My 50 best drama movies

Don't read to much into the order of the list, I didn't spend much time to order it. The first ten is my favorites out of the 50.
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1.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ One of my absolute favorites! Gives me the chills every time. ” - mo_helene
 
2.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Need I say anything? :) ” - mo_helene
 
3.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ Never mind the movie in itself is one of the best I have ever seen... but OH, the MUSIC!!! Eddie Vedder's beautiful melodies brings out the right mood for every scene. ” - mo_helene
 
4.
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother. (119 mins.)
Director: Shainee Gabel
“ In my opinion, one of the best characters John Travolta has done. ” - mo_helene
 
5.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ A classic teenage movie about fitting in. Watched it a hundred times when I was 16 :) ” - mo_helene
 
6.
Remember Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A romantic drama centered on two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother's suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother's murder. (113 mins.)
Director: Allen Coulter
“ Although I don't like Twilight that much, I love Robert Pattinson in this one. Pierce Brosnan does a good job here as well, I think. ” - mo_helene
 
7.
Garden State (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ Sweet and beautiful. ” - mo_helene
 
8.
The Wackness (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
9.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
10.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
 
11.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Psychological thriller-drama. ” - mo_helene
 
12.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
13.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ Another John Hughes movie, from the lovely 80's. It's love, it's pretty and it's pink!! ” - mo_helene
 
14.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ It is not easy to be 16. It is definitely NOT easy to be in love with the most handsome boy in school and at the top of it all; your parents forgot your birthday!!! ” - mo_helene
 
15.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
16.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ The struggles of an heroine addict. ” - mo_helene
 
17.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
 
18.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
19.
Catch and Release (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A woman struggles to accept the death of her fiancé and the secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life. (124 mins.)
Director: Susannah Grant
“ Gray's fiancee is dead and she is grieving together with his three best friends. At the same time she find secrets from her fiancee's life. Juliette Lewis is a highlight of this movie. ” - mo_helene
 
20.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ The political career of the gay activist Harvey Milk. I loved it! ” - mo_helene
 
21.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ The story of a Jewish pianist under 2nd. World War. I love this movie a lot. ” - mo_helene
 
22.
The Break-Up (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment. (106 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
“ Romantic drama movie. ” - mo_helene
 
23.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Rio de Janeiro. Moito Lindo. ” - mo_helene
 
24.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
25.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
26.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
27.
Alpha Dog (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. (118 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ The first movie I saw with Justin Timberlake. And the verdict was positive!!! Emile Hirsch plays Johnny Truelove, a gang leader. A vendetta turns fatal for a young, innocent boy. Based on a true story. ” - mo_helene
 
28.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (102 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
29.
This Is England (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ Thomas Thurgoose plays Shaun in the movie and does a fabulous job!!! The movie portrays the life in England under the rule of Maggie Thatcher, and it is not a pretty sight. Shaun's father died in the arguably meaningless Falkland Island war with Argentina and Shaun find comfort with his much older friends. ” - mo_helene
 
30.
Juno (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Just a sweet, funny and romantic drama about a young girl who gets pregnant with her friend and decides to give the baby up for adoption. ” - mo_helene
 
31.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Amazing. A movie everyone should see, in my opinion. ” - mo_helene
 
32.
The Jacket (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them. (103 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
“ Psychological thriller-drama. Plot is good and the actors are good, all in all a very good movie. ” - mo_helene
 
33.
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ The story of Johnny Cash's road to success. And the struggles that came as a result. Reese Witherspoon does a very good portrait of June Carter. ” - mo_helene
 
34.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Kumble
“ A movie with all the ingredients :) ” - mo_helene
 
35.
K-PAX (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations. (120 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
36.
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. (109 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
37.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ A drama based on a real story. What happens when someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer, and how far are you willing to go, to save that person. Heartbreaking, but important movie. ” - mo_helene
 
38.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
39.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Epic. ” - mo_helene
 
40.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
41.
Dangerous Minds (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school. (99 mins.)
Director: John N. Smith
“ A good one from the 90's. A schoolteacher tries to get the attention of troubled kids in a New York public high school. ” - mo_helene
 
42.
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
“ I really liked this one. I was very disappointed with Kristen Stewart after seeing her (in my opinion) very bad performance in Twilight. Before Twilight I saw her in 'into the wild', which I thought she did an excellent job. Here, she is back on track portraying a girl who prostitute herself. ” - mo_helene
 
43.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
44.
The Notebook (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ Romantic Drama. Boy meets girl - boy wants girl - boy gets girl. But then, the trouble arrives... ” - mo_helene
 
45.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of 'Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
 
46.
Half Nelson (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
 
47.
Changeling (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
48.
The Last Song (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A rebellious girl is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect. (107 mins.)
“ This one, I must say, surprised me a lot. I didn't know who the actress was, but soon found out it was the girl from Hanna Montana! But this movie was really good. ” - mo_helene
 
49.
High Fidelity (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
50.
About a Boy (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. (101 mins.)