top 20 dramas to watch

The dramatic genre was and remains interesting to the viewer. Such films have an intriguing plot, expose specific life problems and often show ways to solve them. We have prepared a list of the best dramas of all time, each of which is a pearl in the treasury of world cinema with high ratings and positive reviews.

Green Book (2018)

A simple-minded, heavy-fisted Italian, Tony, was perfectly content to work as a security guard at the club until it was closed for repairs. Then the former bouncer is hired as a driver for a sophisticated African-American musician named Don Shirley. Tony does not like the intelligent pianist himself, nor the prospect of his service, but there is no way out – he needs money. These two different people in all respects go on a tour of the States.

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Original title:
Green Book

Cast:
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3 IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+

Interstellar (2014)

A terrible drought led to the fact that the Earth was overtaken by a food crisis. Civilization is under threat of ceasing to exist, and scientists come into play. They made a disappointing conclusion that the planet will have to leave and move to another, which still needs to be found. The group of research pilots includes a talented specialist Cooper. This drama is one of the best films that every connoisseur of quality cinema should watch.

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Original title:
Interstellar

Cast:
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

Country:
USA, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
12+

Obsession (2013)

The desire of the young musician Andrew to become famous leads him to the conservatory to the country’s leading conductor. He notices inclinations in the guy and undertakes to make Andrew the best student. The hero tries his best to become great and become famous. Gradually, this desire develops into an obsession. A high rating, positive reviews from viewers and an interesting plot of the drama are why this picture is included in our list.

Original Title :
Whiplash

Starring :
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+

1+1 (2011)

A wealthy aristocrat, Philip lost the ability to walk as a result of an accident. As a nurse and his assistant, he hires Driss, a young native of Senegal. This loafer did not need a job, but only a certificate of employment. But after meeting a paralyzed rich man, Driss manages to restore his interest in life. This picture, based on real events, has a high rating and deservedly enters the top of the best dramatic films.

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Original title:
Intouchables

Cast:
Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ni

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.8, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
16+

Hachiko: The Most Faithful Friend (2008)

One day, university teacher Parker Wilson found a cute puppy at the train station and adopted the animal at home. A devoted friendship soon developed between them. Every morning the dog accompanied the owner to the train, and in the evening he met him at the station. One day Wilson had a heart attack at work and died. In the evening, the dog Hachiko did not see Parker, but continued to wait for him. For several years, until his death, every day he came to the station.

Original title:
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Cast:
Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
0+

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Chris Gardner is raising his son alone. The seller’s job doesn’t bring in much money, and the small family is evicted from their apartment for non-payment. Chris steadfastly endures this blow of fate. He firmly believes that he must and will be able to provide the child so that he grows up a happy person. Gardner gets a new job as a broker, but even there he is not too lucky. This drama inspires to keep going and continues the list of the best films with high ratings.

Original title:
The Pursuit of Happyness

Cast:
Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
12+

Notebook (2004)

Ellie is a girl from a very wealthy family. Noah is a handsome but not rich guy. Young people meet in the park, Noah wants to continue communication, but Ellie is against it. However, the persistence of the young man takes its toll, and the heroine realizes that she has fallen in love without a memory. However, the affair quickly ended: Ellie moved out and Noah was drafted into the military. Years later, the two met again. Now the heroes of the drama have to finally decide the fate of a long-standing relationship.

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Original title:
The Notebook

Cast:
Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
12+

Pianist (2002)

The famous musician Vladek would have continued to make art, but the Nazis came to his native Poland, and he is a Jew by nationality. Soon the pianist finds himself in the ghetto, where he is subjected to humiliation, insults and hunger. However, he manages to escape from the camp and has to hide from the Nazis in order not to be shot. This movie is one of the most touching films, deservedly included in the list of the best of the best foreign dramas of recent decades.

Original Title :
The Pianist

Cast:
Adrien Brody ,
Emilia Fox ,
Daniel Caltagirone
Country
: Poland
, France, UK
,
Germany

Mind Games (2001)

Mathematics has always occupied a special place in the life of John Nash. As a student, he spent days and nights doing calculations and calculating formulas. After graduation, a promising young man remains to work as a teacher. One day, a CIA officer approaches him for recruitment. John, without thinking twice, agrees to help national intelligence. In the course of completing the task, the hero of the drama realizes that he is gradually losing touch with reality.

Original title:
A Beautiful Mind

Cast:
Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
12+

Outcast (2000)

Working in the delivery service takes up all the time Chuck Nolan. The guy doesn’t have a minute to do anything else. He does not pay attention to his beloved woman, since in the first place is the timely sending of correspondence. When the hero of the drama ends up stranded on a desert island as a result of a plane crash, there is time to think about how he lived all the past years. The drama has a good rating and therefore occupies a position on our list.

