Movie Genre - Top Ten Drama Films

Time for films of the dramatic nature. Basically the place to fit in films that don’t quite fit in other genres.

1. Cinema Paradiso (1988) Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

A story about a life long passion for cinema. Beautiful story told by a great director.

2. Incendies (2010) Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Still the best film in arguably the greatest living directors catalogue.

3. All the Presidents Men (1976) Directed by Alan J Pakula

If you want to know where the film Spotlight stole all its material from, here it is.

4. Mulholland Dr (2001) Directed by David Lynch

Regularly discussed as the greatest film of this century. Masterpiece.

5. Cache (2005) Directed by the Michael Haneke

Words cannot describe.

6. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Directed by the Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Very slow paced like all Nuri’s films but hugely rewarding.

7. Falling Down (1993) Directed by Joel Schumacher

Flawed film due to Schumachers direction but a solid script and tour de force acting masterclass by Michael Douglas elevates this.

8. Magnolia (1999) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Still shocked Tom Cruise didn’t win an academy award for his performance in this film.

9. Boyhood (2014) Directed by Richard Linklater

Pleasing on so many levels. Should have won best picture.

10. The Social Network (2010) Directed by David Fincher

One of the greatest screenplays ever written.

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Personally dislike the genre as a lot attempt to be slice of life films that strip all the true to life comedy away. It’s best utilised when blended with other genres like dramedy or historical set pieces.

  1. Casablanca
  2. Pans Labyrinth
  3. In Bruges
  4. Calvary
  5. No Country for Old Men
  6. City of God
  7. Oldboy
  8. Quills
  9. Lust, Caution
  10. The Lives of Others

This is a difficult one as there are so many films to fit in here.

In no particular order:

Brokeback Mountain

Gran Torino

Million Dollar Baby


Schindler’s List

The Wrestler

Manchester by the Sea


All About Eve


Honourable mentions to Shawshank Redemption, Rear Window, Rain Man, Hurt Locker and Fight Club. Edit: and Incendies too.


In what world is Mulholland Drive discussed as film of the century?

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It is regularly considered in the top handful of films by a lot of film publications.

You don’t rate it?

Not particularly. But Lynch is considered a genius by tossers.

It is a heck of a lot of tossers then.

That film is close to the most celebrated films of the 21st century.

Way, way, way more people dislike mullholland drive than like it. It was a love or loath type film. I generally like Arthouse films, didn’t like that one though.

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A lot of people like Justin Beiber.

I’m not one of them.

Oh. I was going to say I liked it a lot, but …

Are you saying David Lynch is the Justin Bieber of film?

No I’m just saying what people like doesn’t really come into it.

It is an artistic film and it’s always going to divide opinion.

I would be more concerned if everyone liked it. Like Beiber :blush:

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Social network… I reakon the last 10 films I’ve seen are better than that.

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The Wrestler! What a wonderful film.


The Green Mile
Little Miss Sunshine
The Wolf of Wall Street
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Absloute Power

Social Network is an underrated movIe I reckon

I never get tired of watching the shawshank redemption.


Don’t know if you classify it more as arty but punch drunk love is pretty good.

Ironic really, as it’s the first movie I wouldn’t love to punch Adam sandier.


Any list without the Shawshank Redemption is wrong.

Possibly the most underrated movie in the history of movies.

If it didn’t Star Adam Sandler it would be much more highly regarded.