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The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies

Updated April 20, 2020 1.4k votes 219 voters 16.4k views64 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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    To All the Boys I've Loved Bef is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    Lana Condor, Janel Parrish

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan... more

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    The Other Side of the Wind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Other Side of the Wind

    John Huston, Bob Random

    Released2018

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Other Side of the Wind is a 2018 film directed by Orson Welles, shot between 1970 and... more
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    The Kindergarten Teacher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Kindergarten Teacher

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak

    Released2018

    Directed bySara Colangelo

    The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on... more
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    The Fundamentals of Caring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts

    Released2016

    Directed byRob Burnett

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    Been So Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Been So Long

    Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene

    Released2018

    Directed byTinge Krishnan

    Been So Long is a 2018 musical film directed by Tinge Krishnan based on the musical by Arthur... more
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    The Discovery is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Discovery

    Jason Segel, Rooney Mara

    Released2017

    Directed byCharlie McDowell

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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson

    Released2018

    Directed byJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen... more

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    Roma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an... more
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    ARQ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    ARQ

    Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor

    Released2016

    Directed byTony Elliott

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    The Most Hated Woman in Americ is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Most Hated Woman in America

    Melissa Leo Peter Fonda, Sally Kirkland

    Released2017

    Directed byTommy O'Haver

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    Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Beasts of No Nation

    Idris Elba, Abraham Attah

    Released2015

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

    Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by... more

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    Mercy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Mercy

    James Wolk, Caitlin FitzGerald

    Released2016

    Directed byChris Sparling

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    Nappily Ever After is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Nappily Ever After

    Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson

    Released2018

    Directed byHaifaa al-Mansour

    Nappily Ever After is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour,... more
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    Outlaw King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

    Outlaw King is a 2018 American-Scottish historical action drama directed by David Mackenzie. A... more

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    A Christmas Prince: The Royal  is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film... more
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    Dumplin' is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Dumplin'

    Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald

    Released2018

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

    Dumplin' is a 2018 American musical comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher, based on the young... more
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    Imperial Dreams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Imperial Dreams

    John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho

    Released2017

    Directed byMalik Vitthal

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    The Siege of Jadotville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Siege of Jadotville

    Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong

    Released2016

    Directed byRichie Smyth

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    Tallulah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Tallulah

    Ellen Page, Allison Janney

    Released2016

    Directed bySian Heder

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    The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    The Highwaymen

    Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank... more

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    To the Bone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    To the Bone

    Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves

    Released2017

    Directed byMarti Nixon

    To the Bone is a 2017 American drama film, written and directed by Marti Noxon. The film... more

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    Okja is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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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

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    iBoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    iBoy

    Bill Mil, ner

    Released2017

    Directed byAdam Randall

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    Like Father is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Like Father

    Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2018

    Directed byLauren Miller Rogen

    Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman... more
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    Barry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies
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    Barry

    Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Released2016

    Directed byVikram Gandhi

    Barry is a 2016 American drama film directed by Vikram Gandhi. A look into the early life of... more
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