These best drama movies will keep your mind stimulated and trim minutes from the clock for those long-haul business trips.

Gone are the days of clumsy hand-luggage stuffed to the brim with distractions for extensive travel. Smart devices of varying sizes have replaced your favourite hardcover and go-to DVD player.

Nowadays, accessing media is just a click away, and watching your favourite film on the go has never been easier.

Tune into our top selection of dramas for an absorbing and stimulating watch.

Best drama movies by plane, train or automobile

1. Moonlight (2017)

Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight explores the complex and challenging life of lower class African Americans in the 1980s. Specifically, it chronicles the angst and violent poetry of Chiron, whose journey to adulthood is threatened by a community adverse to homosexuality.

2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Disturbing and hauntingly beautiful, Darren Aronofsky’s drama documents the unforgiving influences of drug use on various characters. Equally a psychological thriller, the dark classic relentlessly highlights the harrowing aftermath of substance abuse through the self-made prisons of its victims.

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3. Hidden Figures (2016)

A heartfelt and brave exploration of a group of African-American female mathematicians who were integral figures in NASA’S early years. Directed by Theodore Melfi, the narrative follows the three women during the historical launch of astronaut John Glee.

4. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Guillermo del Toro’ dark fantasy follows a young girl called Ofelia, who’s gifted with a fanciful imagination. Set after Spain’s Civil War during 1944, Ofelia comes to terms with her mother’s new husband, a cold and distant soldier of the Fascist regime. While adapting to her new family dynamic, she encounters an otherworldly labyrinth that blurs the line between reality and delusion.


5. 12 Angry Men (1957)

This 1957 classic has triumphed over the test of time in that it’s still gripping, and culturally relevant. Taking place in the limited space of a jury room, it studies the parameters of morality and human empathy. The audience identifies characters by their jury number, and not by name. The 12 jury members must deliberate the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father. If he is convicted, the state will give him the death sentence. All of the jury members are keen to pass a hasty verdict apart from Juror 8, the only one who argues reasonable doubt.

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