Friday, February 18, 2011

All Time Best English Movies(Drama)

Here is a list of all time best English movies in Drama Genre.......

1. The Shawshank Redemption

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King (short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), Frank Darabont (screenplay)
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton


2. Schindler's List

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley


3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.
Director: Milos Forman
Writing credits: Lawrence Hauben (screenplay) and Bo Goldman(screenplay) Ken Kesey(novel) Dale Wasserman (play "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest")
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Danny DeVito


4. 12 Angry Men

A dissenting juror in a murder trial slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Reginald Rose (story)
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and Martin Balsam


5. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise


6. Se7en

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey


7. Pianist

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Wladyslaw Szpilman (based on the book by)
Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann and Frank Finlay


8. Chinatown

A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Robert Towne, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston


9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Director: Michel Gondry
Writers: Charlie Kaufman (story), Michel Gondry (story)
Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Tom Wilkinson


10. 84 Charing Cross Road

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.
Director: David Hugh Jones
Writers: Helene Hanff (book), James Roose-Evans (play)
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench


11. Memento

A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori"), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano


12. Batman Begins

Bruce Wayne has watched his home, Gotham City, turn into a crime infested abyss throughout his entire life, and he decides to become the hero Gotham needs- Batman.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Bob Kane (characters), David S. Goyer (story)
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Ken Watanabe


13. The Dark Knight

Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, as he drives each of them to their limits.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay)Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart


14. Singin' in the Rain

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Writers: Adolph Green (story), Betty Comden (story)
Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds




15. Big Fish (2003)

The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his father's elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father's great feats and his great failings.
Cast
  Ewan McGregor  ...  Ed Bloom - Young 
  Albert Finney  ...  Ed Bloom - Senior 
  Billy Crudup  ...  Will Bloom 
  Jessica Lange  ...  Sandra Bloom - Senior 
  Helena Bonham Carter  ...  Jenny - Young / Jenny - Senior / The Witch 
  Alison Lohman  ...  Sandra Bloom - Young 
  Robert Guillaume  ...  Dr. Bennett - Senior 
  Marion Cotillard  ...  Josephine 
  Matthew McGrory  ...  Karl the Giant 
  David Denman  ...  Don Price - Age 18-22 
  Missi Pyle  ...  Mildred 
  Loudon Wainwright III  ...  Beamen (as Loudon Wainwright) 
  Ada Tai  ...  Ping 
  Arlene Tai  ...  Jing 
  Steve Buscemi  ...  Norther Winslow 




16. Inception(2010)

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
Cast
  Leonardo DiCaprio  ...  Cobb 
  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  ...  Arthur 
  Ellen Page  ...  Ariadne 
  Tom Hardy  ...  Eames 
  Ken Watanabe  ...  Saito 
  Dileep Rao  ...  Yusuf 
  Cillian Murphy  ...  Robert Fischer 
  Tom Berenger  ...  Peter Browning 
  Marion Cotillard  ...  Mal 
  Pete Postlethwaite  ...  Maurice Fischer 
  Michael Caine  ...  Miles 
  Lukas Haas  ...  Nash 
  Tai-Li Lee  ...  Tadashi 
  Claire Geare  ...  Phillipa Cobb - 3 years 
  Magnus Nolan  ...  James Cobb - 20 months 


17. The Prestige(2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences.
Cast
  Michael Caine  ...  Cutter 
  Piper Perabo  ...  Julia McCullough / Angier 
  Rebecca Hall  ...  Sarah Borden 
  Scarlett Johansson  ...  Olivia Wenscombe 
  Samantha Mahurin  ...  Jess Borden 
  David Bowie  ...  Tesla 
  Andy Serkis  ...  Alley 
  Daniel Davis  ...  Judge 
  Jim Piddock  ...  Prosecutor 
  Christopher Neame  ...  Defender 
  Mark Ryan  ...  Captain 
  Roger Rees  ...  Owens 
  Jamie Harris  ...  Sullen Warder 
  Monty Stuart  ...  Stagecoach Driver 
  Ron Perkins  ...  Hotel Manager 


