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Best drama movies from the last decade

  • #50. Sing Street (2016)

    - Director: John Carney
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 77,036
    - Metascore: 79
    - Runtime: 106 min

    From the director of “Once” and “Begin Again” comes this similar blend of music and romantic dramedy. Set against the pop-crazy backdrop of 1980s Dublin, the movie shows a teenage boy forming a band in hopes of impressing his crush. As always, the characters are irresistible and the music infectious.

  • #49. Wonder (2017)

    - Director: Stephen Chbosky
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 117,990
    - Metascore: 66
    - Runtime: 113 min

    Tugging directly on the heartstrings, this big-screen adaptation of a best-selling novel tells the story of young August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). Born with facial differences, August confronts his innermost fears when attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson co-star as August’s parents.

  • #48. Lion (2016)

    - Director: Garth Davis
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 188,656
    - Metascore: 69
    - Runtime: 118 min

    After getting lost in the streets of Calcutta, Saroo (Dev Patel) is adopted by two Australian parents and raised far away from home. Decades later, Saroo embarks on a journey to find his original family. Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film delivers a stark and refreshing exploration of what it means to be home.

  • #47. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

    - Director: Quentin Tarantino
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 223,411
    - Metascore: 83
    - Runtime: 161 min

    Quentin Tarantino’s homage to a bygone era of filmmaking is also one of his most personal efforts to date. It follows a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they strive for success in a rapidly shifting industry. The story climaxes with one of the most famous events in Hollywood history, Tarantino style.

  • #46. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

    - Director: Bryan Singer
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 390,445
    - Metascore: 49
    - Runtime: 134 min

    The story of the rock band Queen and its eccentric frontman gets the PG-13 treatment in this wildly successful biopic. Starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, the movie takes viewers from the band’s early formation all the way up to its epochal 1985 Live Aid performance. The film earned over $900 million at the worldwide box office and took home four Academy Awards, including Best Actor.

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  • #45. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

    - Director: Denis Villeneuve
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 398,188
    - Metascore: 81
    - Runtime: 164 min

    In this big-budget sequel, a futuristic bounty hunter (Ryan Gosling) uncovers a buried secret that could change the course of history. It all goes down against a lush visual backdrop, while a constant air of dystopia persists. As he did with “Arrival,” director Denis Villeneuve infuses a range of dramatic themes into what otherwise might seem like straightforward sci-fi.

  • #44. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

    - Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 410,130
    - Metascore: 84
    - Runtime: 117 min

    Actor Matthew McConaughey lost almost 50 pounds preparing for the role of Ron Woodroof in this acclaimed biopic. After testing positive for HIV, Woodroof hustles to get fellow AIDS patients the medication they need. McConaughey won an Academy Award for Best Actor, while co-star Jared Leto won for Best Supporting Actor.

  • #43. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

    - Director: Stephen Chbosky
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 429,530
    - Metascore: 67
    - Runtime: 103 min

    A best-selling novel leaped onto the big screen with this coming-of-age drama from Stephen Chbosky. With help from two high school seniors, an introverted freshman (Logan Lerman) overcomes struggles of both the internal and external variety. Playing a love interest named Sam, Emma Watson delivers one of her first and best performances outside of the “Harry Potter” franchise.

  • #42. La Land (2016)

    - Director: Damien Chazelle
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 452,142
    - Metascore: 93
    - Runtime: 128 min

    Traditional Hollywood musicals get a modern-day upgrade with this smash hit from 2016. It follows two aspiring artists (Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone) in the city of dreams, whose similar ambitions pave the way for romance. Kicking off the action is an epic song-and-dance number in the middle of L.A. traffic, which stitches together three consecutive shots to render the impression of a single take.

  • #41. Her (2013)

    - Director: Spike Jonze
    - IMDb user rating: 8.0
    - Votes: 486,002
    - Metascore: 90
    - Runtime: 126 min

    Featuring a premise that gets more timely with each passing year, Spike Jonze’s sci-fi drama chronicles the romance between a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) and his AI assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Beyond the futuristic veneer is a relatable and purposefully mundane story, which makes the world these characters inhabit seem all too near. It won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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