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The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years 

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Updated March 23, 2020 2.3k votes 209 voters 6.2k views 115 items

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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe

Released: 2016

Directed by: Barry Jenkins

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play.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) 2 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

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) 3 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2015

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

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) 4 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Released: 2018

Directed by: Peter Farrelly

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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Spike Lee

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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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

Released: 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

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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Manchester by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan

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) 9 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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Three Billboards Outside... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more
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Sully is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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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

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tom Ford

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

Directed by: Joe Wright

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

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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Fences is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Directed by: Denzel Washington

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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Creed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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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Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, the film tells the true story of an Olympic-class skier (Jessica Chastain) ...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

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

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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Straight Outta Compton ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell

Released: 2015

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 American biographical film directed by F. Gary Gray. The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and ...more
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Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Koby added Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp

Released: 2018

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is ...more
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The Post is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Hell or High Water is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama Films of the Last Few Years
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Hell or High Water is a 2016 American neo-western heist-crime film directed by David Mackenzie. The film follows two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who carry out a series of bank robberies ...more