10 Great Drama Movies

Saturday, March 5 by Travis Petersen

Creating a list of the greatest drama movies is impossible; therefore, this is merely a list of 10 great drama movies for those intrepid film-watchers to enjoy. These great drama movies range from seminal classics to newer favorites, mysteries to coming-of-age stories. Some are well-praised, others criminally underrated. Here are 10 great drama movies for those who are looking.

  1. "Citizen Kane" – Widely regarded as the best film of all time, Orson Welles' debut comes first on this list of ten great drama movies. Find out the meaning of "Rosebud" and enjoy the journey.
  2. "On the Waterfront" - One of Marlon Brando's early, iconic performances centers this drama of struggling dockworkers. It is a favorite great drama movie for many film buffs.
  3. "Sunset Boulevard" – A tale of Hollywood stardom gone mad, this Billy Wilder film is darkly humorous and deadly serious at the same time. Few films could open with the protagonist dead in a swimming pool and get away with it.
  4. "Inherit the Wind" – This story of the Scopes Monkey Trial is another classic film on this list of great drama movies. Spencer Tracy gives a command performance.
  5. "Goodfellas" – Martin Scorcese's gritty gangster drama comes next on this list of great drama movies. It is profane, bloody, shocking and fantastic.
  6. "The French Connection"Gene Hackman shines in this cop film from the early seventies. It is arguably the best crime drama from the Golden Age of Hollywood film.
  7. "The Godfather" – This epic is as much an American story as it is one of the Mafia. It made stars of James Caan, Al Pacino, and the criminally underrated John Cazale. 
  8. "Stand By Me" - This coming-of-age story about a group of kids trying to find a dead body is a favorite of more than one generation of moviegoers. The cast, featuring Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, among others, is a who's who of future stars (and soon-to-be has beens).
  9. "The Color Purple" - Spielberg's first real serious drama starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It is a tale of prejudice that many would place on their list of great drama movies.
  10. "LA Confidential" – The final film on this list of ten great drama movies is an ensemble mystery set in Hollywood in the 1950s, mixing murder and glamour and the building of America's strangest city. Kim Basinger won an Oscar for her performance as a prostitute made up to look like star Veronica Lake.
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