"As a cinematic genre, "drama" has taken many forms over the decades.
The Rotten Tomatoes' list we compiled here from the site's most critically heralded drama movies includes all acclaimed films that feature a "drama" tag. This resulted in a list that spans classic drama films, contemporary dramas, and dramadies of all sorts.
The list ranks movies by an adjusted critical score that Rotten Tomatoes derived from a weighted formula to account for the variation in number of reviews for each film.
It includes classic dramas like "Citizen Kane" and "Taxi Driver," along with recent titles like the Best Picture-winning films "Spotlight" and "Moonlight." At the top, there's a conspicuous lack of movies made in the 1980s and 1990s, with the most acclaimed titles falling into either the oldies or more recent films."