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Top 10 Best Netflix Drama Movies

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
In recent years, Netflix has really stepped up its game when it comes to original content. For this list, we’re looking at films that are defined as dramas or fit into other dramatic genres like horror and thriller. Our list includes Beasts of No Nation, Roma, Mudbound, Divines, Tallulah, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Best Netflix Original Drama Films.

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Top 10 Best Netflix Original Drama Films

In recent years, Netflix has really stepped up its game when it comes to original content. Welcome to MsMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Netflix Original Drama Films.

For this list, we’re looking at films that are defined as dramas or fit into other dramatic genres like horror and thriller.

#10: “My Happy Family” (2017)

If you’re not willing to read subtitles, you’re going to miss out on some of the best content Netflix has to offer. This Georgian film was screen at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to hold a coveted 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with one critic writing, “It may well be the best film I've seen this year." The plot of the film follows a middle-aged woman who decides to abandon her family and follows the ripple effect that this decision has on her life and that of those around her.

#9: “Our Souls at Night” (2017)

This is one of the most high-profile Netflix originals to come out in recent years, namely because its reunites screen legends Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. The story is simple and lovely, a tale of two elderly neighbors who decide to start spending the night together (without any funny business involved) to stave off loneliness. Their unique relationship puzzles those around them, but they continue to become more deeply enmeshed in each other’s lives. This is a totally outside the box love story that is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

#8: “Tallulah” (2016)

Ellen Page stars as the titular character of this unique film, which follows a woman who sort of kidnaps a young child from an unfit mother. The director is Sian Heder, who is best known for her work on “Orange Is the New Black.” Interestingly, the film is based on an experience that Heder had in real life working at an LA hotel. The inimitable Allison Janney steals the show in a supporting role that is not to be missed while the plot takes twists and turns that continue to surprise viewers throughout.

#7: “On Body and Soul” (2017)

This is another film that shouldn’t be skipped just because of its foreign language script. “On Body and Soul” is a deeply unconventional love story about two abattoir employees who share a similar dream each night, but don’t know the other is experiencing it too. It’s a dark movie, but one that offers up satisfying moments of lightness throughout. The film has been nominated for a number of awards (including an Oscar), and took home the Golden Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

#6: “Divines” (2016)

Set in a downtrodden Romani suburb of Paris, “Divines” is a coming-of-age story unlike anything we’ve seen before. The protagonist is Dounia, a young girl who is trying to scrape her way out of the path that has seemingly been set for her. This is a film that definitely has something of a feminist viewpoint, turning the lens onto men in a way that is rarely seen in mainstream media. Director Houda Benyamina took home the coveted Caméra d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for her work on the film and the movie has collected a number of other accolades as well.

#5: “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” (2017)

It’s sometimes hard to draw the line between comedy and drama, and this film definitely encompasses both. Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Dustin Hoffman, you know it’s going to be good based on the cast alone. The story is about a family of grown up siblings who are trying to contend with their father’s success. Considering Netflix originals have been effectively banned from participating in the Cannes Film Festival, this is one of the few films that was ever screened there before the new rules went into effect.

#4: “Beasts of No Nation” (2015)

After a couple years of producing game-changing shows, Netflix officially proved that it was a quality platform for original features as well. “Beasts of No Nation” offered a chilling look at a war taking place in an unnamed West African country and a child soldier who gets involved despite his reluctance. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, this is a film that feels like it should be mandatory viewing. The young star of the film took home the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival for his role while Elba won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

#3: “Roma” (2018)

Screenwriter and director Alfonso Cuarón has a dedicated following, helming many great films like “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Children of Men,” and “Gravity.” “Roma” quickly became one of 2018’s most buzzed about award contenders after premiering at the 75th Venice International Film Festival. Mexico’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film more than lives up to the hype, telling the story of a middle-class family that draws from Cuarón’s own life. The film truly submerges the audience in the lives of these characters, making for an emotional experience that feels authentic from start to finish.

#2: “Mudbound” (2017)

Taking a dark look at the effects of World War II on two very different men, this film received so many accolades that some forgot it was actually distributed by Netflix. Looking at issues of PTSD and mid-century race relations, it’s a period film that feels relevant in today’s climate. Excluding documentaries, “Mudbound” became the first Netflix original feature film to be nominated for an Academy Award, collecting four nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Though it didn’t take home any statues, it was still a historic moment for Netflix.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Barry” (2016)

“First They Killed My Father” (2017)

“Cargo” (2017)

#1: “Okja” (2017)

Ask anyone what the most prominent Netflix original film has been and you’ll probably hear a lot of people mentioning this unique 2017 release. “Okja” is simultaneously an adventure film, a satire, a political message, and seemingly an homage to “E.T.” Directed by celebrated filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, “Okja” tells the story of a young girl trying to save her animal companion, a larger than life superpig, from an uncertain fate. It’s an eccentric film that in a way defies categorization and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences.

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