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The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years

Updated November 2, 2020 3.2k votes 356 voters 8.6k views153 items

List RulesVote up your favorite drama movies that were released on or after January, 1 2018.

Good recent drama movies have given audiences lots to think about. The range of topics covered is truly impressive. Whether it's a Best Picture Oscar winner or a love story that captures the ups and downs of life in the entertainment business, there has been plenty of modern dramas 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. 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. Check back later for the latest dramas as they are newly released in theaters or on streaming services. 

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    A Star Is Born
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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    BlacKkKlansman
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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Bohemian Rhapsody
    98
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Green Book
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Farewell
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    The Farewell

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu Wang

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    The Peanut Butter Falcon
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    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

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    The Hate U Give
    47
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    Love, Simon
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    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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    The Public
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    48

    The Public

    Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin

    Released2018

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

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  • 11
    Tuscaloosa
    14
    12

    Tuscaloosa

    Natalia Dyer, Tate Donovan

    Released2020

    Directed byPhilip Harder

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  • 12
    Parasite
    5
    2

    Parasite

    Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun

    Released2019

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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  • 13
    On the Basis of Sex
    21
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    On the Basis of Sex

    Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer

    Released2018

    Directed byMimi Leder

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  • 14
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant

    Released2018

    Directed byMarielle Heller

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    Five Feet Apart
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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  • 16
    Beautiful Boy
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    Beautiful Boy

    Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet

    Released2018

    Directed byFelix Van Groeningen

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  • 17
    Mary Queen of Scots
    5
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    Mary Queen of Scots

    Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie

    Released2018

    Directed byJosie Rourke

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  • 18
    Native Son
    4
    2

    Native Son

    Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley

    Released2019

    Directed byRashid Johnson

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  • 19
    Radioactive
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    Radioactive

    Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley

    Released2020

    Directed byMarjane Satrapi

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  • 20
    Rocketman
    4
    4

    Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

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  • 21
    Hustlers
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    Hustlers

    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

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  • 22
    First Reformed
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    First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Schrader

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  • 23
    The Roads Not Taken
    4
    5

    The Roads Not Taken

    Javier Bardem, Ellie Fanning

    Released2020

    Directed bySally Potter

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  • 24
    If Beale Street Could Talk
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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 25
    Honey Boy
    12
    18

    Honey Boy

    Noah Jupe, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2019

    Directed byAlma Har'el

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