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The Best Drama Movies Of The 2010s Decade

Updated February 23, 2020 2.6k votes 85 voters133 items

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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  • 12 Years a Slave1
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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853...  more
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  • Whiplash2
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    17

    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A promising young drummer...  more
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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri3
    31
    15

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin...  more
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  • The King's Speech4
    28
    12

    The King's Speech

    Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth

    Released2010

    Directed byTom Hooper

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

    The King's Speech is a 2010 British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written...  more
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  • Hacksaw Ridge5
    27
    11

    Hacksaw Ridge

    Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington

    Released2016

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

    Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, based on the...  more
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  • Bohemian Rhapsody6
    32
    18

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer....  more
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  • A Star Is Born7
    37
    25

    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

    A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A...  more
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  • Black Swan8
    27
    14

    Black Swan

    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

    Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky...  more
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  • Hidden Figures9
    32
    21

    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

    Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on...  more
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  • The Imitation Game10
    24
    11

    The Imitation Game

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2014

    Directed byMorten Tyldum

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a...  more
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  • Saving Mr. Banks11
    27
    15

    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

    Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay...  more
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  • Dallas Buyers Club12
    25
    14

    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

    Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and...  more
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  • American Sniper13
    25
    14

    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and...  more
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  • Dunkirk14
    18
    5

    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Rotten Tomatoes score:  92%

    Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by...  more
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  • Gone Girl15
    31
    21

    Gone Girl

    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

    Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted...  more
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  • The Theory of Everything16
    24
    12

    The Theory of Everything

    Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Marsh

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

    The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical coming of age romantic drama film...  more
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  • Arrival17
    21
    11

    Arrival

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    Released2016

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

    Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by...  more
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  • Love, Simon18
    24
    15

    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    Rotten Tomatoes score:  92%

    Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel...  more
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  • The Fighter19
    22
    14

    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell....  more
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  • The Revenant20
    14
    5

    The Revenant

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2015

    Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

    The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G....  more
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  • Moonlight21
    22
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    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on...  more
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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel22
    14
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    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Bill Murray, Jude Law

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Rotten Tomatoes score:  91%

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson. The screenplay by...  more
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  • Lone Survivor23
    12
    5

    Lone Survivor

    Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

    Lone Survivor is a 2013 American film written and directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark...  more
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  • Argo24
    17
    11

    Argo

    Ben Affleck, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%

    Argo is a 2012 American political thriller film directed by Ben Affleck. The film is adapted...  more
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  • Lincoln25
    17
    11

    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring...  more
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