18. Blood Diamond(2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him
Cast
  Leonardo DiCaprio  ...  Danny Archer 
  Djimon Hounsou  ...  Solomon Vandy 
  Jennifer Connelly  ...  Maddy Bowen 
  Kagiso Kuypers  ...  Dia Vandy 
  Arnold Vosloo  ...  Colonel Coetzee 
  Antony Coleman  ...  Cordell Brown 
  Benu Mabhena  ...  Jassie Vandy 
  Anointing Lukola  ...  N'Yanda Vandy 
  David Harewood  ...  Captain Poison 
  Basil Wallace  ...  Benjamin Kapanay 
  Jimi Mistry  ...  Nabil 
  Michael Sheen  ...  Rupert Simmons 
  Marius Weyers  ...  Rudolf Van De Kaap 
  Stephen Collins  ...  Ambassador Walker 
  Ntare Mwine  ...  M'Ed 


19. The Queen(2006)

Diana the 'People's Princess' has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen and her family decide that for the best, they should remain hidden behind the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public do not understand and request that the Queen comforts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair, who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to address the public.
Cast
  Helen Mirren  ...  The Queen 
  James Cromwell  ...  Prince Philip 
  Alex Jennings  ...  Prince Charles 
  Roger Allam  ...  Robin Janvrin 
  Sylvia Syms  ...  Queen Mother 
  Tim McMullan  ...  Stephen Lamport 
  Robin Soans  ...  Equerry 
  Lola Peploe  ...  Janvrin's Secretary 
  Douglas Reith  ...  Lord Airlie 
  Joyce Henderson  ...  Balmoral Maid 
  Pat Laffan  ...  Head Ghillie 
  Amanda Hadingue  ...  Queen's Dresser 
  John McGlynn  ...  Balmoral Head Ghillie 
  Gray O'Brien  ...  Charles' Valet 
  Dolina MacLennan  ...  Balmoral Switchboard Operator


20. Catch me if you can(2002)

An FBI agent tracks down and catches a young con artist who successfully impersonated an airline pilot, doctor, assistant attorney general and history professor, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries.
Cast
  Leonardo DiCaprio  ...  Frank Abagnale Jr. 
  Tom Hanks  ...  Carl Hanratty 
  Christopher Walken  ...  Frank Abagnale 
  Martin Sheen  ...  Roger Strong 
  Nathalie Baye  ...  Paula Abagnale 
  Amy Adams  ...  Brenda Strong 
  James Brolin  ...  Jack Barnes 
  Brian Howe  ...  Earl Amdursky 
  Frank John Hughes  ...  Tom Fox 
  Steve Eastin  ...  Paul Morgan 
  Chris Ellis  ...  Special Agent Witkins 
  John Finn  ...  Assistant Director Marsh 
  Jennifer Garner  ...  Cheryl Ann 
  Nancy Lenehan  ...  Carol Strong 
  Ellen Pompeo  ...  Marci 


21. The last King of Scotland(2006)

In 1970, the just-graduated doctor Nicholas Garrigan moves to Uganda to get rid of his conservative father. While working in a mission in the country, he meets the new President Idi Amin after the coup-d'é-tat that overthrow the former government. He is invited to become his personal physician in Kampala and along the years he sees how despotic his friend is.
Cast
  Forest Whitaker  ...  Idi Amin 
  James McAvoy  ...  Dr. Nicholas Garrigan 
  Kerry Washington  ...  Kay Amin 
  Gillian Anderson  ...  Sarah Merrit 
  Simon McBurney  ...  Stone 
  David Oyelowo  ...  Dr. Junju 
  Stephen Rwangyezi  ...  Jonah Wasswa 
  Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga  ...  Masanga (as Abby Mukiibi) 
  Adam Kotz  ...  Dr. Merrit 
  Sam Okelo  ...  Bonny 
  Sarah Nagayi  ...  Tolu 
  Chris Wilson  ...  Perkins 
  Dick Stockley  ...  Times Journalist (as Dr. Dick Stockley) 
  Barbara Rafferty  ...  Mrs. Garrigan 
  David Ashton  ...  Dr. Garrigan (senior) 


