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The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun
    60
    8

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    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 hoping to spend more time with a childhood  ...more
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  • 2
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender
    38
    14

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one  ...more
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  • 3

    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney
    28
    5

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated
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  • 4
    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson
    33
    14

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    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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  • 5
    Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
    32
    15

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

    Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his  ...more
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    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch
    28
    11

    Released2014

    Directed byMorten Tyldum

    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 stars  ...more
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  • 7
    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth
    29
    13

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Hooper

    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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  • 8
    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
    38
    24

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

    Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers -- and falls in love with -- struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the  ...more
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  • 9
    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun
    30
    15

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    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 glamorous  ...more
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  • 10
    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
    27
    13

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    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 of  ...more
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  • 11
    Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
    31
    18

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Freddie Mercury -- the lead singer of Queen -- defies stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved entertainers. The band's revolutionary sound and popular songs lead to Queen's  ...more
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  • 12
    Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington
    25
    12

    Released2016

    Directed byMel Gibson

    The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by  ...more
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  • 13
    Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks
    26
    15

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma  ...more
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  • 14
    Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
    25
    14

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Marsh

    In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has  ...more
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  • 15
    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris
    30
    23

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    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 in  ...more
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  • 16
    Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner
    23
    14

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He  ...more
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  • 17
    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer
    30
    22

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    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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  • 18
    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
    23
    14

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only  ...more
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  • 19
    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
    21
    11

    Released2016

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    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 Adams, Jeremy  ...more
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  • 20
    Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
    18
    9

    Released2010

    Directed byDebra Granik

    "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, her  ...more
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  • 21
    Amy Adams, Christian Bale
    23
    16

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    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 older  ...more
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  • 22
    Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones
    21
    13

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    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 Facebook, A  ...more
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  • 23
    Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly
    17
    9

    Released2011

    Directed byLynne Ramsay

    Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly). Pregnancy does not  ...more
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  • 24
    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford
    22
    15

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    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 forced to  ...more
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  • 25
    Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz
    17
    10

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Two years before the Civil War, Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave, finds himself accompanying an unorthodox German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) on a mission to capture the  ...more
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