50 Best IMDb Rated Dramas on Netflix Japan

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Last updated: 2019-05-27

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 IMDb rated 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 IMDb rated drama movies on Netflix Japan below:

The Shawshank Redemption


The Shawshank Redemption 1994

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1994

Director(s):   Frank Darabont

Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison and gradually forms a close bond with older inmate Red.

Actor(s):   Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn, Larry Brandenburg, Mark Rolston, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, William Sadler

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The Godfather


The Godfather 1972

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1972

Director(s):   Francis Ford Coppola

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Actor(s):   Al Lettieri, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, John Marley, Marlon Brando, Richard Castellano, Richard Conte, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden

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Forrest Gump


Forrest Gump 1994

Genre:   Drama, Romance

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1994

Director(s):   Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump, a friendly, simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and '70s.

Actor(s):   Gary Sinise, Haley Joel Osment, Hanna Hall, Michael Conner Humphreys, Mykelti Williamson, Rebecca Williams, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Tom Hanks

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Saving Private Ryan


Saving Private Ryan 1998

Genre:   Drama, War

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1998

Director(s):   Steven Spielberg

Eight U.S. Army Rangers penetrate German-held territory during World War II to find and bring home a soldier whose three brothers have been killed.

Actor(s):   Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Dennis Farina, Dylan Bruno, Edward Burns, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, Matt Damon, Max Martini, Paul Giamatti, Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Vin Diesel

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Gladiator


Gladiator 2000

Genre:   Action, Adventure, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2000

Director(s):   Ridley Scott

Tapped for the throne after the death of the emperor, a Roman general instead finds himself condemned to die by the late ruler's power-hungry son.

Actor(s):   Connie Nielsen, David Schofield, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Joaquin Phoenix, John Shrapnel, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe, Tomas Arana

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The Prestige


The Prestige 2006

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2006

Director(s):   Christopher Nolan

Desperate to reveal each other's secrets, two rival magicians begin to perform increasingly risky tricks which soon turn deadly.

Actor(s):   Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall, Samantha Mahurin, Scarlett Johansson

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

Genre:   Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2002

Director(s):   Peter Jackson

Frodo and Sam head to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin.

Actor(s):   Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, John Bach, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Sala Baker, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen

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Whiplash


Whiplash 2014

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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Cinema Paradiso


Cinema Paradiso 1988

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1988

Director(s):   Giuseppe Tornatore

When a Sicilian boy is mesmerized by the movies at his local theater, he befriends a projectionist who tells him to leave home and pursue his dreams.

Actor(s):   Agnese Nano, Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli, Jacques Perrin, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Philippe Noiret, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio

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The Departed


The Departed 2006

Genre:   Crime, Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2006

Director(s):   Martin Scorsese

To take down Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own men to infiltrate it, not realizing the syndicate has done the same thing.

Actor(s):   Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon

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