22. Hotel Rwanda(2004)

Ten years ago some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages.
Cast
  Xolani Mali  ...  Policeman 
  Don Cheadle  ...  Paul Rusesabagina 
  Desmond Dube  ...  Dube 
  Hakeem Kae-Kazim  ...  George Rutaganda 
  Tony Kgoroge  ...  Gregoire 
  Rosie Motene  ...  Receptionist 
  Neil McCarthy  ...  Jean Jacques 
  Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole  ...  Head Chef (as Kid Sithole) 
  Nick Nolte  ...  Colonel Oliver 
  Fana Mokoena  ...  General Bizimungu 
  Jeremiah Ndlovu  ...  Old Guard 
  Sophie Okonedo  ...  Tatiana Rusesabagina 
  Lebo Mashile  ...  Odette 
  Antonio David Lyons  ...  Thomas Mirama 
  Leleti Khumalo  ...  Fedens 


23. The Kite Runner(2007)

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kitting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kitting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali...
Cast
  Khalid Abdalla  ...  Amir 
  Atossa Leoni  ...  Soraya 
  Shaun Toub  ...  Rahim Khan 
  Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada  ...  Omar 
  Zekeria Ebrahimi  ...  Young Amir 
  Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada  ...  Young Hassan 
  Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi  ...  Business Man in Baba's Study 
  Homayoun Ershadi  ...  Baba 
  Nabi Tanha  ...  Ali 
  Elham Ehsas  ...  Young Assef 
  Bahram Ehsas  ...  Wali 
  Tamim Nawabi  ...  Kamal 
  Mohamad Nabi Attai  ...  Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller 
  Mohamad Nadir Sarwari  ...  Spice Merchant 
  Mustafa Haidari  ...  Party Worker 


24. The Reader(2008)

THE READER opens in post-WWII Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another.
Cast
  Ralph Fiennes  ...  Michael Berg 
  Jeanette Hain  ...  Brigitte 
  David Kross  ...  Young Michael Berg 
  Kate Winslet  ...  Hanna Schmitz 
  Susanne Lothar  ...  Carla Berg 
  Alissa Wilms  ...  Emily Berg 
  Florian Bartholom√§i  ...  Thomas Berg 
  Friederike Becht  ...  Angela Berg 
  Matthias Habich  ...  Peter Berg 
  Frieder Venus  ...  Doctor 
  Marie-Anne Fliegel  ...  Hanna's Neighbour (as Marie Anne Fliegel) 
  Hendrik Arnst  ...  Woodyard Worker 
  Rainer Sellien  ...  Teacher 
  Torsten Michaelis  ...  Sports Master 
  Moritz Grove  ...  Holger

25. Finding Neverland (2004)

The movie details the experiences of "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children's classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don't want to grow up.
Cast
  Johnny Depp  ...  Sir James Matthew Barrie 
  Kate Winslet  ...  Sylvia Llewelyn Davies 
  Julie Christie  ...  Mrs. Emma du Maurier 
  Radha Mitchell  ...  Mary Ansell Barrie 
  Dustin Hoffman  ...  Charles Frohman 
  Freddie Highmore  ...  Peter Llewelyn Davies 
  Joe Prospero  ...  Jack Llewelyn Davies 
  Nick Roud  ...  George Llewelyn Davies 
  Luke Spill  ...  Michael Llewelyn Davies 
  Ian Hart  ...  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  Kelly Macdonald  ...  'Peter Pan' 
  Mackenzie Crook  ...  Mr. Jaspers - Usher 
  Eileen Essell  ...  Mrs. Snow 
  Jimmy Gardner  ...  Mr. Snow 
  Oliver Fox  ...  Gilbert Cannan

2 comments:

  1. Feel free to add on to the list. The order does not means its ranked that way, it's just the movies i like has been listed.

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  2. Paths of glory.... loved the movie. Moving.
    Also, Annie Hall and Manhattan.....

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