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The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix

Updated May 11, 2020 640 votes 2.7k voters 440.6k views32 items

List RulesMust 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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    Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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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    The Killer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Woo

    This film is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow... more

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by... more

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    Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

    Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel... more

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    Seven Pounds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Seven Pounds

    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

    Released2008

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    Seven Pounds is a 2008 American fantasy drama film, directed by Gabriele Muccino, in which... more

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    Dallas Buyers Club is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Dallas Buyers Club

    Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2013

    Directed byJean-Marc Vallée

    Dallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and... more

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    Mudbound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Mudbound

    Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund

    Directed byDee Rees

    Mudbound is a 2017 period drama directed by Dee Rees, with a script written by Virgil Williams... more
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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring... more

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    Advantageous is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Advantageous

    James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim

    Released2015

    Directed byJennifer Phang

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    Last Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Last Night

    Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes

    Released2010

    Directed byMassy Tadjedin

    Last Night is a 2010 drama romance film written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. It stars Keira... more
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    Juanita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Juanita

    Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood

    Released2019

    Directed byClark Johnson

    Juanita is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Clark Johnson, based on the novel Dancing... more
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    Outlaw King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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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    The Captive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    The Captive

    Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman

    Released2014

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

    The Captive, formerly Queen of the Night and Captives, is a 2014 Canadian thriller film... more
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    22 July is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    22 July

    Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    22 July is a 2018 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the aftermath of the 2011... more
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    Y Tu Mamá También is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2001

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by... more

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    Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    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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    P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    P.S. I Love You

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    Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on... more

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring Chiwetel... more
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    To the Bone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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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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    Sergio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Sergio

    Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas

    Released2020

    Directed byGreg Barker

    Sergio is a 2020 American biographical drama film directed by Greg Barker. Top UN diplomat,... more
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    Horse Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Horse Girl

    Alison Brie, Robin Tunney

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Baena

    Horse Girl is a 2020 American drama film directed by Jeff Baena. A socially awkward woman... more
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    Uncorked is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Uncorked

    Hélène Cardona, Courtney B. Vance

    Released2020

    Directed byPrentice Penny

    Uncorked is a 2020 American drama film directed by Prentice Penny. An aspiring master... more

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    All Day and a Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    All Day and a Night

    Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright

    Released2020

    Directed byJoe Robert Cole

    All Day and a Night is a 2020 American drama film directed by Joe Robert Cole. After a young... more
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    Brain on Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix
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    Brain on Fire

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate

    Released2016

    Directed byGerard Barrett

    Brain on Fire is a 2016 American-Canadian-Irish biographical drama film directed by Gerard... more
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