Best Drama Movies of 2003

1.

Big Fish

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Alison Lohman, Marion Cotillard, Robert Guillaume, Matthew McGrory, David Denman ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2003-12-25
2.

Dogville

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, Blair Brown, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Jeremy Davies, Ben Gazzara ..
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2003-05-19
3.

The Last Samurai

6.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Koyuki, Timothy Spall, Togo Igawa ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2003-01-09
4.

The Life of David Gale

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Matt Craven, Melissa McCarthy, Cleo King, Lee Ritchey, Brandy Little ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 2003-02-21
5.

Lost in Translation

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Faris, Giovanni Ribisi, Akiko Takeshita, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe, Kazuko Shibata, Take, Fumihiro Hayashi, Hiroko Kawasaki ..
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2003-09-18
6.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Billy Boyd, Joseph Morgan, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2003-11-14
7.

Love Actually

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson ..
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Release date: 2003-09-07
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8.

Battlestar Galactica

6.0
8.6/10 IMDB

After a 40-year armistice in a war between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons, the Cylons launch a surprise nuclear attack intended to exterminate the human race. Virtually all of the population of the Twelve Colonies are wiped out.

Release date: 2003-12-08
9.

Matchstick Men

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A phobic con artist and his protege are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Jenny O'Hara, Steve Eastin, Beth Grant, Sheila Kelley, Fran Kranz ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2003-09-01
10.

The Dreamers

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister.

Starring: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Anna Chancellor, Robin Renucci, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Florian Cadiou, Pierre Hancisse, Valentin Merlet ..
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Release date: 2003-09-01

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