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The Best PG-13 Drama Movies

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List of PG-13 drama movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG-13 drama movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 drama movie of all time is.

If you think the top drama movie with a PG-13 rating isn't as high as it should be, then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 Drama films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 drama film, you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.List contains movies like The Dark Knight and Forrest Gump.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG-13 drama movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you, so use this list if you're looking for some new drama movies that are rated PG-13. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other services, there are thousands of great drama movies rated PG-13, so get out there and start watching. Share this list with your friends to get more great movies to the top ranks. {#nodes}

Be sure to also take a peek at Best Historical Dramas, Best Family Dramas, and Best rated R Drama Movies. 

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... more

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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of... more

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    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and... more
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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to... more

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    Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more
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    Miss Bala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Miss Bala

    Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Córdova

    Released2019

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    Miss Bala is a 2019 American-Mexican action drama thriller film directed by Catherine... more
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    The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    The Terminal

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Terminal is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring... more
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    Romeo + Juliet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Romeo + Juliet

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd

    Released1996

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's... more
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    True Grit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    True Grit

    Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon

    Released2010

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on... more

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray... more

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    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael... more

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    The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by... more

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

    The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar.... more

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

    Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by... more
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    Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based... more
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh

    Released2000

    Directed byAng Lee

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese... more

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    Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced,... more
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    X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1993

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and... more

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    Ghost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Ghost

    Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1990

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi... more
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott... more

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    The Twilight Saga: New Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene

    Released2009

    Directed byChris Weitz

    New Moon is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, based on a novel of the same name written by... more

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    Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PG-13 Drama Movies
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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