best dramatic movies ever

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1. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 376,953 | Gross: $163.57M

2. Seven Pounds (2008)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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36 Metascore

A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy

Votes: 253,910 | Gross: $69.95M

3. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 383,563 | Gross: $54.58M

4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 539,704 | Gross: $100.49M

5. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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63 Metascore

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 212,407 | Gross: $35.74M

6. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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73 Metascore

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 438,559 | Gross: $233.63M

7. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 438,640 | Gross: $81.00M

8. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 700,946 | Gross: $141.32M

9. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 217,524 | Gross: $20.30M

10. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 902,873 | Gross: $136.80M

11. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

7.6
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28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 130,186 | Gross: $40.31M

12. My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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51 Metascore

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.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Walter Raney

Votes: 81,056 | Gross: $49.20M

13. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,438,460 | Gross: $330.25M

14. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

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79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 604,315 | Gross: $106.95M

15. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 337,756 | Gross: $77.87M

16. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 211,677 | Gross: $50.93M

17. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.7
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53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 247,036 | Gross: $255.96M

18. Trust (I) (2010)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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60 Metascore

A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Director: David Schwimmer | Stars: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke

Votes: 37,230 | Gross: $0.12M

19. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 44,376 | Gross: $10.21M

20. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 504,411 | Gross: $127.51M

21. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

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82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 213,353 | Gross: $38.41M

22. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,903,532 | Gross: $28.34M

23. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 102,574 | Gross: $67.26M

24. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

8.3
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68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 644,198 | Gross: $3.64M

25. Flipped (I) (2010)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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45 Metascore

Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 68,863 | Gross: $1.75M