DRAMA FILMS


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Drama Films
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Selection of Greatest Drama Films:


Greatest Dramas From Silent Era Through 1960:
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Way Down East
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Seventh Heaven (1927)
Sunrise (1927)
Anna Christie (1930)
Min and Bill (1930)
The Champ (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
Red Dust (1932)
Little Women (1933)
Morning Glory (1933)
Great Expectations (1935)
The Informer (1935)
Les Misérables (1935) (remakes in 1952, 1958, 1998, 2012)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Dodsworth (1936)
Fury (1936)
Dead End (1937)
The Good Earth (1937)
The Hurricane (1937)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Stage Door (1937)
A Star is Born (1937)
Boys Town (1938)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
The Rules of the Game (1939, Fr.) (aka La règle du jeu)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Knute Rockne: All-American (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Hitler's Children (1943)
The Human Comedy (1943)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Since You Went Away (1944)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Great Expectations (1946, UK)
Black Narcissus (1947, UK)
Body and Soul (1947)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Odd Man Out (1947)
The Bicycle Thief (1948, It.)
Hamlet (1948, UK)
I Remember Mama (1948)
The Snake Pit (1948)
All the King's Men (1949)
Champion (1949)
The Heiress (1949)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
All About Eve (1950)
Rashomon (1950, Jp.)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
A Place in the Sun (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
Ikiru (1952, Jp.)
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Umberto D. (1952, It.)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953, Fr./It.)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
I Confess (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953, Jp.)
The Wild One (1953)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
The Country Girl (1954)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
The Blackboard Jungle (1955)
East of Eden (1955)
Marty (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Baby Doll (1956)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Giant (1956)
Written on the Wind (1956)
Nights of Cabiria (1957, It.)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957, Swe.)
Wild Strawberries (1957, Swe.)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
I Want to Live! (1958)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Compulsion (1959)
Imitation of Life (1959)
Libel (1959)
The Nun's Story (1959)
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
Breathless (A Bout De Souffle) (1960, US/UK)
La Dolce Vita (1960, It.)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
Greatest Bette Davis Drama Films:
Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
Of Human Bondage (1934)
Jezebel (1938)
Dark Victory (1939)
The Old Maid (1939)
The Letter (1940)
The Little Foxes (1941)
Now, Voyager (1942)
All About Eve (1950)
Greatest Dramas After 1960:
The 'Faith Trilogy' (Ingmar Bergman): Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), Silence (1963)
The Children's Hour (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
The Misfits (1961)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Advise & Consent (1962)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962, Fr./It.)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
8 1/2 (1963, It./Fr.)
Hud (1963)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966, Fr.)
Madame X (1966)
A Man For All Seasons (1966)
Persona (1966, Swe.)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Belle De Jour (1967, Fr./It.)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Graduate (1967)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
In Cold Blood (1967)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
The Candidate (1972)
Sounder (1972) (sequel, Sounder, Part 2 (1976))
Mean Streets (1973)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973, Sp.)
The Conversation (1974)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Nashville (1975)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
All the President's Men (1976)
Network (1976)
Rocky (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Saturday Night Fever (1977) (sequel, Stayin' Alive (1983))
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
...And Justice For All (1979)
Hardcore (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
The Onion Field (1979)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Ordinary People (1980)
Raging Bull (1980)
Absence of Malice (1981)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Mommie Dearest (1981)
On Golden Pond (1981)
Reds (1981)
Frances (1982)
The King of Comedy (1982)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
The Verdict (1982)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982, Australia/US)
A Soldier's Story (1984)
Amadeus (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
The Color Purple (1985)
Jagged Edge (1985)
'night, Mother (1986)
Broadcast News (1987)
Suspect (1987)
The Accused (1988)
A Cry In the Dark (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988, US/UK)
Rain Man (1988)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Presumed Innocent (1990)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
JFK (1991)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991, China/HK/Taiwan)
Bob Roberts (1992)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Malcolm X (1992)
The Player (1992)
Three Colors Trilogy (Krzysztof Kieslowski): Blue (1993), White (1994), Red (1994)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Piano (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
Blue Sky (1994)
The Client (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Quiz Show (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The American President (1995)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Nixon (1995)
The Crucible (1996)
The Elements Trilogy (Deepa Mehta): Fire (1996), Earth (1998), Water (2005)
The English Patient (1996)
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Primal Fear (1996)
Secrets & Lies (1996, UK)
Shine (1996)
Sling Blade (1996)
A Time To Kill (1996)
Trainspotting (1996, UK)
Amistad (1997)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The Ice Storm (1997)
The Rainmaker (1997)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Bulworth (1998)
Central Station (1998, Braz.) (aka Central do Brasil)
Elizabeth (1998)
Life is Beautiful (1998, It.)
Primary Colors (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998, US/UK)
All About My Mother (1999, Sp./Fr.)
American Beauty (1999)
The Insider (1999)
October Sky (1999)
Summer of Sam (1999)
The Contender (2000)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Vera Drake (2004, UK)
Crash (2005)
The Lives of Others (2006, Germ.)
United 93 (2006)
Volver (2006, Sp.)
Atonement (2007, UK)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Fr.)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
The Reader (2008)
Precious (2009)
The Help (2011)
A Separation (2011, Iran)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Amour (2012)
The Master (2012)
Ida (2013, Poland)
Fences (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Mudbound (2017)
Marriage Story (2019)



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