ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

2017 is a pretty wonderful time to be alive. Sure, the 1990s had Pogs, the Spice Girls and Friends, but did they have the amazing selection of on-demand video content that Netflix has to offer? No. They barely had internet, and we are still haunted by the dial-up screech.

With such a vast array of TV shows, movies and documentaries to watch on Netflix, it can sometimes be hard to navigate that particular minefield to find the perfect date night/night in/drunk-flixing thing to watch, unless you are looking for the best dramas on Netflix.

Just be careful not to end up like Penny [Credit: CBS]
Just be careful not to end up like Penny [Credit: CBS]

But worry not, that's why we're here. We've collated our top picks of drama movies available to stream on Netflix right now, so you don't have to. So if you feel like watching some good drama, settle down and strap on in for our guide to best drama movies on Netflix.

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Note: This list will be updated monthly to reflect the best new drama movies added to Netflix. Newest additions are at the top.

28. 'Schindler's List' (1993)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
  • Available on Netflix from: March 1, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "It's Hebrew, it's from the Talmud. It says, 'Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.'"

Few war films are as impacting and critically loved as Schindler's List, and is commonly listed amongst the greatest movies ever made.

Liam Neeson in 'Schindler's List' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
Liam Neeson in 'Schindler's List' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Schindler's List was adapted from the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, which was based upon the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, spy and member of the Nazi party who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, with Ralph Fiennes portraying the SS officer Amon Göth. So convincing was Fiennes's portrayal of Göth that when Mila Pfefferberg (a survivor of the events Schindler's List depicts) met him in costume, she trembled with fear.

Schindler's List won seven Academy Awards — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction — and was nominated for five more.

27. 'The Prestige' (2006)

  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson
  • Available on Netflix from: April 21, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige."

With a star studded cast and an incredibly dark plot twist, The Prestige proved that movies about magic aren't always all fun and games.

'The Prestige' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
'The Prestige' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

Set toward the end of the 19th century in London, England, The Prestige tells the story of two warring magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). The two were once friends working under a famous magician named Cutter (Michael Caine), but the death of Robert's wife Julia (Piper Perabo) during a trick tore a rift between them. They both rise to the heights of fame, but their quest to outdo each other creates tragic consequences when Robert becomes obsessed with exposing the secret behind Alfred's most successful magic trick.

The Prestige received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction, and in case that wasn't enough, the movie also features an appearance from the late, great David Bowie as the famous physicist and inventor, Nikola Tesla.

26. 'Memento' (2000)

  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
  • Available on Netflix from: March 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "If we can't make memories, we can't heal."

Memento always comes pretty close to topping the list when it comes to mind-benders, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on a short story written by his brother, Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan.

'Momento' [Credit: Newmarket]
'Momento' [Credit: Newmarket]

Momento stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man who suffers from anterograde amnesia, a condition which has left him without the ability to form new memories. Every five minutes, his short-term memory resets. In the attack that left him with this condition, his wife was also killed. He is searching for her killers using a system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos on his body in order to keep track of the memories and information that he cannot remember.

Memento is one of the most lauded examples of nonlinear narrative, and it was nominated for Academy Awards for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

25. 'Million Dollar Baby' (2004)

  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
  • Available on Netflix from: March 13th, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "If she dies today you know what her last thought would be? I think I did all right."
'Million Dollar Baby' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
'Million Dollar Baby' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

Another notch in Clint Eastwood's impressive belt, Million Dollar Baby tells the tale of Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) a down on her luck waitress turned amateur boxer who enlists cantankerous trainer Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) in an attempt to go pro. In doing so Frankie is forced to confront ghosts from his past in a search for atonement. And Maggie will fight her way to the top at any cost, even if threatens her own life.

Million Dollar Baby was critically acclaimed upon release, and won four Oscars — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).

24. 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' (2004)

  • Director: Wes Anderson
  • Starring: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett
  • Available on Netflix from: March 26th, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "Son of a bitch, I'm sick of these dolphins."

One for the Wes Anderson fans, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou received mixed reviews upon release, but it's certainty one for those who enjoy a spot of whimsy.

'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]

Featuring an impressive cast, which ranges from Willem Dafoe to Jeff Goldblum, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was created both as a parody of and homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French diving pioneer who died in 1997. The movie features the irreplaceable Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, an oceanographer who embarks on a revenge mission to find the rare jaguar shark that killed and ate his partner, Esteban.

