Top 10 Drama Movies

Wednesday, January 26 by Mason Kaho

The list of the top 10 drama movies includes some of the greatest films of all time. Movies have been one of America’s favorite pastimes for a century, making us laugh, cry, and think about ourselves as a society. Good drama is high art, and when done well, can leave memories that last a lifetime.

  1. “Citizen Kane.” This is perhaps the best of the top drama movies of all time. An Orson Welles’ classic, it’s considered a masterpiece, art on film, and technically perfect. Quasi-fictional, it follows a newspaper magnate, told in flashback, seeking to discover the meaning of “Rosebud.” It was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
  2. Casablanca.” Legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in this film, one of the top drama movies. Bogart plays Rick, a café owner in World War II Casablanca. Bergman is his lost love, who has come to him with her new man, a hero of the war effort. Will Rick help them…or help himself? It won three Oscars, including best picture.
  3. “The Godfather.” Marlon Brando plays the title role in this mob classic, one of the top drama movies ever. As Don Corleone, he heads a powerful mafia family, with a great cast of Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, and James Caan as his power structure. The movie set the tone for mafia movies forever.
  4. “Gone With the Wind.” This Civil War classic stars Clark Gable as the suave and dashing Rhett Butler. An epic movie covering decades, this movie, one of the top drama movies ever, details the relationship between Butler and Scarlett O’Hara. Often tumultuous and ending in marriage, the movie is part adventure tale, part history, and part love story.
  5. “The Graduate.” This 1960’s film was a new kind of movie, giving a voice to the coming-of-age baby boom generation with an anti-hero protagonist. Benjamin, played by Dustin Hoffman, begins a relationship with a friend of his parents, several years his senior. Things get more complicated from there.
  6. “Schindler’s List.” This haunting Steven Spielberg film, one of the to drama movies ever, tells the real story of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of over a thousand Jews during World War II. The movie won an incredible seven Oscars, including best picture and best director.
  7. “The African Queen.” Humprey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn headline this film, about a rugged ship captain who leads a prudish missionary down a river in Africa, fleeing from advancing adversaries. One of the top drama movies in history, it was nominated for four Oscars.
  8. “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Stanley Kubrick directed this artsy flick that took cinematography to a new level. It was set in space, and the on-board computer takes over the spacestation, reflecting the fear of the public of the oncoming computer age.
  9. “Raging Bull.” Robert De Niro plays real-life boxer Jake LaMotta in this gripping and edgy black-and-white film from 1980 and director Martin Scorsese. It was nominated for eight Oscars.
  10. “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This telling of the famous book starred the incredible Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning three, the film movingly tells the story of the man, his two children, and the issues of justice and race in the south.
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