Dramas Discovered

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1. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 28,706 | Gross: $0.76M

2. Spun (2002)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 35,522 | Gross: $0.41M

3. Self Medicated (2005)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.

Director: Monty Lapica | Stars: Monty Lapica, Diane Venora, Michael Bowen, Greg Germann

Votes: 851 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Sherrybaby (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama

66 Metascore

Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 11,173 | Gross: $0.20M

5. Zooey (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

An urban love story between a young prostitute, ZOOEY and her husband, ANGEL. Told partially through a documentary, we follow the couple struggles as they try to escape their life on the street.

Director: Sherman Lau | Stars: Sarah Louise Lilley, Xavier Jimenez-March, Rachael Roberts, Jordan Burt

Votes: 59

6. Tideland (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

26 Metascore

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer

Votes: 30,358 | Gross: $0.07M

7. The Poker House (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

A dramatization of Lori Petty's teenage years spent in small town Iowa.

Director: Lori Petty | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javon Johnson, Sophi Bairley, Bokeem Woodbine

Votes: 4,786

8. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell

Votes: 125,535 | Gross: $1.74M

My Rating: 7/10

9. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 324,930 | Gross: $14.68M

My Rating: 8/10

10. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 361,439 | Gross: $76.63M

My Rating: 7/10

11. The Butcher Boy (1997)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle

Votes: 8,733 | Gross: $1.82M

My Rating: 7/10

12. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 29,801 | Gross: $2.53M

13. Standing Tall (2015)

R | 120 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier

Votes: 2,985 | Gross: $0.02M

14. The United States of Leland (2003)

R | 108 min | Drama

37 Metascore

A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Kevin Spacey, Chris Klein

Votes: 21,959 | Gross: $0.34M

15. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Thirteen years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 176,917 | Gross: $49.10M

16. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror

31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 204,399 | Gross: $46.98M

17. The Backwoods (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Votes: 5,085

18. The Empty Hours (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

On the desolated coast of Veracruz, Mexico, 17-year-old Sebastián takes over running his uncle's small & cozy rent-by-the-hour motel. There all by himself much of the time, he meets Miranda... See full summary »

Director: Aarón Fernández Lesur | Stars: Kristyan Ferrer, Adriana Paz, Eliseo Lara Martínez, Amaranta Abril

Votes: 587 | Gross: $0.01M

19. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,368 | Gross: $0.55M

20. The Mudge Boy (2003)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Burke | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins, Tom Guiry, Pablo Schreiber

Votes: 4,040

21. The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)

R | 103 min | Drama

A homeless schizophrenic seeks the help of a streetwise combat veteran as they attempt to overcome cruel life on the streets.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Danny Glover, Matt Dillon, Rick Aviles, Nina Siemaszko

Votes: 2,185 | Gross: $0.06M

22. Standing Tall (2015)

R | 120 min | Drama

59 Metascore

A juvenile judge and a special educator are convinced that they can save the young delinquent Malony from himself and his violent ways.

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier

Votes: 2,985 | Gross: $0.02M

23. The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Thriller

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked, fascinated by her beauty.

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens | Stars: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Albert Carbó, Bernat Saumell

Votes: 4,055

24. Straight Outta Tompkins (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

A forlorn teenager abandoned in New York City spirals out of control, from a troubled kid to an accidental addict, after he mistakes the welcoming embrace of a Lower East Side drug dealer ... See full summary »

Director: Zephyr Benson | Stars: Zephyr Benson, Aaron Costa Ganis, Jon McCormick, Mike Steinmetz

Votes: 201

25. Tyrannosaur (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

Director: Paddy Considine | Stars: Peter Mullan, Archie Lal, Jag Sanghera, Mike Fearnley

Votes: 28,785 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Shelter (I) (2014)

TV-MA | 105 min | Drama

43 Metascore

Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

Director: Paul Bettany | Stars: Adolfo Mendez-Nouel, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Hoffman, Teddy Cañez

Votes: 4,003

27. The Frogmarch (2015)

107 min | Drama

'The secrets you keep end up keeping you.' No stars. No budget. Just a group of talented, dedicated artists with a story that is not only relevant, but necessary. Together with six actors ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan D'Ambrosio | Stars: Caroline Bloom, Dan Cozzens, Jonathan D'Ambrosio, Catherine Duennebier

28. The Misfortunates (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx

Votes: 8,903

29. Twelve (2010)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

22 Metascore

A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Philip Ettinger

Votes: 11,589 | Gross: $0.18M

30. Upsidedown Cross (2014)

96 min | Drama, Horror

Abandoned, abused by the police and in the throes of withdrawal, Nadine, a drug addicted young prostitute, returns to her childhood home and the mother she ran away from. Nadine's mother, ... See full summary »

Director: William Hellfire | Stars: Erin Russ, David Yow, Colleen Cohan, Rick Savage

Votes: 61

31. Tarnation (2003)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 film, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more - culled from nineteen years of his life.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Jonathan Caouette, Renee Leblanc, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

Votes: 6,133 | Gross: $0.59M

32. Strapped (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A handsome young prostitute learns about life and love during a sex-filled odyssey in an apartment building filled with strange inhabitants.

Director: Joseph Graham | Stars: Benjamin Bonenfant, Nick Frangione, Artem Mishin, Michael Carlisi

Votes: 2,365

33. Starred Up (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

Eric Love, 19, is locked up in prison. On first day he assaults another inmate and several guards. He's offered group therapy and his dad, an inmate as well, tries to talk sense into him. Can he be rehabilitated?

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Sam Spruell

Votes: 39,940 | Gross: $0.03M

34. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks Thomas, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 4,908 | Gross: $0.49M

35. Thanks Maa (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama

A homeless petty thief attempts to find the biological mother of an abandoned baby.

Director: Irfan Kamal | Stars: Master Shams, Master Salman, Master Jaffer, Master Fayaaz

Votes: 664

36. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 710,422 | Gross: $3.64M

37. Candy (2006)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Votes: 41,108 | Gross: $0.04M

38. Pure (I) (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Harry Eden, Vinnie Hunter, Molly Parker, David Wenham

Votes: 2,458 | Gross: $0.10M

39. Down to the Bone (2004)

R | 104 min | Drama