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The Best Drama Movies Set in Boston

Updated March 18, 2020 193 votes 18 voters22 items

List RulesThe drama movie must be primarily set in Boston.

The best drama movies set in Boston feature several A-list stars who come from the city. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck are all Boston natives, and all have made dramas showing their city's unique qualities. Other beloved actors and filmmakers have similarly given us drama movies based in Boston. It is a very atmospheric city, with wealthy sections and working class areas that give it real diversity onscreen. Hollywood and indie productions alike have taken advantage of that.

Vote up the best drama films based in Boston below. Don't see your favorite? Add it to the list and let others weigh in with their votes. 

  • Gone Baby Gone1
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    Gone Baby Gone

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2007

    Directed byBen Affleck

    Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,...  more
  • Mystic River2
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It...  more
  • The Fighter3
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell....  more
  • Good Will Hunting4
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    5

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt...  more
  • The Departed5
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    The Departed

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of...  more
  • Edge of Darkness6
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    Edge of Darkness

    Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced...  more
  • Spotlight7
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    Spotlight

    Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

    Released2015

    Directed byTom McCarthy

    Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Tom McCarthy. The true story...  more
  • Manchester by the Sea8
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    Manchester by the Sea

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams

    Released2016

    Directed byKenneth Lonergan

    Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan....  more
  • Black Mass9
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    Black Mass

    Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton

    Released2015

    Directed byScott Cooper

    Black Mass is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Cooper, based on...  more
  • The Cardinal10
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    The Cardinal

    Burgess Meredith, John Huston

    Released1963

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by...  more
  • The Boston Strangler11
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    The Boston Strangler

    Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler...  more
  • Patriots Day12
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    Patriots Day

    Mark Wahlberg, J. K. Simmons

    Released2016

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Patriots Day is a 2016 American biopic drama film directed by Peter Berg, based on the book...  more
  • The Brink's Job13
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    The Brink's Job

    Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands

    Released1978

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The Brink's Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter...  more
  • 14
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    Brinks: The Great Robbery

    Leslie Nielsen

    Released1976

    Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky

    Brinks: The Great Robbery is a 1976 American crime drama television film. It stars Leslie...  more
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle15
    2
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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Yates

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 film directed by Peter Yates and starring Robert Mitchum...  more
  • Stronger16
    2
    2

    Stronger

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    Stronger is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by David Gordon Green, based on...  more
  • Southie17
    2
    5

    Southie

    Rose McGowan, Amanda Peet

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Shea

    Southie is a 1999 American film directed by John Shea and starring Donnie Wahlberg. The film...  more
  • Monument Ave.18
    0
    1

    Monument Ave.

    Famke Janssen, Martin Sheen

    Released1998

    Directed byTed Demme

    Monument Ave., originally titled Snitch in the USA and titled Noose in Australia, is a 1998...  more
  • What Doesn't Kill You19
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    1

    What Doesn't Kill You

    Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2008

    Directed byBrian Goodman

    What Doesn't Kill You is a 2008 film directed by Brian Goodman....  more
  • Harvard Man20
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    Harvard Man

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ray Allen

    Released2002

    Directed byJames Toback

    Harvard Man is a 2001 crime comedy-drama thriller film written and directed by James Toback,...  more
  • A Civil Action21
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more
  • The Verdict22
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    The Verdict

    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman

    Released1982

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Verdict is a 1982 courtroom drama film that tells the story of a down-on-his-luck...  more