50 Best Dramas on Netflix Japan

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Last updated: 2019-07-17

It’s hard to beat a genuinely great drama, and Netflix has a lot of options in this particular genre. To narrow down your choices, here's a curated list of 50 best dramas on Netflix Japan right now, from period pieces to relationship dramas to hidden gems. There are movies from big, well-known filmmakers on this list, and there are also films from up-and-comers that are absolutely worth checking out. So peruse through our list of the best drama movies on Netflix Japan below:

ROMA


ROMA 2018
IMDb:   8.0/10

Metacritic:   96/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2018-12-14

Year:   2018

Director(s):   Alfonso Cuaron

Director Alfonso Cuaron delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of domestic life and social hierarchy set against Mexico's political turmoil of the 1970s.

Actor(s):   Carlos Peralta, Diego Cortina Autrey, Marina de Tavira, Yalitza Aparicio

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Spotlight


Spotlight 2015
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   93/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2016-06-22

Year:   2015

Director(s):   Tom McCarthy

A team of reporters and editors at the Boston Globe relentlessly investigate a shocking child molestation cover-up by the Catholic Church.

Actor(s):   Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Paul Guilfoyle, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci

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Paddleton


Paddleton 2019
IMDb:   7.8/10

Metacritic:   73/100

Genre:   Comedy, Drama

Available From:   2019-02-22

Year:   2019

Director(s):   Alex Lehmann

After he's diagnosed with terminal cancer, middle-aged Michael asks his neighbour friend Andy to help him end his life before the disease does.

Actor(s):   Alexandra Billings, Kadeem Hardison, Mark Duplass, Matt Bush, Ray Romano, Sierra Fisk

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High Flying Bird


High Flying Bird 2019
IMDb:   6.4/10

Metacritic:   78/100

Genre:   Drama, Sport

Available From:   2019-02-08

Year:   2019

Director(s):   Steven Soderbergh

When an NBA lockout sidelines his big rookie client, an agent hatches a bold plan to save their careers and disrupt the league's power structure.

Actor(s):   Andre Holland, Bill Duke, Bobbi A Bordley, Farah Bala, Kyle MacLachlan, Melvin Gregg, Michelle Ang, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Zazie Beetz

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La La Land


La La Land 2016
IMDb:   8/10

Metacritic:   93/100

Genre:   Drama, Music, Romance

Available From:   2017-11-08

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Damien Chazelle

Career aspirations run up against bittersweet romance in modern-day Los Angeles, as two artists face a heartbreaking dilemma.

Actor(s):   Emma Stone, Finn Wittrock, J.K. Simmons, Jason Fuchs, Jessica Rothe, John Legend, Meagen Fay, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ryan Gosling, Sonoya Mizuno

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Whiplash


Whiplash 2014
IMDb:   8.5/10

Metacritic:   88/100

Genre:   Drama, Music

Available From:   2015-06-09

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Damien Chazelle

Driven by his demanding music teacher, drummer Andrew is determined to succeed as a jazz musician even if it destroys his personality.

Actor(s):   Austin Stowell, Chris Mulkey, Damon Gupton, J.K. Simmons, Max Kasch, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller, Nate Lang, Paul Reiser, Suanne Spoke

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Moonlight


Moonlight 2016
IMDb:   7.4/10

Metacritic:   99/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2017-05-21

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Barry Jenkins

In a crime-infested Miami neighborhood, a gay African-American boy with a drug-addicted mother grows up with the help of a mentoring drug dealer.

Actor(s):   Alex Hibbert, Alex R. Hibbert, Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders, Duan Sanderson, Jaden Piner, Janelle Monae, Jharrel Jerome, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Shariff Earp, Trevante Rhodes

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12 Years a Slave


12 Years a Slave 2013
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   96/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2013

Director(s):   Steve McQueen

A freeborn black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup.

Actor(s):   Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dickie Gravois, Dwight Henry, Michael Fassbender

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Toni Erdmann


Toni Erdmann 2016
IMDb:   7.5/10

Metacritic:   93/100

Genre:   Comedy, Drama

Available From:   2017-07-26

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Maren Ade

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Actor(s):   Hadewych Minis, Ingrid Bisu, Lucy Russell, Michael Wittenborn, Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller, Thomas Loibl, Trystan Putter, Victoria Cocias, Vlad Ivanov

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Interstellar


Interstellar 2014
IMDb:   8.6/10

Metacritic:   74/100

Genre:   Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Available From:   2015-09-11

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Christopher Nolan

With humanity teetering on the brink of extinction, a group of astronauts travels through a wormhole in search of another inhabitable planet.

Actor(s):   Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Ellen Burstyn, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Mackenzie Foy, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley

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