Dramas are made to resemble everyday life and are sometimes based on true stories, creating a wash of emotions and thoughts from the viewer. These movies impact culture by changing a worldview on relationships, money, and politics. Dramas develop characters to make the viewer think while being able to relate to the film on various levels.
Written by Steven Zaillian and Harald Mayr, and directed by Steven Spielberg; Schindler’s list is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler. Oskar did not believe in what Hitler was doing during World War II, so he took it upon himself to save around 1100 Jews from facing the gas chambers in Auschwitz. In saving these individuals from their fate at the concentration camps, Schindler represents how one individual can make a difference during apocalyptic times.
The movie came out in 1994 and is still watched by hundreds of thousands every year. It has achieved awards such as best picture, director, cinematography, writing, and original score which was created by the infamous John Williams.
The Shawshank Redemption
This iconic film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, captured viewers hearts in the mid-1990s. Written by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont, this movie took you behind the scenes and into the hearts and minds of prisoners that were locked up in Shawshank prison.
Based on a story of successful banker who is convicted of a crime he did not commit. He is placed in the infamous Shawshank prison where the movie portrays his unique way of dealing with his circumstances and new life. The film is purely character driven and takes the viewer into the lives of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman), and Warden Norton (Bob Gunton).
This real life version film tells the story of a 43-year-old husband and father named Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey). Burnham provides a narrative based on the last few weeks of his life. Lester is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening), and a father to his high school daughter Janie Burnham (Thora Birch). American Beauty shows how married couples can fall out of love and merely tolerate one another due to economics and children. It also tells the age-old story of relationships and not taking things for granted.
Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball, this film won awards in best actor (Kevin Spacey), actress (Annette Bening), picture, writing, and cinematography.