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The Best Drama Movies Of 2018

Updated March 27, 2021 9.8k votes 835 voters 81.2k views126 items

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Whether they're about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2018 left viewers inspired and emotional. What were the best drama movies this year? Help decide below. 

Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, biopics, and comedy-dramas, this list of good 2018 dramas includes 12 Strong, Chappaquiddick, Lean on Pete, and Permission.

Good drama films usually feature compelling characters and intriguing storylines, avoiding melodrama in favor of more realistic plot lines and complicated protagonists. Which drama movies of 2018 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2018 drama movies. Give a vote up to the best drama movies of 2018, and vote down anything you feel is overrated or downright bad. If you are looking for more, check out the top drama films of 2020.

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    The Mercy

    Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Marsh

    The Mercy is a 2017 British biographical drama film directed by James Marsh. Amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) attempts to circumnavigate the globe alone as his family awaits his return....  more
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    Stan & Ollie

    Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly

    Released2018

    Directed byJon S. Baird

    Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their...  more
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    The Happy Prince

    Rupert Everett, Colin Firth

    Released2018

    Directed byRupert Everett

    The Happy Prince is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Everett. The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett), a person who observes his...  more
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    Forever My Girl

    Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe

    Released2018

    Directed byBethany Ashton Wolf

    Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind....  more
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    68
    42

    Burning

    Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun

    Released2018

    Directed byLee Chang-dong

    Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker hoping to spend more time with a childhood...  more
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    American Animals

    Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan

    Released2018

    Directed byBart Layton

    American Animals is a 2018 British-American crime drama film directed by Bart Layton. Rebelling against their suburban upbringing, childhood friends Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan Peters),...  more
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    Tyrel

    Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott

    Released2018

    Directed bySebastián Silva

    Tyrel is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sebastián Silva. Tyler (Jason Mitchell), a sole black man, attends an otherwise all-white weekend of drunken bro debauchery on a birthday trip to a...  more
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    The Strange Ones

    Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein

    The Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American...  more

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    Fifty Shades Freed

    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Foley

    Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 American erotic romantic drama film directed by James Foley, based on the novel by E. L. James. Now married, Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) face new...  more
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    The Commuter

    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

    The Commuter is a 2018 psychological thriller-horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. While on his daily commute home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is offered $100,000 if he identifies a...  more
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

    Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) at a New York nightclub takes a job as a pianist's (Mahershala Ali) chauffeur during a tour in the Deep...  more

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    The Favourite

    Olivia Colman, Emma Stone

    Released2018

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    The Favourite is a 2018 biographical historical film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The close relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) is threatened by the...  more

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    Billionaire Boys Club

    Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Cox

    Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los Angeles come...  more
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

    The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she...  more

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    22 July

    Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    22 July is a 2018 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the aftermath of the 2011 Norway attacks. In Norway on July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen...  more
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    14
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    Shoplifters

    Lily Franky, Sakura Ando

    Released2018

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

    Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting family adopts a homeless girl after noticing signs of abuse, integrating her into the family by teaching...  more
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    9
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    A Kid Like Jake

    Claire Danes, Jim Parsons

    Released2018

    Directed bySilas Howard

    A Kid Like Jake is a 2018 American drama film directed by Silas Howard, based on the 2013 play by Daniel Pearle. Alex (Claire Danes) and Greg Wheeler (Jim Parsons) has always known that their...  more
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer. A chronicle of the years from the formation of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) up to...  more

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    Alpha

    Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela

    Released2018

    Directed byAlbert Hughes

    Alpha is a 2018 American historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes. After a hunting expedition 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period goes awry, a young caveman (Kodi...  more
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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin. A woman in Harlem (Kiki Layne) desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé...  more
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    The Little Stranger

    Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson

    Released2018

    Directed byLenny Abrahamson

    The Little Stranger is a 2018 British supernatural horror film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Sarah Waters. During one summer in 1947, a country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) is...  more

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    We the Animals

    Evan Rosado, Raúl Castillo

    Released2018

    Directed byJeremiah Zagar

    We the Animals is a 2018 drama film directed by Jeremiah Zagar, based on the novel by Justin Torres. Manny (Isaiah Kristian), Joel (Josiah Gabriel), and Jonah (Evan Rosado) tear their way through...  more
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    My Dinner with Hervé

    Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan

    Released2018

    Directed bySacha Gervasi

    My Dinner with Hervé is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi. A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), co-star of the hit '70s TV series...  more
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    Vox Lux

    Natalie Portman, Jude Law

    Released2018

    Directed byBrady Corbet

    Vox Lux is a 2018 American music drama film directed by Brady Corbet. The film follows the rise of Celeste (Natalie Portman) from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop superstardom, spanning...  more

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    The Catcher Was A Spy

    Paul Rudd, Mark Strong

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Lewin

    The Catcher Was a Spy is a 2018 biographical spy film directed by Ben Lewin, based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff. A major league baseball player, Moe Berg (Paul Rudd), lives a double life working...  more