Movies in the Drama genre

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Amarcord

I have always felt that Fellini is an acquired taste, and it’s one for which I never developed a ravenous appetite. While I value the director’s flamboyancy, his work has never connected with me in the same way as the output of many of the...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 1974-09-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Magali Noel, Chiccio Ingrassia, Bruno Zamin, ...
Amazing Grace

As a history lesson, Amazing Grace is okay. It stays reasonably true to the established record with minimal embellishment. However, as motion picture, the film is lacking in several key areas. The presentation is choppy, with lengthy sections dev...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2007-02-23
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nothing Objectionable)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, ...
Amelia

Mira Nair's Amelia is a by-the-book bio-pic. By following the template, it's as safe and straightforward as one could possibly get, without narrative flourishes and with minimal exaggeration to satisfy Hollywood's appetite for fictionalization. Th...

Run Time: 1:51
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-23
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, ...
American Beauty

Over the years, many films have taken a dark look at the supposedly perfect ideal of a white picket fence, a little house, and a nuclear family. For many, the suburban life is the American dream. For others, however, it can turn into a twisted ni...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 1999-09-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: COMEDY/DRAMA
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Scott Bakula, Chris Cooper, ...
American Gangster

American Gangster is compelling in the same way that many mob-related motion pictures are compelling, but it fails to achieve the greatness that the best of them attain. The problem with American Gangster may be that it tries to hard to provide bal...

Run Time: 2:37
U.S. Release Date: 2007-11-02
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Armand Assante, Ruby Dee, ...
American History X

Racism. It's almost impossible to turn on a news program, read a paper or magazine article, or engage in a political discussion without that word coming up at one time or another. White Rage has many forms - from the hoods of the KKK to the shave...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 1998-10-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Tony Kaye
Cast: Edward Norton, Ethan Suplee, Guy Torry, ...
American Pastoral

American Pastoral is another in a long line of movie adaptations of revered novels that lose something significant in their translation from page to screen. Although it’s not possible to argue that Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winnin...

Run Time: 1:56
U.S. Release Date: 2016-10-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Ewan McGregor
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, ...
American Sniper

American Sniper lifts director Clint Eastwood out of the doldrums that have plagued his last few films. Loosely based on the life of decorated Iraq War veteran Chris Kyle, the movie not only represents the best effort from Eastwood since his Oscar-wi...

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2014-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: THRILLER/DRAMA
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, ...
Amistad

Here's a word analogy: Amistad is to The Lost World as Schindler's List is to Jurassic Park. In 1993, after Steven Spielberg made the monster dino hit, many critics described Schindler's List as the director's "penance" (as if there was a need for...

Run Time: 2:37
U.S. Release Date: 1997-12-12
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, ...
Ammonite

Repression and desire are often inextricably entwined, with the two dynamics in opposition. Such is the case in Francis Lee’s clear-eyed but heart-wrenching period drama, Ammonite. As much a tale of the patriarchal suffocation of those who b...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 2020-12-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama
Director: Francis Lee
Cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, ...