A weird yet touching story, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou also features a gorgeous soundtrack with music from Sigur Rós, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Seu Jorge performing David Bowie in Portuguese. Classic Wes Anderson.

23. 'Contact' (1997)

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner.
  • Available on Netflix from: February 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other."

Robert Zemeckis's Contact follows Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), who has spent her life searching for extraterrestrial life, following the death of her father when she was 9 years old.

Dr. Ellie Arroway [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Dr. Ellie Arroway [Credit: Warner Bros.]

After struggling with retaining funding for her work, Ellie and her colleagues have been searching the stars, and one day they find someone searching back. Hearing chatter coming from the faraway star Vega, Ellie has to fight the government, the military, other scientists and even the church to retain control over the work that she fought so hard to continue. And when the messages are decoded, everything changes.

Contact was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound, and Jodie Foster received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. It won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and numerous Saturn Awards.

22. 'Woman In Gold' (2015)

  • Director: Simon Curtis
  • Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes.
  • Available on Netflix from: February 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "They'll never admit to what they did, because if they admit to one thing, they'll have to admit to it all."

The indomitable Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altman in The Woman in Gold, a movie based on the true story of a Jewish refugee who took on the Austrian government in order to regain a world famous painting of her aunt that was taken by the Nazis during World War II.

'The Woman In Gold' [Credit: The Weinstein Company]
'The Woman In Gold' [Credit: The Weinstein Company]

When the Nazi forces arrived in Vienna, the oppression of the Jewish community came with targeted looting and pillaging from Jewish families. One such family was the Altmanns, who managed to flee to the United States. In the present day the recently widowed Maria Altmann discovers a letter of her sisters that details an attempt to recover a famous painting of Altmann's aunt, the Woman in Gold, which was stolen by the Nazis.

The painting later fell into the hands of the Austrian government, who did not want to part with the famous painting to return it to Maria. Enlisting the help of Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), a young and inexperienced lawyer, Maria's fight for justice will take her back to her homeland, then as far as the Supreme Court of the United States.

21. 'Milk' (2008)

  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Alison Pill.
  • Available on Netflix from: February 15th, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "If there should be an assassination, I would hope that five, ten, one hundred, a thousand would rise. I would like to see every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out — If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

Milk is a biographical drama based on the life of Harvey Milk, a famous American gay activist who became California's first openly gay elected official. His assassination by city supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin) made him a martyr in the LGBT community, and an icon in San Francisco.

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk [Credit: Focus Features]
Sean Penn as Harvey Milk [Credit: Focus Features]

Weaving together dramatized flashbacks and archival footage, Milk follows Harvey Milk's career starting with his 40th birthday when he first became involved in activism and politics alongside his younger lover Scott Smith (James Franco). After publicly announcing his sexuality and opening a shop that becomes the cornerstone for San Francisco's gay community, he triumphantly runs for office. But such great publicity also meant that his life was increasingly at risk.

Milk received critical acclaim upon release, and received eight Oscar nominations — Best Picture; Directing; Best Leading Actor; Best Supporting Actor; Best Original Screenplay; Editing; Costume Design and Music — of which it won two, Best Leading Actor for Sean Penn and Best Original Screenplay.

20. 'Braveheart' (1995)

  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Brian Cox.
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

Mel Gibson's dramatization of the Scottish uprising led by William Wallace against the English in the 1280s may not have been the most historically accurate of war dramas, but it certainly was a popular one.

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Braveheart tells the story of the rebel William Wallace (Mel Gibson) who fought against the English ruler Edward Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan), following in the footsteps of his father and brother who gave their lives in an attempt to free Scotland from the rule of the English. After a tragedy befalls his wife at the hands of the English, Wallace sets out to truly free Scotland — no matter what the cost may be.

Braveheart was nominated for 10 Oscars, of which it won five: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Editing.

19. 'Hugo' (2011)

  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too."

Martin Scorsese's historical drama Hugo might not have made the biggest waves when it was released, but it's a fitting addition to the respected filmmaker's credit reel. It was also the first movie Scorsese ever shot in 3D.

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo is the story of Hugo (Asa Butterfield) — an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station and has a keen interest in machinery. He inherited this interest from his late father (Jude Law), who left Hugo an automaton that requires a special key to work. On his quest to find the missing key he meets George Méliès (Ben Kingsley) — the famous illusionist and director — and his god-daughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), who both appear to have a mysterious connection to Hugo's father and the key.

