Drama is not one of my go-to genres. Most dramas are the kind of movie that I’ll see once and never watch again, let alone buy.
However, there are a few that I own and a few more that I love, and even then it took me a while to come up with this list.
Please let me know what dramas you love the best!
10) Forrest Gump
Although the most memorable part about seeing this film for the first time was the sound of the war movie in the next theater leaking through the walls during the crying parts, I have to admit that I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. It’s this crazy, slice of life idea stretched over an entire lifetime, and each step helps you see something in a different light.
9) Memphis Belle
This is a little-known gem with tons of big names. I’m always a sucker for a team-even if they have problems-and I love the characters. The music is wonderful and the imagery striking. It doesn’t hurt that Sean Astin is in it. I had a huge crush on him in my high school days.
Bonus: I was watching Stranger Things the other day and saw the name Matthew Modine . It took me a minute to figure out why I knew the name.
8) Finding Forrester
It’s got Sean Connery, and the show is about an author and writing. Yes, please!
7) Hidden Figures
I’m usually up for a girl power show, and this one did not disappoint! It’s got some humor, but at its core, the film is about the fact that you can be what you want to be. You’ll have to sacrifice for it, but isn’t that how we get all the good things in life?
6) The Quiet Place
This movie kind of blew my mind. It’s so well executed, and had me on the edge of my seat. There is a bit of horror in there, and loads of suspense, but I put it in this category because at its core, the film is about family.
5) The Darkest Hour
First off, Gary Oldman was amazing as Winston Churchill! He had me riveted to the screen as he negotiated his first few weeks as the Prime Minister. The other characters pulled their weight and the story is breathtaking. I’ve seen it three times and cried ever single time.
4) The Green Book
This movie made me laugh more than it made me cry, which surprised me. The change in both characters is literally by the numbers of screenwriting, but it’s so well done that I didn’t even notice until I digested the film. So good.
3) The Magnificent Seven (The Original)
I saw most of the remakes of this film before I saw the original. Which, by the way, is a remake of The Seven Samurai. Also a good film, but longer, and in Japanese. The music, the characters and the plot of this one swept me away! Old-school epic.
2) Secondhand Lions
I…I’m not sure I can describe this movie. It’s quirky characters and circumstances captured my imagination. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. I was laughing and crying at the same time at least twice. Who wouldn’t want two old, grouchy uncles with all sorts of hidden secrets?
1) 12 Angry Men
One of my best friends and I were going through an old film phase when we discovered this gem! This movie isn’t about a trial as much as it is about prejudice, courage and the ability to change. I’ve seen the theatrical version, and it is also amazing!
After we watched this, my friend saw an episode of King of the Hill that was totally a remake of this film
Can’t watch this one over and over, but it’s great! Probably best in the theater.
This is a classic. Go watch it.
Life is Beautiful
One-time-only, but wonderful.
The Four Feathers
A friend and I watched this and I got totally drawn in. First this guy is a coward, then ends up being more of a man than any of his “friends.”
*Note: There are two films that I have never seen that should probably be on the list somewhere, so here they are:
Gone with the Wind