The best dramas on Netflix right now

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From underrated gems to international offerings and even a few award contenders that took the streamer all the way to the Dolby Theater, Netflix is killing it in the dramatic genre.However, because Netflix has a wide and diverse collection of quality films, it might be difficult for you to choose just one, especially because some are not as high-quality as others. To save you some time and effort, we’ve compiled a list of the best dramas on Netflix right now.

Netflix may be a treasure trove when it comes to content, but it doesn’t have everything. Thankfully, we’ve also curated a list of the best dramas on Hulu and the best drama shows on Amazon Prime Video.

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Spaceman (2024)

51 %
5.8/10

108m

Genre


Science Fiction, Drama

Stars


Adam Sandler, Paul Dano, Carey Mulligan

Directed by


Johan Renck

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Adam Sandler has quickly become the reigning king of Netflix. His latest effort, Spaceman, is a sci-fi drama about an astronaut who, half a year into his solo mission on the edges of the solar system, bonds with the mysterious creature he finds hiding on his ship. Spaceman features a strong performance from Sandler and an equally impressive supporting cast, including the always-reliable Carey Mulligan and a gripping Paul Dano as the voice of the creature. Far more concerned with the lead character’s fractured psyche than with exploring its sci-fi themes, Spaceman is an engaging character study that allows Sandler to flex the acting muscles he seldom gets to use.



The Unforgivable (2021)

41 %
7.1/10

112m

Genre


Drama, Crime

Stars


Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Vincent D'Onofrio

Directed by


Nora Fingscheidt

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A powerful Sandra Bullock delivers some of her finest work on the screen in The Unforgivable. The 2021 drama features Bullock as Ruth, a woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, who becomes determined to reconcile with her younger sister. Bullock is the main draw behind The Unforgivable, an otherwise by-the-numbers drama elevated by the actress’ committed, heart-wrenching portrayal. The film risks being overly dire, but Bullock and a great supporting cast, including Vincent D’Onofrio and the mighty Viola Davis, ultimately drive the story home, ending on a safe yet positive note.



Society of the Snow (2023)

72 %
7.8/10

144m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Enzo Vogrincic, Agustín Pardella, Matías Recalt

Directed by


J. A. Bayona

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J. A. Bayona’s Society of the Snow is among Netflix’s most acclaimed recent films. The plot dramatizes the 1972 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crash, forcing the survivors, including several members of a Uruguayan rugby team, to rely on each other to survive. Harrowing yet powerful,Society of the Snow is an expertly crafted survival drama that boasts the best of Bayona’s technical skill. Featuring a cast of mostly inexperienced actors who bring an additional layer of realism to the ordeal, Society of the Snow is a gripping tale of resilience and willpower. It received two Oscar nominations for Best International Feature Film and Best Makeup and Hairstyling at this year’s Oscars.



Erin Brockovich (2000)

73 %
7.4/10

131m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Directed by


Steven Soderbergh

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Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her performance as the titular character in Steven Soderbergh’s 2000 dramaErin Brockovich. The plot follows Brockovich, a single woman who receives a job as a legal assistant, where she uncovers a cover-up by a powerful company that’s been poisoning a local city’s power supply. The film is a brilliant showcase for Roberts, who delivers the most purposeful, spirited, and memorable performance of her career. The actress is dynamite as Brockovich, fully supporting a crowd-pleasing story about the pursuit of justice against powerful corporations that care little about the people they damage.



Whiplash (2014)

89 %
8.5/10

107m

Genre


Drama, Music

Stars


Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser

Directed by


Damien Chazelle

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Damien Chazelle jumped to the peak of success and acclaim with his 2014 drama,Whiplash. Miles Teller (Top Gun: Maverick) stars as Andrew, an ambitious aspiring drummer who enrolls in the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory. There, he is bullied and pushed to his limit by his overbearing and ruthless instructor, Terrence Fletcher, played by a masterful J. K. Simmons. Whiplash is an intense look at the cost of overwhelming ambition and the humanity that’s lost on the path to success. Featuring an Oscar-winning villainous turn from Simmons, Whiplash is a dramatic masterpiece that viewers won’t soon forget.



