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The Best Drama Movies of 2017

Updated May 12, 2020 7.9k votes 1.5k voters 179.0k views68 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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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri1
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes2
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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  • Gifted3
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    Gifted

    Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace

    Released2017

    Directed byMarc Webb

    Gifted is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Webb. An intellectually gifted...  more

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  • The Book of Henry4
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    The Book of Henry

    Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    The Book of Henry is an American drama film directed by Colin Trevorrow. A precocious...  more

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  • Detroit5
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    Detroit

    John Boyega, Will Poulter

    Released2016

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • Wonder6
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    Wonder

    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    Wonder is a 2017 American family comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the...  more

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  • Call Me by Your Name7
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Released2017

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

    Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 Italian-American romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by...  more

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  • Logan8
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    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine....  more

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  • 3 Generations9
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    3 Generations

    Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts

    Released2015

    Directed byGaby Dellal

    3 Generations is a 2015 American drama film directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Nikole...  more
  • The Beguiled10
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    The Beguiled

    Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman
    The Beguiled is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the...  more
  • Dunkirk11
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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by...  more

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  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women12
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    Released2017

    Directed byAngela Robinson

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by...  more

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  • Wind River13
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    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

    Wind River is a 2017 American thriller film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario,...  more

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  • Murder on the Orient Express14
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    Murder on the Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz

    Released2017

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth...  more

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  • Lady Bird15
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    Lady Bird

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf

    Released2017

    Directed byGreta Gerwig

    Lady Bird is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Greta Gerwig. The adventures of a...  more

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  • American Made16
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    American Made

    Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright

    Released2017

    Directed byDoug Liman

    American Made (aka Mena) is a 2017 American biographical criminal drama-thriller film directed...  more
  • The Greatest Showman17
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    The Greatest Showman

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron

    Released2017

    Directed byMichael Gracey

    The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael...  more

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  • Your Name18
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

    Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school...  more

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  • Molly's Game19
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    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

    Released2017

    Directed byAaron Sorkin

    Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the...  more
  • Darkest Hour20
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    Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

    Released2017

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. Winston Churchill (Gary...  more

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  • Battle of the Sexes21
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    Battle of the Sexes

    Emma Stone, Steve Carell

    Released2017

    Directed byJonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

    Battle of the Sexes is a 2017 American biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by...  more
  • mother!22
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    mother!

    Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem

    Released2017

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Mother! is a 2017 American psychological horror thriller film, written and directed by Darren...  more

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  • Lovesong23
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    Lovesong

    Jena Malone, Riley Keough

    Released2016

    Directed bySo Yong Kim

    Lovesong is a 2016 American drama film directed by So Yong Kim. Neglected by her husband,...  more
  • Wonderstruck24
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    Wonderstruck

    Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore

    Directed byTodd Haynes

    Wonderstruck is a 2017 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the 2011 novel,...  more
  • Last Flag Flying25
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    Last Flag Flying

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Released2017

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American drama film directed by Richard Linklater. Former Navy...  more