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Encyclopedia > Drama film

A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. In a good drama film, the audience are able to experience what other characters are feeling and identify with someone. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Characterization is the process of conveying information about characters in fiction. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

This genre could be especially useful by challenging the ignorance from stereotypes or any other overly simplistic generalizations by bringing it down to a more personal and complex level. As well, such movies could also be therapeutic by showing how characters cope with their problems, challenges, or issues, and to the extent the viewer can identify with the characters with his or her own world. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

This film genre can be contrasted with an action film which relies on fast-paced action and develops characters sparsely. Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...



Dramatic Films include a very large spectrum of films. Because of the large number of drama films these movies have been sub-categorized:

  • War drama - Character development set in War theme.
  • Legal drama(Courtroom drama) - Character development in fictional court cases.
  • Erotic drama - Character development focused on sexuality and sexual encounters.
  • Sports drama - Character development based on sports events.
  • Crime drama - Character development based on themes such as the Police or the Mafia..
  • Historical drama - Films which focus on historical pasts.
  • Biography film - Films which focus on true stories of real people.

All films genres can include dramatic elements, such as comedies, action films, and horror movies, but typically films considered drama films focus mainly on the drama of the main issue. The war film is a film genre that has to do with warfare, usually focusing on naval, air, or land battles, but sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training, or other related subjects. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which tries to demonstrate accurately the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... The historical drama is a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous persons. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Early film

From the silent era to the 1950’s Drama’s were tools to teach the audience. Films like The Grapes of Wrath (1940) show the effects of the depression. Citizen Kane (1941) was said by Orson Welles to not be a biography of William Randolph Hearst, but a composite of many people from that era. The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 film directed by John Ford. ... Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... For other people named William Randolph Hearst, see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation) William Randolph Hearst I (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate. ...


In the 1950s, began a rise in well-known dramatic actors. Glenn Ford, James Dean, Bette Davis, and Marilyn Monroe were notable dramatic actors. Dramatic Films focused on character relationships and development. All About Eve (1950) focused on women, and their relationship with men. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) showcased teenage angst. Films like 12 Angry Men (1957) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959) show the inner workings of a courtroom. The 1950s was the debut of Akira Kurosawa, and films such as Rashomon (1950) and Seven Samurai (1954). Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... For the singer, see Betty Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... For other uses, see All About Eve (disambiguation). ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 film which tells the story of a man charged with murdering a man who may have raped his wife; the bulk of the films plot revolves around the drama as it unfolds in court. ... Akira Kurosawa , 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... This article or section cites its sources but does not provide page references. ... For other uses, see Seven Samurai (disambiguation). ...


The 1960s brought politically driven drama’s focusing on war, such as Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Sports dramas became inspiration such as The Hustler (1961) and Downhill Racer (1969). Maximilian Schell and Richard Widmark in Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 film which gives a fictionalized account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a film adapted from the 1959 thriller novel written by Richard Condon. ... The Novel The Hustler was a 1959 novel by American writer Walter Tevis, which tells the story of a young pool player who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats but loses, sending his life into a tailspin. ... Downhill Racer was a 1969 film directed by American director Michael Ritchie on his film debut. ...


During the 1970s modern dramatic directors made some of their first films. Francis Ford Coppola directed The Godfather (1972). Martin Scorsese directed Taxi Driver (1976), Mean Streets (1973), and musical drama New York, New York (1977). Sylvester Stallone created one of the most successful sports drama franchises Rocky (1976) and also directed the sequel Rocky II (1979). Also in sports drama was films focused on the struggle of athletes such as Brian’s Song (1970), and The Longest Yard (1974). War films, and specifically WWII films were produced, giving the most realistic adaptation of the war seen in film at that time. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Patton (1970), and Apocalypse Now (1979) all show the trials and hardships of war, are still considered classic war films. Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... This article is about the 1976 American film. ... Mean Streets (1973) is an early Martin Scorsese film starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. ... For other uses, see New York, New York (disambiguation). ... Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. ... Rocky 2 is also a nickname for Sergei Rachmaninoffs Second Piano Concerto. ... The Longest Yard is a 1974 movie about inmates at a prison who play American football against their guards. ... For the Melvinss album, see Tora Tora Tora (album) Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American-Japanese film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that unintentionally improved its effectiveness. ... Patton is a 1970 epic biographical film which tells the story of General George S. Pattons commands during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, and Karl Michael Vogler. ... Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American film set during the Vietnam War. ...


In the 1980s dramatic film put emphasis on highly emotional themes. Do the Right Thing (1989), Spike Lee’s debut film, and The Color Purple (1985) were full character studies of African American culture and history. War drama’s again played a big part as Platoon (1986) showed the horrors of Vietnam. Das Boot (1981) focused on the German viewpoint of WWII. Drama, with a science fiction edge was a theme when Steven Spielberg directed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner (1982). This article relates to the movie, Do the Right Thing. For cultural terms such as the Right Thing or the Wrong Thing, see Right Thing. ... The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ... Platoon is an Academy Award winning 1986 Vietnam War film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and John C. McGinley. ... Das Boot (IPA pronunciation: /das boːt/, German for The Boat) is a 1981 feature film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, adapted from a novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. ... Blade Runner is a 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ...


American Beauty won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture .

During the 1990’s to Drama was put into epic proportion when films like Goodfellas (1990) came out. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) had strong themes of hope, as did Schindler’s List (1993). Dramas also took a turn with thrillers with, Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999), and Leon (1994). Race relationships were a theme in American History X (1998), and the AIDs epidemic, and discrimination was focus of Philadelphia (1993). Comedy-drama was featured with films like Jerry Maguire (1996) and Barton Fink (1991). American Beauty movie poster. ... American Beauty movie poster. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of romantic and paternal love, freedom, beauty, self-liberation, existentialism, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ... The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American movie, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Fight Club[1] (1996) is the first published novel by American author Chuck Palahniuk. ... American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of romantic and paternal love, freedom, beauty, self-liberation, existentialism, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. ... Léon (aka The Cleaner, The Professional, or Léon the Professional) is a 1994 film written and directed by French director Luc Besson. ... American History X is a 1998 film directed by Tony Kaye. ... Philadelphia is an Academy Award-winning 1993 drama film revolving around the HIV/AIDS epidemic, written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerry Maguire is a 1996 film starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. ... Barton Fink is a 1991 film by Joel and Ethan Coen. ...

Present day

In the present day, Dramatic films showcase all themes of life. A major source of dramatic films is history. Biographies such as Ray (2004), and Walk the Line (2005) are informative films on the lives of people in history. Gladiator (2000) is an epic dramatic film, along with Master and Commander (2003). The Gulf War was an inspiration for dramatic films in movies like Black Hawk Down (2001) and Jarhead (2005). Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years[2]of the life of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. ... Walk the Line is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning film chronicling the life of Johnny Cash, American country singer. ... Gladiator is a 2000 historical action drama film. ... Master and Commander is a historical naval novel by Patrick OBrian. ... Black Hawk Down is a 2001 film by Ridley Scott, based on the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden. ... Jarhead can refer to Military slang for a member the United States Marine Corps, i. ...

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