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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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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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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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Luce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Luce is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Julius Onah. A married couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), ...more
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The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 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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The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 10 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 Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 12 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 Art of Self-Defense is listed (or ranked) 13 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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My Days of Mercy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Kate Mara, Ellen Page, Amy Seimetz
My Days of Mercy is a 2017 (2019 US release) American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer. The daughter of a man who is on death row, Lucy (Ellen Page) falls in love with ...more
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The Art of Racing in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker
The Art of Racing in the Rain is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Simon Curtis based on the novel by Garth Stein. Enzo, a dog owned by Denny (Milo Ventimiglia) and Eve Swift (Amanda ...more
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Secret Obsession is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Brenda Song, Mike Vogel, Dennis Haysbert
Secret Obsession is a 2019 Amerian drama thriller directed by Peter Sullivan.
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Driven is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Red Sea Diving Resort is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Michael K. Williams
The Red Sea Diving Resort is a 2019 Canadian-American biographical drama film directed and written by Gideon Raff. In 1981, Mossad agents work to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel ...more
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The Mountain is listed (or ranked) 22 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
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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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Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 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