May December (2023)

86 %
6.9/10

117m

Genre


Drama, Comedy

Stars


Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Chris Tenzis

Directed by


Todd Haynes

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Acclaimed auteur Todd Haynes reteams with his long-time muse, Julianne Moore, for the dramedy May December. Natalie Portman stars as Elizabeth, an actress traveling to Savannah to spend time with Gracie (Moore), the woman she’s set to play in an upcoming movie. Gracie rose to infamy years earlier after her scandalous affair with a 13-year-old boy became public. Anchored by career-best turns from Portman and Moore, May December is a discomforting masterpiece that seamlessly blends drama and humor to tackle profound issues. The film also benefits from a stunning showcase from Charles Melton, who delivers one of the year’s most heartbreaking performances.



Maestro (2023)

77 %
6.8/10

131m

Genre


Drama, Romance, Music

Stars


Carey Mulligan, Bradley Cooper, Matt Bomer

Directed by


Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper’s second directorial effort, Maestro, chronicles the life of renowned composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein. Cooper stars as Bernstein, with the film revolving around his marriage with actress Felicia Montealegre, played by a stellar Carey Mulligan. Maestro sees Cooper go overboard both in front of and behind the camera, with a showy performance and even showier directing. However, the film finds strength in Mulligan’s stoic performance, even if it doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new about Bernstein’s private life or his legacy in modern music.



Rustin (2023)

68 %
6.6/10

108m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Colman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

Directed by


George C. Wolfe

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Colman Domingo stars as activist Bayard Rustin in George C. Wolfe’s biographical dramaRustin. Based on Rustin’s real life, the film follows his efforts and contributions to the civil rights movement and his pivotal role in helping Martin Luther King Jr. organize the 1963 March on Washington. Powered by an outstanding turn from Domingo, Rustin shines a light on one of history’s most undersung heroes, whose name was all but erased because of his standing as a Black gay man. Rustin does not reinvent the biopic, but it remains a worthwhile showcase for both Domingo and Bayard Rustin.



Nuovo Olimpo (2023)

7.2/10

112m

Genre


Romance, Drama

Stars


Damiano Gavino, Andrea Di Luigi, Luisa Ranieri

Directed by


Ferzan Özpetek

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Fans of LGBTQ+ movies can’t find a more worthy movie than Nuovo Olimpo. The Italian romantic drama stars Damiano Gavino and Andrea Di Luigi star as Enea and Pietro, two young men who meet and fall in love in 1970s Rome. Unexpected circumstances separate them, leading them to try to reunite throughout the years, even as their lives take different directions. Sweeping and rising on the strong chemistry between Gavino and Di Luigi, Nuovo Olimpo is a gorgeous and emotional romantic drama that makes the best out of its straightforward premise. Well-crafted romantic dramas are becoming a rarity, making Nuovo Olimpo stand even taller in the current entertainment landscape.



Fair Play (2023)

73 %
6.4/10

113m

Genre


Drama, Thriller

Stars


Phoebe Dynevor, Alden Ehrenreich, Eddie Marsan

Directed by


Chloe Domont

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Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor star in Chloe Domont’s erotic thrillerFair Play. The plot centers on a young couple working at a hedge fund firm. When one gets an unexpected promotion over the other, their relationship slowly unravels. A glorious return for the long-dormant erotic thriller genre, Fair Playoffers the same psychological thrills as classics like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. Rising on the strength of its well-matched leads and Domont’s wicked screenplay, Fair Play is a biting, engaging, and steamy thriller that will keep audiences on edge.



NYAD (2023)

65 %
7.1/10

121m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Jodie Foster, Annette Bening, Rhys Ifans

Directed by


Eliza beth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

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Four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in the biographical drama Nyad. The directorial debut of Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the film is based on Diana Nyad’s biography and chronicles her efforts to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Featuring a traditional crowd-pleasing narrative elevated by the considerable talents of its two leads, Nyad is an uplifting sports drama that paints its real-life subject in a decidedly positive light. The film has stirred controversy and reignited doubts about Nyad’s real-life swimming feats, adding another fascinating layer to this story.



The Impossible (2012)

73 %
7.5/10

113m

Genre


Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Stars


Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland

Directed by


J. A. Bayona

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Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in J. A. Bayona’s 2012 disaster drama The Impossible. Based on María Belón’s experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the film chronicles her family’s struggle to survive and reunite following the disaster.The Impossible marks Tom Holland’s film debut and features a harrowing performance from Watts that earned her an Oscar nomination in 2013. Tough to watch but undeniably rewarding, The Impossible does justice to its incredible real-life story.



