drama The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant  

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List Rules Must be dramatic movies available on Netflix Instant in the United States.

Hey, are you sitting at home looking for the best drama movies on Netflix Instant? Great news! All the good drama films available on Netflix streaming are listed right here in one convenient place to help you make the best of your Netflix service. Some of the best movies of all time are now available on Netflix Instant, so you can catch up on new hit dramatic movies and classic film hits right in your living room.

Since the Netflix streaming list changes rapidly, with movies added and some removed, it can be hard to find the best dramas and there are many hidden gems. To help you decide which ones are worth watching, the crowd has voted for their favorite dramas available on Netflix below. You'll find Best Picture Oscar winners like as well as new classics. Featuring Braveheart, Good Will Hunting, and No Country for Men, this list has all the must-see dramas streaming on Netflix. 

What are the best Netflix Instant drama movies? What is available on the Netflix streaming drama selection? Are there new dramas on Netflix Instant? This Netflix streaming list is here to get you started on the best Netflix streaming drama movies has to offer. This is supposed to be complete list of what's available, so if you know your favorite movie isn't on this list of Netflix Instant movies, make sure to add it so other Netflix users can find the best dramas on Netflix Instant. If a particular drama currently isn't available for streaming, then don't add it.

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Spotlight Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

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Moonrise Kingdom Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more

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Bonnie & Clyde Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger Bonnie & Clyde is a 2013 television film about Great Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde starring Emile Hirsch as Clyde Barrow and Holliday Grainger as Bonnie Parker. The two-part film ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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Changeling Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, ...more

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Dope Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The ...more

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The Lovely Bones Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a 2011 Cold War espionage film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The screenplay was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on the 1974 novel of the same ...more

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The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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

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Defiance Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska Defiance is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski ...more

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The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, ...more

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The Immigrant Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner The Immigrant is a 2013 American drama film co-written, produced and directed by James Gray. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Ron Woodroof was an AIDS patient diagnosed in ...more

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy 8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop biopic film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger. The film ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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The Godfather Part II Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall The Godfather Part II is a 1974 American epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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The Land Before Time Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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Revolutionary Road Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Up in the Air George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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Playing for Time Vanessa Redgrave, Christine Baranski, Maud Adams Playing For Time is a 1980 CBS television film, written by Arthur Miller and Fania Fénelon, based on Fénelon's autobiography, The Musicians of Auschwitz. Vanessa Redgrave stars as ...more

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Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...more

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Adore Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel Adore is a 2013 Australian-French drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. The original title of the film was ...more

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film ...more

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Marie Antoinette Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy ...more

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Michael Clayton George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson Michael Clayton is a 2007 American legal thriller film written and directed by Tony Gilroy, starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack. The film chronicles the ...more

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Y Tu Mamá También Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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The Killer Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee The Killer is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays the assassin Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the ...more

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Devil's Knot Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Stephen Moyer Devil's Knot is a 2012 crime, drama, thriller and biography film written by Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson and Mark Sevi and directed by Atom Egoyan.

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Advantageous James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim, Yasmin Kazi Imagining tomorrow’s America today, FUTURESTATES is a series of independent mini-features — short narrative films created by veteran filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex ...more

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The Suicide Theory Nicolas G. Cooper, Leon Cain, Todd Levi The Suicide Theory is a 2014 drama film written by Michael J. Kospiah and directed by Dru Brown.

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Mudbound Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke Mudbound is a 2017 period drama directed by Dee Rees, with a script written by Virgil Williams based on the novel Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. A family who have relocated to rural Mississippi ...more

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Some Freaks Thomas Mann, Marin Ireland, Lachlan Buchanan A charming romance develops between a boy with one eye and an overweight girl, though when she loses her weight after going to college, their relationship is tested in devastating ways they ...more

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Haze Shinya Tsukamoto Haze is a 2005 Japanese thriller/horror film written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto who also stars in the movie. After appearances at several international festivals in 2005, the film debuted ...more

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The Suspect William Sadler, Mekhi Phifer, Rebecca Creskoff The Suspect is a 2013 thriller film written and directed by Stuart Connelly.

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Room in Rome Elena Anaya, Enrico Lo Verso, Natasha Yarovenko Room in Rome is a 2010 Spanish erotic romance film, depicting emotional and sexual relations of two women throughout a single night in a hotel room in Rome. The plot is loosely based on another ...more