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. 

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Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Fandango  A Star is Born in Theaters Now

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

Fandango  First Man in Theaters Now

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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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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Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie

Fandango  The Hate U Give in Theaters Now

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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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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Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young ...more

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Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña 12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task ...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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Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. After a young programmer (Fionn Whitehead) makes a ...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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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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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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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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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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Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13 year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living ...more

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Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Møller Papillon is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Noer, based on the autographies by Henri Charrière. Unjustly convicted of murder and condemned to life in a ...more

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Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life, a slacker (Joaquin Phoenix) ...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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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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Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired by Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol. A victim (Steve Carell) of a violent assault ...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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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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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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Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1983 TV series. Four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish ...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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Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home ...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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Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka 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.

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John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns ...more

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Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner 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 ...more

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, based on the 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is ...more

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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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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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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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Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it ...more

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Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 British-French drama film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. The true story of an English boxer (Joe Cole) incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious ...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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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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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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Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern White Boy Rick is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange. The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the ...more

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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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Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo 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 (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more

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Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin Adrift is a 2018 American romance drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on a true story. When Tami (Shailene Woodley) and Richard (Sam Claflin) are hit by a storm while sailing, ...more

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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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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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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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Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo 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 ...more

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Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy 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, ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final days in Arles.

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Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 mystery-thriller film directed by Josephine Decker. A theater director's (Molly Parker) latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star (Helena ...more