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The Best Drama Movies of 2014  

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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
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Set ...more
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Dan Gilroy
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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Damien Chazelle
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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Richard Linklater
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
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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Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birdman or, commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael ...more
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Angelina Jolie
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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Peter Berg
Lone Survivor is a 2013 American 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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Bennett Miller
Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical drama film produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark ...more
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Jennifer Kent
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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Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "—All You ...more
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Morten Tyldum
The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It ...more
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Matt Reeves
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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Shawn Levy
This Is Where I Leave You is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Shawn Levy. It is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the film's screenplay. The ...more
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Andrey Zvyagintsev
Leviathan is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, co-written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, and starring Aleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, and Vladimir Vdovichenkov. ...more
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Jason Reitman
Men, Women & Children is a 2014 American ensemble comedy-drama film dealing with online addiction. It is directed by Jason Reitman, co-written with Erin Cressida Wilson, based on a novel of ...more
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David Dobkin
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Judge is a 2014 drama film written by Bill Dubuque, Nick Schenk and David Seidler; and directed by David Dobkin.
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Josh Boone
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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Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum
Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more
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Gregg Araki
White Bird in a Blizzard is a 2014 American drama thriller film co-produced, written, and directed by Gregg Araki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Laura Kasischke and stars ...more
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Michael Hoffman
The Best of Me is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and written by Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe, based on Nicholas Sparks' 2011 novel of the same name. The ...more
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Ron Howard
In the Heart of the Sea is an upcoming biographical thriller film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's ...more
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Paul Schrader
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dying of the Light is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. A government agent (Nicolas Cage) must track down and kill a terrorist before he loses his full ...more
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Ridley Scott
Exodus: Gods and Kings is a 2014 biblically-inspired epic fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott. It was written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian. The film stars ...more
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Zach Braff
Wish I Was Here is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Zach Braff. Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father, and husband, finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him ...more