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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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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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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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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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Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few ...more
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Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor
August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amanda Seyfried, Sharon Stone, James Franco
Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama film about actress Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace. It covers the part of her life when she was "20 to 32". Directed by Rob ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling
This film is a 2013 American 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. The story is ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris
Pain & Gain is a 2013 American 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 1999 ...more