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The Best Drama Movies of 2019

Updated January 24, 2020 6.7k votes 538 voters 37.7k views159 items

List RulesVote up the best drama movies of 2019.

UPDATE: Check out the top drama films of 2020!

Whether they're about historical events or fictional stories of romance, tension, and love, the best drama movies of 2019 leave viewers inspired and emotional. What are the best drama movies of 2019? Help decide the best of the 2019 drama movies below. 

Featuring romantic dramas, coming-of-age movies, action dramas, biopics, and comedy-dramas, latest drama films in 2019 includes Rocketman, Lure, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and The Aftermath.

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 2019 fit such a description? Vote on this list of 2019 drama movies. Give a vote up to the best drama movies of 2019, and vote down anything you feel is overrated or downright bad. And when you're done, check out our list of new Hollywood movies and drama-romance movies.

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    Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Joker is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on the DC Comics character. In 1981, a failed stand-up comedian (Joaquin Phoenix) is driven insane, turning to a life of...  more
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for...  more

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    The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film stars...  more
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    Marriage Story

    Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson

    Released2019

    Directed byNoah Baumbach

    Marriage Story is a 2019 American drama film directed by Noah Baumbach. A stage director (Adam Driver) and his actor wife (Scarlett Johansson) struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that...  more
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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

    Released2019

    Directed byCéline Sciamma

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (a.k.a. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a 2019 French historical drama film directed by Céline Sciamma. A young female portrait painter (Noémie Merlant) disguises...  more
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    Little Women

    Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Little Women is a 2019 American drama film directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Four sisters, Beth (Eliza Scanlen), Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), and Amy...  more

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    Uncut Gems

    Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield

    Released2019

    Directed byJosh Safdie, Benny Safdie

    Uncut Gems is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Josh and Benny Safdie. Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a jewelry store owner and gambler, must find a way to pay off his debts before it's too...  more
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    Released2019

    Directed byMarielle Heller

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2019 American drama film directed by Marielle Heller. An award-winning journalist's (Matthew Rhys) perspective on life is transformed after he begrudgingly...  more

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    The Farewell

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu Wang

    The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after her...  more
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    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

    The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 American adventure film directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. A young boy with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to fulfill his dream...  more

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    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Ford v. Ferrari is a 2019 action biographical drama film directed by James Mangold. An eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt...  more

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    Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

    Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music...  more

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    Just Mercy

    Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2019

    Directed byDestin Daniel Cretton

    Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson. A distinguished civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B....  more

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    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger. Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) struggle to accept the reality...  more

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    The Highwaymen

    Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and apprehend...  more

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    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Talbot

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Joe Talbot. A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind....  more
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    The Song of Names

    Clive Owen, Tim Roth

    Released2019

    Directed byFrançois Girard

    The Song of Names is a 2019 international drama film directed by François Girard, based on the novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht. Martin (Tim Roth) and Dovidl (Clive Owen) are two childhood...  more

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    The Two Popes

    Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2019

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

    The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) struggle to find common ground to forge a...  more
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    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    Aaron Paul, Charles Baker

    Released2019

    Directed byVince Gilligan

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a 2019 drama film directed by Vince Gilligan, based on the television series Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) pursues freedom after escaping from his...  more
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    Deadwood

    Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2019

    Directed byDaniel Minahan

    Deadwood: The Movie is a 2019 American western film directed by Daniel Minahan, based on the television series. In 1889, the residents of Deadwood are reunited to celebrate South Dakota's statehood....  more
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    The Vanishing

    Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan

    Released2019

    Directed byKristoffer Nyholm

    The Vanishing is a 2019 Scottish psychological thriller film directed by Kristoffer Nyholm. Three lighthouse keepers, James (Gerard Butler), Thomas (Peter Mullan), and Donald (Connor Swindells),...  more
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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Engler

    Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a continuation of the TV series. The Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English...  more
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    The Upside

    Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart

    ReleasedJanuary 11

    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011 French film The Intouchables. A paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) strikes up an unlikely friendship...  more
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    Serenity

    Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Knight

    Serenity is a 2019 American noir thriller-drama film directed by Steven Knight. The mysterious past of a fishing boat captain (Matthew McConaughey) living in the Caribbean comes back to haunt him,...  more

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    Brian Banks

    Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear

    Released2019

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the true story of Brian Banks. A football linebacker (Aldis Hodge) is falsely accused of a crime and later...  more