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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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Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 1 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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A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play.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) 4 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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Room is listed (or ranked) 5 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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BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 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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I Lost My Body is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao
I Lost My Body is a 2019 French animated film directed by Jérémy Clapin, based on the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant. A severed hand escapes from a Parisian laboratory and ...more
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Nocturnal Animals is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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The Public is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
The Public 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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Sully is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Three Christs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Three Christs Richard Gere, Julianna Margulies, Peter Dinklage as Joseph
Three Christs is an American drama film directed by Jon Avnet, based on the book The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach. It follows Dr. Alan Stone, who is treating three paranoid ...more
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The Art of Self-Defense ... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Honey Boy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Noah Jupe, Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges
Honey Boy is a 2019 American drama film directed by Alma Har'el, based on Shia LaBeouf's childhood and relationship with his father.
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Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Once Upon a Time in Holl... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Wind River is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 25 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