Drama movies are characterized by its element of having emotional themes that elicit certain responses from the viewers. The most common misconception about drama movies is that the story should make you cry. This is not always the case.
There are drama movies that are sad to the point of making you want to curl up in bed all day. But some drama movies are light-hearted that it only intends to inspire you or give a valuable lesson into your life. Here are some of the top pick for best drama movies of all times.
- Gone with the Wind
This 1939 classic is based on the bestselling novel by Margaret Mitchell. This movie is considered as the top-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation. The story is set against the backdrop of Civil War and the romance between the dashing Rhett Butler and the beauty Scarlett O’Hara was portrayed by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
- Schindler’s List
This movie earns Steven Spielberg numerous awards. Schindler’s List is based on a true story. It was told from the perspective of Oscar Schindler, a businessman, who saved lots of jews working in his factory from the Nazis. The film was shot in stark black and white and was filmed in many original locations.
- Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is another sterling movie of Steven Spielberg. This is arguably the greatest war movie of all time. Tom Hanks is exceptional in his portrayal of the beleaguered character Captain John H. Miller. The film is truly heartbreaking and inspires patriotism.
This 1943 treasured classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Casablanca is a magnificently plotted story, set against the backdrop of World War II and the imminent Nazi threat. The film follows two men pitting for the affections of the same woman.
- A Beautiful Mind
Before this movie, Russell Crowe is already a household name but not because of his portrayal in a drama movie. He delivered emotionally charged character inspired by the real-life story of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematician genius who suffers from schizophrenia. After his stellar performance in this film, Mr. Crowe’s acting ability has been taken seriously by the entire Hollywood and the world.
To Kill a Mockingbird is the big screen adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel of the same title. The story is about small-town racism issue and a showcase of childhood innocence. Gregory Peck played the wise and compassionate Atticus Finch.
- Forrest Gump
Armed with memorable lines and moving scenes, this film became an instant classic, thanks to its director Robert Zemeckis. Tom Hanks impressively portrayed the slow-minded but warmhearted Forrest, who witnessed some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century of United States.