The Devil All the Time (2020)

55 %
7.1/10

138m

Genre


Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stars


Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough

Directed by


Antonio Campos

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A large ensemble led by Spider-Man himself (Tom Holland) proves a major draw for Antonio Campos’ Southern Gothic thriller The Devil All the Time. Also starring Bill Skarsgård, Sebastian Stan, and Robert Pattinson, the film is set in the years following World War II and continues into the 1960s, following several storylines of revenge and violence in two Ohio towns.

Although harrowing and violent, The Devil All the Time provides a worthy showcase for its impressive cast and a suitably engrossing decades-spanning mystery. The film’s constant descent into darkness might be too much for some, but its storytelling approach, engrossing atmosphere, and excellent ensemble are reason enough to press play on this gothic nightmare.



The King (2019)

62 %
7.3/10

140m

Genre


Drama, History, War

Stars


Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris

Directed by


David Michôd

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Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet stars in the 2019 historical dramaThe King. Drawing from several Shakespeare plays, the plot centers on the young King Henry V of England, chronicling his rise to power and his handling of the war against France. Featuring a stellar supporting cast, including Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin of France, The King is a riveting tale of court intrigue for fans of period pieces. It might not be a faithful retelling of history, but it features enough lush scenery and outstanding production values to satisfy viewers.



To Leslie (2022)

84 %
7.1/10

119m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Andrea Riseborough, Andre Royo, Owen Teague

Directed by


Michael Morris

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Andrea Riseborough stars in Michael Morris’ 2022 drama To Leslie. The plot revolves around Leslie, a single mother struggling with alcoholism who starts working in a motel after squandering the money she won at the lottery.To Leslie might be more famous for the controversial Oscar campaign that resulted in Riseborough’s much-discussed Best Actress nomination. However, the film is a haunting, poignant portrayal of addiction powered by Riseborough’s committed, passionate performance. To Leslie‘s plot is conventional, but Riseborough’s work is worth the price of admission.



I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

78 %
6.6/10

135m

Genre


Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Stars


Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette

Directed by


Charlie Kaufman

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Charlie Kaufman’s surrealist, genre-bending 2020 film I’m Thinking of Ending Things stars Oscar nominees Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons. It follows a young woman on a trip to visit her boyfriend’s parents. The story is intercut with scenes of a school janitor at work, adding to the film’s layered and challenging narrative.I’m Thinking of Ending Things will leave audiences scratching their heads, as it offers multiple questions and no answers. However, the film is also among the most daring and thought-provoking Netflix originals, making it required viewing for fans of intricate and slightly frustrating narratives.



Lady Chatterley's Lover (2022)

67 %
6.6/10

126m

Genre


Drama, Romance

Stars


Emma Corrin, Jack O'Connell, Matthew Duckett

Directed by


Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

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The Crown breakout star Emma Corrin stars opposite Jack O’Connell in the steamy Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Based on D.H. Lawrence’s seminal novel, the story centers on the torrid and forbidden affair between the wealthy but inexperienced Lady Chatterley and the gamekeeper at her husband’s estate. Sensual and earnest, Lady Chatterley’s Lover thrives on the strength of Corrin’s vulnerable and empathetic performance, offering a frank and mature depiction of the story’s weighty themes.



The Dig (2021)

73 %
7.1/10

112m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James

Directed by


Simon Stone

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Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and Harry Potter‘s Ralph Fiennes star opposite Lily James in the 2021 historical drama The Dig. The plot dramatizes the real-life story of Edith Pretty and Basil Brown and his 1939 excavation on her land in Sutton Hoo. Although the plot might not sound like a prime source for a compelling drama, The Dig is a rich and gorgeously-shot story about friendship, legacy, and the importance of the past. Mulligan and Fiennes are at their usual best, while Mike Eley’s cinematography perfectly captures the lush vistas of the English countryside.



The Wonder (2022)

71 %
6.6/10

108m

Genre


Drama, Mystery

Stars


Florence Pugh, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Tom Burke

Directed by


Sebastián Lelio

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Sebastián Lelio’s 2022 period psychological drama The Wonderstars Academy Award nominee Florence Pugh. Based on the eponymous 2016 novel, the film follows an English nurse sent to a rural village to observe a young girl who has seemingly survived for months without eating. Led by a remarkable turn from Pugh and benefitting from Lelio’s atmospheric approach, The Wonder is a fascinating look at faith and prejudice that ranks as one of Netflix’s most ambitious original efforts.



