10 Great Drama Movies 2010

Wednesday, January 19 by Alex Cullen

It's an exciting time to be a cinephile and these 10 great drama movies from 2010 are evidence of that. From brainy blockbusters to independent gems, these films represent some of the best stories that unfolded on theater screens as the first decade of the millenium wound down.

  1. “The Social Network” David Fincher's film chronicles Mark Zuckerberg's creation of the social media juggernaut, Facebook. Although the movie exaggerates and even fabricates some of the more salacious details, it's still an intriguing and ironic portrait of a young man who allowed billions of people to connect online, but lacked the social skills to maintain his own real life relationships.
  2. “127 Hours” There's no denying that the true story of a mountain climber trapped under a boulder for five days is a compelling one. However, only a director like Danny Boyle could transform that tale into such a unique and powerful film. Featuring an amazing performance by James Franco, “127 Hours” is one of the great drama movies from 2010.
  3. “Cyrus” John C. Reilly stars in this quirky indie drama that's peppered with moments of dark humor. Reilly's character is a divorcee who falls for a beautiful woman played by Marisa Tomei. Their burgeoning relationship is put to the test by her twenty-something son, Cyrus. Jonah Hill shines as the title character and delivers a performance that's infinitely more layered and complex than anything he's done before or since.
  4. “The Town” Ben Affleck cements his reputation as an accomplished director with this great drama from 2010. He also plays the lead character- a thief whose feelings for a bank manager endanger an upcoming heist that he's planning. An engaging story punctuated by bursts of intense action make “The Town” a must-see film.
  5. “Buried” The idea of watching Ryan Reynolds trapped in a coffin for 90 minutes may sound tedious, but Rodrigo Cortes' film is brimming with drama and tension. A breakout hit at the Sundance Film Festival, “Buried” has received numerous accolades for its inventive style and engrossing storyline.
  6. “Let Me In” Typically, the best thing you can say about American remakes of foreign films is that they encourage audiences to seek out the original. In the case of “Let Me In”, an updated version of the Swedish film “Let The Right One In”, director Matt Reeves delivers an adaptation that effectively establishes its own identity while staying true to the spirit of the source material. While it deals with vampires, it's less about scares and more about the friendship that's formed between its two young leads. 
  7. “The Ghost Writer” Ewan McGregor plays the title role in Roman Polanski's thrilling drama. After agreeing to pen the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, McGregor's character finds himself caught in the middle of a life-threatening conspiracy. Gripping, suspenseful, and expertly crafted, “The Ghost Writer” is a can't miss drama.
  8. “The Kids Are All Right” Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as a lesbian couple who have both used the same sperm donor to give birth to a child. When the kids decide to seek out their biological father, they set off an unusual and emotional chain of events. The entire cast is superb, but Mark Ruffalo truly gives a standout performance as the father.
  9. “Greenberg” Ben Stiller plays Roge Greenberg, a middle-aged man attempting to make peace with where he's at and what his future looks like. Simultaneously tragic and amusing, this is definitely one of the great drama movies of 2010.
  10.  “Shutter Island” Martin Scorsese's meticulous and haunting 2010 film is a great drama that demands repeat viewings. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of a patient at a mental institution. However, not all is as it seems and the film hurls one surprise after another at the audience. “Shutter Island” culminates with one of the most effective endings in recent memory and will stay with you long after you've watched it.
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