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The Best Drama Movies of 2017 

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Updated May 12, 2020 6k votes 1.5k voters 178.2k views 68 items

We're ranking the best drama movies of this year. Featuring romantic dramas, biopics, and period films, 2017 dramas gave audiences all kinds of feels. What is the best dramatic film of 2017?

The critically acclaimed drama Call Me by Your Name is easily one of the best dramas this year. 2017 biographical dramas, like Marshall, Darkest Hour, and Breathe, featured Hollywood's best actors giving powerful performances. Other great 2017 drama films include 3 Generations, Dunkirk, Lady Bird, Tulip Fever, and Detroit.

Vote up the best drama movies of 2017 and feel free to add any 2017 dramas missing from the list. If you are looking for more, check out the top drama films of 2020.

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Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2017

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin McDonagh. A woman (Frances McDormand) takes a stand against the police, using three billboards, in her ...more

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Gifted Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan

Released: 2017

Directed by: Marc Webb

Gifted is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Webb. An intellectually gifted 7-year-old (Mckenna Grace) becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle (Chris Evans) and ...more

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Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Wonder is a 2017 American family comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio. With the help of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson), a boy ...more

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Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, based on Andre Aciman's novel of the same name. In 1980s Italy, a romantic ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: James Mangold

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more

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Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more

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Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taylor Sheridan

Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) in his directorial debut. US Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert ...more
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Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Released: 2017

Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) living in Northern California for a year.

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Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa

Released: 2016

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally ...more

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Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt

Directed by: Joe Wright

Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler's army in the beginning of the Second World

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Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Breathe is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Andy Serkis. After being paralyzed by polio, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and his devoted wife, Diana (Claire Foy), travel the world to ...more

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Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, the film tells the true story of an Olympic-class skier (Jessica Chastain) ...more
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Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Post is a 2017 American historical period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The country's first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) of The Washington Post, and its ...more

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War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Directed by: Matt Reeves

This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more

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The Zookeeper's Wife

Directed by: Niki Caro

The Zookeeper's Wife is a 2017 war drama film directed by Niki Caro and written by Angela Workman, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman, recounting the rescue of Jews ...more

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The Book of Henry Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

The Book of Henry is an American drama film directed by Colin Trevorrow. A precocious 11-year-old boy, Henry Carpenter (Jaeden Lieberher), has a crush on their neighbor Christina (Maddie ...more

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Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. Stuck reliving her last day over and over, Sam (Zoey Deutch) untangles the ...more

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John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Detroit is an American period crime drama film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal based on the 1967 Detroit riot. A police raid in Detroit in 1967, called the Algiers Motel ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite

Directed by: Sean Baker

The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) as she courts mischief and ...more
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Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2017

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Only the Brave is a 2017 American drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. A drama based on the elite crew of firefighters who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona in ...more

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Everything, Everything Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose

Directed by: Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Stella Meghie and written by J. Mills Goodloe, based on the 2015 young-adult novel by Nicola Yoon. It involves a romance ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Stronger is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by David Gordon Green, based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. After losing his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, Jeff ...more
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Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon

Directed by: Gaby Dellal

3 Generations is a 2015 American drama film directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Nikole Beckwith and Dellal. Teenager Ray realizes and pursues his true identity as male and his mother Maggie, ...more
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Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

Directed by: Angela Robinson

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Angela Robinson. The film examines the life of Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his ...more

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