Every movie has some type of drama in it but a drama film can be defined as "serious presentation often portraying various life situations using realistic characters in conflict with themselves, other people or various forces of nature." Many of them are based on some form of literary work, true event or on the life of some people, and they are often the ones being picked for both Academy Awards nominations and the win.
It is one of the largest film genres and it comprises biographical dramas, melodramas, historical dramas, crime films, romantic dramas, and many others. When you think about these movies, especially those in the 1990s, some which come to mind are "L.A. Confidential," "Schindler's List," "Forrest Gump," and "Good Will Hunting." These movies are forever etched into the fabric of not only drama, but great cinema, in general.
How well do you know your drama films, specifically those which were released in the 1990s? Well, if you think you are an expert in the field, then this is the perfect quiz for you. Take it to find out if you truly are!
"Schindler’s List" is a 1993 American period drama film based on the novel, Schindler’s Ark, by Thomas Keneally. Produced by Steven Spielberg, the movie follows Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved the lives of thousands of refugees from the Holocaust by employing them.
"Forrest Gump" is a 1994 American comedy-drama film based on a 1986 novel with the same name. The story follows the life of Forrest Gump, played by actor Tom Hanks, a kind and not-so-smart man from Alabama who witnessed many historical moments that occurred in the 20th century.
"Seven" is a 1995 crime-drama film that starred Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, and Morgan Freeman. It was directed by David Fincher. It follows detective David Mills who partners up with Somerset in order to track down a serial killer.
"Eyes Wide Shut" is a 1999 drama film based on the 1926 novella, Traumanovella. It follows the sexual adventures of Dr. Bill Harford, played by actor Tom Cruise, after his wife tells him that she thought about having an affair. This leads him to infiltrate a massive orgy held by a secret society.
"The Silence of the Lambs" is a 1991 American drama film based on the 1988 novel with the same name. It follows Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee who seeks the help of a cannibalistic serial killer to take down another serial killer.
"Fight Club" is a 1999 drama film that stars Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, and Edward Norton. It directed by David Fincher. Based on the 1996 novel with the same name, it tells the story of a man who forms an underground fight club but turns it into something more.
"Good Will Hunting" is a 1997 American drama film starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, and Minnie Drive. It was written by Damon and Affleck. The film follows Will Hunting, a genius who gets arrested for attacking a police officer and later gets treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.
"Titanic" is a 1997 American romantic-drama film directed and written by James Cameron. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It is a fictionalized account of the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. The movie was a huge success, was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and grossed $1.84 billion.
"Saving Private Ryan" is a 1998 American war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It starred Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. The movie was set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II and follows Captain John H. Miller and his squad as they search for a paratrooper.
"Girl, Interrupted" is a 1999 American psychological drama film which was based on a 1993 novel with the same name. It is the author's personal account of her 18-month stay at a mental institution during the 1960s. The film stars Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Brittany Murphy, and Clea DuVall.
"Pretty Woman" is a 1990 romantic-drama film that starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts as Edward Lewis and Vivian Ward. It is centered around Ward, a prostitute who is hired by Lewis to be his escort to different business and social events.
"The Shawshank Redemption" is a 1994 drama film based on the 1982 Stephen King novella, "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption." It follows banker Andy Dufresne as he is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.
"Before Sunrise" is a 1995 American drama film starring Ethan Hawke as Jesse and Julie Delpy as Celine, two people who spend the night getting to know one another after they both disembark a train in Vienna.
"Dead Man Walking" is a 1995 American crime-drama film which was based on a non-fictional book with the same name about real-life murderers Elmo Patrick Sonnier and Robert Lee Willie. Susan Sarandon stars as a nun who comforts both the killer and the victim’s family.
"10 Things I Hate About You" is a 1999 American romantic-comedy-drama film which is a loosely modern version of "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare. In the movie, Patrick is paid by Cameron to date Kat, the ill-tempered sister of Bianca.
"Goodfellas" is a 1990 American drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It was based on the 1986 non-fiction book, "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi. It tells the story of the rise and fall of mob boss Henry Hill, played by actor Ray Liotta, and his friends from 1955 to 1980.
"Magnolia" is a 1999 American drama film starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Blackman, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The movie followed a series of characters and their interrelating relationships as they searched for happiness in the San Fernando Valley.
"Apollo 13" is a 1995 film about the Apollo 13 lunar mission. It stars Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise . It was an adaptation of the novel, "Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13," by astronauts Jeffrey Kluger and Jim Lovell.
