Wednesday, September 28, 2016

25 Best Dramas Currently Streaming on Netflix

There Will Be Blood movie posterBy Kenny Howell

Time to look once again what is streaming on Netflix right now. Today, we will look at the best items under their drama category.

There Will Be Blood (2007) - Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson - Anderson's second masterpiece about a battle for power between an oil man and a preacher for control of a community around the turn of the century.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Directed by Michel Gondry - This popped up on my best comedies on Netflix too, but it is on their drama as well. Brilliant, inventive film about a man who hires a company to erase the memories of his ex, but changes his mind halfway through.

The Big Short (2015) - Directed by Adam McKay - Also one that popped up on the comedy list, this film about the financial crisis is informative, infuriating and great.

Shakespeare in Love (1998) - Directed by John Madden - Terrific romance about Shakespeare, and the woman that inspired his work. Best Picture Winner of 1998.



Almost Famous (2000) - Directed by Cameron Crowe - Crowe's last great film, this one is autobiographical about his time on the road during his teenage years as a rock reporter.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - Directed by Wes Anderson - Anderson's charming story about a boy and a girl that run away together, and the search that ensues.

No Country for Old Men (2007) - Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - The Coen Brothers achieved the Oscar glory they should have gotten with Fargo in this also great crime story of a contract killer hunting down money in West Texas.

Beginners (2010) - Directed by Mike Mills - Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) plays a man who finds out that his dad is dying of cancer and is a gay man.

In Bruges (2008) - Directed by Martin McDonagh - McDonagh's killer film about two men hold up in Bruges, Belgium awaiting orders for their next move.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) - Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore - Tornatore looks back on childhood in this tale a of a kid that befriends a theater projectionist and is open to the beautiful world of cinema.

Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) - Directed by Miranda July - July's super weird, super great story of two outsiders that fall in love.

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Directed by Quentin Tarantino - Tarantino (Django Unchained) was rocketed to superstardom with this clever, time-shifting dramedy about the intersecting lives of two hitmen, a mob boss' wife and a boxer.

The Truman Show (1998) - Directed Peter Weir - Weir's perfect drama about a man who is the subject of a TV show that has chronicled his whole life without his knowledge.

Nightcrawler (2014) - Directed Dan Gilroy - Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners) is fantastic a creepy young man who starts filming crime scenes for local media, and gets horribly carried away.

Sling Blade (1996) - Directed by Billy Bob Thornton - Thornton (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) hit the big time with this terrific tale about a slow witted man that is released from prison after years spent in prison for murder.

The Immigrant (2013) - Directed by James Gray - Underrated drama about the immigrant experience with an unbelievable performance by Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) in the lead role.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Directed by Robert Mulligan - Classic drama about a man defending a black man in rape case in the depression era deep south. Gregory Peck gives one of the best performances in American film history.

The Usual Suspects (1995) - Directed by Bryan Singer - Clever mystery about an investigation into a gun battle on a boat that only left one man standing.

We Are the Best (2013) - Directed by Lukas Moodysson - Great coming of age story about a group of misfit kids who decide they want to start a punk rock band.

About Elly (2015) - Directed by Asghar Farhadi - The brilliant Farhadi brings another tale of ambiguity, this time a group of friends go on a beach trip, and the unknown of the group, Elly, disappears. Did she drown or did she go home? The group frantically try to get to the bottom of it as they crumble.

The Hunt (2013) - Directed by Thomas Vinterberg - Intense drama about a man who is falsely accused of molesting a child, and how the town turns on him.

Spotlight (2015) - Directed by Tom McCarthy - The 2015 Best Picture winner is in depth look inside the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.

Queen Margot (1994) - Directed by Patrice Chereau - Engrossing drama about a queen stuck in the middle of a religious war, as well as an arranged marriage in which she wishes to escape.

Fish Tank (2009) - Directed by Andrea Arnold - Little seen, but well worth seeking out, another coming of age tale about a 15-year-old whose life is turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend played by Michael Fassbender (Shame).

Adventureland (2009) - Directed by Greg Mottola - Yet another coming of age tale, this time with Jesse Eisenberg (To Rome With Love) playing a guy who takes a job at an amusement park and falls in love with a girl played by Kristen Stewart (On the Road).


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