The Woman King (2022)

77 %
6.8/10

135m

Genre


Action, Drama, History

Stars


Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch

Directed by


Gina Prince-Bythewood

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Academy Award winner Viola Davis leads an impressive ensemble cast in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s historical epic The Woman King. Davis plays General Nanisca, the leader of an all-female group of warriors, the Agojie, tasked with protecting the kingdom of Dahomey.

As Nanisca trains the next generation of warriors, a foreign threat forces the Agojie to defend their kingdom and way of life. The Woman King received praise for its cast and action sequences, with many considering it among the best films of 2022. Unfortunately, it received no recognition from the Academy, with Davis’ snub in the Best Actress category being particularly controversial.



Carol (2015)

94 %
7.2/10

118m

Genre


Romance, Drama

Stars


Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson

Directed by


Todd Haynes

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Acclaimed director Todd Haynes united Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara in the sweeping romantic drama Carol. The film follows the blossoming romance between Carol Aird, a mature woman going through a divorce, and Therese Belivet, an aspiring photographer, in 1950s New York.

Carol received universal acclaim from critics, who praised Haynes’ direction, Blanchett and Mara’s performances, and the film’s screenplay and production values. Carol often ranks among critics’ best movies of the 2010s, cementing its place as a modern classic.



Mudbound (2017)

85 %
7.4/10

135m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell

Directed by


Dee Rees

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Dee Rees directs the 2017 historical drama Mudbound. Set in World War II, the film centers on two veterans dealing with severe PTSD returning from the war as their families struggle with poverty in rural Mississippi. Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige star. Mudbound received acclaim from critics, with the cast attracting near-universal praise. Blige earned considerable praise, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Original Song for the film’s theme, Mighty River.



The Harder They Fall (2021)

68 %
6.6/10

139m

Genre


Western

Stars


Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King

Directed by


Jeymes Samuel

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Jeymes Samuel makes his feature directorial debut with The Harder They Fall, starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, and Lakeith Stanfield. The plot centers on an outlaw who reunites his gang upon realizing his long-time enemy will soon get released from prison. The Harder They Fall is among the few Westerns with an all-Black cast, with characters loosely based on real-life figures from the American West.



Emily the Criminal (2022)
new

75 %
6.7/10

r


97m

Genre


Crime, Drama, Thriller

Stars


Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke

Directed by


John Patton Ford

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Aubrey Plaza gives one of her finest turns to date in this crime drama full of clever and insightful social commentary. The plot centers on Emily Benetto, a young woman living in Los Angeles and drowning in student loan debt. Unable to secure a high-paying job due to a minor felony conviction, Emily becomes involved in a credit card fraud ring, leading to dangerous and potentially deadly consequences.



Da 5 Bloods (2020)

82 %
6.5/10

r


156m

Genre


War, Drama

Stars


Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters

Directed by


Spike Lee

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Spike Lee directs an ensemble cast including Delroy Lindo — robbed of an Oscar nomination — Jonathan Majors, and the late Chadwick Boseman in Da 5 Bloods. The plot follows a group of four aging Black Vietnam veterans who return to the country to retrieve the remains of their squad leader and the gold treasure they buried during their war days.



Hustle (2022)

68 %
7.3/10

r


118m

Genre


Drama, Comedy

Stars


Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Juancho Hernangómez

Directed by


Jeremiah Zagar

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The king of the underdogs, Adam Sandler, stars in Jeremiah Zagar’s drama Hustle. The veteran actor plays Stanley Sugerman, a down-on-his-luck basketball scout for the Philadelphia 76ers looking for an opportunity. When he discovers a promising but inexperienced young talent in Spain, Sugerman sets out to prove they are both worthy of making it to the NBA.



Roma (2018)

96 %
7.7/10

r


135m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Directed by


Alfonso Cuarón

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Four-time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón directs Roma, a semiautobiographical film based on his childhood in 1970s Mexico. The story follows Cleo, a Mixteco housekeeper living with an upper-middle-class family. Things get complicated when Antonio, the patriarch, leaves to be with his mistress while Cleo discovers she is pregnant, throwing the family’s fragile balance into disarray. Nominated for 10 Oscars at the 2019 ceremony, Roma became the first-ever Mexican film to win Best Foreign Language Film.



