Movies in the Drama/Thriller genre

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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals employs one of the most inventive uses of neo noir tropes and techniques I have seen in recent years. Intense, insightful, and strangely powerful, Tom Ford’s adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel, Tony and Susan, assumes a...

Run Time: 1:57
U.S. Release Date: 2016-11-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Nudity, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Tom Ford
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, ...
Official Secrets

Official Secrets disrobes a scandal that received scant coverage in the U.S. media when it occurred some 15 years ago. Although hampered somewhat by a fragmented and procedural structure, the film nevertheless makes a compelling argument that ...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2019-08-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Gavin Hood
Cast: Kiera Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, ...
Passing

The realities that human beings create around themselves are, by their nature, fragile things – some more fragile than others. In her directorial debut, actress Rebecca Hall addresses the malleability of identity via her adaptation of Nella ...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2021-10-27
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Racism)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Rebecca Hall
Cast: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland, ...
Persona

In the community of elite critics, there are those who would claim that Persona is the best film ever made, placing it in the rarified atmosphere of such classics as Citizen Kane, City Lights, and Tokyo Story. Although I would agree that Perso...

Run Time: 1:26
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann
Premonition

Time travel movies meddle with paradoxes and causality - these things lie at the core of their essential fascination. The difference between a good time travel movie and a bad one often rests with one simple quality: Having established a set of "...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2007-03-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Mennan Yapo
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Shyann McClure, ...
Prophet, A

A Prophet (Un prophète in its home tongue) is director Jacques Audiard's gangster-themed twist on the rags-to-riches story. Although it's a genre staple to present the story of an innocent corrupted by the criminal world and rising to a position ...

Run Time: 2:35
U.S. Release Date: 2010-02-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, ...
Quarry, The

Moody and brooding, Scott Teems’ The Quarry falls loosely within a genre that has been dubbed “Western noir” by some critics. Undoubtedly a serious work that attempts to address immigration tensions and personal redemption, the film suff...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 2020-04-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Scott Teems
Cast: Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno, ...
Rampart

It is fair to argue that, at least in the case of Rampart, Woody Harrelson is better than the material in which he appears. A cop story loosely based on real-life events, Rampart is cursed with a meandering script that mines overworked tunnels and ...

Run Time: 1:47
U.S. Release Date: 2011-11-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Oren Moverman
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, ...
Red Riding: 1980

The middle segment of the Red Riding trilogy, Red Riding: 1980, represents the best of the three films - a taut, bleak perspective of the power of pervasive corruption. By the end of this movie, it becomes clear that the rot within the Yorkshire p...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Release Date: 2010-02-05
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Tony Pitts, ...
Red Riding: 1983

Red Riding: 1983 brings the Red Riding trilogy to a close and, if the five-hour saga doesn't precisely conclude with a proverbial "bang," neither does it go out with a whimper. The third movie represents the middle ground between the promising-but...

Run Time: 1:42
U.S. Release Date: 2010-02-05
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Anand Tucker
Cast: David Morrissey, Mark Addy, Jim Carter, ...