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The Best Drama Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 24, 2020 4k votes 462 voters 34k views 159 items

List Rules Vote 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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Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd 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 ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Released: 2019

Directed by: Quentin 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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Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottasgen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tyler 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 ...more
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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe 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 ...more
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Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dexter 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 ...more
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Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern

Released: 2019

Directed by: Noah 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 ...more
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2019

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Released: 2019

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more
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Aaron Paul, Charles Baker

Released: 2019

Directed by: Vince 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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Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper

Released: 2019

Directed by: Marielle 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 ...more
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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lulu 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 ...more
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Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh 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 ...more
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Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman

Released: January 11

Directed by: Neil 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 ...more
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Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

Released: 2019

Directed by: Céline 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 ...more
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Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2019

Directed by: Destin 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 ...more
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Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack

Released: 2019

Directed by: François 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 ...more
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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Engler

Downton Abbey is a 2019 British historical period drama film directed by Michael Engler, and a continuation of the TV series.
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Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2019

Directed by: James 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 ...more
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Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2019

Directed by: Fernando 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 ...more
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Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Kent

The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Post World War II, a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira ...more
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Glass Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: January 18

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more
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Little Women Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Emma Watson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Little Women is a 2019 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 (Florence ...more
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Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins

Released: 2019

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Dark Waters is a 2019 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on a true story. An attorney (Mark Ruffalo) discovers a connection between a string of mysterious deaths and chemical ...more
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Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine

Released: 2019

Directed by: Melina Matsoukas

Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim's (Daniel Kaluuya) lives take an unexpected turn when they are pulled ...more
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The Wolf Hour Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle, Emory Cohen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alistair Banks Griffin

The Wolf Hour is a 2019 thriller drama film directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. A former counter-culture figure, June (Naomi Watts) in now a near shut-in living in her South Bronx apartment ...more