All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)
new

77 %
8.1/10

r


147m

Genre


Action, Drama, History, War

Stars


Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer

Directed by


Edward Berger

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The 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic World War I novel is considered an all-time great war movie, but modern special effects add another level of heightened reality in this Netflix original. Motivated by romantic dreams of heroism and glory, Paul Baumer (Felix Kammerer), and his friends Albert (Aaron Hilmer) and Muller (Moritz Klaus) answer the call to fight for Germany on the Western Front of World War I, but the initial euphoria of fighting for their country and a just cause quickly turns into a terrifying hellscape in the trenches.



Phantom Thread (2017)

90 %
7.5/10

130m

Genre


Drama, Romance

Stars


Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville

Directed by


Paul Thomas Anderson

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If Daniel Day-Lewis is truly retired from acting, then he went out on a high note in Phantom Thread. In the film, Day-Lewis portrays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer in the ‘50s whose dresses are highly sought after. After encountering a waitress named Alma Elson (Vicky Krieps), Reynolds courts her to become both his muse and his lover. However, Reynolds’ controlling ways alienate Alma, who wants to reassert control over her own life. And she will go to some surprising lengths to get it.



The Lost Daughter (2021)

85 %
7.1/10

r


122m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson

Directed by


Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Somewhat polarizing between critics and audiences, The Lost Daughter is an artsy drama about memory and the endurance of pain. Leda (Olivia Colman) is alone on a seaside vacation when she becomes obsessed with the relationship between a mother and daughter — as well as their extended family. As Leda gets closer to the family, she becomes overwhelmed by a wave of memories of her own early motherhood until an impulsive act shocks her deep into the recesses of her own mind, forced to face the choices she made as a young mother.



The Power of the Dog (2021)
new

89 %
7.7/10

r


127m

Genre


Drama, Western

Stars


Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons

Directed by


Jane Campion

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Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars as cowboy Phil Burbank in this slow-burning Western. Phil’s entire life is tied up in the land, and he’s known throughout 1920s Montana as one of the best ranchers around. One night, he heads into market with his brother, George (Jesse Plemmons), where they meet Rose (Kirsten Dunst), the widowed proprietress of the Red Mill restaurant, and her son, Peter. While George takes an immediate liking to Rose, Phil treats her barbarically. But when George returns to the restaurant to propose to Rose and bring her back to the Burbank ranch, Phil is forced to adapt. As such, he takes Peter under his wing. Or does he?



Passing (2021)

85 %
6.6/10

pg-13


98m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland

Directed by


Rebecca Hall

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In 1920s New York, Irene (Tessa Thompson) reconnects with an old childhood friend (Ruth Negga) whom she soon discovers is passing as white in the city. Irene soon finds her consideration of her own identity and her relationship with the world turned upside down by this shocking development.



The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

55 %
7.3/10

pg-13


97m

Genre


Comedy, Drama

Stars


Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez

Directed by


Rob Burnett

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Paul Rudd headlines The Fundamentals of Caring as Ben Benjamin, a frustrated writer whose marriage has crumbled. Ben reinvents himself as a caregiver, and he is soon hired to look after Trevor (Craig Roberts), a teenager suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Despite their shared emotional pain, Ben and Trevor form a bond and take a road trip together. Along the way, they run into a hitchhiker named Dot (Selena Gomez), a young woman who also wants to get away from her life. But while the trip is a fun experience, it also leads the trio to face some uncomfortable truths about themselves and each other.



The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

76 %
7.8/10

r


130m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Directed by


Aaron Sorkin

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Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the real experiences of anti-war protesters Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), Rennie Davis (Alex Sharp), David Dellinger (John Carroll Lynch), Lee Weiner (Noah Robbins), and John Froines (Daniel Flaherty). Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) may not have been among the seven, but he was also on trial, and the film tells his story as well. Together, they took a strong moral stand even as the judge appeared to be hellbent on putting them away.



