The Best of 2018 The Best Drama Movies Of 2018  

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List Rules Vote for the best drama movies of 2018.

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 drama films of 2019.

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Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis
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
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Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan
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 ...more
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Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A movie star (Cooper) helps a young singer/actress (Stefani Germanotta) find fame, even as age and ...more
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll
First Man is a 2018 American historical biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission ...more
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Final Portrait Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy
Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American ...more
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Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe
Boy Erased is a 2018 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Joel Edgerton, based on Garrard Conley's memoir. When the son (Lucas Hedges) of a Baptist pastor in a small American town is ...more
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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
Vice is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany
Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make
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Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
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 ...more
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Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her ...more
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Caravaggio added Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.
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Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf
Roma is a 2018 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
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Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar
Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more
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Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater
The Wife is a 2018 drama film directed by Björn Runge, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband ...more
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov
The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the 2014 Israeli film. A kindergarten teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in New York becomes obsessed with ...more
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Jason Mitchell, Christopher Abbott, Michael Cera
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 ...more
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Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel
Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends ...more
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Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus
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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NextPres added Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
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 ...more
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Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee
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) ...more
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Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. As her marriage crumbles, a judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña
The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood), a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran, is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine ...more
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John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach
Gotti is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by Kevin Connolly. The story of crime boss John Gotti (John Travolta) and his son (Spencer Lofranco).
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Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in Chappaquiddick drives his car into the water, killing his passenger (Kate ...more
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Permission Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Morgan Spector
Permission is a 2018 romantic dramedy film directed by Brian Crano. A woman (Rebecca Hall) on the brink of a marriage proposal from her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) is impeded by the suggestion of ...more