter) to be her assistant. But is it Margo's over-active imagination that is telling her Eve wants to replace her or is Eve more obsessive than enthusiastic?
  9. "Leave Her To Heaven" (1945). Long before the Lifetime channel existed for broadcasting tv movies about vengeful, obsessive women, there was "Leave Her To Heaven." This is another film on our list which stars the beautiful Gene Tierney as "Ellen" who is hell-bent on keeping her young writer husband to herself, even if that means committing murder. It is through the talents of Tierney, Cornel Wilde, and Vincent Price that this melodramatic film is elevated to #9 on our 10 best old drama movies list.
  10. "The Women" (1939). Although the film's subject is a little dated in today's feminism, "The Women" made a dramatic impact to the 1930s woman. We would prefer to forget the atrocious remake and remember the fantastic George Cukor original which starred a group of classic and talented actresses of the day including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell.
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