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The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years

Updated October 13, 2020 3.4k votes 321 voters 8.2k views118 items

List RulesVote up your favorite drama movies that were released on or after January, 1 2017.

Good 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 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, 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. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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    BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    Green Book is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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    Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

    Directed byAaron Sorkin

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    Wind River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

    Directed byJoe Wright

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    The Post is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Post

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Florida Project

    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince

    Directed bySean Baker

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    The Public is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Public

    Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin

    Released2018

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

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    The Peanut Butter Falcon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

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    The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Farewell

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu Wang

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    Phantom Thread is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Phantom Thread

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

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    Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Love, Simon

    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

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    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Five Feet Apart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Five Feet Apart

    Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Baldoni

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    Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Tuscaloosa

    Natalia Dyer, Tate Donovan

    Released2020

    Directed byPhilip Harder

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    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant

    Released2018

    Directed byMarielle Heller

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    Beautiful Boy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    Beautiful Boy

    Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet

    Released2018

    Directed byFelix Van Groeningen

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    First Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    First Man

    Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    The Good Liar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama Films Of The Last Few Years
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    The Good Liar

    Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen

    Released2019

    Directed byBill Condon

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