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The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade  

Jason Bancroft
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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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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more
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Can You Ever Forgive Me?... is listed (or ranked) 27 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 Social Network is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more
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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more
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Mud is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film
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Burning is listed (or ranked) 32 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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We Need to Talk About Ke... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Argo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted from U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah ...more
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Sully is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Rotten Tomatoes score:  86%

Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more
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Judy is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Wild is listed (or ranked) 37 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
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Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 38 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
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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more
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The Favourite is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton

Rotten Tomatoes score:  95%

Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more
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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor

Rotten Tomatoes score: 65%

August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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Creed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson ...more
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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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Fences is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Fences is 2016 American drama film written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, based on his play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former ...more
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Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film directed by Ryan Coogler, based on true events. The story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, ...more
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Foxcatcher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell

Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical drama film produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark ...more
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Selma is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Parasite is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dramas Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

Rotten Tomatoes score:  99%

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and ...more