Movies in the Drama/Thriller genre

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In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night was the first film – and not the last – to capture the Academy’s attention with its clear-eyed but hopeful examination of race relations in the South during the 1960s. Based on John Ball’s 1965 novel of the sam...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence, Profanity, Instances of Race-Related Bigotry)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Norman Jewison
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, ...
Infiltrator, The

The story told by The Infiltrator - an undercover cop begins to confuse his true identity with that of the “character” he plays - may be familiar but the film’s tone is not. As directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), this movi...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2016-07-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs, Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Brad Furman
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo, ...
Innocent Voices

Innocent Voices tells a very personal story wrapped within a larger political context. Based on the memoirs of co-writer Oscar Orlando Torres, the film hearkens back to the 1980s and the brutal civil war that devastated El Salvador. Much like in ...

Run Time: 1:55
U.S. Release Date: 2005-10-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Luis Mandoki
Cast: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, ...
Jindabyne

Jindabyne, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "So Much Water So Close to Home," is an examination of a fractured family and how mistakes and miscommunication can lead to the widening of pre-existing fissures. While these themes are in t...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2007-04-27
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Ray Lawrence
Cast: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Chris Haywood, ...
Kill the Messenger

The pen may be mightier than the sword but, as related in Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger, whispered innuendo is more deadly than both. Imagine, if you will, All the President's Men with Robert Redford's Bob Woodward brought down by attacks on ...

Run Time: 1:54
U.S. Release Date: 2014-10-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, ...
Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly is 2012's answer to Mean Streets. With a similarly uncompromising, gritty aesthetic to early Scorsese, Andrew Dominik's adaptation of George V. Higgins' Cogan's Trade takes a decidedly unglamorous look at the lives of small-time...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2012-11-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, ...
Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a fascinating character study - an exploration into how a bond of kinship can develop between two very different men, each of whose present circumstances is erected on a foundation of secrets. The film, based on the nov...

Run Time: 2:00
U.S. Release Date: 1985-07-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Mature Themes)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Hector Babenco
Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga
Legend

For writer/director Brian Helgeland (Payback), Legend represents a visit to Scorsese territory; sadly, the result falls far short of the visceral experiences we typically are accorded by the legendary Oscar winner. Granted, it’s a tall order to...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 2015-11-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, ...
Live by Night

The connection between actor/director/writer Ben Affleck and author Dennis Lehane goes back nearly a decade. In 2007, Affleck made his directorial debut by adapting Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone for the screen. It was a high-water mark in both of the...

Run Time: 2:08
U.S. Release Date: 2017-01-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, ...
Margin Call

Long ago, the concept of "money" was devised as a means by which commerce could be simplified - after all, it's easier to carry around some kind of marker than cows or cattle or bags of grain. As society has evolved, however, so has the way in whic...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2011-10-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, ...