Hollywood’s biggest awards – the Academy Awards – usually gear towards dramas when it comes to picking the Best Picture Award. However, this doesn’t usually reflect at the box office where these dramas usually earn far less than the so-called blockbusters. In fact, Oscars is adding a new ‘popular’ category just for those films. This doesn’t mean that dramas are valued less, the most critically-acclaimed films are often dramas. These Hollywood dramas might be serious, but they’re some of the best films ever made. Here are ten of the Hollywood drama movies that everyone should watch at least once:
The Godfather (1972)
While the complete trilogy is worth a watch, the first film is definitely one you shouldn’t miss. With Marlon Brando and Al Pacino giving amazing performances, and a gripping tale of organized crime, it is a film that many consider a favorite.
12 Years A Slave (2013)
American slavery is an uncomfortable topic, and this film doesn’t shy away from showing the true portrayal of it on screen. While the film may be fictional, the fact that this was a real part of history shouldn’t be forgotten.
This film was a feat of success in terms of production. Made over several years with the actors aging just like their characters, it is a film that took quite a long time to shoot, but the result makes it all worth it.
Also an Oscar winner, this film is about the true story of how Boston Globe reporters uncovered the horrifying child molestation scandal that was being covered up by the church. As powerful as the true story, this will give you some perspective on a real-life issue.
This Oscar-winning film chronicling the life of a young, African-American, gay man as he grows up has some of the most touching moments you’ll see on film, despite your own life experiences.
There are many more Hollywood dramas out there which are just as good as these, so if you find these gripping, be sure search for some more of the best Hollywood dramas.