ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

We’ve talked a lot about the success of animation movies this summer — from the success of Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets to the records broken by Finding Dory — but sometimes we need to find a little balance to all those family-friendly adventures out there.

Thankfully, there’s more to movies this year than the current superhero frenzy, so if the comic-book based tales aren’t really your style, there are plenty of dramas to look forward to. From the truly heartbreaking to the more dreamy stories that will draw a single tear out of the corner of your eye, here are five of the best dramas coming out later this year.

1. Deepwater Horizon

  • Release Date: September 30
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson

Even six after the fact, the Gulf of Mexico is still reeling from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and may never truly recover. Now the traumatic story of the workers that were present on the day of the disaster is being immortalized on the big screen. Also starring Kurt Russell and John Malkovich, Deepwater Horizon is based on a NYT article by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul.

2. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

  • Release Date: September 30
  • Director: Neeraj Pandey
  • Starring: Anupam Kher, Sushant Singh Rajput, Herry Tangiri

This Bollywood film is based around the true story of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the current captain of the Indian national cricket team. Even if you haven't been following cricket, the compelling story of this man's journey to become a champion — and the politics that go along with staying at the top of the game — will inspire any sports fan.

3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

  • Release Date: November 18
  • Director: David Yates
  • Starring: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell

Finally, this November, Potterheads will get the American installment of the adventure we've all been waiting for. Written by J.K. Rowling herself and starring Eddie Redmaybe as Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts takes place in the 1920s, in the same universe in which Harry Potter exists but decades before his birth. Harry, Ron and Hermione might not be in it, but that doesn't mean we won't see at least some other familiar characters...

4. Bleed For This

  • Release Date: November 23
  • Director: Ben Younger
  • Starring: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Ted Levine

Based on the true story of world boxing champ Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), Bleed For This tells the story of Paz's early career, and the horrific car accident that almost paralyzed him for life. Whether or not you're a fan of the sports genre, the emotional story of personal struggle looks like it will be enough to keep any movie goer riveted.

5. La La Land

  • Release Date: December 16
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Love Actually) are back together again in this musical dramedy about a piano player that falls for an aspiring actress. If the trailer is anything to go by, between Ryan Gosling singing and the two of them literally dancing in the stars, this will be a swoonfest to remember.


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