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The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade  

Jason Bancroft
614 votes 17 voters 131 items

List Rules Vote up your the dramas you love that were released between 2010-2019.

What are the best drama films of the decade? That's what this list will determine, based on your votes. We want you to choose the top 100 drama movies of the 2010s -- the ones that moved you the most, the ones that made you think hardest, and the ones that you couldn't get out of your head after you saw them. Aside from just ranking the titles, this list will also provide great recommendations for drama movies you might not have seen. Take a look at the top entries and be sure to catch those that you missed.

By every measure, the 2010s have been a stellar decade for drama films. Many of Hollywood's best actors have starred in them, often doing the finest work of their careers. Emma Stone, Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling, and Amy Adams are just four examples. Top directors have been responsible for more than a few of the best drama movies of the last 10 years, such as David Fincher, Spike Lee, and Paul Thomas Anderson. In short, there's been a lot of magic on cinema screens.

Vote up your picks for the top drama movies of the last decade. Don't forget to check back later on to see how your pick is faring. 

 

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Room is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. After being held captive for seven years, a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob ...more
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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and ...more
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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more
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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more
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Selma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and ...more
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more
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Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A promising young drummer (Miles Teller) enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored ...more
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Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Tom McCarthy. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the ...more
9
Boy Erased is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe

Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Boy Erased is a 2018 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Joel Edgerton, based on Garrard Conley's memoir. When the son (Lucas Hedges) of a Baptist pastor in a small American town is ...more
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If Beale Street Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin. A woman in Harlem (Kiki Layne) desperately scrambles to prove her ...more
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Roma is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf

Rotten Tomatoes score:  96%

Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" ...more
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Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Rotten Tomatoes score:  99%

Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.
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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell. Fledgling boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled ...more
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Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more
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Burning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo

Rotten Tomatoes score:  95%

Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller, based on the memoir by Lee Israel. When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel (Melissa ...more
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The Favourite is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

The Favourite is a 2018 biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) is threatened by ...more
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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

"Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly's father skips bail and goes missing, ...more
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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a 2011 British-American psychological thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, adapted from Lionel Shriver's novel of the same name. Kevin's mother (Tilda Swinton) ...more
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Judy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%

Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. ...more
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Phantom Thread is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Phantom Thread is a 2017 American drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. During London's couture world in the 1950s, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets the ...more
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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Rotten Tomatoes score:  92%

Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is ...more
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The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%

The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after ...more
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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in ...more
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Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more