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The Best Drama 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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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama 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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Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama 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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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama 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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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer. A chronicle of the years from the formation of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) ...more
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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama 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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama 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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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. WWII American combat medic and Christian pacifist Desmond ...more
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The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more
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Three Billboards Outside... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more
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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Dunkirk
Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Rotten Tomatoes score:  92%

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
13
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama 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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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy ...more
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The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more
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Winter’s Bone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama 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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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Rotten Tomatoes score:  79%

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the eponymous memoir by Jordan Belfort and ...more
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The Theory of Everything... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd

Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life ...more
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama 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
23
Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 ...more
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If Beale Street Could Ta... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama 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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The Social Network is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama 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