Despite the fact that Hugo was a box office disappointment, the movie was critically acclaimed both as a children's drama and a love letter to the origins of cinema. It was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won five: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

18. 'Vanilla Sky' (2001)

  • Director: Cameron Crowe
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz.
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "I'll see you in another life, when we are both cats."

Cameron Crowe's mind-bending Vanilla Sky has undergone much scrutiny over the years since its release, but it's still an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. It's actually a remake of Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar's Open Your Eyes, and has Penélope Cruz reprising her role from the original movie.

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Vanilla Sky finds David Aames Jr. (Tom Cruise), a vain and self-centered publishing magnate, arrested for murder. As he relates his story to the police psychologist (Kurt Russell), a world unfolds in which a vehicular accident killed the driver and left David disfigured, and unable to tell where the folds of reality began and ended. A jealous ex-lover (Cameron Diaz) and his infatuation with a mysterious stranger (Penélope Cruz) complicate matters further.

Vanilla Sky was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, and despite a mixed reception received praise for the performances of the central cast.

17. 'V For Vendetta' (2005)

  • Director: James McTeigue
  • Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Stephen Rea.
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1st, 2017
  • Most memorable line: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

The live-action adaptation of Alan Moore's famous graphic novel V for Vendetta still sits as one of the most respected graphic novel adaptations yet, and gave a whole new meaning to the Guy Fawkes mask — just ask Anonymous.

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Set in Britain in the late 2020s, V for Vendetta explores a fascist state in the wake of worldwide turmoil, in which "undesirables" are exterminated in government concentration camps. Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) is an ordinary girl living in London, until she meets the mysterious V (Hugo Weaving), a mask-wearing freedom fighter who first saves her life then recruits her to his cause — inciting revolution by blowing up the Houses of Parliament.

A film steeped in politics, V for Vendetta has been read as an allegory of governmental oppression, and loved by anarchists the world over. But even if that's not your thing, it's still well worth the watch.

16. 'Lucky Number Slevin' (2006)

  • Director: Paul McGuigan
  • Starring: Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci.
  • Available on Netflix from: December 10, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and came in third; that's a story."

Paul McGuigan's crime drama Lucky Number Slevin brings together an impressive cast. And though it received mixed reviews from critics, it was almost universally loved by audiences.

[Credit: The Weinstein Company]
[Credit: The Weinstein Company]

A New York drama, Lucky Number Slevin focuses on Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett), a young man who is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity, and forced to either repay his friend's large gambling debt, or kill a man. Throw two feuding crime lords played by Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley into the mix, along with a healthy dose of Lucy Liu as Slevin's love interest and Bruce Willis as a mysterious hitman, and you've got one interesting ride.

15. 'Always' (1989)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Brad Johnson
  • Available on Netflix from: December 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "I know now, that the love we hold back is the only pain that follows us here."

Always is perhaps best known as the last movie made by the late, great, Audrey Hepburn. She appears in a cameo role as her final film appearance as the supernatural guide, Hap, and died of cancer four years later in 1993.

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]

A remake of 1943's A Guy Named Joe, Always is a rom-com drama set during an aerial firefighting operation. Richard Dreyfuss plays Pete Sandich, a hotshot pilot who dies in a tragic accident. From beyond the grave he is tasked with a new role, to provide support to new pilot Ted Baker (Brad Johnson). But when Ted starts to fall in love with Pete's girlfriend Dorinda (Holly Hunter), and she him, Pete has to reconcile what it really means to move on.

14. 'Hannibal' (2001)

  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta
  • Available on Netflix from: December 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "Bowels in or bowels out?"

The sequel to the Oscar–winning The Silence of the Lambs sees Anthony Hopkins returning as the infamous Hannibal Lecter, while Julianne Moore takes over Jodie Foster's role as FBI Agent Clarice Starling.

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]

10 years after apprehending Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, Clarice Starling's career is close to ruin after being falsely accused of ruining an FBI drug raid. While at her lowest point, her path crosses with Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), the terribly disfigured, only surviving victim of Hannibal Lecter. Verger has Starling assigned to Lecter's case, hoping he will come out of hiding for her, and Starling sets out to stop Verger taking vigilante justice upon Hannibal.

13. 'Take Me To The River' (2015)

  • Director: Matt Sobel
  • Starring: Logan Miller, Robin Weigert, Josh Hamilton, Richard Schiff
  • Available on Netflix from: November 12, 2016

Matt Sobel's feature length directorial debut comes with harrowing drama Take Me To The River, taking a look at a dysfunctional family reunion gone very, very wrong.

