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The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix  

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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? 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, 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 drama movies? What is available on the Netflix streaming drama selection? Are there new dramas on Netflix? 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 movies, make sure to add it so other Netflix users can find the best dramas on Netflix. If a particular drama currently isn't available for streaming, then don't add it.

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar
Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more
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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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Room is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Room Brie Larson, Jacob Trembla

Kidnapped, confined to a tiny room and raped, a young woman gives birth to a son. When he reaches his fifth birthday, she begins plotting an escape.

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Alice Braga, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele
City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was ...more
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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan
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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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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Mudbound is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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The Captive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson
The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night and Captives, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film directed by Atom Egoyan. Eight years after the supposed disappearance of Cassandra, police, parents, and ...more
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Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson
Seven Pounds is a 2008 American fantasy drama film, directed by Gabriele Muccino, in which Will Smith stars as a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people. Rosario Dawson, Woody ...more
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Jennifer Lopez, Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford
An Unfinished Life is a 2005 drama film directed by Swedish director Lasse Hallström, and based on the Mark Spragg novel of the same name. The film stars Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, and ...more
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play. A chronicle of the childhood, ...more
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To the Bone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston
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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Outlaw King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh
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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Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood
Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more
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Brain on Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Brain on Fire Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Thomas Mann
Brain on Fire is a 2016 American-Canadian-Irish biographical drama film directed by Gerard Barrett, based on the memoir by Susannah Cahalan. A young, capable professional (Chloë Grace ...more
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22 July is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Thorbjørn Harr
22 July is a 2018 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the aftermath of the 2011 Norway attacks. In Norway on July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders ...more
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Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Adam Beach
Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams. Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is an upcoming British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars ...more
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Irreplaceable You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Claire Holt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michiel Huisman
Irreplaceable You is a 2018 American drama film directed by Stephanie Laing. The lives of two best friends and romantic soulmates comes crashing down when one is given a terminal cancer
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Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. The ...more
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Tallulah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard
Tallulah is a 2016 comedy-drama film written and directed by Sian Heder. A dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife tired of caring for her toddler hires a stranger to baby-sit.
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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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Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
Kang Ha-neul, Kim Mu-yeol, Moon Sung-keun
Forgotten is a 2017 South Korean mystery thriller film directed by Jang Hang-jun. A man loses his memory after being kidnapped for 19 days, and his younger brother is determined to seek the ...more
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Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee
This film 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 Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the eyes of the ...more