The Best Drama Movies Of 2023

2023 is a great year for drama movies, with some highly anticipated releases from A-list directors and actors. There's something for everyone on the list, and we've ranked them from best to worst using votes from fans like you. Whether it's a legal drama or a family drama exploring the relationship between parents and children, there will be no shortage of gripping stories told on the big screen and streaming services in 2023.

Vote up all the drama films that you watched and would recommend. You should also vote down the ones that you've seen and think others should skip despite being fans of dramas. Be sure to check back for upcoming and new drama movies once they are added to the list after being released. Don't forget to look for the HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and Paramount+ buttons below each film to stream them right away.

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  • The Son
    Video: YouTube
    1
    10 votes

    Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern team up as separated parents of their teenage son. The drama comes from Jackman realizing the damage he's done by not being there for his son's younger years and attempting to make up for it in the present.

    A man tries to be a better father by helping his teenage son.
    • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Hugh Quarshie
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Florian Zeller
  • When You Finish Saving the World
    Video: YouTube

    When You Finish Saving the World takes the hyperbole of its title and applies it to each character's perception of the other as Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard play a mother and son who just can't seem to see eye-to-eye.

    When You Finish Saving the World is a 2022 American comedy-drama film directed by Jesse Eisenberg, based on his audio drama. High school student Ziggy performs original folk-rock songs for an adoring online fan base. This concept mystifies his formal and uptight mother, Evelyn, who runs a shelter for survivors of domestic abuse.
    • Actors: Julianne Moore, Finn Woflhard, Billy Bryk
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Jesse Eisenberg
  • The Seven Faces of Jane
    Video: YouTube

    Gillian Jacobs has a chance to reunite with Community co-star Joel McHale in this road trip odyssey film that's helmed by 8 different directors. Each vignette shows us a different side of the eponymous Jane.

    Jane sheds her mundane life to experience romance, comedy, tragedy and existential crises on a surreal road trip.
    • Actors: Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Sybil Azur, Sergio Calderon, Angelina Capozzoli
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Julian Acosta, Xan Cassavetes, Gia Coppola, Boma Iluma, Gillian Jacobs
  • Saint Omer
    Video: YouTube
    4
    16 votes

    Rama is a pregnant novelist attending the trial of a woman who is accused of allowing her child to perish on a beach. Rama hopes to use the trial to create a literary retelling of Medea in this tense French legal drama.

    A novelist attends the trial of a woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, her own family history, doubts, and fears about motherhood are steadily dislodged as the life story of the accused is gradually revealed.
    • Actors: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Alice Diop
  • Alcarràs
    Video: YouTube
    5
    17 votes

    This Spanish-Italian drama pits progress against tradition as a family must decide whether or not to install solar panels in a peach orchard and forsake their heritage in the face of an ever-changing world.

    A family of peach farmers in the Catalan town of Alcarrás faces an uncertain future when the owner of their large estate dies and his heir decides to sell the land.
    • Actors: Berta Pipó, Josep Abad, Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otín, Albert Bosch
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Carla Simón
  • Dog Gone
    Video: YouTube
    6
    11 votes

    After his son's dog goes missing, a father (Rob Lowe) and son will travel the Appalachian Trail, test their bond, and bring home the four-legged member of their family. Look for this family-friendly drama on Netflix.

    When his beloved dog goes missing, a young man embarks on an incredible search with his parents to find it and give it life-saving medication.
    • Actors: Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Susan Gallagher, Nick Peine, Soji Arai
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Stephen Herek