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The Best Drama Movies Of 2018

Updated May 12, 2020 11.1k votes 798 voters 80.8k views126 items

List RulesVote 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 top drama films of 2020.

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  • The Mercy1
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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...  more
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  • Stan & Ollie2
    81
    16

    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...  more
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  • The Happy Prince3
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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...  more
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  • Green Book4
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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)...  more
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  • The Favourite5
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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...  more
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  • A Fantastic Woman6
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    A Fantastic Woman

    Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes

    Released2017

    Directed bySebastián Lelio

    A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela...  more
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  • Widows7
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    Widows

    Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1983 TV series....  more
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  • Shoplifters8
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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...  more
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  • Red Sparrow9
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    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Released2018

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the...  more
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  • Fifty Shades Freed10
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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,...  more
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  • The Commuter11
    34
    34

    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....  more
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  • At Eternity's Gate12
    20
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    At Eternity's Gate

    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend

    Released2018

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh...  more
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  • Skate Kitchen13
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    Skate Kitchen

    Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith

    Released2018

    Directed byCrystal Moselle

    Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged...  more
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  • Golden Exits14
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    Golden Exits

    Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Ross Perry

    Golden Exits is a 2018 American-Greek film directed by Alex Ross Perry. Two families living in...  more
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  • A Star Is Born15
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

    A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film directed by Bradley Cooper. A...  more
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  • The Seagull16
    19
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    The Seagull

    Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Mayer

    The Seagull is a 2018 American drama film directed by Michael Mayer, based on the novel by...  more
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  • The Mule17
    18
    22

    The Mule

    Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper

    Released2018

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Mule is a 2018 American crime film directed by Clint Eastwood. Leo Sharp (Clint Eastwood),...  more
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  • The Catcher Was A Spy18
    17
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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...  more
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  • Billionaire Boys Club19
    14
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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...  more
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  • 22 July20
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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...  more
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  • A Kid Like Jake21
    10
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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...  more
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  • My Dinner with Hervé22
    10
    15

    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...  more
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  • We the Animals23
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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...  more
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  • Nobody's Fool24
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    Nobody's Fool

    Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter

    Released2018

    Directed byTyler Perry

    Nobody's Fool is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Tyler Perry. Tanya (Tiffany Haddish)...  more
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  • The Little Stranger25
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    15

    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,...  more
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