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The Best Drama Movies of 2019

Updated January 24, 2020 5.8k votes 485 voters 36.7k 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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  • 1
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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...amazon buy button

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    Portrait of a Lady on Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Irishman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Marriage Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Peanut Butter Falcon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Beautiful Day in the Neighbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    Released2019

    Directed byMarielle Heller

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2019 American drama film directed by Marielle Heller.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Uncut Gems is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ford v. Ferrari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    Just Mercy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

    James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty

    Released2019

    Directed byHenry Dunham

    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a 2018 American drama film directed by Henry Dunham. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly E is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 16
    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Two Popes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Song of Names is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 19
    The Upside is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 21
    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Dark Waters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    Dark Waters

    Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Haynes

    Dark Waters is a 2019 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on a true story. An... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Queen & Slim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    Queen & Slim

    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byMelina Matsoukas

    Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    The Wolf Hour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    The Wolf Hour

    Naomi Watts, Jennifer Ehle

    Released2019

    Directed byAlistair Banks Griffin

    The Wolf Hour is a 2019 thriller drama film directed by Alistair Banks Griffin. A former... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Clemency is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2019
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    Clemency

    Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff

    Released2019

    Directed byChinonye Chukwu

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