Many of the best movies ever made fall into the drama category. Dramas have a way of transporting us to another world and getting under our skin. From spending time with death-row inmates, to tapping into our fears about nuclear weapons falling into the hands of crazed generals, when we watch dramas, we allow ourselves to understand someone else's experience.
Humans have been creating dramas for others to watch since ancient times--and we still retell stories from centuries past, because they tell us something about our modern selves. "Seven Samurai" might take place in the 16th century, but it shows us how communities can come together to defend each other.
"The Green Mile" and "The Shawshank Redemption" make us contemplate the prison system in the U.S., even if those films take place decades ago.
American dramas show us our love-affair with the nitty-gritty lives of the American Mafia and crime families. Can you tell the difference between "Scarface," "The Godfather," and "American Gangster" from a single screenshot?
Take this quiz to find out how well-versed you are in the dramatic cinematic experience!