top 100 best dramasby amethystwings32 | created - 10 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 Jun 2012 | Public
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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 249,673 | Gross: $198.68M
2. Cold Mountain (2003)
R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.
Votes: 127,654 | Gross: $95.64M
4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 226,735 | Gross: $44.82M
5. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.
Votes: 61,373 | Gross: $111.72M
6. Out of Africa (1985)
PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.
Votes: 60,417 | Gross: $87.10M
7. Legends of the Fall (1994)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.
Votes: 126,009 | Gross: $66.64M
8. Australia (2008)
PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Votes: 110,398 | Gross: $49.55M
9. The Mask of Zorro (1998)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young thief, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro, who also pursues vengeance of his own.
Votes: 149,571 | Gross: $94.10M
12. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.
Votes: 105,389 | Gross: $51.27M
13. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
With the sudden death of her loving father, Danielle is made a servant by her new stepmother. She also has two new stepsisters, one quite kind but the other one really horrid. Still, ... See full summary »
Votes: 62,511 | Gross: $65.71M
14. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
G | 181 min | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Votes: 33,178 | Gross: $80.50M
15. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 169,939 | Gross: $217.63M
16. City of Angels (1998)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.
Votes: 102,943 | Gross: $78.69M
19. Dangerous Beauty (1998)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.
Votes: 13,981 | Gross: $4.53M
21. Sweet November (2001)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A workaholic executive, and an unconventional woman agree to a personal relationship for a short period. In this short period she changes his life.
Votes: 76,950 | Gross: $25.29M
22. P.S. I Love You (2007)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Romance
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Votes: 184,904 | Gross: $53.70M
23. Up Close & Personal (1996)
PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance
An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.
Votes: 12,248 | Gross: $51.09M
25. Gothika (2003)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.
Votes: 96,860 | Gross: $59.69M
26. What Lies Beneath (2000)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.
Votes: 106,114 | Gross: $155.46M
27. Single White Female (1992)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.
Votes: 26,883 | Gross: $47.92M
28. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
Votes: 153,917 | Gross: $81.30M
29. Unlawful Entry (1992)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and ... See full summary »
Votes: 12,474 | Gross: $57.14M
32. The Brave One (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City.
Votes: 53,884 | Gross: $36.79M
33. The Jackal (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.
Votes: 95,632 | Gross: $54.93M
34. The Watcher (I) (2000)
R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
David Allen Griffin is a cool killer- time and time again, he chooses a female victim, studies her for weeks till he knows her routine to the smallest detail, makes meticulous preparations ... See full summary »
Votes: 23,617 | Gross: $28.93M
35. Premonition (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Depressed housewife learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the next day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Votes: 66,864 | Gross: $47.85M
36. In Dreams (1999)
R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
A suburban housewife learns that she has a dreamworld connection to a serial murderer, and must stop him from killing again.
Votes: 11,473 | Gross: $12.02M
37. Don't Say a Word (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...
Votes: 43,878 | Gross: $55.00M
40. A Perfect Murder (1998)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A wealthy Wall Street speculator discovers that his wife has a lover. He investigates him and uses the carrot and stick to make him murder his wife. Planned to detail, it seems like a perfect murder.
Votes: 70,147 | Gross: $67.64M
41. Street Kings (2008)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop, disillusioned by the recent murder of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.
Votes: 100,183 | Gross: $26.42M
42. Internal Affairs (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption.
Votes: 14,767 | Gross: $27.73M
44. Murder by Numbers (2002)
R | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.
Votes: 47,498 | Gross: $31.87M
47. Enemy of the State (1998)
R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.
Votes: 205,289 | Gross: $111.55M
48. Double Jeopardy (1999)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.
Votes: 62,184 | Gross: $116.74M
49. Perfect Stranger (2007)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her childhood friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.
Votes: 40,884 | Gross: $23.98M
50. The Juror (1996)
R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller