Movies in the Drama/Thriller genre

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Traffic

During the Spring of 1990, I remember being transfixed in front of the television set for an hour each Sunday night over a period of five weeks. The occasion was the "Masterpiece Theater" presentation of the British mini-series "Traffik", a comple...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2000-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Drugs, Profanity, Sexual Situations, Nudity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Michael Douglas, Jacob Vargas, Dennis Quaid, ...
Tragedy of Macbeth, The

A wonderful thing about Shakespeare’s canon is that those plays can form the vehicles by which any director’s unique vision can emerge. Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, and Kenneth Branagh all recognized this. With The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel ...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2021-12-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Bertie Carvel, ...
True Story

True Story can be seen as a true crime story but it's primarily about the relationship between a criminal and the journalist interviewing him; the details of the quadruple murder come in a distant second. The ironically titled narrative is about ...

Run Time: 1:40
U.S. Release Date: 2015-04-17
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones
Uncut Gems

In their follow-up to the underrated Good Time, the Safdie Brothers (Benny and Josh) have shown that the some of the most forceful qualities evident in their previous film were more trademarks than one-off experiments. Uncut Gems, although ver...

Run Time: 2:16
U.S. Release Date: 2019-12-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Cast: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, ...
Unfaithful

Adrian Lyne must have a fascination for examining the ins and outs of marital infidelity. Unfaithful, Lyne's first outing since the controversial Lolita, follows in the distant wake of Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. In some ways, Unfaith...

Run Time: 2:04
U.S. Release Date: 2002-05-10
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Nudity, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Adrian Lyne
Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, ...
Vengeance

Vengeance tries for something different and succeeds. But, although screenwriter/director B.J. Novak swings for the fences, he doesn’t quite get the ball out of the park. This Blumhouse production marries fish-out-of-water elements with some phi...

Run Time: 1:34
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-09-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: B.J. Novak
Cast: B.J. Novak, Boyd Holbrook, Ashton Kutcher, ...
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is a delightful piece of fan service - a supersized TV reunion episode expanded for viewing in movie theaters. Warner Brothers, unsure of the film’s box office potential, has chosen an unusual distribution model. Simultaneous with t...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2014-03-14
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Rob Thomas
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, ...
Walker, The

It would be fair to characterize writer/director Paul Schrader as someone who's fascinated by the seamier side of human nature. Some of his best known screenplays, including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull for Martin Scorsese, have plumbed the depths ...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-07
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Situations, Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/THRILLER
Director: Paul Schrader
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, ...
Where the Crawdads Sing

The screen adaptation of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, written by Lucy Alibar and directed by Olivia Newman, comes with a built-in audience – the novel has (to date) sold 12 million copies and, if only a fraction of those readers pays ...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Home Release Date: 2022-09-13
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Sexual Content, Violence, Sexual Assault)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Olivia Newman
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, ...
White Boy Rick

In trying to do too much, White Boy Rick accomplishes too little. During the course of less than two hours, it seeks to be a character drama, a true-life crime saga, and a socially conscious commentary about the disproportionately long sentenc...

Run Time: 1:50
U.S. Release Date: 2018-09-14
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Yann Demange
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, ...