Both drama and thriller are both very important film genres which are actually the two most popular among filmmakers. These two are the most used due to the great depth and wide range of creativity they let their creators use. However, both are pretty different from each other. Here in this article, we are going to talk about each one and what they represent, plus a little example of the most famous movies in each genre.
Drama is a cinematographic genre which talks about situations that are non-epic, with a more serious context and a tone which is more susceptible to inspire sadness, laughs or just grace. However, it can actually have the widest range of emotions, but it doesn’t go to the complex ones. Sometimes, drama can mean action and dialogue, but mainly, as a film genre; it sticks to comedy and sad situations.
Most common themes that are talked about in a drama film are dead, misery, sexuality, unfaithfulness, rape, religious intolerance, socioeconomic problems, moral dilemmas, racial prejudices, alcoholism, toxic mania, politics, corruption, violence against women, and even children abuse.
Drama tends to deviate to different places in a film, always trying to portray hurt, scandalous situations, sadness or regret, with the common deviation to go towards social injustice and transcendental themes.
Most drama films try to personify every character, giving it strong human feelings and emotions, which are most likely to generate conflict between various characters or to be shown in front of the camera in order to make the audience feel it too. Drama movies can also talk about society problems, personal issues, and even nature subjects.
This is maybe the widest genre on film, with thousands of subgenres like dramatic comedy,
romantic comedy, sports drama, traditional drama, legal drama, police drama, catastrophe drama or even personal ones, treating human emotions and developing personalities to the most profound ways.
Being easily developed, drama is the one film genre that gives actors a widest range of emotions and actions. This facilitates them the task of showing their skills as actors and most importantly, their range of emotions. Most Actors and Actress awards have been given to characters that come directly from drama stories in film, that’s why it is also one of the hardest types of movies for actors.
On the other hand, Drama films have also been nominated more to Oscar awards than any other genres. The latest winners on this genre have been Moonlight (2016), Spotlight (2015), Birdman (2014), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Argo (2012), The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010), and so on…
The first drama film ever released was named Fire!, from the hands of James Williamson, which main synopsis was about a family being safe by firefighters from a big fire in their apartment’s building.
Drama is still one of the biggest and most important genres in films, and it represents almost all human emotions to the letter, plus many other complex feelings.
Thrillers are the type of movies characterized for pushing complex feelings that can create intense moods on the audience.
Most thrillers try to bring excitement, surprise, anxiety or a feeling of anticipation to their plot, making them one of the most emotional and variable mood-inducers films in the industry. The most famous thrillers are the ones made by Alfred Hitchcock, who is actually known for being the father of suspense.
Suspense, as a feeling, is the main one used by thrillers. Being a complex feeling, suspense can give many different moods and feeling in the audience, making them feel anxiety, a sense of anticipation, fear with tension and even a lot of frustration from time to time.
Thanks to this way of storytelling, thrillers can make the audience anticipate the course of actions of every film, but always giving different endings or deviating the plot from what was normally thought, giving a sense of suspense and uncertainty that can cause both anxiety and fear.
The main purpose of thrillers is to maintain the audience always on their seat. Trying to make every viewer aware that the movie may end at any moment without knowing how and what can happen during the following final minutes.
That’s why most thrillers are somehow mysterious, exciting and very interesting stories which try to keep every viewer paying attention at all moments to the screen in order to not lose any type of clue about the plot.
Thrillers are always drawn to make the audience hope for a certain course of action but then giving different ideas of what could happen. The viewers, due to the incapacity to change what’s going to happen, tend to feel a lot of fear, anxiety, and a certain feeling of anticipation that makes them more hooked into the stories.
However, thrillers are actually used in almost every genre. This is one of the best ways to do storytelling, thanks to the way it maintains the audience easily entertained and unaware of the actual course of scenes.
As a whole, thrillers are also an important genre in film, especially for the big importance as a mechanism for uncertainty.