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The Best Drama Films Streaming on Netflix

Updated May 11, 2020 650 votes 2.7k voters 440.7k 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
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    Beasts of No Nation

    Idris Elba, Abraham Attah

    Released2015

    Directed byCary Fukunaga

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    The Killer
    18
    18

    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    Schindler's List
    53
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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    Bird Box
    51
    30

    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

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    Dallas Buyers Club
    27
    18

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Seven Pounds
    16
    5

    Seven Pounds

    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

    Released2008

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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  • 7
    Mudbound
    22
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Advantageous
    11
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    Advantageous

    James Urbaniak, Jacqueline Kim

    Released2015

    Directed byJennifer Phang

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  • 9
    Lincoln
    22
    20

    Lincoln

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis

    Released2012

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 10
    Last Night
    5
    2

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Juanita
    5
    4

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Captive
    5
    7

    The Captive

    Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman

    Released2014

    Directed byAtom Egoyan

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  • 13
    Outlaw King
    6
    9

    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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  • 14
    22 July
    2
    4

    22 July

    Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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  • 15
    Y Tu Mamá También
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2002

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Room
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    Room

    Brie Larson, Jacob Trembla

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  • 17
    P.S. I Love You
    4
    1

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  • 18
    Moonlight
    2
    1

    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 19
    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    2
    1

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

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  • 20
    To the Bone
    1
    0

    To the Bone

    Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves

    Released2017

    Directed byMarti Nixon

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    Sergio
    1
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    Sergio

    Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas

    Released2020

    Directed byGreg Barker

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  • 22
    Horse Girl
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    Horse Girl

    Alison Brie, Robin Tunney

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Baena

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  • 23
    Uncorked
    1
    0

    Uncorked

    Hélène Cardona, Courtney B. Vance

    Released2020

    Directed byPrentice Penny

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    All Day and a Night
    1
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    All Day and a Night

    Ashton Sanders, Jeffrey Wright

    Released2020

    Directed byJoe Robert Cole

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  • 25
    Brain on Fire
    2
    2

    Brain on Fire

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate

    Released2016

    Directed byGerard Barrett

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