[Credit: Film Movement]
[Credit: Film Movement]

Ryder (Logan Miller) is a Californian teenage boy who intends to come out to his extended family at their family reunion in Nebraska. But an incident involving his young cousin and a mysterious bloodstain on her dress places him as suspect in a case of abuse. Things spiral out of control when his uncle and mother try to reconcile the family, dreading up a long buried family secret.

12. 'Burn After Reading' (2008)

  • Director: Ethan and Joel Coen
  • Starring: George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt
  • Available on Netflix from: November 16, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "I have a drinking problem? Fuck you, Peck, you're a Mormon. Compared to you we ALL have a drinking problem!"

Another entry from the Coen Brothers arrives on Netflix this month, and it's another master exercise in black humor featuring an all-star cast with Burn After Reading.

[Credit: Focus Features]
[Credit: Focus Features]

When Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) — a CIA agent with a drinking, swearing and anger problem — quits his job to write his memoirs, his cheating wife Katie Cox (Tilda Swinton) accidentally lets some of his ramblings fall into the hands of two dimwitted gym employees. They mistake the numerical data to be sensitive government information, and attempt to blackmail him, not reckoning with the ex-agents anger problem.

Burn After Reading was nominated for Best Comedy at the Golden Globes, won two BAFTAs and was named by the National Board of Review as one of the Top 10 Movies of 2008.

11. 'Boyhood' (2014)

  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Starring: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke.
  • Available on Netflix from: November 25, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "You know how everyone's always saying seize the moment? I don't know, I'm kinda thinking it's the other way around. You know, like the moment seizes us."

The movie that rocked cinema, Richard Linklater's Boyhood took more than a decade to film in an ambitious drama project spanning eleven years.

[Credit: IFC Productions]
[Credit: IFC Productions]

In 2001 the then 9-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast by Linklater to play Mason Evans, Jr., the titular character of Boyhood, a coming of age movie like nothing ever created before. The aim of Boyhood was to have the actors age alongside the characters on screen, filming them over the course of several days at a time between May 2002 and August 2013.

Boyhood received numerous awards for its ambitious filming method, including a Golden Globe, a British Academy Award for Best Film and an Oscar for Supporting Actress.

10. 'Once Upon A Time In The West' (1968)

  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards
  • Available on Netflix from: October 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "I saw three of these dusters a short time ago. They were waiting for a train. Inside the dusters, there were three men." "So?" "Inside the men, there were three bullets."

Spaghetti westerns count as dramas, right? Sergio Leone's classic Once Upon a Time in the West is often held as one of the greatest movies ever made, and now it comes to Netflix for all to relive.

[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Once Upon a Time in the West centers on a land conflict drama in the fictional American Old West town of Flagstone, in addition to a vengeance narrative in which Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) sets out to avenge the death of her husband at the hands of the gun for hire Frank (Henry Fonda). Also in the mix is Charles Bronson's strange harmonica-playing man — dubbed merely "Harmonica" — who is also seeking Frank with vengeance in mind.

Once Upon a Time in the West joins Breakfast at Tiffany's and Saving Private Ryan in the National Film Registry, and it's widely considered to be one of the greatest Westerns ever made, as well as the crowning jewel in Leone's filmography.

9. 'Big Eyes' (2014)

  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter
  • Available on Netflix from: October 25, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "It’s like a mirage. From the distance, you look like a painter, but up close there is not much there."

A biographical drama, Big Eyes is based upon the life of American artist Margaret Keane, famous for her "big eyes" style of painting and the fact that her husband — Walter Keane — took credit for her work.

[Credit: The Weinstein Company]
[Credit: The Weinstein Company]

Amy Adams portrays Margaret Keane, a painter in the 1950s who meets and marries fellow painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). When the two host a gallery show together, Margaret's "big eyes" paintings become the subject of much interest in the art community. Seeing this as an opportunity for self-promotion — and due to the fact that galleries were reluctant to showcase female painters — Walter convinces Margaret to stay home and paint whilr he sells her work, passing it off as his own.

Big Eyes follows Margaret's struggle to be recognized as a true artist in the public eye, and her legal battle against her husband over the paintings. The film itself was well received, winning Adams a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, as well as nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical (Waltz), and Best Original Song (Lana del Rey).

8. 'Jesus Camp' (2006)

  • Directors: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
  • Starring: Becky Fischer, Mike Papantonio
  • Available on Netflix from: October 26, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "I don't care what kind of hero they are, they're an enemy of God and had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death!"

