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The Best Drama Movies of 2017

Updated May 12, 2020 6.2k votes 1.5k voters 178.6k 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 Ebbin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson

    Released2017

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 American drama film directed by Martin... more on Wikipedia

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    Gifted is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Wonder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Call Me by Your Name is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Call Me by Your Name

    Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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

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    Logan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Wind River is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Lady Bird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Your Name is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Molly's Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Molly's Game

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba

    Directed byAaron Sorkin

    Molly's Game is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Post is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    The Post

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Post is a 2017 American historical period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. Winston Churchill (Gary... more on Wikipedia
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    Breathe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Breathe

    Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy

    Directed byAndy Serkis

    Breathe is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Andy Serkis. After being paralyzed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Before I Fall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Before I Fall

    Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage

    Released2017

    Directed byRy Russo-Young

    Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    The Zookeeper's Wife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn... more on Wikipedia

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    The Book of Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Florida Project is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    The Florida Project

    Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince

    Directed bySean Baker

    The Florida Project is a 2017 American drama film directed by Sean Baker. Set over one summer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Detroit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Detroit

    John Boyega, Will Poulter

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    Detroit is an American period crime drama film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark... more on Wikipedia

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    Only the Brave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Only the Brave

    Josh Brolin, Miles Teller

    Released2017

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Only the Brave is a 2017 American drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. A drama based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Stronger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Stronger

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    Stronger is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by David Gordon Green, based on... more on Wikipedia
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    Professor Marston and the Wond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Directed byAngela Robinson

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Everything, Everything is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    Everything, Everything

    Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

    Directed byStella Meghie

    Everything, Everything is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Stella Meghie and... more on Wikipedia

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    3 Generations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Movies of 2017
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    3 Generations

    Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts

    Directed byGaby Dellal

    3 Generations is a 2015 American drama film directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Nikole... more on Wikipedia
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