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Best drama movies from the last decade

  • #70. The Way He Looks (2014)

    - Director: Daniel Ribeiro
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 20,776
    - Metascore: 71
    - Runtime: 96 min

    Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro recruited the original leads from his acclaimed short film “I Don't Want to Go Back Alone” for this full-length version. It tells the story of a blind teenager named Leonardo who befriends a new male student and subsequently comes of age. The film won a slate of honors and awards, including the Teddy Award for best LGBT-themed feature at the Berlin International Film Festival.

  • #69. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

    - Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 45,941
    - Metascore: 78
    - Runtime: 100 min

    Deemed unfit to work by his doctor, 59-year-old Daniel Blake squares off against Britain’s bureaucracy when trying to obtain an Employment and Support Allowance. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the film offers a bleak and poignant view into the life of a working-class citizen. Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday suggests that the “true target is privatization” and its role in the modern world.

  • #68. Amour (2012)

    - Director: Michael Haneke
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 86,486
    - Metascore: 94
    - Runtime: 127 min

    The love between an octogenarian husband and wife is put to the test when the wife has a stroke. As with much of Michael Haneke’s work, the movie unfolds at a gradual pace before reaching its jarring climax. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2013.

  • #67. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

    - Director: Taika Waititi
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 91,540
    - Metascore: 81
    - Runtime: 101 min

    Before injecting his signature touch into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Taika Waititi churned out this quirky adventure. Set in New Zealand, it centers on the manhunt for a runaway boy and his foster father (Sam Neill). Beyond the wisecracking dialogue and zany antics is a heartfelt coming-of-age story about male bonding.

  • #66. Isle of Dogs (2018)

    - Director: Wes Anderson
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 116,776
    - Metascore: 82
    - Runtime: 101 min

    Wes Anderson’s second foray into stop-motion animation takes place in the city of Megasaki, Japan, where all dogs have been exiled to Trash Island. With help from five quirky canines, a young boy searches for his beloved pet. Lending their voices are Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, and Edward Norton, among others.

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  • #65. Before Midnight (2013)

    - Director: Richard Linklater
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 126,587
    - Metascore: 94
    - Runtime: 109 min

    Richard Linklater’s “Before Trilogy” culminated with this 2013 effort, which picks things up nine years after its predecessor. Now married with kids, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) explore a range of personal and philosophical themes during a getaway to Greece. While the narrative and dialogue retain an improvised feel, every word was scripted.

  • #64. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

    - Director: Luca Guadagnino
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 165,488
    - Metascore: 93
    - Runtime: 132 min

    Set in 1980s Italy, this coming-of-age drama chronicles the budding romance between a teenage boy (Timothée Chalamet) and a 20-something grad student (Armie Hammer). Drifting by at a languid pace, the narrative moves from innocence to experience. Industry legend James Ivory became the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar when he snagged the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • #63. Captain Fantastic (2016)

    - Director: Matt Ross
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 166,170
    - Metascore: 72
    - Runtime: 118 min

    Viggo Mortensen plays an anti-corporate survivalist named Ben in this thought-provoking comedy-drama. Living off the grid, Ben trains his six children to fend for themselves in the wilderness. But does his unconventional parenting style put his kids ahead or behind when they venture into the real world?

  • #62. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

    - Director: F. Gary Gray
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 168,344
    - Metascore: 72
    - Runtime: 147 min

    Co-produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (among numerous others), this wildly successful biopic chronicles the rise and fall of controversial hip-hop group N.W.A. Rebelling against various forms of authority, the group finds itself in the midst of a nationwide culture war. Shot on a reported budget of $28 million, the film earned more than $201 million at the worldwide box office.

  • #61. The Artist (2011)

    - Director: Michel Hazanavicius
    - IMDb user rating: 7.9
    - Votes: 219,650
    - Metascore: 89
    - Runtime: 100 min

    The most-awarded French film in history meticulously recreates the tropes and traditions of Hollywood’s silent era. At the heart of the story is egocentric movie star George Valentin, who takes a young dancer under his wing. When talkie pictures roll into town, they threaten to uproot both Valentin’s stardom and his newfound relationship.

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