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, ...
Cherry

For the better part of seven years, the Russo Brothers (Joe & Anthony) have been marooned in the MCU, crafting four films: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. For their encore, ...

Run Time: 2:30
U.S. Release Date: 2021-02-26
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Drugs, Sexual Content)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, ...
I'm Thinking of Ending Things

If there’s one thing I have learned about Charlie Kaufman over the years, it’s that he’s a much better screenwriter than director. Collaborating with the likes of Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of ...

Run Time: 2:14
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Sexual Content, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, ...
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, ...
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, ...
Hustlers

I have occasionally wondered what Showgirls might be like if it was made by a female director. Perhaps Hustlers offers a glimpse of the tantalizing possibility. Existing close to the nexus of the oft-derided Paul Verhoeven film and Martin Scor...

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: Drama/Thriller
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, ...
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, ...
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
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, ...
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, ...