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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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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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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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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Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...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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Alex Lawther, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler
Freak Show is a 2018 American drama film directed by Trudie Styler, based on the novel by James St. James. Despite attending an ultra conservative high school, Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) decides ...more

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Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll
The Seagull is a 2018 American drama film directed by Michael Mayer, based on the novel by Anton Chekhov. During one summer visit to her brother and her son (Billy Howle), an aging actress ...more

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Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson Coulter
Breath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh
Outlaw King is a 2018 American-Scottish historical action drama directed by David Mackenzie. A David and Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish "outlaw king" Robert the Bruce ...more

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Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mimi Leder. Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a ...more

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Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey
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.

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Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
Beautiful Boy is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, based on the books by David and Nic Sheff. The film chronicles meth addiction and recovery through the ...more

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Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz
Operation Finale is a 2018 historical thriller film directed by Chris Weitz. 15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous ...more

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Foxtrot Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray
Foxtrot is a 2017 Israeli drama film directed by Samuel Maoz. An affluent Tel Aviv couple learn that their son, a soldier, has died in the line of duty.

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Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén
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 ...more

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Golden Exits Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker
Golden Exits is a 2018 American-Greek film directed by Alex Ross Perry. Two families living in Brooklyn are interrupted by the arrival of a young foreign girl (Emily Browning).

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Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, Debby Ryan
Every Day is a 2018 American romantic-drama directed by Michael Sucsy, based on the novel by David Levithan. 16-year-old Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) falls in love with a spirit named A, a traveling ...more

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Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn
Nostalgia is a 2018 American drama film directed by Mark Pellington. A group of people are connected through a loss.

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Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz
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 ...more

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Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone
Creed II is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and a sequel to the 2015 film. Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) tries to seek revenge when he goes toe to toe with the ...more

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Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson
Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 drama music film directed by Brett Haley. A father (Nick Offerman) and daughter (Kiersey Clemons) form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for ...more

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Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
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 ...more