Original title:
Cast Away

Starring :
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+

Titanic (1997)

Relatives persuade Rosa to marry an unloved but rich man. While traveling together on a cruise ship, she decides to commit suicide by throwing herself into the water from the upper deck. The heroine is saved from death by a poor artist named Jack, and feelings flare up between them. But they do not last long – a few hours remain before the fatal collision of the Titanic with an iceberg. This drama is on our list as the best disaster movie with an unbeatable rating.

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Original title:
Titanic

Starring :
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Jewish guy Guido falls in love with a pretty Italian Dora. Young people get married, open a business and raise a little son. Soon the Second World War begins, and the father and son were placed in a concentration camp. Trying to save the child’s life, Guido comes up with a game: the boy must be silent, not cry and hide from the guards. This picture takes pride of place in the ranking of the best dramatic films.

Original title:
La vita è bella

Cast:
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
12+

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump is a simple man with an open heart. He is weak-minded, but kind and harmless. As a child, the guy had problems with his spine, but Gump defeats them and even becomes a football player. When the time comes, he goes to war and returns as a hero. Then Forrest got rich, but he is not interested in money. Since childhood, he has been in love with a school friend and has been waiting for reciprocity all his life. This highly rated drama occupies a position on our list as the favorite picture of millions of viewers.

Original title:
Forrest Gump

Cast:
Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Sally Field

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 8.8

Age limit:
12+

Schindler’s List (1993)

Oskar Schindler is a successful businessman. When the Nazis came to power in the 1930s, Schindler opened his own enamelware business in Poland. He employs Jews by sending them false documents. During the war years, this mysterious man, not sparing himself, saved hundreds of Jews from inevitable death, otherwise they would have been destroyed by the Nazis. This drama is one of the best on our list, winning seven Oscars in various categories.

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Original title:
Schindler’s List

Cast:
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.8, IMDb – 8.9

Age limit:
16+

Smell of a Woman (1992)

Retired officer Frank is blind in an accident and is living at home under the care of his family. Those, leaving for the weekend out of town, hire the young man Charles as a nurse for Frank. A blind disabled person is not happy with this prospect: he expects to go to New York for the weekend and have plenty of fun with a woman of easy virtue. Now he will have to go accompanied by a beardless youth.

Original title:
Scent of a Woman

Cast:
Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell, James Rebhorn

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+

Awakening (1990)

Dr. Sayer is a medical research scientist. One day he goes to work in the hospital. It houses a dozen patients afflicted with a rare disease and in a state of paralysis. Sayer makes an experimental drug. One of the wards named Leonard, after taking the drug, gains the ability to move. The film is based on real events and has an excellent rating, so it is included in the list of the best foreign dramas.

Original title:
Awakenings

Starring :
Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, John Heard

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+

Rain Man (1988)

The rake and selfish Charlie receives depressing news: the deceased father bequeathed almost all his property not to him, but to his older brother Raymond, whose existence the hero did not even know. Enraged by the unfair treatment, he decides to change the situation. Charlie finds out that his brother has autism and is being treated at a clinic. He decides to kidnap a relative and take away the property he inherited. The drama has a high rating and good reviews from critics, which is why it is included in our list.

Original title:
Rain Man

Cast:
Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+

Moscow does not believe in tears (1979)

Lyudmila, Antonina and Katerina came from the provinces to conquer Moscow. Soon the paths of the three friends parted, and their fates turned out differently. The main character of the drama, Katya, falls in love with a cameraman, but he leaves her pregnant. After grieving, she pulls herself together and raises her daughter without a father. Only at the age of forty Katerina meets the one she has been waiting for all her life. In addition to the high rating, the drama has an Oscar and takes pride of place in our list of the best films.

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Cast:
Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Alexei Batalov

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

McMurphy is a criminal who feigned a mental disorder and was sent to a psychiatric clinic for examination. Once there, the hero of the drama learns that the institution has a very strict schedule and the undivided power of the head nurse reigns. McMurphy makes a vow to put an end to the administration’s arbitrary actions and, one after another, conducts actions of disobedience. He then decides to run away from the hospital.

Original title:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.7

Age limit:
16+

Gone with the Wind (1939)

The action of the picture takes place in the 61st year of the 19th century in the USA. Scarlett O’Hara is a wealthy young beauty who lives on an estate on a rich plantation. A spoiled rich woman is not interested in the feelings of others and the situation outside the house. She flirts mercilessly and spends time at balls. But the Civil War begins, which changes the fate of millions of people and the heroine herself. This film is undoubtedly the best picture in the drama genre, the bestseller of cinema.

Original title:
Gone with the Wind

Cast:
Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
12+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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