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The Best Drama Movies Of 2018

Updated May 12, 2020 10.8k votes 789 voters 80.4k 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 Mercy
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    The Happy Prince
    96
    31

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Stan & Ollie
    39
    17

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
    84
    73

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Eighth Grade
    65
    55

    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

    Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    A Fantastic Woman
    58
    52

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Red Sparrow
    47
    47

    Red Sparrow

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    A Star Is Born
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Adrift
    39
    38

    Adrift

    Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

    Released2018

    Directed byBaltasar Kormákur

    Adrift is a 2018 American romance drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on a true... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Fifty Shades Freed
    36
    35

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Commuter
    35
    35

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Skate Kitchen
    23
    21

    Skate Kitchen

    Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith

    Released2018

    Directed byCrystal Moselle

    Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged...Amazon buy button
  • 13
    Green Book
    44
    53

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Golden Exits
    24
    27

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Life Itself
    16
    17

    Life Itself

    Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke

    Released2018

    Directed byDan Fogelman

    Life Itself is a 2018 American-Spanish drama film directed by Dan Fogelman. The lives of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Seagull
    20
    24

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Chappaquiddick
    18
    21

    Chappaquiddick

    Jason Clarke, Kate Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Curran

    Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    The Mule
    19
    23

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Catcher Was A Spy
    18
    22

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    The Favourite
    26
    36

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Billionaire Boys Club
    15
    21

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    22 July
    13
    19

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    The Hate U Give
    57
    85

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 24
    A Kid Like Jake
    10
    15

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Boy Erased
    40
    60

    Boy Erased

    Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman

    Released2018

    Directed byJoel Edgerton

    Boy Erased is a 2018 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Joel Edgerton, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button