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The 100 Best Drama Movies of All Time, According to Critics

"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."
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avg. score: 30 of 100 (30%)
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Love & Friendship (2016)
Love & Friendship (2016)
2
The Rules of the Game (1939)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
3
City Lights (1931)
City Lights (1931)
4
Mr. Turner (2014)
Mr. Turner (2014)
5
The French Connection (1971)
The French Connection (1971)
6
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
7
The African Queen (1951)
The African Queen (1951)
8
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
9
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
10
Let the Right One in (2008)
Let the Right One in (2008)
11
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
12
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
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13
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
14
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
15
Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
16
Nightcrawler (2014)
Nightcrawler (2014)
17
Short Term 12 (2013)
Short Term 12 (2013)
18
Things to Come (2016)
Things to Come (2016)
19
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
20
Hidden Figures (2016)
Hidden Figures (2016)
21
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek (2009)
22
The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes (1948)
23
Room (2015)
Room (2015)
24
The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network (2010)
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25
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
26
Before Midnight (2013)
Before Midnight (2013)
27
La Dolce Vita (1960)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
28
Birdman (2014)
Birdman (2014)
29
The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
30
Paterson (2016)
Paterson (2016)
31
Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash (2014)
32
The Leopard (1963)
The Leopard (1963)
33
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
34
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
35
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
36
Chinatown (1974)
Chinatown (1974)
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37
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Special Edition
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - Special Edition
38
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
39
Creed (2015)
Creed (2015)
40
The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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