American drama movies

List of the best American drama movies selected by our site visitors: Plus One, Serenity, A Dog's Journey, After, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Paddleton, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Fighting with My Family, We Die Young, Native Son
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Plus One (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
Duration02:20
CharactersFriends
PlotRelationship, Wedding
StyleLight

Two single friends agree to be each others' respective plus one for each wedding they're invited to during a particularly busy nuptial period of their lives.

Serenity (2019)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 5.3)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
Duration01:46
PlotRevenge, Seduction
PlaceIslands, Yachts

Baker Dill is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen tracks him down with a desperate plea for help.

A Dog's Journey (2019)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family
Duration02:47
CharactersDogs
StyleKind, For children, For winter evenings, Cute

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.

After (2019)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.4)
Genremelodrama, drama
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Students, Demons
PlotLove, Relationship, Death
PlaceCollege, Russia
StyleBy books, Disturbing

Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa's guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself -- and what she wants out of life.

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
Mark5.8 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, drama
Duration02:26
CharactersActors, Celebrities, Directors, Friends
PlotAdventure
PlaceUSA

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Paddleton (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrecomedy, drama
Duration02:11
CharactersFriends, Terminally ill
PlotTravel, Death, Cancer

An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotLove
PlaceUSA, Prison

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Fighting with My Family (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, sport
Duration02:28
CharactersFamily
PlotAdventure
StyleExciting, Action

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

We Die Young (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.3)
Genredrama
Duration01:59
CharactersVeterans, Criminals
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

Native Son (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genredrama
Duration01:39
CharactersDrivers
PlotMoney, Love
StyleDepressive, Disturbing

A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genredrama, family, crime, detective
Duration02:09
CharactersTeens, Lawyers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceSmall cities

Nancy Drew, a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community

The Poison Rose (2019)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.6)
Genrethriller, drama
Duration02:06
CharactersDetectives
PlotInvestigation
StyleAction, Depressive, Fascinating, For men

A down-on-his-luck PI is hired by his old flame to investigate a murder. But while the case at first appears routine, it slowly reveals itself to be a complex interwoven web of crimes, suspects and dead bodies.

The Challenger Disaster (2019)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 6.5)
Genredrama
Duration01:35
PlotDisasters
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful

On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. This hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the clock to call off the billion dollar multi-delayed Challenger launch, convinced the O-ring seals will fail and kill everyone on board. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision. He made a human decision.

The Aftermath (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.3)
Genremelodrama, drama, military
Duration01:44
CharactersFamily
PlotRelationship
PlaceGermany

In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.

The Dirt (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama, music, biography
Duration02:44
CharactersMusicians, Rockers, Businessmen
PlotOn real events

The story of Mötley Crüe and their rise from the Sunset Strip club scene of the early 1980s to superstardom.

The Highwaymen (2019)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
Duration02:41
CharactersPartners
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Political

In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless are worshiped by the public.

Five Feet Apart (2019)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama
Duration01:56
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill, Disabled people
PlotLove, Relationship
PlaceHospitals
StyleMakes me think

Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness.

Polar (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
Duration01:58
CharactersKillers, Hired assassins
PlotSurvival, Snow, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceHotels
StyleNetflix, By comics, Action, Fascinating

When a retiring assassin realizes that he is the target of a hit, he winds up back in the game going head to head with a gang of younger, ruthless killers.

Glass (2019)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
Duration02:09
CharactersSuperhero
PlotExperiments
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StyleUnexpected ending

In a series of escalating encounters, security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Meanwhile, the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Cold Pursuit (2019)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
Duration01:59
CharactersCriminals
PlotRevenge, Death, Snow
StyleTense, Disturbing

The quiet family life of Nels Coxman, a snowplow driver, is upended after his son's murder. Nels begins a vengeful hunt for Viking, the drug lord he holds responsible for the killing, eliminating Viking's associates one by one. As Nels draws closer to Viking, his actions bring even more unexpected and violent consequences, as he proves that revenge is all in the execution.

Triple Frontier (2019)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
Duration02:05
CharactersFriends
PlotMoney, Robbery
StyleExciting, Action

Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.

Miss Bala (2019)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
Duration01:43
CharactersModels
PlotAbduction, Rivalry
StyleFor girls, Exciting, Fascinating, Tense

Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Russian Doll (2019)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama, detective
Duration02:16
CharactersLesbians, Partners
PlotTime travel, Death
PlaceParty
StyleExciting, Netflix, Action

Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She's trapped in a surreal time loop -- and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.

Catch-22 (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, military
Duration01:43
CharactersSoldier, Pilots
PlotWar
PlaceAircraft
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Makes me think, Fascinating

Pianosa Island, Italy, World War II. Bombardier John Yossarian tries to fulfill his duty, maintain sanity and return home as soon as possible, but incompetence and bureaucracy constantly stand in his way.

Joker (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
Duration02:25
CharactersClowns, Comedians, Losers, Criminals, Killers
PlotMental disorders, Loneliness, Depression
StyleDC, Gloomy, Atmospheric, Depressive, Worth watching

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

I Trapped the Devil (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrehorror, drama, detective
Duration01:41
PlotSupernatural, Death
TimeNew Year
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric

A man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family unexpectedly arrive for Christmas.

