Simple dramas like 12 angry men, 25th hourand The accused are all as relevant in modern times as they were at the time of publication. The genre captures human nature in a timeless way as the topics covered in the films have sadly persisted.
Drama films can also seemingly cross the line into any other genre while still retaining the ability to pull the heart. Also, when it comes to Redditors, some years have brought an unusually large amount of great movies to the genre’s history.
From 12 angry menthe drama of the courtroom without the courtroom for The seventh sealof chess with death, 1957 was a year for some remarkably interesting concepts on the big screen. There was also Stanley Kubrick’s war movie paths of glory as well as satire A face in the crowd.
Like one of Ingmar Bergman’s best films, The seventh seal is in a prestigious company. A user now deleted did a long post about 50s classics and included it, writing “amazing in every way, gorgeous”. On a separate thread, AnHeroicHippo99 wrote about the deliberation room classic 12 angry mencalling it “one of the best conversational movies out there”.
The second calendar year of the 60s gave theater fans films such as the scammerwith Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, and an adaptation of the play by Lorraine Hansberry A raisin in the sun.
Adamd2s abstract the scammer‘s appeal well with “Paul Newman has bluster, galore.” Malafakka deemed it the best film of 1961, writing that it was a film with “great dialogue, great performances and great scenes”. On a thread in search of the best film of the late Sidney Poitier, his filmography has been narrowed down to A raisin in the sun and In the heat of the Night (1967). Orourkekings was clear about his choice, writing “A raisin in the sun and it’s not even close. In the heat of the Night is a good movie but the first one is special.”
1976 was a year for drama mixed with political and social commentary, such as Network, All Presidentmenand Martin Scorsese Taxi driver. But there were also crowd-pleasing and heartbreaking hits like Sylvester Stallone’s. Rocky and A star is bornwith Barbra Streisand.
xpurplehayes defended Scorsese’s first film in a lengthy post, ending with “At the end of the day, it’s just a really well-done, powerful, intense character study.” Elsewhere, I-had-no-good-ideas started a thread to describe their first experience watching it: “I think Rocky is an amazing movie…it does a really good job of fight choreography.”
Two of the best films about the experience of being a prisoner were released in the same year. 1978 also saw the release of Terrence Malick’s poignant and surprisingly simple sky dayswith Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard.
midnight express followed an American student facing a horrific 30-year sentence in a Turkish prison. Turning wrote this of the Oliver Stone-scripted film: “Brutal, suspenseful, never dull, this is a great prison movie.” The deer hunter won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Sound and Best Film Editing. It’s easy to see why, because the film is still powerful today. RareSpirit started a thread and began his post with a compelling sell: “I finally started watching The deer hunter and it was without a doubt one of the greatest decisions I have ever made…”
Romantic movies like The accidental tourist and A hard worker to heartbreaking stories like Burning Mississippi, The accused, A scream in the dark and Beaches, 1988 is filled with classic drama movies. There was also Stand up and deliver, Gorillas in the mist, Clean and soberand the Oscar winner for Best Picture of the Year, rain man.
Arushi20 started a thread to talk about it rain man, writing that it is “a brilliant film that touches your heart and soul”. On a separate thread, a few Redditors discussed Jodie Foster’s Oscar-winning performance in The accused, easily one of Foster’s most iconic roles. As Dark_Vengeance put it, “Jodie Foster is one of the best and she always plays these type of characters. She’s tough and vulnerable. She deserved that Oscar win…”
1996 could be considered the year of the 90s for crime and courtroom dramas, with Primary fear, Fargo and Trainspotting. There were also dramas that varied in tone, from charming Jerry Maguire seriously Break the waves and The English Patient.
Apoplectic confetti commented on a thread dedicated to Cameron Crowe Jerry Maguire: “I love this film, these memorable characters and these dialogues. ‘It’s not show friends, it’s show business’ is my favorite.” On a Wire for the Controversial Best Picture Oscar Winner The English Patient, DenverFlorida said they “thought it was better than Titanic in terms of the love story… Ralph Fiennes is amazing in it and the desert and the music is a relaxing combination with lots of drama to keep you entertained. A good film.”
Alongside two major Leonardo DiCaprio dramas, Martin Scorsese’s New York Gangs and Steven Spielberg Catch Me If You Can2002 provided the public 8 miles, The pianist, city of godJoe Carnahan’s Underrated Narcand Spike Lee 25th hour.
DarrylthedudeWayne started a thread after watching Catch Me If You Can for the first time, calling it one of Spielberg’s finest: “The score, the music and that opening sequence are all wonderful. The directing, writing and acting are among the best and first class. order…” TheCheshireCody pleaded for Lee’s film to get more attention: “I’m going to name 25th hour because it’s one of my favorite movies of all time… Phenomenal acting, excellent story and dialogue, wonderful cinematography. He should have swept the Oscars that year.”
2003 had explosive and magnificent war dramas like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Last Samurai, and cold mountain as well as fairly simple dramas like House of sand and fog, the mystical riverand lost in translation.
An editor in chief, WaveCrossedmentioned the Clint Eastwood movie alongside other big names such as Memento and another Eastwood classic, Million dollar baby. Then, undercooked lasagna came up with “You couldn’t pay me to watch the mystical river again. The depression takes on another level.” It’s a disturbing film, just like the novel, but it’s a masterpiece with excellent performances from the entire cast. Sofia Coppola’s lost in translation is a lighter viewing experience that still manages to shake the tears away. SuPerflyKiD3 started a thread and summed up Coppola’s film well: “The script is so pure and about nothing more than two characters going through a blank period in their lives trying to make themselves more whole by spending time together and creating connections.”
2007 was the year of 21st century drama westerns, with films like There is no country for old people, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Fordand there will be blood all fitting into the genre to some degree. There were also crime dramas like american mobster and Before the devil knows you’re dead as well as thrilling dramas like the brave and Michael Clayton.
by Paul Thomas Anderson there will be blood is widely regarded as one of the best movies of the 2000s, but a Redditor has started a thread seeking clarification on why. Russellly came and explained it well: “My favorite part of the movie is that they don’t make it stupid for the audience. They don’t talk constantly trying to convey every emotion in words, instead they just let live through the characters….” In the meantime, Clunky_glunky wrote of Tony Gilroy’s George Clooney drama: “Michael Clayton. Great movie, beautifully shot, great acting, amazing ending.”
2013 was a major year for drama films; It has seen the release of excellent films such as Crime Soaked Prisoners, american hustle, and the wolf of Wall Street as well as popular short films such as Dallas Buyers Club, Before midnight, All is lostand the Best Picture Oscar 12 years of slavery.
TheDezKillah wrote about Denis Villeneuve’s dramatic thriller Prisoners: “Hard to watch at times, but truly an incredibly well acted and well written film was Prisoners.” Narwhal_of_death suggested the film ABSCAM by David O. Russell, american hustle: “I found all the performances excellent. The period music and the clothes were perfect.”
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