Drama is one of the most popular genres in Hollywood. Over the years, this category has made a number of great movies, which have received the biggest honors in every award. The best of them are timeless and even today, these films have a great bearing among cinema aficionados. So take a look at some of the greatest Hollywood dramas made in every decade of the last century.
1920s – Metropolis
Made in 1927, this film by Fritz Lang ranks No. 2 in a list of the ‘100 greatest films of the Silent Era’ and was also ranked No. 12 in Empire magazine’s ‘The 100 Best Films of World Cinema’ in 2010.
1930s – Gone with the Wind
Based on the Pulitzer winning novel by Margaret Mitchell, this 1939 film by Victor Fleming set a record for winning in eight of the 13 categories it was nominated in at the Academy Awards.
1940s – Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)
Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film has been a source of inspiration for many Indian filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Anurag Kashyap, Balu Mahendra, and Basu Chatterjee.
1950s – 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet’s 1957 courtroom drama is on the Rotten Tomatoes list of ‘Top 100 Movies of All Time’ and even won the Golden Bear Award at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival.
1960s – Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean, this 1962 film based on the life of British diplomat T. E. Lawrence was named the film ‘The 3rd Greatest British Film of All Time’ by the British Film Institute in 1999.
1970s – Taxi Driver
The Martin Scorsese film of 1976 won the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Robert De Niro).
1980s – Raging Bull
Another film by Martin Scorsese, this 1980 black-and-white sports drama based on boxer Jake LaMotta’s memoir was voted one of the ten greatest films of all time by film critic Roger Ebert.
1990s – Schindler’s List
Steven Spielberg’s 1993 historical drama is featured on many top lists, such as TIME magazine’s Top Hundred and Time Out magazine’s 100 Greatest Films Centenary Poll, to name a few.
2000s – The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan’s 2008 sequel of the Batman series is probably one of the best superhero movies ever made, which won actor Heath Ledger many prominent awards for his brilliant performance.
2010s – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A 2017 release, this Martin McDonagh movie did not win the Oscar but was certainly one of the must-watch films of the year. It won accolades in various categories, especially Best Actress (Frances McDormand).