IO (2019)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, adventure
Duration02:12
CharactersScientists
PlotSurvival
TimePost apocalypse
StyleDisturbing

As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who's racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.

The Farewell (2019)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, drama
Duration02:27
CharactersWriters, Family
PlotDeath
PlaceChina
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
Duration02:32
CharactersFriends
PlotTravel, Adventure
StyleSoulful

A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years.

Secret Obsession (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 4.3)
Genrethriller, drama, detective
Duration01:55
CharactersManiacs, Detectives
PlotObsession, Lost memory, Mystery, Investigation
StyleNetflix, Tense, Disturbing, Action

Newlywed Jennifer is brutally attacked at a dark rest stop. While healing from her injuries, she can’t recall anything from her past, including the ordeal. Her husband, Russell , is just thankful she’s alive and eager to get her home. As he reintroduces her to their secluded mountain estate, Detective Page pursues Jennifer’s assailant — his own daughter went missing and was never found. The same fate now awaits Jennifer, unless someone realizes that her loving caretaker is actually her captor.

The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, drama, history
Duration02:27
CharactersScouts, Special agents
PlaceIsrael
StyleNetflix, Heavy, Tense

Sudan, East Africa, 1980. A team of Israeli Mossad agents plans to rescue and transfer thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. To do so, and to avoid raising suspicions from the inquisitive and ruthless authorities, they establish as a cover a fake diving resort by the Red Sea.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama
Duration02:17
PlotFight, Loneliness, Weapon
PlaceUSA

In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse Pinkman must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.

Undone (2019)
Mark5 (imdb: 8.3)
Genrefantasy, drama
Duration02:11
CharactersFamily, Friends, Girlfriends, Fathers
PlotLove, Loneliness, Time travel, Investigation
PlaceOffice, USA
StyleExciting

After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death.

It Chapter Two (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama
Duration02:57
CharactersFriends
PlotFear
PlaceUSA

27 years after overcoming the malevolent supernatural entity Pennywise, the former members of the Losers' Club, who have grown up and moved away from Derry, are brought back together by a devastating phone call.

Official Secrets (2019)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
Duration01:37
CharactersLawyers, Mothers, Spy
PlotInvestigation, Computers
PlaceEngland, USA, Court

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion—leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
Duration02:05
PlotDreams
PlaceUSA, Mansions

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Steven Universe: The Movie (2019)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, family, detective
CharactersFriends, Aliens, Family
PlotGems, Adventure

Two years after the events of "Change Your Mind", Steven (now 16 years old) and his friends are ready to enjoy the rest of their lives peacefully. However, all of that changes when a new sinister Gem arrives, armed with a giant drill that saps the life force of all living things on Earth. In their biggest challenge ever, the Crystal Gems must work together to save all organic life on Earth within 48 hours.

Tolkien (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, military, biography
Duration01:47
CharactersWriters
PlotAdventure, War, Love, Dancing

England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it.

The Best of Enemies (2019)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration02:43
CharactersPartners, Parents
PlotOn real events, Political
StyleDisturbing, Tense

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Hotel Mumbai (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrethriller, drama, history
Duration01:51
CharactersCriminals, Businessmen
PlotSurvival
PlaceIndia, Hotels

Mumbai, India, November 26, 2008. While several terrorists spread hatred and death through the city, others attack the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Both hotel staff and guests risk their lives, making unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and keep everyone safe while help arrives.

Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 7)
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, crime
Duration02:39
CharactersPolice, Partners
PlotRevenge, Skirmishes, Bank robbery
StyleFascinating, For men

Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.

The Wolf Hour (2020)
Mark7 (imdb: 4.8)
Genrethriller, drama, detective
Duration01:57
PlaceUSA
StyleDisturbing, Action, Tense

Once a known counterculture figure, June E. Leigh now lives in self-imposed exile in her South Bronx apartment during the incendiary '77 Summer of Sam. When an unseen tormentor begins exploiting June's weaknesses, her insular universe begins to unravel.

Crypto (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
Duration02:10
CharactersMafia
PlotMoney, Investigation
PlaceWall Street

A young agent is tasked with investigating a tangled web of corruption and fraud in New York.

Then Came You (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
Duration01:36
CharactersTerminally ill, Losers
PlotHappiness, Fulfillment of desires
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Cute, Makes me think, Touching, Fascinating

An American hypochondriac who is working as a baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

The Professor (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrecomedy, drama
Duration02:30
CharactersTerminally ill, Students, Teachers, Teachers
PlotHappiness, Cancer
PlaceCollege
StyleMakes me think, Touching, Fascinating

A world-weary college professor is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak and a touch of madness.

Midsommar (2019)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
Duration02:28
PlotSects
PlaceSmall cities
StyleFor a group of friends

A group of friends travels to Sweden to visit the rural hometown of one of them and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Rocketman (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
Duration01:53
CharactersCelebrities, Musicians, Singers, Pianists
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleVivid

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

The Upside (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrecomedy, drama
Duration02:00
CharactersRich, Disabled people, Nurses
PlotHappiness

Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who's trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom.

Greta (2019)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama, detective
Duration01:34
CharactersWidows, Psychopath
PlotObsession
StyleWomens in main roles

A young woman returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems.

High Flying Bird (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, sport
Duration02:10
PlotBasketball, Money, Sports
StyleNetflix

During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Ray Burke, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.

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