50 Best IMDb Rated 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 IMDb rated 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 IMDb rated drama movies on Netflix New Zealand below:

The Shawshank Redemption


The Shawshank Redemption 1994
IMDb:   9.3/10

Metacritic:   80/100

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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Schindler’s List


Schindler's List 1993
IMDb:   8.9/10

Metacritic:   93/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1993

Director(s):   Steven Spielberg

Oskar Schindler becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz during World War II.

Actor(s):   Andrzej Seweryn, Beatrice Macola, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Friedrich von Thun, Jonathan Sagall, Liam Neeson, Malgoscha Gebel, Mark Ivanir, Ralph Fiennes, Shmulik Levy

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The Departed


The Departed 2006
IMDb:   8.5/10

Metacritic:   85/100

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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American History X


American History X 1998
IMDb:   8.5/10

Metacritic:   62/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1998

Director(s):   Tony Kaye

A neo-Nazi gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can he prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps?

Actor(s):   Avery Brooks, Beverly D'Angelo, Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Elliott Gould, Ethan Suplee, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Lien, Stacy Keach

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Reservoir Dogs


Reservoir Dogs 1992
IMDb:   8.3/10

Metacritic:   79/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1992

Director(s):   Quentin Tarantino

In Quentin Tarantino's raw directorial debut, a botched robbery indicates a police informant, and pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse.

Actor(s):   Chris Penn, Edward Bunker, Harvey Keitel, Kirk Baltz, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, Randy Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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Dangal


Dangal 2016
IMDb:   8.7/10

Metacritic:   tbd

Genre:   Biography, Drama, Sport

Available From:   2017-06-21

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Nitesh Tiwari

A once-promising wrestler pursues the gold medal he never won by training two of his daughters to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

Actor(s):   Aamir Khan, Aparshakti Khurana, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Ritwik Sahore, Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra, Suhani Bhatnagar, Zaira Wasim

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GoodFellas


GoodFellas 1990
IMDb:   8.7/10

Metacritic:   89/100

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   1990

Director(s):   Martin Scorsese

This gripping gangster opus follows real-world mobster Henry Hill, who dreamed of making it big but landed in the Witness Protection Program instead.

Actor(s):   Chuck Low, Frank Sivero, Frank Vincent, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Mike Starr, Paul Sorvino, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Tony Darrow

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Lion


Lion 2016
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   70/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2017-05-30

Year:   2016

Director(s):   Garth Davis

An Indian man who was separated from his mother at age 5 and adopted by an Australian couple returns home, determined to find his birth family.

Actor(s):   Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

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Gran Torino


Gran Torino 2008
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   72/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2008

Director(s):   Clint Eastwood

Curmudgeonly Korean War vet Walt confronts his Hmong immigrant neighbors when the family's son tries to steal his beloved 1972 Gran Torino.

Actor(s):   Ahney Her, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Clint Eastwood

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The Imitation Game


The Imitation Game 2014
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   73/100

Genre:   Biography, Drama

Available From:   2015-05-20

Year:   2014

Director(s):   Morten Tyldum

During World War II, a brilliant mathematician leads a team of cryptanalysts as they work feverishly to break the Germans' notorious Enigma code.

Actor(s):   Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

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