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The Best Drama Movies of 2017

Updated May 12, 2020 8.4k votes 1.5k voters 178.7k 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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    Gifted
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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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    Dunkirk
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    85

    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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    Your Name
    188
    41

    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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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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    War for the Planet of the Apes
    170
    51

    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
    158
    44

    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
  • 7
    Wonder
    222
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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
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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
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    95

    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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    3 Generations
    112
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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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    Wind River
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    69

    Wind River

    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2017

    Directed byTaylor Sheridan

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    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
    94
    35

    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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    Lady Bird
    149
    86

    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
    100
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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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    Darkest Hour
    83
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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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    Molly's Game
    61
    29

    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 Zookeeper's Wife
    64
    39

    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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    Wonderstruck
    56
    36

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Last Flag Flying
    57
    38

    Last Flag Flying

    Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Last Flag Flying is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Linklater. Former... more on Wikipedia
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    Detroit
    62
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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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    Thank You for Your Service
    53
    36

    Thank You for Your Service

    Miles Teller, Haley Bennett

    Directed byJason Hall

    Thank You for Your Service is a 2017 American biographical war drama film directed by Jason... more on Wikipedia
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    The Florida Project
    57
    40

    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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    Phantom Thread
    39
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    Phantom Thread

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Phantom Thread is a 2017 American drama film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. During London's... more on Wikipedia
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    Novitiate
    43
    33

    Novitiate

    Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo

    Directed byMargaret Betts

    Novitiate is a 2017 American drama film directed by Margaret Betts. Set in the early 1960s and... more on Wikipedia
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    Okja
    46
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    Okja

    Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

    Okja is a 2017 South Korean-American action-adventure film directed by Bong Joon-ho and... more on Wikipedia