Pieces of a Woman (2020)

66 %
7.1/10

r


127m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn

Directed by


Kornél Mundruczó

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Tragedy runs rampant in Kornél Mundruczó’sPieces of a Woman, starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf as Martha and Sean, a Boston couple welcoming their first baby by way of a home birth. When the beautiful moment turns into devastation, Martha slips into a spell of overbearing grief, an emotional bubble that begins to eat away at the young woman and her closest relationships. Featuring one of the most intense first acts in recent dramatic history, Pieces of a Womanis led by a powerhouse performance from Kirby, elevating our sense of grief and pain to whole new levels.



Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)

87 %
7.0/10

r


94m

Genre


Drama, Music

Stars


Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman

Directed by


George C. Wolfe

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Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress for their powerhouse turns in the adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. While neither Boseman nor Davis won, this is a movie that will only add to their respective legends. Davis portrays an iconic blues singer, Ma Rainey, during a contentious studio recording in 1927. The late Boseman plays Levee Green, Ma’s ambitious trumpeter who dreams of having a band of his own. Unfortunately, Levee’s antagonistic personality threatens to destroy all of his hopes in one night. Regardless, Boseman imbues the role with raw emotion and an unforgettable performance.



Mank (2020)

79 %
6.8/10

r


132m

Genre


Drama, History

Stars


Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins

Directed by


David Fincher

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Mank was the passion project of writer Jack Fincher, who wrote the screenplay in the ‘90s. Three decades later, Jack’s son, David Fincher, directed the film for Netflix and earned a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. Fittingly, the movie is about the making of one of the all-time great films: Citizen Kane. Herman J. Mankiewicz (Slow Horses actor Gary Oldman) is chosen by Orson Welles (Tom Burke) to write his magnum opus, which was inspired in part by the powerful publisher William Randolph Hearst. In flashback, we learn that Herman has a history with both William and William’s much younger lover, Marion Davies (Amanda Seyfried). Creating a masterpiece isn’t easy, but it sure is entertaining.



Concrete Cowboy (2020)

67 %
6.3/10

r


111m

Genre


Drama, Western

Stars


Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome

Directed by


Ricky Staub

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When 15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) is uprooted from the hard streets of Detroit, the youth is sent to live with his father, Harp (Idris Elba), in Philadelphia. What Cole could never expect to experience in a new city setting is an Old West lifestyle, propagated by his father and a larger band of inner-city Black cowboys. Patrolling the streets on horseback, the nomadic cavalcade acts as a vigilante group for crime-plagued North Philly. Inspired in part by the Fletcher Street Stables and based upon the novel Ghetto Cowboyby Greg Neri,Concrete Cowboyis powered by an incredible script, superb cinematography, and an especially impressive father-and-son dynamic between Elba and McLaughlin.



Marriage Story (2019)

94 %
7.9/10

r


137m

Genre


Drama

Stars


Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern

Directed by


Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach’sMarriage Story was one of an astonishing number of Netflix Originals to win Academy Awards in 2019. On the surface, it’s an ordinary movie about an ordinary situation: Man and wife struggle through a divorce. But the depths through which Baumbach explores his characters and gut-wrenching performances from Scarlett Johansson and 65‘s Adam Drivermake it hard to look away as these two people who clearly still love each other come to the unavoidable conclusion that they just can’t stay married.



The Two Popes (2019)

75 %
7.6/10

pg-13


125m

Genre


Drama, Comedy, History

Stars


Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín

Directed by


Fernando Meirelles

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Headlined by tour de force performances from two legendary actors,The Two Popes centers on the transition from Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. A quiet movie that takes place behind the Vatican walls, the two popes could not be more different, but they’re bound by a devotion to the Catholic Church and a shared desire to leave the world a better place. Regardless of your feelings on the Catholic Church,The Two Popes is an entertaining, heartwarming movie about finding common ground through difference. Something we could all learn a little about these days.



The Irishman (2019)

94 %
7.8/10

r


209m

Genre


Crime, Drama, History

Stars


Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Directed by


Martin Scorsese

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watch on Netflix

One of the first Netflix Original Films to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is one of his most ambitious films to date. Scorsese helped establish the gangster genre with films likeGoodfellas andCasino, butThe Irishman is notably more subdued than those seminal films. The story follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), an employee of legendary union leader and mob boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), as he rises from bodyguard to confidante. But as Hoffa becomes more trouble than he’s worth, the other mafia bosses feel it may be time to move on from him, and Sheeran’s the key to it all.