Drama titles are scripted to draw viewers into complex tales that are generally more serious than romance films, however usually sharing many other elements with the romance genre – love, loss, heartache and many a happy ending.
As the title suggests, drama films are intended to be dramatic. They focus on issues that resonate with the viewer and leave a deep impression such as war, racism, intolerance, corruption, mental illness, sexual inequity and violence. The best dramas are often said to be based upon true stories, and at times Directors will build a drama to convey a larger message. For example, the movie Blood Diamond about slavery in South Africa and the mining and trade of diamonds, is based upon a true story and was created to raise awareness of the illegal global trade that has cost the lives of many across the world in the name of high fashion.
While drama is a very overarching classification, there are many sub genres of drama such as ‘teen drama’, ‘political drama’ and ‘historical drama’.
Teen drama is a big business, and these films are targeted toward teenage girls – often with teenage girls as the lead characters. The movies intend for the viewers to feel aspiration toward the lead characters and often convey privilege, popularity and fashion. Some of the most popular teen dramas in recent times have been the movie Thirteen, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and 10 Things I Hate About You.
Political dramas are a popular category among educated and engaged adults. Popular titles include The Manchurian Candidate, All the Kings Men, The King, Nixon, and State of Play. More often than not, the films that create a real impact within this category are based upon true stories. Therefore, they are also educational to audiences.
Almost every movie, no matter what the category, features some level of drama to the ‘drama classification’ of movies is incredibly broad. Wikipedia classifies drama as a “film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes.” They are generally determined by a balance against other themes within the story such as the levels of romance, comedy and horror.
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