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The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies 

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Updated March 23, 2020 895 votes 213 voters 15.8k views 62 items

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Here are the best Netflix original drama movies currently streaming online on Netflix, ranked from the most popular to the least by the Ranker community. This list shows the most popular Netflix original dramas on Netflix Instant. Also check out the best Netflix original comedies and the funniest Netflix original stand up comedy specials.

The latest and newest Netflix original drama movies feature Hollywood's biggest stars like Idris Elba, Donnie Yen, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, Maisie Williams, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Adam Scott, John Boyega, Elijah Wood and more. Must-watch Netflix original drama movies include The Discovery, Beasts of No Nation, The Most Hated Woman in America, and The Fundamentals of Caring.  

Netflix is quickly becoming a successful independent movie studio by producing quality content with A-list actors. Most anticipated Netflix original movies include the adaptation of Japanese anime Death Note and Bong Joon-ho's Okja which stars Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Sometimes there's nothing better than to just binge watch Netflix original drama movies and chill. Which Netflix original drama is the best? From I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore to Imperial Dreams, they're all here for the Ranker community to vote on. If there's a Netflix original drama that you don't see, feel free to add it to the list, but make sure that it's currently streaming on Netflix. Vote up your favorites and vote down the ones you don't think are so good.

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Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susan Johnson

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love ...more

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Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese

Released: 2015

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more

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Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco

Released: 2018

Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen brothers. Six chapters present a different story from the wild frontier.
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Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Dumplin' is a 2018 American musical comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher, based on the young adult novel by Julie Murphy. Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), the plus-size teenage daughter of a ...more
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Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" ...more
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Tallulah Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard

Released: 2016

Directed by: Sian Heder

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To the Bone Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston

Directed by: Marti Nixon

To the Bone is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film follows a girl named Ellen (Lily Collins) as she battles anorexia.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping

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The Fundamentals of Caring Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez

Released: 2016

Directed by: Rob Burnett

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Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent

Released: 2018

Directed by: Haifaa al-Mansour

Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas. Tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend (Ricky Whittle) to ...more
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Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Mackenzie

Outlaw King is a 2018 American-Scottish historical action drama directed by David Mackenzie. A David and Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish "outlaw king" Robert the Bruce ...more

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Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Schultz

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by John Schultz, and a sequel to the 2017 film. A year after Amber (Rose McIver) helped Richard ...more
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Coin Heist Sasha Pieterse, Alex Saxon, Alexis G. Zall

Released: 2017

Directed by: Emily Hagins

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John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich

Released: 2018

Directed by: Orson Welles

The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and 1976. The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford (John Huston), who returns ...more
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sara Colangelo

The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the 2014 Israeli film. A kindergarten teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in New York becomes obsessed with ...more
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Been So Long Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MadKay

Released: 2018

Directed by: Tinge Krishnan

Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur Darvill and Ché Walker. Simone (Michaela Coel), a single mother, meets and falls in love with ...more
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The Most Hated Woman in America Melissa Leo Peter Fonda, Sally Kirkland, Rory Cochrane

Released: 2017

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

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The Discovery Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Jesse Plemons

Released: 2017

Directed by: Charlie McDowell

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ARQ Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tony Elliott

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The Princess Switch Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Michael Rohl

The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Michael Rohl. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they ...more
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The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and ...more

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Imperial Dreams John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Keke Palme

Released: 2017

Directed by: Malik Vitthal

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Mercy James Wolk, Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Lipinski

Released: 2016

Directed by: Chris Sparling

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How It Ends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham

Released: 2018

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

How It Ends is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal. A desperate father (Theo James) tries to return home to his pregnant wife (Kat Graham) after a mysterious ...more