2016 Movies The Best Drama Movies of 2016  

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Heroic characters, beautiful love stories, and tales of survival comprise the best drama movies of 2016. The best 2016 drama films told stories of famous historical figures, intimate relationships, and desperate situations. This is a list of the best drama movies of 2016 featuring everything from The Lobster to La La Land to Sully.

What films will you find on this roundup of the best 2016 drama movies? You won't be surprised to see Moonlight here. Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, this film is expected to win a lot of trophies during awards season. It is based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, and tells the story of a young man dealing with a dysfunctional family, the war on drugs, and his own sexuality. The original musical La La Land is another one of the best dramas of 2016. Hello, My Name Is Doris was a favorite among fans of independent cinema in 2016. Other good films featured on this best 2016 dramas list include Don't Think Twice, Miles Ahead, and Hell or High Water.

Which 2016 drama is the best? That's up to you to decide. Looking for more drama? Check out these 2019 drama films.

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
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

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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more

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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros, Jacob Warner
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry ...more

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Sully is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn
Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more

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Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Lion is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. Brierley (Dev Patel), ...more

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Captain Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler
Captain Fantastic is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen. The story centers on a family who are forced by circumstances to ...more

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Love and Friendship is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Love and Friendship Kate Beckinsale, Chloƫ Sevigny, Xavier Samuel

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Loving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
Loving is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It features Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ...more

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
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

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) decides to became an opera singer despite her painful lack of ...more

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Rules Don't Apply is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Rules Don't Apply Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga

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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
The Lobster is a 2015 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut. Its script was awarded the ARTE International Prize ...more

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Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton
Midnight Special is an upcoming American science fiction film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. The film stars Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton. It is Nichols' ...more

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Jackie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the ...more

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Miles Ahead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Michael Stuhlbarg
Miles Ahead is a 2015 American music film directed by Don Cheadle in his feature directorial debut. Miles Davis (Don Cheadle) attempts to get his career back on track following a period of ...more

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Cafe Society is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell
Café Society is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot follows a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) who moves to 1930s Los Angeles to work for ...more

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Goat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Goat Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, Gus Halper

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A Bigger Splash is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton

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Don't Think Twice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Don't Think Twice Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia

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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller
The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American period drama film based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. The film is ...more

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Hello, My Name Is Doris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs
Hello, My Name Is Doris is a 2016 US romantic comedy-drama film directed by Michael Showalter. A woman (Sally Field) in her 60s tries to act on her attraction to a younger co-worker (Max

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Into the Forest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2016
Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
Into the Forest is a 2015 Canadian drama film written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film is based on the book written by Jean Hegland published in 1996. In the near future, two teenage ...more