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The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite drama movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

Recent drama movies have given audiences lots to think about. The range of topics covered is truly impressive. Whether it's Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight depicting how a team of investigative reporters uncovered a scandal that rocked the Catholic Church to its core or A Star Is Born capturing the ups and downs of life in the entertainment business, there has been plenty to keep viewers riveted over the past few years. 

What are the best new drama films? This is your chance to decide. These are the movies that earn accolades from critics and get awards nominations. They feature a multitude of A-list stars, including Bradley Cooper, Michael Keaton, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Amy Adams, and more. Some are true stories, others fictional tales. Several of them take place in the past, but many are more recent in their settings. All of them tackle compelling subject matter designed to appeal to a wide variety of people.

Vote up your favorites on this list of new drama movies. If a modern drama you really like isn't here, add it to the list so other users can rank it. Check back later on to see how your addition is doing. 

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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more
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Green Book is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Tom McCarthy. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the ...more
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BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth. An African American detective (John David Washington) in Colorado Springs, Colorado ...more
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Room is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen
Room is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. After being held captive for seven years, a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (Jacob ...more
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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more
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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more
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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Manchester by the Sea is a 2016 American drama film directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan. After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to ...more
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The Public is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Creed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson ...more
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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. A divorced art gallery owner (Amy Adams) ...more
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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy
Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
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Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt
Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler's army in the beginning of the Second World
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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen
Steve Jobs is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. Structured into three acts, with each act taking place before a product ...more
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Fences is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
Fences is 2016 American drama film written by August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut, based on his play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former ...more
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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Sully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more
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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal
Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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The Post is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
The Post is a 2017 American historical period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The country's first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) of The Washington Post, and its ...more
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.
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The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Jackie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Jackie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim. The film stars Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the ...more