drama The Best Drama Movies of 2013  

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List of the best 2013 drama movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. Some of the movies on this list are award-winning drama films, so if you're trying to watch Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated drama movies, then these are the ones you want to see. These are all the drama movies that defined the year 2013, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Examples of movies on this list include World War Z and The Great Gatsby. This isn't necessarily a list of all drama movies from 2013, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto 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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American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro American Hustle is a 2013 American crime comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s ...more

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12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch 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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Captain Phillips Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini 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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The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie 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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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a 2013 British-South African biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick from a script written by William Nicholson and starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. ...more

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Her Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography ...more

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Rush Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film directed by Ron Howard. The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).

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Broken City Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe Broken City is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. Mark Wahlberg stars as a police officer turned private investigator and Russell Crowe as ...more

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Side Effects Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Channing Tatum Side Effects is a 2013 American psychological thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. The film stars Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ...more

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The Spectacular Now Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more

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Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film edited, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan and Joel Coen. Set in 1961, the film stars ...more

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42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie 42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo ...more

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Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson 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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About Time Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the special ability to time travel tries to change his past in order to ...more

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Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. Blue Jasmine is a 2013 American dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite who falls into hard times and has to move in to her ...more

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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Prisoners Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello Prisoners is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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Stoker Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode Stoker is a 2012 Drama, horror, mystery and thriller film written by Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Chan-wook Park.

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Before Midnight Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Athina Rachel Tsangari Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. It was directed by Richard Linklater and ...more

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Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war 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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Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more

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White House Down Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal White House Down is a 2013 American political action-thriller film directed by Roland Emmerich about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group and the Capitol Police Officer who ...more

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Lena Headey, Lily Collins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers The Mortal Instruments is a 2013 action adventure drama film written by Jessica Postigo and directed by Harald Zwart.

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August: Osage County Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor August: Osage County is a 2013 American drama film written by Tracy Letts and based on his Pulitzer Prize–winning play of the same name, and directed by John Wells. It is produced by George ...more

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Carrie Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more

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Safe Haven Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel Safe Haven is a 2013 American romance film starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It was released theatrically in North America on February 14, 2013. The film was directed by ...more

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Paranoia Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman Paranoia is an American thriller film directed by Robert Luketic. Barry L. Levy and Jason Dean Hall wrote the screenplay, loosely based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Joseph Finder. It ...more

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Don Jon Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt Don Jon is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Produced by Ram Bergman and Nicolas Chartier, the film stars Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett ...more

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Lovelace Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, James Franco Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama film about porn actress Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace. It covers the part of her life when she was "20 to 32". Directed ...more

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a 2014 American neo-noir action crime film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled ...more

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Only Lovers Left Alive Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 vampire film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi, and ...more

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Philomena Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan Philomena is a 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by journalist Martin Sixsmith. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, it tells the ...more

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The Monuments Men George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon The Monuments Men is a 2014 American-German war film directed by George Clooney, written and produced by Clooney and Grant Heslov, and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, ...more

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen The Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and ...more

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Maryan Dhanush, Salim Kumar, Parvathy Maryan is a 2013 Indian Tamil action thriller film directed by Bharat Bala starring Dhanush alongside Parvathi. Produced by Venu Ravichandran, the film has music and background score composed by ...more

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World War Z Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more

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Warm Bodies Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Dave Franco Warm Bodies is a 2013 drama horror romance film written by Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.

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The Grandmaster Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Cung Le The Grandmaster is a 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film was directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony ...more

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Escape Plan Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent The Tomb is a 2013 crime drama thriller film written by Miles Chapman and directed by Mikael Håfström.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Alexandra Daddario, Logan Lerman, Jake Abel The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 2013 romantic adventure comedy-drama cult film directed by, produced by, and starring Ben Stiller. Gore Verbinski served as executive producer. This is the ...more

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Gangster Squad Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling Gangster Squad is a 2013 American crime film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. ...more

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Snitch Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Nadine Velazquez Snitch is a 2013 action drama thriller film written by Ric Roman Waugh and Justin Haythe and directed by Ric Roman Waugh.

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The Counselor Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz The Counselor is a 2013 British-American crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy. It stars Michael Fassbender as the eponymous Counselor—who gets in over his ...more

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Trance Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel Trance is a 2013 British psychological thriller film directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge from a story by Ahearne. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, ...more

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Jobs Ashton Kutcher, James Woods, J.K. Simmons Jobs is a 2013 American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs, from 1974 while a student at Reed College to the introduction of the iPod in 2001. It is directed by Joshua ...more

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Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Only God Forgives is a 2013 Danish-French thriller film written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm. The film was shot on ...more

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Pain & Gain Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris Pain & Gain is a 2013 American crime comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. The film is loosely based on a story published in a ...more