We know, we know, the term "drama" is pretty broad. But what else would you call the movies above? Look at the main topics of these films: betrayal, loneliness, dehumanization, back-stabbing - these ain't comedies. These are films that focus on the deepest pit of human emotions, taking audiences through a wringer and leaving them with nary a dry eye.

Our five favorite dramas are also widely acclaimed because of the amazing acting that you can see in them. The actors in these five films received a total of 13 Academy Award nominations. And none of those are crappy "Marisa Tomei" nominations; here you'll see some darn fine acting. So sit back, rearrange your tiara, and relax on your throne, as you become the ultimate drama queen.

1. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)

Here's the film that invented the term "catfight." A sprawling melodrama of an aging theater actress and her protégé, All About Eve is a satire way ahead of its time, harshly critiquing Hollywood's obsession with youth, image, the new "it" girl, and the acting industry.

The story centers around Margo Channing (Bette Davis), the first lady of American theater. So famous is Margo, that her biggest fan, Eve (Anne Baxter), watches every one of her shows. One evening, lucky Eve gets to meet her idol, and before she knows it, she's living in Margo's house and serving as her assistant. But is Eve simply an admirer, or is she trying to screw Margo over? Amidst this mess, Margo's younger boyfriend, Bill, is becoming quite fond of Eve, too.

At the heart of the film is one of the most amazing screenplays ever written. Every line is so crafted and filled with such biting wit, that it's impossible to watch and not go "oooh" at every zinger. Bette is at her bitchiest, letting loose with such quotable lines as, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, All About Eve is really a black comedy where everyone has an underlying motive and no one is happy. Moviegoers had never before seen such sophisticated storytelling, and some argue that it brought a new prominence to the importance of a good screenplay.


  • Nominated for 14 Academy Awards (including 2 Best Actress nominations and 2 Best Supporting Actress nominations)

  • Won 6 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Screenplay, Costume Design, and Sound

  • Placed #16 on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Movies" List