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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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 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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The House Of Tomorrow Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman
The House of Tomorrow is a 2017 American drama film directed by Peter Livolsi, based on the novel by Peter Bognanni. The incredible story of futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster ...more

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Claire's Camera Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee
Claire's Camera is a 2017 drama film directed by Hong Sang-soo. A French photographer (Isabelle Huppert) befriends a Korean sales agent (Min-hee Kim).

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Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
Puzzle is a 2018 American drama film directed by Marc Turtletaub, based on the 2010 Argentine film. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban wife and mother, discovers a passion ...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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Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson
Thunder Road is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jim Cummings, based on his 2016 short film. A police officer (Cummings) comes to grips with the death of his mother while giving a ...more

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Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg
Nobody’s Fool is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Tyler Perry. Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is released from prison and reunites with her sister Danica (Tika Sumpter), only to learn she's in ...more

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Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon, Emily Mortimer
Head Full of Honey is a 2018 drama film directed by Til Schweiger, based on the 2014 German film. A widowed grandfather (Nick Nolte) suffering from Alzheimer's disease is taken on a road trip to ...more

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Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, James Marsden
Shock and Awe is a 2017 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Journalists investigate the assertions by the Bush Administration concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of weapons of ...more

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Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and the unofficial sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken. Olympian and World War II veteran Louis ...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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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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Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...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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Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sam Rockwell
Blaze is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Ethan Hawke, based on the novel Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze by Sybil Rosen. The life and death of Blaze Foley ...more

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Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh
The Miracle Season is a 2018 sports drama film directed by Sean McNamara. After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls ...more

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J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid
I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American drama film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, based on the story behind the Christian song by MercyMe. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) finds inspiration for ...more

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Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey
Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los Angeles ...more

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Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd
Nancy is a 2018 American drama film directed by Christina Choe. Convinced she was kidnapped as a child, Nancy (Andrea Riseborough) meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, ...more

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Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed and co-written by Shawn Christensen. After writing a generation defining book that makes him world famous, a young ...more