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Best drama movies from the last decade

  • #90. Pride (2014)

    - Director: Matthew Warchus
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 47,717
    - Metascore: 79
    - Runtime: 119 min

    Based on a true story, this British comedy-drama kicks off in the summer of 1984. In a surprising show of solidarity, gay activists throw their support behind Britain’s striking miners. Defying opposition from within and without, the newfound partnership ends up changing the course of history.

  • #89. The Wind Rises (2013)

    - Director: Hayao Miyazaki
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 62,773
    - Metascore: 83
    - Runtime: 126 min

    From legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki comes one of his most mature efforts, chronicling the true story of aeronautical designer Jirô Horikoshi. Unfolding over the course of several decades, it follows Horikoshi from a young dreamer to one of Japan’s most important visionaries. This is a rare Miyazaki effort in that it doesn’t include an element of fantasy.

  • #88. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

    - Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 65,990
    - Metascore: 79
    - Runtime: 137 min

    Netflix came out of the gates swinging with this violent drama, which stars Idris Elba and takes place in the midst of a civil war. It tells the story of a young boy named Agu, who’s robbed of his childhood when he’s forced to join a local militia. Sparing no explicit detail, the film offers a brutal glimpse into the life of a child soldier.

  • #87. The Great Beauty (2013)

    - Director: Paolo Sorrentino
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 73,983
    - Metascore: 86
    - Runtime: 141 min

    Channeling Italian classics like “La Dolce Vita,” director Paolo Sorrentino offers this celebrated character study. When he’s confronted with the shallowness of his hedonistic lifestyle, a journalist embarks on a quest to find great beauty in the city of Rome. This movie won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

  • #86. I Saw the Devil (2010)

    - Director: Kim Jee-woon
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 97,167
    - Metascore: 67
    - Runtime: 142 min

    There might not be any supernatural forces in this acclaimed South Korean crime drama, but it renders the same impression as a well-made horror film. In his pursuit of the serial killer who murdered his fiancée, a secret agent goes to dangerous extremes. What follows is a brutal and frequently graphic showdown between two lost souls.

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  • #85. The Best Offer (2013)

    - Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 98,434
    - Metascore: 49
    - Runtime: 131 min

    Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore takes viewers inside the world of high-end antiques with this mysterious drama. It stars Geoffrey Rush as a lonely art expert named Virgil Oldman, who forges an unconventional relationship with his reclusive client (Claire Ibbetson). As it often goes with outrageously expensive collectibles, things are not always what they seem.

  • #84. Roma (2018)

    - Director: Alfonso Cuarón
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 116,039
    - Metascore: 96
    - Runtime: 135 min

    Alfonso Cuarón returns to the list with this heartfelt drama, which draws upon his own boyhood experiences. Set in 1970s Mexico City, it depicts a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid. In addition to earning Cuarón his second Academy Award for Best Director, it won for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement in Cinematography.

  • #83. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

    - Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 127,561
    - Metascore: 88
    - Runtime: 180 min

    When French teenager Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) meets a blue-haired painter named Emma (Léa Seydoux), it paves the way for a life-changing romance. The lead actresses delivered such powerhouse performances that they ended up sharing the Palme d'Or prize with director Abdellatif Kechiche. They and director Jane Campion are the only women to have ever won the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted award.

  • #82. Hidden Figures (2016)

    - Director: Theodore Melfi
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 177,416
    - Metascore: 74
    - Runtime: 127 min

    A critical and box office smash, “Hidden Figures” tells the true story of three female African American mathematicians. Regarded as “human computers,” Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine G. Johnson, and Mary Jackson help NASA forge ahead in the space race. They’re played respectively by actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.

  • #81. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

    - Director: Kenneth Lonergan
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 221,337
    - Metascore: 96
    - Runtime: 137 min

    In the wake of his brother’s death, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) returns to the fishing village he once called home. Upon taking guardianship of his teenage nephew, Chandler must confront an unspeakable tragedy from his own past. Strong performances and superb writing garnered the film heaps of acclaim and two Academy Awards.

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