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100 Best Dramas of All Time According to Stacker

Dramatic elements elicit strong emotions and pull you into the intimate core of human relationships. Drama as a film category spans a range of genres, including horror, thrillers, noirs, and comedy. These movies can center on heartwarming subjects, be viewed with a tissue in hand, or can take deep dives into serious matters. Dramas force audiences to grapple with issues of morality and the hard choices that govern what's right and wrong.
Stacker examined data from 5,000 top drama movies to come up with a Stacker scoreā€”a weighted index compiled from looking at ranked films on IMDb and Metacritic data. Ties were broken by whichever had the higher Metascore, and further ties were broken by whichever had more IMDb votes. If a movie did not have a Metascore, it was not considered. Every film on the list has been considered according to the cinematic history and development of drama. Here are the top 100 films guaranteed to move you.
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avg. score: 41 of 100 (41%)
required scores: 1, 23, 32, 44, 60 

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The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
2
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
3
12 Angry Men (1957)
12 Angry Men (1957)
4
City Lights (1931)
City Lights (1931)
5
Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)
6
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
7
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
8
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
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9
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
10
Modern Times (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
11
All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve (1950)
12
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
13
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
14
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
15
Boyhood (2014)
Boyhood (2014)
16
Notorious (1946)
Notorious (1946)
17
Touch of Evil (1958)
Touch of Evil (1958)
18
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
19
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
20
Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
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21
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
22
Intolerance (1916)
Intolerance (1916)
23
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
24
12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
25
Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
26
The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)
27
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
28
Goodfellas (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
29
Ratatouille (2007)
Ratatouille (2007)
30
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
31
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
32
Inside Out (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
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33
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
34
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
35
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
36
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
37
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
38
Spotlight (2015)
Spotlight (2015)
39
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
40
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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