Last updated: 2019-07-17It’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:
Available From: 2018-12-14
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
Genre: Crime, Drama
Available From: 2016-06-22
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
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Available From: 2019-02-22
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
High Flying Bird
Genre: Drama, Sport
Available From: 2019-02-08
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
La La Land
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Available From: 2017-11-08
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
Genre: Drama, Music
Available From: 2015-06-09
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
Available From: 2017-05-21
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
12 Years a Slave
Genre: Biography, Drama
Available From: 2015-04-14
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
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Available From: 2017-07-26
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
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Available From: 2015-09-11
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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