Cheating a little here with a docudrama, but one which is still an interesting watch 10 years after it was originally released. Jesus Camp is a startling and controversial look at the now closed Kids on Fire School of Ministry, a Christian summer camp in North Dakota.

[Credit: Magnolia Pictures]
[Credit: Magnolia Pictures]

Run by the Reverend Becky Fischer, the Kids on Fire School was a summer camp school that sought to purify children in the Christian faith as part of what Fischer called the "army of God." Jesus Camp focuses on three summer camp attendees — Levi, Rachael, and Tory — who are all already devout Christians at a very young age. The three all display strong anti-Islamic beliefs, as they are taught that they are "the enemy" they will fight, with Fischer saying that she wishes to see the children in the camp "radically laying down their lives for the gospel, as they are over in Pakistan and Israel and Palestine."

Though it was controversial upon release due to what some saw as an anti-Christian message, Jesus Camp was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, though it did not win.

7. 'Babel' (2006)

  • Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam, Rinko Kikuchi
  • Available on Netflix from: September 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "Kill me, but save my brother, he did nothing... nothing. Save my brother... he did nothing."

Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel explores how language, culture and race separate people along cultural boundaries, and how one mistake can change the life of someone completely unrelated to you. The movie weaves together four different stories in a disconnected manner, and watching it is like trying to understand a language you don't speak.

Cate Blanchett in 'Babel' [Credit: Paramount]
Cate Blanchett in 'Babel' [Credit: Paramount]

The accidental shooting of an American tourist, Susan Jones (Cate Blanchett), in the desert landscape of Morocco sparks a wave of international incidents across the world as her husband, Richard Jones (Brad Pitt), fights to save her life. The path to justice intersects with local Moroccan goat herders, a strained relationship between a father and daughter in Japan, and an incident at the US/Mexican border that changes the lives of everyone involved.

Babel won the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and was nominated for six others, including Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. It also won three awards at Cannes: Best Director, the François Chalais Award and the Technical Grand Prize.

6. 'Defiance' (2008)

  • Director: Edward Zwick
  • Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, George MacKayNaliboki Forest
  • Available on Netflix from: September 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "Our revenge is to live."

Another World War II movie for the list is Edward Zwick's Defiance, set during the 1941 Nazi occupation of Belarus. It was based upon Nechama Tec's 1993 novel Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, which told an account of the Bielski brothers — Polish Jews who led a resistance, rescuing and recruiting persecuted Jews in Belarus during WWII.

Liev Schreiber in 'Defiance' [Credit: Paramount]
Liev Schreiber in 'Defiance' [Credit: Paramount]

In Defiance, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay portray the four Bielski brothers, who take to the Naliboki Forest after their parents are killed by the occupying German forces. They begin to rally a resistance in the form of a refugee game hidden in the woods, rescuing and sheltering other Jewish escapees fleeing the German forces. They are faced with starvation, sickness and the harsh weather of winter in addition to being hunted by the Germans, but the brothers persist, saving the lives of hundreds in the process.

Despite some criticism for historical inaccuracies — especially in Poland itself — Defiance was generally well received further afield and received one Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

5. 'No Country For Old Men' (2007)

  • Directors: Ethan and Joel Coen
  • Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald, Woody Harrelson
  • Available on Netflix from: August 14, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "Whatcha got ain't nothin new. This country's hard on people, you can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

One of the Coen brothers' finest films, No Country for Old Men is a startling and violent take on chance and fate in the West Texas deserts of the 1980s. A pinnacle of the cat-and-mouse drama, it moves along at breakneck pace toward an unpredictable ending fueled by a stellar cast.

Javier Bardem as the ruthless Anton Chigurh [Credit: Miramax Films]
Javier Bardem as the ruthless Anton Chigurh [Credit: Miramax Films]

Based on the book by The Road writer Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men charts the violent path of hitman Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), as he sets out to retrieve missing drug money from a deal gone horribly wrong. The money ends up in the hands of Josh Brolin's Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss, who finds himself the target of a dangerous man who will do anything and kill anyone to get to him.

No Country for Old Men was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning four: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Javier Bardem's Oscar win marked the first time a Spanish actor won the prestigious accolade, so that's something too.

4. 'Trainspotting' (1996)

  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1, 2014
  • Most memorable line: "Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"

The movie that always comes up in conversation when Scotland is mentioned to a non-Scottish person is Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, one of the finest movies ever made about drug addicts in Edinburgh. It was also the film that really launched the career of Ewan McGregor, who went onto become one of Hollywood's most bankable actors.

