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The Best Drama Movies of 2014 

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Updated November 5, 2019 692 votes 181 voters 11.8k views

List Rules Upvote the best films in the drama genre that were released during 2014.

Let's get dramatic... There were a lot of great drama movies released in 2014, but which were the greatest? This list of the best 2014 drama films includes all the top dramas from the year, from noted drama directors and the greatest dramatic actors working today. No drama queens here - these were all celebrated dramas that entertained movie audiences throughout 2014, and the best Hollywood had to offer in the drama genre.

Where will you rank excellent 2014 book adaptations like The Fault in Our Stars, Unbroken, and Gone Girl? How about suspenseful 2014 movies like Fury, Nightcrawler, and Lone Survivor? You may love Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, but how did you like his 2014 drama The Judge? Did Kristen Stewart redeem her Twilight movies with the 2014 indie drama Camp X-Ray? Other great 2014 dramas include the vampire movie Dracula Untold and 2014 award season contenders like Birdman, Foxcatcher, and Whiplash, all of which will likely be nominated come Oscar night.

Vote below and let us know which films you thought were the best drama movies of 2014. If you missed them in theaters, be sure to check out these movies on DVD. If you're looking for more great dramas to rank, check out our drama movie lists of best family drama movies and best historical drama movies!
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David Fincher

Actors: Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosamund Pike, + more

Released: 2014

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Dan Gilroy

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Released: 2014

Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy in his directorial debut. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal who starts shooting footage in Los Angeles and ...more

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Richard Linklater

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Nick Krause, Lorelei Linklater, + more

Released: 2014

Boyhood is a 2014 American independent coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. ...more

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David Ayer

Actors: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, + more

Released: 2014

Fury is a 2014 American film directed by David Ayer. A grizzled tank commander (Brad Pitt) makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

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Damien Chazelle

Actors: J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Chris Mulkey, + more

Released: 2014

Whiplash is a 2014 American drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A promising young drummer (Miles Teller) enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored ...more

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Released: 2014

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Angelina Jolie

Actors: Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, + more

Released: 2014

Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, ...more

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Jennifer Kent

Actors: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan, Hayley McElhinney, Craig Behenna, + more

Released: 2014

The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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Peter Berg

Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, + more

Released: 2013

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David Dobkin

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, + more

Released: 2014

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Bennett Miller

Actors: Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, + more

Released: 2014

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Josh Boone

Actors: Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Mike Birbiglia, + more

Released: 2014

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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Morten Tyldum

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Released: 2014

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Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum

Actors: Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Charlie Cox, + more

Released: 2014

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Matt Reeves

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Released: 2014

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Andrey Zvyagintsev

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Released: 2014

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Michael Hoffman

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Released: 2014

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Shawn Levy

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Released: 2014

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Ron Howard

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Released: 2015

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Jason Reitman

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Rosemarie DeWitt

Released: 2014

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Gregg Araki

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Released: 2014

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Ridley Scott

Actors: Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, + more

Released: 2014

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Released: 2014

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