Best Dramatic Movies

  • Titanic

    Titanic (PG-13, 1997)

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher
    This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R... read more.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard's 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox's custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic's 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
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      fb813389394: movie can be, a beautifully crafted epic that dazzles with its pure cinema perfection -- technical, dramatic, and thematic -- in every single scene, enough to maybe even move some cinephiles to tears
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
    • BSHnarejo
      BSHnarejo: .

      While Titanic is easily the most subdued and dramatic of Cameron's films, fans of more frantic pictures like Aliens and The Abyss will not be dis
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
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      fb1067641266: It'a a alright movie it's a bit sad but really dramatic
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married (R, 2008)

    Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
    When Kym returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long ... read morehistory of personal crisis, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations has gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym--with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama--is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic.
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      fb810335502: . Really bad acting. Oh you drove your suv into the woods, you poor thing. That's so dramatic!
      - bore fest and snooze fest is an understatement here. Avoid at all costs. The critics l
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb619917674: . Hathaway does a great job in portraying an addict whose addiction has led to tragedy. It is very dramatic and deserves a look see.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • qtmemoe
      qtmemoe: . But, there are certain things in the plot that just seem like they are brought up for dramatic at the time value and then never resolved. . .
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog (R, 2007)

    Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Ben Foster
    Frankie is a Los Angeles drug dealer. He comes from a good family, owns his home, several cars and e... read morenjoys partying with his friends. Frankie is 19. When his friend Jake welches on a debt, Frankie and his boys kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother Butch and hold him as a marker. Even though Butch has numerous chances to escape, he doesn't. He's enjoying partying with them, losing his virginity and having a good time -- until something goes horribly wrong.
    • morpheuscollins
      morpheuscollins: . Excellent acting combined with an emotional appeal made for a very susepenseful dramatic movie.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
    • pointzeropictures
      pointzeropictures: eels like it's trying too hard to be cool and contempo unfortunately at the expense of an engaging, dramatic storytelling.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
    • saneteapot
      saneteapot: An excellent film, very well executed and acted, that I will never watch again. Dramatic and painf
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Curse of the Golden Flower

    Curse of the Golden Flower (R, 2006)

    Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu, Chen Jin
    A dying love between two powerful people leads to deceit, infidelity, and conspiracy in this epic-sc... read moreale historical drama from director Zhang Yimou. During the latter days of the Tang dynasty, the Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns home from the war with his son Prince Jai (Jay Chou) in tow. However, the monarch gets a chilly reception from the Empress (Gong Li); though she's eager to see her son, her marriage has become deeply acrimonious, and she's taken a lover, Crown Prince Wan (Liu Ye), her stepson from the Emperor's first marriage. The Emperor, meanwhile, has his own plan for dealing with his failing marriage -- he's ordered the Imperial Doctor (Ni Dahong) to find an exotic drug that will drive the Empress insane and administer it to her without her knowledge. However, the doctor's ethical dilemma is intensified by the fact his daughter Chan (Li Man) has fallen in love with Crown Prince Wan and the two wish to elope. As the Emperor and Empress allow their estrangement to sink into violence and retribution, their youngest son, Prince Yu (Qin Junjie), struggles to keep the peace in the household. Curse of the Golden Flower (aka Man Cheng Jim Dai Huang Jin Jia) received its North American premiere at the 2006 American Film Institute Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb2603130: . Acting was satisfactory but became awkward with the poor writing and overly dramatic direction.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb582647036: Well-presented dramatic tragedy with typically excellent art direction, although the impressive scenery and superb
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • aurorasbored
      aurorasbored: Sumptuous, dramatic and also totally outlandish. Yimou does his beautiful 80,000 extras thing and Gong Li and C
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl (PG-13, 2008)

    Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance
    Two ferociously ambitious sisters, Mary and Anne Boleyn, are rivals for the bed and heart of the 16t... read moreh century English king Henry VIII.
    • baseball32
      baseball32: A little known prelude to a decisive period in England's dramatic history. Well-made movie with a string cast.
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • rylanjp
      rylanjp: intense, dramatic and highly enjoyable, recommended!
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • andrewdamovieman
      andrewdamovieman: reat performances, the only most noteable performance is Eric Bana as Henry VIII, he goes through a dramatic change and Bana pulls it off with ease. Everyone knows what is going to happen at the end,
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (PG-13, 2008)

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga
    Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield star in Little Voice writer/director Mark Herman's ... read moreadaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his sprawling yet dreary country abode and forbidden by his mother from exploring the backyard, young Bruno searches for something to do while his older sister plays with dolls and vies for the attention of handsome Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend). One day, bored and gazing out his bedroom window, Bruno spies what first appears to be a nearby farm; his parents refuse to discuss it, and all of the inhabitants there are curiously clad in striped pajamas. But while Bruno's mother na´vely believes the "farm" to be an internment camp, her husband has sworn under oath never to reveal that it is in fact an extermination camp specifically designed to help the Nazis achieve their horrific "Final Solution." Eventually defying his mother's rules and venturing out beyond the backyard, Bruno arrives at a barbed wire fence to find a young boy just his age emptying rubble from a wheel barrel. Like Pavel, the kitchen worker who cooks all of Bruno's meals, the young boy is wearing striped pajamas. His name is Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), and before long the two young boys become fast friends. But the closer these two boys grow, the more Bruno becomes awakened to the horrors unfolding all around them. His mother is catching on quickly as well, a fact that causes great tension in her marriage to Bruno's father. Later, after Bruno swipes a piece of cake for Shmuel, Lt. Kotler accuses the Jewish boy of stealing and delivers a swift punishment. When Bruno's father announces that the young boy and his mother will be going to live with their aunt in Heidelberg, Bruno grabs a shovel and makes his way to the camp, setting into motion a tragic and devastating sequence of events. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb6607812: a dramatic end. definitely a good watch. the movie portrays the innocence of two kids who are supposed
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • mulletrock
      mulletrock: . Absolutely amazing. Powerful, poignant, dramatic. This movie shows the atrocities of world war 2 through the innocent eyes of an 8 year old
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • brent126
      brent126: . Very dramatic movie that shows the perspective of the war through a childs eyes. A lot of meaning behind
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Crash

    Crash (R, 2004)

    Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Shaun Toub
    Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally co... read morellide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi