Movies in the Drama/Thriller genre

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Crisis

Seemingly taking inspiration from Traffic, writer/director Nicholas Jarecki attempts to use a thematic connection (rather than a narrative one) to tie together three separate stories. (Although two of the segments intersect at the climax.) The...

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-04-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Cast: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, ...
Cruel Intentions

Three things made Dangerous Liaisons, the 1988 Stephen Frears/Christopher Hampton collaboration, one of the best films of the decade: tremendous dialogue, an intriguing and Machiavellian plot, and top-notch performances (excepting Keanu Reeves). ...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 1999-03-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Roger Kumble
Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, ...
Death Sentence

Death Sentence is Death Wish for the 2000s. However, in place of the slow-burn intensity of Charles Bronson, we have the guilt-riddled stylings of Kevin Bacon. It's easy enough to guess at what director James Wan was trying for with Death Sentenc...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2007-08-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: James Wan
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Garrett Hedlund, Kelly Preston, ...
Destroyer

Destroyer could earn Nicole Kidman some consideration for an Oscar nomination and the gritty neo-noir storyline about obsession, guilt, and betrayal is worthwhile for those who appreciate the genre, but the movie seems destined to be lost in t...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2018-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, ...
Detroit

In July 1967, civil unrest resulting from the brutality of the predominantly white Detroit police department reached a boiling point. The result, which history has named the “12th Street Riot”, was one of the deadliest and destructive riots in...

Run Time: 2:20
U.S. Release Date: 2017-08-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Sexual Content, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie, Ben O’Toole, ...
Dirty Pretty Things

It is often said that America is a "melting pot." Judging by director Stephen Frears' unconventional portrait of life in London, the U.K. is just as much a bubbling cauldron as its former colonies. Since the 20th century, every major city acro...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2003-08-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Chiwetel Ejofor, Audrey Tautou, Sergi Lopez, ...
Don't Look Now

Don't Look Now, Nicolas Roeg's nighmarish and atmospheric 1973 classic, takes the viewer on a winding, unpredictable trip that starts as a meditation on grief and ends as a supernatural thriller. It's a stark, tragic melodrama that veers off into ...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 1973-12-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Hilary Mason, ...
Dream House

Hours after seeing Dream House, I was still trying to figure out how a movie starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts, lensed by Caleb Deschanel, and directed by Jim Sheridan could be such a disappointment. It's obvious what's wrong wit...

Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2011-09-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, ...
End of Watch

The problem with End of Watch, a gripping police drama, is director David Ayer's stylistic decision to shoot nearly the entire movie tripod-less. Or, to put it another way, there's a whole lotta shakin' going on. Much of End of Watch could almost f...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2012-09-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, ...
Fight Club

With its kinetic style, visceral approach, compelling storyline, and powerful social message, Fight Club makes a commanding case to be considered the '90s version of A Clockwork Orange. In a time when so few motion pictures leave an impact, Fight ...

Run Time: 2:19
U.S. Release Date: 1999-10-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, ...