Ewan McGregor in 'Trainspotting' [Credit: PolyGram Pictures]
Ewan McGregor in 'Trainspotting' [Credit: PolyGram Pictures]

Following the trials and tribulations of a group of heroin addicts in the Scottish capital, Danny Boyle's take on the book of the same name by the iconic Irvine Welsh focuses on long time addict Renton (Ewan McGregor) as he tries to clean up his life and get out of the heady drug scene. Another one not for the faint of heart, Trainspotting is the blackest of black comedies, dealing with addiction, death, HIV, the worst toilet in Scotland and babies crawling across the ceiling.

Trainspotting had a profound affect upon popular culture, and remains a landmark of cinema even 20 years later. A sequel — T2: Trainspotting 2 — is set for release in 2017, with much of the original cast returning to reprise their roles and Danny Boyle back in the driver's seat as director. T2 will be based upon Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting follow-up Porno.

3. 'The Usual Suspects' (1995)

  • Director: Bryan Singer
  • Starring: Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin
  • Available on Netflix from: June 1, 2016
  • Most memorable line: "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."

Another Kevin Spacey classic is The Usual Suspects, which has been picked apart and analyzed by film students the world over. Even 21 years later, it's still a stand-out piece of drama, and well worth devoting an evening to.

The question of 'The Usual Suspects' — who is Keyser Söze? [Credit: PolyGram]
The question of 'The Usual Suspects' — who is Keyser Söze? [Credit: PolyGram]

Kevin Spacey plays small-time conman Verbal, one of only two survivors of a bloody drug deal gone wrong that turned into a massacre. Using flashbacks and narration, The Usual Suspects is told from Verbal's perspective as he weaves the tale that leads to a deadly shootout on a boat — a complex and twisting narrative of mysterious mob boss Keyser Söze who recruits five seemingly unconnected men who meet at a police line-up.

Another drama with a fantastic cast, The Usual Suspects grossed nearly six times its budget, and became cemented in cinema history thanks to its clever use of multiple plot twists. It's currently ranked as the 35th greatest screenplay of all time by The Writer's Guild of America.

2. 'Good Will Hunting' (1997)

  • Director: Gus Van Sant
  • Starring: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver
  • Available on Netflix from: November 1, 2014
  • Most memorable line: "See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a f**kin' education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!"

The late, great Robin Williams will be remembered for many an incredible movie, but Good Will Hunting still stands out as one of his finest performances, and ostensibly the movie that launched Matt Damon's impressive Hollywood career.

Robin Williams as Dr. Sean Maguire [Credit: Miramax Films]
Robin Williams as Dr. Sean Maguire [Credit: Miramax Films]

The Will of Good Will Hunting is self-sabotaging janitor Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a 20-year old secret genius with a dark past and an aggressive streak resulting from his troubled childhood. After an incident with a police officer and a stuck-up mathematics professor (Stellan Skarsgård) forces him to undergo therapy with Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), the two begin tapping into the young man's troubled psyche, with unexpected repercussions for both men.

Ben Affleck also stars as Will's best friend, Chuckie Sullivan, with Minnie Driver as Skylar — a Harvard graduate who Will falls in love with. Good Will Hunting won two Academy Awards in 1998, Best Supporting Actor for Robin Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who also wrote the piece.

1. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
  • Available on Netflix from: January 1, 2014.
  • Most memorable line: "The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."

In the years since Pulp Fiction was released it's gone on to be revered as one of the most iconic dramas ever, and it's the movie that really cemented Quentin Tarantino's status as an auteur of the weird and wonderful.

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Pulp Fiction' [Credit: Miramax Films]
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Pulp Fiction' [Credit: Miramax Films]

A pop-culture phenomenon, Pulp Fiction references pulp magazines, which began to die out in the 1950s, and it's peppered with movie references and violence galore. Weaving together four seemingly disconnected tales, the lives of hitmen, mob bosses and small-time criminals begin to intersect in strange ways in the city of Los Angeles.

Told through a non-linear narrative, Pulp Fiction had has a profound effect on non-mainstream and independent filmmaking since its release back in 1994. The movie was nominated for seven Oscars and won for Best Original Screenplay, as well as winning the Palme d'Or at 1994's Cannes Film Festival.

That's all for now — we'll update the list as the new releases come out every month so be sure to check back for up-to-date recommendations! Which is your favorite drama on Netflix right now? Tell us in the comments below!

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