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The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade 

Jason Bancroft
Updated February 23, 2020 1.8k votes 76 voters 133 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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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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Steve McQueen

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
2
Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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
3
Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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
4
A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

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
5
Whiplash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller

Released: 2014

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

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
6
Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

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
7
Three Billboards Outside... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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
8
Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

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
9
Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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
10
Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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
11
The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom Hooper

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
12
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Fincher

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
13
Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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
14
American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff

Released: 2015

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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
15
The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: David O. Russell

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
16
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

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
17
The Theory of Everything... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Harry Lloyd

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Marsh

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
18
The Imitation Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong

Released: 2014

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

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
19
Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

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
20
Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2018

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

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
21
Argo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

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
22
Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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
23
The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

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
24
The Wolf of Wall Street ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie

Released: 2013

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Rotten Tomatoes score:  79%

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort. An ambitious stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) tells ...more
25
Lone Survivor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

Released: 2013

Directed by: Peter Berg

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