50 Best Dramas on Netflix UK

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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 UK 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 UK 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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Boyhood


Boyhood 2014
IMDb:   7.9/10

Metacritic:   100/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Richard Linklater

After divorcing, a mother and father continue to share the task of guiding their young son through youth and adolescence, and finally to adulthood.

Actor(s):   Elijah Smith, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette

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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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The Grand Budapest Hotel


The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   88/100

Genre:   Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Hugo Guinness, Stefan Zweig

Between the world wars, Gustave H, the concierge at a prestigious European hotel, takes a bellboy named Zero as a trusted protégé.

Actor(s):   Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe

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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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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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Carol


Carol 2015
IMDb:   7.2/10

Metacritic:   95/100

Genre:   Drama, Romance

Available From:   2017-01-01

Year:   2015

Director(s):   Todd Haynes

A wealthy married woman and a female department store clerk begin a forbidden affair in the 1950s that leads to both heartache and liberating joy.

Actor(s):   Carrie Brownstein, Cate Blanchett, Cory Michael Smith, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Kevin Crowley, Kyle Chandler, Nik Pajic, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

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Blue Is the Warmest Color


Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013
IMDb:   7.8/10

Metacritic:   88/100

Genre:   Drama, Romance

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2013

Director(s):   Abdellatif Kechiche

Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it's a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest.

Actor(s):   Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux

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