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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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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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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Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play.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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Green Book is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Ms. Purple is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano
Ms. Purple is a 2019 American drama film directed by Justin Chon. Two estranged sisters come back together to help care for their dying father.
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Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) ...more
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Driven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Zeroville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen
Zeroville is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by James Franco, based on the novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. A 24-year-old architecture student, Ike Jerome (James Franco) ...more
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The Peanut Butter Falcon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Vita and Virginia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Rupert Penry-Jones
Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) embark on an ...more
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Monos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura
Monos is a 2019 drama film directed by Alejandro Landes. In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo (Sofia ...more
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The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Aneurin Barnard
The Goldfinch is a 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley, based on the novel by Donna Tartt. After surviving a terrorist bombing that killed his mother, Theodore Decker (Ansel ...more
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The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori
The Sound of Silence is a 2019 American drama film directed by Michael Tyburski. Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a "house tuner" working in New York City helping his clients tune ...more
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The Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
The Kitchen is a 2019 American crime drama film directed by Andrea Berloff, based on the comic book miniseries by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. After the FBI arrests their Irish mobster ...more
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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Hustlers 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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After The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
After The Wedding Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup
After the Wedding is a 2019 drama film directed by Bart Freundlich, and a remake of the 2006 film by Susanne Bier. Isabel (Michelle Williams), a co-founder of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to ...more
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Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd
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 ...more
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Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Share is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Rhianne Barreto, Charlie Plummer, Poorna Jagannathan
Share is a 2019 drama film, written and directed by Pippa Bianco, based upon Bianco's short film of the same name. After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember, ...more
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The Art of Self-Defense is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. A young man, Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg), who after a rough encounter on the street, ...more
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The Mountain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant, Hannah Gross
The Mountain is a 2018 American drama film directed by Rick Alverson. in the 1950s, a young photographer (Tye Sheridan) joins a renowned lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum) on a tour to promote the ...more