"American Beauty" is a 1999 drama film starring Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper, and Annette Bening. Spacey stars as an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis after becoming infatuated with his teen daughter’s best friends.
"Heavenly Creatures" is a 1994 psychological drama film about the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand. Two female teenage friends murder one of their mothers, who is played by Sarah Peirse.
"Dances with Wolves" is a 1990 western drama film adapted from the 1988 novel with the same name. It stars Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene. The film tells the story of a Union Army lieutenant who travels to find a military post at the American frontier.
"Ghost" is a 1990 romantic-drama film which followed a young woman, the ghost of her murdered lover and the psychic who helps her communicate with him. The film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was the highest grossing film of 1990.
"Life is Beautiful" is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film which was partly inspired by the book, "End, I Beat Hitler" by Rubino Romeo Salmonì. It starred Robert Benigni as a Jewish Italian bookshop owner who used his imagination to protect his son from the horrors of confinement in a Nazi concentration camp.
"Braveheart" is a 1995 American war drama film directed by Mel Gibson. Gibson also played the role of William Wallace – a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led his people against King Edward of England in the first war for Scottish independence.
"Malcolm X" is a 1992 biographical drama film about African-American human rights activist and minister Malcolm X. The movie, which was written and directed by Spike Lee, starred Denzel Washington as the title character and followed his life from childhood until his death.
"Thelma & Louise" is a 1991 American drama film that starred Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon as the title characters who embark on a road trip that landed them in unforeseen circumstances. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film received six Academy Award nominations amongst many others.
"12 Monkeys," which is also known as "Twelve Monkeys," is a 1995 American science fiction-drama film inspired by the 1962 short film, "La Jetée." The film, which stars Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stow, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Plummer, follows a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future.
"Dazed and Confused" is a 1993 American drama film about a group of teenagers during their last days of school in 1976. The film, which was written and directed by Richard Linklater, was named after a Led Zeppelin song with the same name.
"The Green Mile" is a 1999 fantasy-drama film adapted from Stephen King’s 1996 novel with the same name. The film tells the story of Paul Edgemont, played by Tom Hanks, a death row corrections officer who witnesses a number of supernatural events.
"Edward Scissorhands" is a 1990 American dark fantasy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as an artificial man named Edward. He has scissor blades instead of hands and falls in love with Kim, who is played by Winona Ryder.
"The English Patient" is a 1996 American romantic-drama film based on a novel by Michael Ondaatje with the same name. It follows Count László de Almásy, an aristocratic pilot who is burned from a plane crash. It tells the story of his past in flashbacks of his romantic affair with a nurse.
"Groundhog Day" is a 1993 American fantasy-drama film about a television weatherman, played by Bill Murray, who during his coverage of the annual Groundhog Day festivities, is caught in a time loop where the same day keeps repeating itself.
"The Piano" is a 1993 New Zealand drama film starring Anna Paquin, Sam Neill, and Holly Hunter. Set during the mid-19th century, the film tells the story of a mute piano player and her daughter who try to recover her piano after it goes missing. It also involves a love triangle with the woman, a local plantation worker and a rich landowner.
"L.A. Confidential" is a 1997 American crime-drama film based on the novel with the same name by James Ellroy. It tells the story of a group of LAPD officers involved in corruption linked to a Hollywood celebrity. The cast features Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, and Kim Basinger.
"Pulp Fiction" is a 1994 American crime-drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman and follows several intertwining stories of the illegal part of Los Angeles.
"The Truman Show" is a 1998 science fiction-drama film inspired by an episode of "The Twilight Zone." It stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank – a man who was adopted and raised by an organization inside of a simulated television show.
"Cruel Intentions" is a teen drama film based on the French novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," by Pierre Chiderlos de Laclos. It follows two step-siblings attending an expensive prep school who make a bet to deflower to new headmaster’s daughter before the school term begins.
"Heat" is a 1995 American crime-drama film that stars Val Kimler, Robert Di Niro, and Al Pacino. It is based on Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson's pursuit of a thief named McCauley. De Niro plays the role of the thief, while Al Pacino plays the role of Detective Vincent Hanna.
"Jerry Maguire" is a 1996 American romantic-drama film starring Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. It follows Cruise as the 35- year-old title character working as a sports agent who after having a moral epiphany, gets fired for expressing it and later puts his new philosophy to the test.
"As Good as It Gets" is a 1997 American comedy-drama film which follows the lives of three main characters - a misanthropic and obsessive-compulsive novelist, a gay artist, and a single mother caring for her chronically ill son. It won two of the actors Academy Awards for their roles.