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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Changeling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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 Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Marie Antoinette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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The Immigrant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Mudbound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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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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Playing for Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Drama Films on Netflix Instant
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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