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Drama

The denotative aspects of drama from Aristotle's "Poetics" include a story development with a beginning, middle and an end. In the more conventional sense, dramatic presentations include the portrayal of characters, settings, life situations and stories in the course of a theatrical performance. In theatre, drama usually takes on the scope of dealing with matters of a serious nature. Drama is Alice's largest section and a treasure trove of great drama catering for every taste. The bulk of the "Drama" section (generally made since 1965 and include psychological dramas) is listed below, however you may also choose from the "Classic Drama" sub-section (generally made before 1965), in blue on left. Also helpful may be "Alices Playhouse", "True Stories" and "Shakespeare" features. Right: Scene from Kubrick's beautifully mounted "Barry Lyndon"

Magnolia (1999)

8/10
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William...

Paul Thomas Anderson's third feature film is an exhilarating, almost reckless display of cinematic ambition. Weaving together more than a dozen charac... Read more

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

8.7/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, W...

The first movie since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night to sweep the big five Oscars (director, screenplay, actor, actress, film), Cuckoo's Nest rem... Read more

Tokyo Story (1953)

8.2/10
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara

Aka "Tokyo Monogatari". One of the legendary classics of humanist cinema tells the simple, sad story of an elderly couple who travel to Tokyo to visit... Read more

The Deer Hunter (1978)

8.1/10
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Savage, John Cazale, Christopher Walken

Winner of five Oscars, this harrowing indictment of war from director Michael Cimino stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage as three... Read more

Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Maribel Verdu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna

Aka "And Your Mother Too". A raunchy, yet emotionally layered and keenly observed coming-of-age tale in which two Mexican teens - wealthy Tenoch and w... Read more

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Isao Takahata

In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sist... Read more

Whale Rider (2002)

7.6/10
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Cliff Curtis, Vicky Haughton, Rawiri Paratene, Grant Roa,...

There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born... Read more

Citizen Kane (1941)

8.4/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane

Generally regarded as the greatest and most influential films of all time; Orson Welles directorial debut (he was only 25!) is the story of newspaper... Read more

Whiplash (2014)

8.5/10
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Paul Reiser, J K Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who... Read more

Utu (1983)

7.1/10
Director: Geoff Murphy
Starring: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott

Visually beautiful film set in 1870's New Zealand. After the family and village of a Maori tribesman is wiped out in a senseless raid, the tribesman,... Read more