50 Best Dramas on Netflix New Zealand

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Last updated: 2019-07-18

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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 2018
IMDb:   7.4/10

Metacritic:   79/100

Genre:   Drama, Western

Available From:   2018-11-16

Year:   2018

Director(s):   Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Ranging from absurd to profound, these Western vignettes from the Coen brothers follow the adventures of outlaws and settlers on the American frontier.

Actor(s):   Brendan Gleeson, Clancy Brown, David Krumholtz, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan

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Your Name


Your Name 2016
IMDb:   8.4/10

Metacritic:   79/100

Genre:   Anime, Drama

Available From:   2017-12-06

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Makoto Shinkai

A bored girl in the countryside starts sporadically waking up in the body of a city boy who's living the exciting life she'd always dreamed of.

Actor(s):   Aoi Yuki, Etsuko Ichihara, Kaito Ishikawa, Kanon Tani, Masaki Terasoma, Masami Nagasawa, Mone Kamishiraishi, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ryo Narita, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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Aquarius


Aquarius 2016
IMDb:   7.7/10

Metacritic:   88/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2017-01-13

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Kleber Mendonca Filho

The final holdout in her historic beachside building in Brazil, a retired music critic refuses to sell her apartment to developers bent on demolition.

Actor(s):   Buda Lira, Carla Ribas, Fernando Teixeira, Humberto Carrao, Irandhir Santos, Maeve Jinkings, Sonia Braga, Zoraide Coleto

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Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance


Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance 2014
IMDb:   7.8/10

Metacritic:   88/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-08-02

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Alejandro Gonzalez Innarritu

A washed-up Hollywood actor, who once played a famous superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in a Broadway play.

Actor(s):   Emma Stone, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, Kenny Chin, Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis

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You’ve Got Mail


You've Got Mail 1998
IMDb:   6.6/10

Metacritic:   57/100

Genre:   Comedy, Drama, Romance

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1998

Director(s):   Nora Ephron

Superstore magnate Joe and independent shop owner Kathleen fall in love via the Internet both unaware that he's trying to put her out of business.

Actor(s):   Dabney Coleman, Dave Chappelle, Greg Kinnear, Heather Burns, Jane Adams, Jean Stapleton, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Steve Zahn, Tom Hanks

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