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Best drama movies from the last decade

  • #10. The Hunt (2012)

    - Director: Thomas Vinterberg
    - IMDb user rating: 8.3
    - Votes: 250,158
    - Metascore: 77
    - Runtime: 115 min

    When a Danish kindergarten teacher (Mads Mikkelsen) is falsely accused of sexual assault, he becomes an outcast in his small town. Running beneath the taut drama are themes of bravery and redemption. Mikkelsen’s convincing performance earned him the award for Best Actor at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

  • #9. Capernaum (2018)

    - Director: Nadine Labaki
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 30,483
    - Metascore: 75
    - Runtime: 126 min

    This Lebanese drama tells the story of a streetwise boy named Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), who sues his parents for neglect. Director Nadine Labaki cast non-professional actors with close ties to the narrative and even catered the script to their improvisations. She was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, along with a number of other major awards.

  • #8. Your Name. (2016)

    - Director: Makoto Shinkai
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 147,305
    - Metascore: 79
    - Runtime: 106 min

    Brought to life by way of stunning animation, Makoto Shinkai’s fantasy drama centers on a teenage boy in Tokyo and a teenage girl in rural Japan. Despite being strangers in the real world, the two characters possess the ability to swap bodies with one another. Citing its “balance of grounded emotion and wondrous escapism,” The Atlantic critic David Sims called it “one of the best teen movies I’ve seen in years.”

  • #7. Django Unchained (2012)

    - Director: Quentin Tarantino
    - IMDb user rating: 8.4
    - Votes: 1,246,811
    - Metascore: 81
    - Runtime: 165 min

    Quentin Tarantino put his first spin on the Western genre with this gritty adventure, starring Jamie Foxx as a freed slave named Django. With help from a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), Django attempts to rescue his wife from the clutches of a sadistic plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film earned Tarantino his second Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

  • #6. Parasite (2019)

    - Director: Bong Joon-ho
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 59,019
    - Metascore: 95
    - Runtime: 132 min

    Having previously tackled environmental themes, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho turns his attention toward the modern wealth gap. The result is one of the decade’s best films, in which two families undergo a bizarre and symbiotic exchange. Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film already sits at #45 on IMDb’s list of Top Rated Movies.

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  • #5. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    - Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 594,811
    - Metascore: 78
    - Runtime: 181 min

    Phase Three of the MCU franchise continued with this record-breaking smash hit. Picking up where “Infinity War” left off, the movie puts the remaining Avengers and their allies in a galactic showdown against the mighty Thanos. While most directly a spectacle-laden action movie, the three-hour film also dispenses a surprising amount of heartfelt drama. Phase Three concluded in July 2019 with “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

  • #4. Whiplash (2014)

    - Director: Damien Chazelle
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 639,851
    - Metascore: 88
    - Runtime: 106 min

    Expanding upon his own short film, director Damien Chazelle chronicles the bristling relationship between a young drumming prodigy (Miles Teller) and his cut-throat instructor (J.K. Simmons). A superbly executed drama about life inside a music conservatory, it announced Chazelle as a major cinematic voice. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.

  • #3. The Intouchables (2011)

    - Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
    - IMDb user rating: 8.5
    - Votes: 696,716
    - Metascore: 57
    - Runtime: 112 min

    When a quadriplegic aristocrat hires an underprivileged man as his caretaker, it prompts a major shift in the household dynamic. Somewhat overlooked in the United States, this French comedy-drama was a record-breaking hit in France and other international territories. Featuring strong performances and an uplifting tone, it scored bigger with audiences than it did with a number of critics.

  • #2. Interstellar (2014)

    - Director: Christopher Nolan
    - IMDb user rating: 8.6
    - Votes: 1,344,596
    - Metascore: 74
    - Runtime: 169 min

    Balancing sci-fi and drama, Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed film opens in the not-too-distant future. Under siege from various climate-related disasters, mankind searches for another planet to inhabit. What follows is a journey that goes from the deepest reaches of space to the innermost depths of the human soul, sometimes within the same scene.

  • #1. Joker (2019)

    - Director: Todd Phillips
    - IMDb user rating: 8.8
    - Votes: 421,461
    - Metascore: 59
    - Runtime: 122 min

    More than any other film—even “Avengers: Endgame”—2019 belongs to this gripping origin story. It follows failed comic Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) as he descends into madness and emerges as Gotham’s most destructive and iconic villain. Director Todd Phillips borrows liberally from films like “The King of Comedy” and “Taxi Driver,” thereby infusing the work with more gravitas than the standard comic book fare.

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