2017 Movies The Best Drama Movies of 2017  

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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.

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

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Gifted Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan 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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Wonder Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay 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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Logan Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant 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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Call Me by Your Name Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me by Your Name is a 2017 romantic coming-of-age drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between a ...more

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Dunkirk Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of World War II, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, ...more

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Lady Bird Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts 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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Wind River Jeremy Renner, Ashley Olsen, Jon Bernthal 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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Your Name Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa 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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Molly's Game Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner 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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The Greatest Showman Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams 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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The Post Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson 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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The Zookeeper's Wife 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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Darkest Hour Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt 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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Breathe Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville 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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The Book of Henry Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay 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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War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn War for the Planet of the Apes 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 ...more

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Detroit John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith 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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Before I Fall Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller 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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The Florida Project Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite 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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3 Generations Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon 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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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote 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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Stronger Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson 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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Only the Brave Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges 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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Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth Branagh. When a murder happens onboard a train, Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must race ...more

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Marshall Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson Marshall is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Reginald Hudlin. Based on the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, this movie follows the young lawyer ...more

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Okja Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson. A young girl named Mija risks everything to prevent a powerful, ...more

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Everything, Everything Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose 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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The Beguiled Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst The Beguiled is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel The Beguiled (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas P. Cullinan. During the ...more

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Goodbye Christopher Robin Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie. Kelly Macdonald, Alex Lawther Goodbye Christopher Robin is a 2017 British film directed by Simon Curtis. A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) finds inspiration for his Winnie-the-Pooh tales through his interactions with his young ...more

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The Lost City of Z Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book by David Grann. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. ...more

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American Made Tom Cruise, Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson American Made (previously known as Mena) is a biographical criminal drama-thriller film directed by Doug Liman, written by Gary Spinelli, and starring Tom Cruise. The film is based on the life ...more

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The Glass Castle Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson The Glass Castle is a 2017 drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on Jeannette Walls's 2005 memoir of the same name. Brie Larson stars Jeannette Walls, the eldest daughter of deeply ...more

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Tulip Fever Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Zach Galifianakis Tulip Fever is a 2017 American-British film directed by Justin Chadwick from a screenplay by Sir Tom Stoppard, adapted from a novel by Deborah Moggach. Set in the Netherlands in the early 17th ...more

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Battle of the Sexes Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough Battle of the Sexes is a 2017 American biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one ...more

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mother! Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer mother! is an American psychological horror thriller film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting ...more

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Phantom Thread Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps Phantom Thread is a 2017 American drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. During London's couture world in the 1950s, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets the ...more

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Thank You for Your Service Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale Thank You for Your Service is a 2017 American biographical war drama film directed by Jason Hall. A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and ...more

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Wonderstruck Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Wonderstruck is a 2017 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes. Based on the 2011 novel, the film tells the story of a young boy (Oakes Fegley) simultaneously with a tale about a young girl ...more

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Lovesong Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker Lovesong is a 2016 American drama film directed by So Yong Kim. Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Riley Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, ...more

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A Ghost Story Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham A Ghost Story is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by David Lowery. The movie follows a man as he dies, becomes a ghost, and witnesses many things before fading away.

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Last Flag Flying Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater. Former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with his old buddies, Sal Nealon ...more

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Novitiate Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor Novitiate is a 2017 American drama film directed by Margaret Betts. Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman (Margaret Qualley) in training to become a nun ...more

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The Only Living Boy in New York Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan The Only Living Boy in New York is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb. Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's (Callum Turner) life is upended by his father's mistress ...more

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Brigsby Bear Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill Brigsby Bear is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Dave McCary. James Pope (Kyle Mooney) was kidnapped as a baby and has known nothing about the world except Brigsby Bear, a character ...more

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Good Time Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi, Jennifer Jason Leigh Good Time is a 2017 American crime-drama film directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh and Ronald Bronstein. Constantine "Connie" Nikas goes through a dangerous and ...more

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My Cousin Rachel Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama film directed by Roger Michell, based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier. A young Englishman (Sam Claflin) plots revenge against his late cousin's ...more

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Inconceivable Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Gina Gershon Inconceivable is an 2017 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Baker. A mother (Nicky Whelan) looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother ...more

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The Discovery Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford The Discovery is a 2017 British-American romantic science fiction film, directed by Charlie McDowell and released on Netflix. Thomas Harber (Robert Redford) has scientifically proven that there ...more

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All Eyez On Me Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan All Eyez on Me is a 2017 American biographical drama film about hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, directed by Benny Boom and written by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez and Steven Bagatourian.