What are the best drama films


"Toni Erdmann" will start in 2016. In Maren Ade's tragicomic film, Winfried (Peter Simonischek) makes contact with his daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller) after a long time and tries to improve the relationship with her. But Ines doesn't value it and is relieved when her father leaves soon afterwards - as she thinks. But shortly afterwards he reappears with a bad wig and pretends to be Toni Erdmann and forces his way into Ines ‘life in a grotesque way. The family drama with bizarre features is a real surprise hit!

“Before Dawn” traces the last few years of Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader). Fled as a Jew from Germany in the mid-1930s, he spent a large part of the next few years in South America, where he was welcomed as a great European and writer. But the Zweig suffer from the uprooting and find it difficult to cope with their new life. We say: Strong biopic drama by Maria Schrader, which once again proves Josef Hader's versatility.

On the other hand, Thomas Vinterberg's “Die Kommune” is rather disappointing. The marriage drama is not a complete failure. In view of the top-class cast (Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm), Vinterberg still owes a lot. Above all, it is surprising how usually the dogma director stages the events. We say: a film that will unfortunately not be remembered for long.

Our indie tip of the year is called “The Ticket”. The story: The blind James (Dan Stevens) regains his eyesight and begins to be only interested in externalities and superficialities. Soon his wife and friends no longer recognize him and want blind James back.

The multi-layered western thriller drama “The Revenant” is unquestionably the big highlight in 2015. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has to fight his way through the wilderness as Hugh Glass in order to be able to indulge his revenge, shows an impressive performance and subsequently won his first Acadamy Award. Alejandro González Iñárritu was even able to win his second directing Oscar in a row after “Birdman” in 2014 and has thus made himself immortal. For that reason alone, every cineast should have “The Revenant” on their bill.

The adventure drama “The Shaman and the Snake” also takes Jan “Borgman” Bijvoet into the wilderness. As Theodor Koch-Grünberg, he travels to the jungle of the Amazon and wants to research the behavior of the natives living there. In addition, he hopes to be able to be cured of his mental fears through the knowledge of the shamans. Soon he befriends the shaman Karamakate and embarks on a spiritual journey. We say: Strong, honest pictures that are reminiscent of the early Werner Herzog.

"Spotlight" is about a group of journalists who expose sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston. Last but not least, research is the focus of the staging and is reminiscent of dialog-heavy films such as “Zodiac” or “Hurricane”. With i.a. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci also impressed “Spotlight” with its illustrious cast.

The surprise hit of the genre year is undoubtedly Lenny Abrahamson's "Room". The story: Joy (Brie Larson) and her little son (Jacob Tremblay) have been held in a room by a man for years. Finally the two manage to escape. But the emotional reunion with the family and the newfound freedom make it difficult for both of them.

It starts in 2014 with David Fincher's crime drama "Gone Girl". The Story: Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) have what appears to be a perfect marriage. But the two struggle with financial problems and finally return to Nick's hometown. On the fifth wedding anniversary, Nick reports his wife missing and the police take over the investigation. At first it looks like a kidnapping. But soon Nick himself becomes the focus of the investigation.

At first glance, “Boyhood” is a coming-of-age film like any other. However, director Richard Linklater staged Mason Evans ‘(Ellar Coltrane) Growing up under very special conditions. The film was made over a period of nine years and shows the main character growing up in real time, so to speak. We say: One of the big genre highlights of the year because of the production conditions.

"Whiplash" tells the story of the talented drummer Andre Newmann (Miles Teller), who is accepted at a renowned music school and meets teacher Terence Flechter (J. K. Simmons). Flechter's teaching methods go to the limits of what is acceptable and demand everything from Newmann. Simmons goes to extremes with the portrayal of his character and ensures that director Damien Chazelle lands a real hit in 2014.

In the tragicomic farce "Birdman or (The Unexpected Power of Cluelessness)" the career of actor Michael Keaton, who celebrated his greatest success as a Batman actor, is poked. In Alejandro González Iñárritus' film, Keaton plays a worn-out actor who once made it big as the comic book hero Birdman and is increasingly merging with his character. Oscar for Iñárritu!

The biopic drama "The Wolf of Wall Street" is way ahead in 2013 and something like the freaky version of Oliver Stone's "Wall Street". The story: Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) starts in the 80s as a little stock market guy and works his way up to multi-million dollar stockbroker, not least thanks to the help of the eccentric Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey). But where the money is, crooked deals, drugs and the FBI are not far away.

Second Matthew McConaughey is in Dallas Buyers Club. In the mid-1980s, McConaughey was diagnosed with AIDS as Ron Woodroof in Jean-Marc Vallée's drama. As a result, he tries to get drugs at the experimental stage to increase his chances of survival. And it soon becomes clear to him that one or two dollars can be made by smuggling those drugs. Especially impressive is Matthew McConaughey's appearance, who underwent a more than visible starvation diet for the embodiment of his figure.

“12 Years a Slave” tells the story of the African American Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who lived as a free man in New York in the mid-19th century and earned his living as a violin player. In a roundabout way, however, he ends up in the hands of slave traders and soon finds himself on a farm in New Orleans. There he has to do work for his buyers under inhumane conditions. We say: Probably the most haunting and most important Hollywood drama of the year!

Rather a number smaller, but with a subtle humorous note, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about. In the gray-illustrated drama by the Coen brothers, folk musician Llewyn Davis seeks his calling in New York in the 60s and tries to get a lucrative record deal. But luck is not on his side.