There may never be a more difficult task than determining the 10 best drama movies of all time, but we feel like we are up to the task. Of course, one person's best movie is another person's worst, so feel free to debate amongst yourselves. Still we feel like you would be hard pressed to have a real problem with any movies on this list.
- "Shawshank Redemption" As with most of the movies on this list, the best drama of all time is also one of the best movies of all time. This story of a wrongfully accused man escaping prison makes you inexplicably root for a group of convicts.
- "Schindler's List" We dare you to stay dry eyed through this entire movie. Granted, it is a long movie, but there is not, nor will ever be, a more definitive movie about the horrors of the Nazis in World War II
- "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Jack Nicholson's finest work by far. Another movie where you actually root for the inmates of the asylum instead of the people keeping them in.
- "12 Angry Men" A great look at the American legal system and how it can actually be used for good instead of maligned the way it is so often today. This story of one man's stand against a jury that is going to wrongfully convict an innocent person still stands up.
- "Citizen Kane" The great mystery of the movie—what is Rosebud—makes this movie an instant classic. The fact that it is a childhood sled only makes the mystery unfolding all the more engaging.
- "Sunset Blvd." The portrayal of an aging actress who thinks she should still be getting picture deal after picture deal would work in this generation just as well as it did in 1950. Viewers can actually feel their heart sinking as the main character slips farther into delusion.
- "It's a Wonderful Life" There's a reason this movie is on constant repeat around Christmas. The original storyline is really quite sad when you take into account that the main character was going to kill himself.
- "American Beauty" This story is unique because the main character straight up tells you he will be dead by the end of the movie. An interesting look inside two distinct family dynamics.
- "American History X" This redemption story shows how a devout neo-Nazi realizes the error of his ways after going to prison for murder. The rest of the story has him trying to save his brother from the same fate.
- "The Pianist" The movie that set Adrien Brody's career on track depicts a young Jewish pianist trying to overcome the destruction in his Warsaw ghetto during World War II.
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