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Best drama movies from the last decade

  • #80. About Time (2013)

    - Director: Richard Curtis
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 273,640
    - Metascore: 55
    - Runtime: 123 min

    Injecting the romantic comedy genre with a dose of sci-fi, “About Time” presents its 21-year-old protagonist (Domhnall Gleeson) with the gift of time travel. Determined to get the girl (Rachel McAdams), he changes past events and predictably causes some unintended consequences. Director Richard Curtis was inspired to make the film after asking himself how one might achieve true happiness in life.

  • #79. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    - Director: Wes Anderson
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 297,108
    - Metascore: 84
    - Runtime: 94 min

    If quirky comedy-drama went by any other name, that name might very well be Wes Anderson. This 2012 outing finds the director in a warm and whimsical mood, telling the story of two 12-year-old runaways and the efforts to find them. Featured in the star-studded cast are Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwartzman, and others.

  • #78. The Big Short (2015)

    - Director: Adam McKay
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 320,618
    - Metascore: 81
    - Runtime: 130 min

    Like an idiot’s guide to the market crash of 2008, this inventive comedy-drama cuts straight to the heart of the mortgage crisis. It centers on a handful of savvy investors who anticipate the coming crash and place their chips wisely. The film features both a full slate of A-list talent and numerous celebrity cameos.

  • #77. The Fighter (2010)

    - Director: David O. Russell
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 321,271
    - Metascore: 79
    - Runtime: 116 min

    The true story of small-town boxer Micky Ward leapt onto the big screen in 2010, with Mark Wahlberg tackling the lead role. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo—who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—had similarly strong performances. A comeback in more ways than one, the film provided a substantial boost to director David O. Russell’s somewhat fledgling career.

  • #76. Captain Phillips (2013)

    - Director: Paul Greengrass
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 394,375
    - Metascore: 83
    - Runtime: 134 min

    Filmed in the handheld style director Paul Greengrass has become known for, this gripping drama depicts the true story of Capt. Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks). When his cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, Phillips must act fast if he wants to save himself and his crew. If some reports are to be believed, the real Captain Phillips isn’t necessarily the hero this movie makes him out to be.

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  • #75. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

    - Director: David Fincher
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 394,730
    - Metascore: 71
    - Runtime: 158 min

    Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) teams up with a computer hacker (Rooney Mara) to solve a mystery in David Fincher’s dark drama. Despite high marks from critics and audiences alike, this 2011 book adaptation wasn’t the franchise-starter that Sony might have hoped for. An attempted reboot in 2018 proved even more fatal to the franchise’s potential.

  • #74. The Hateful Eight (2015)

    - Director: Quentin Tarantino
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 462,174
    - Metascore: 68
    - Runtime: 168 min

    Snowbound in a Wyoming cabin, eight rugged characters must figure out who’s to be trusted and who’s to be killed. So goes this post-Civil War drama from Quentin Tarantino, who released it on 70mm film during a traveling roadshow. At least three different versions exist, including one that clocks in at 213 minutes.

  • #73. Drive (2011)

    - Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
    - IMDb user rating: 7.8
    - Votes: 532,135
    - Metascore: 78
    - Runtime: 100 min

    Lush visuals and a hypnotic score help this crime drama rise above average fare. It stars Ryan Gosling as a mysterious Hollywood stuntman who occasionally moonlights as a skilled getaway driver. Nicolas Winding Refn’s penchant for neon hues and unnatural pauses gives the film an offbeat atmosphere.

  • #72. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

    - Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 16,387
    - Metascore: 86
    - Runtime: 80 min

    A bear and mouse make for unlikely companions in this delightful animated film. Based on a series of children’s books, the movie takes place in a world where bears roam above ground while rodents are confined to underground lairs. It scored a whopping 86 on Metacritic, indicating near-universal acclaim.

  • #71. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

    - Director: Ciro Guerra
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 18,136
    - Metascore: 82
    - Runtime: 125 min

    Shot primarily in black and white, this multilingual adventure follows two separate journeys through the Colombian Amazon jungle. Leading the way on both trips is a shaman named Karamakate, who helps two scientists in their search for a mystic plant. The film is based on the writings of German ethnologist Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American botanist Richard Evans Schultes.

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