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The Best Drama Movies of 2019  

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List Rules Vote up the best drama movies of 2019.

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 this year? Help decide the best of the new 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
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
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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Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The story of the life of Elton John (Taron Egerton), from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through ...more
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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario
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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The Peanut Butter Falcon Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottasgen
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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Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke
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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Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery
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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Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover
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.
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates
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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Aaron Paul, Charles Baker
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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Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson
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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Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone
The Public is a 2018 American drama film directed by Emilio Estevez. When a large group of homeless people led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) take shelter at the local library, the head ...more
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Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
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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Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace
Under the Silver Lake is a 2018 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by David Robert Mitchell. An affable but aimless young man (Andrew Garfield) investigates the mysterious ...more
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Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker
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
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Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, Jason Mitchell
The Mustang is a 2019 drama film directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy ...more
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James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty, Patrick Fischler
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a 2018 American drama film directed by Henry Dunham. A reclusive ex-cop turned-militia man, Gannon (James Badge Dale), investigates a shooting at a police ...more
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Mark Duplass, Ray Romano, Ravi Patel
Paddleton is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Alex Lehmann. An unlikely bromance between two misfit neighbors (Mark Duplass and Ray Romano) becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when ...more
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Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie Passon, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. After experiencing a family tragedy, Merricat ...more
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Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins
Sword of Trust is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton. Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, ...more
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Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI
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Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
The Nightingale is a 2018 Australian period thriller film directed by Jennifer Kent. In 1825 Tasmania, a young convict (Aisling Franciosi) seeks out revenge against the one who killed her
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Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Ben Davies
Overcomer is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick. John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) is a high school basketball coach whose state championship dreams vanish when he ...more
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Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth
In the Aisles (a.k.a. In den Gängen) is a 2018 German drama film directed by Thomas Stuber. Christian (Franz Rogowski) takes a job working the night shift at a big box store and joins a ...more