NETFLIX Genre: Critically-acclaimed Dramas



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Netflix box art for 50/50 50/50
2011 / 100
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An otherwise healthy twentysomething has a comically early midlife crisis when he gets slapped with a cancer diagnosis and a 50-50 chance of survival. A young writer has it all -- including a best bud for comic relief -- until cancer swoops in to test the odds.

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Netflix box art for An Education An Education
2009 / 3.7 / 100
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Jenny's Oxford-bound teen life is a bore in 1961 London, until she's immersed in the beguiling but hazardous world of a much-older man. To one so innocent, a lothario's promise is seductive. His world will teach what school never could.

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Netflix box art for Animal Kingdom Animal Kingdom
2010 / 112
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A teenager finds himself drawn into the clutches of a diabolical criminal family until a good-hearted detective tries to change the boy's fate.

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Netflix box art for The Artist Artist, The
2011 / 4.0 / 100
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Winner of five Oscars, this black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era legend on a downward spiral and a rising starlet. He's on a downward spiral. She's on the rise. These silent film stars are caught up in the talkies tornado.

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Netflix box art for A Beautiful Mind Beautiful Mind, A
2001 / 135
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This Oscar-winning drama charts the life and work of famed economist John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant man plagued by the anguish of mental illness. A brilliant mathematician suffers from schizophrenic hallucinations. Will he crack up, or crack the code?

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Netflix box art for Crash Crash
2004 / 3.8 / 112
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In post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, tensions erupt when the lives of people from all walks of life converge during a 36-hour period. L.A. Thirty-six hours. Disparate lives. Strangers don't intersect here; they crash into each other to notice each other.

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Netflix box art for Dead Poets Society Dead Poets Society
1989 / 128

An unconventional teacher inspires students through poetry -- and when the school fires him, his devastated students rally behind him. He taught his students to follow their dreams. He was a hero to them, but a troublemaker to others.

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Netflix box art for The Departed Departed, The
2006 / 151

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. A crooked cop tries to get the life he always wanted ... while an undercover cop just tries to stay alive.

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Netflix box art for The English Patient English Patient, The
1996 / 161
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Ralph Fiennes stars as a horribly burned pilot who recounts a tale of doomed romance to the nurse tending to him in this World War II-era drama. A World War II nurse cares for a critically injured pilot, bringing him -- and his buried memories -- back to life.

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Netflix box art for Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket
1987 / 116
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Marine recruits endure the grueling ordeal of basic training and later face the unrelenting Viet Cong during the Tet Offensive in this grim drama. A hardened unit of soldiers in Vietnam closes in on an unseen enemy with deadly aim. Can this battle be won?

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Netflix box art for The Godfather Godfather, The
1972 / 4.4 / 177
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When an organized-crime family patriarch barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers. Can an idealistic war hero take over his father's crime empire and make it legit? Not with his family's honor at stake.

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Netflix box art for GoodFellas GoodFellas
1990 / 145
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This gripping gangster opus follows real-world mobster Henry Hill, who dreamed of making it big but landed in the Witness Protection Program instead. A guy who grew up idolizing gangsters dives into the mob lifestyle. Rule No. 1: Never rat on your friends.

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Netflix box art for Half Nelson Half Nelson
2006 / 106

An improbable friendship between drug-addicted educator Dan Dunne and streetwise kid Drey may lead them to deliverance -- or destruction. A crack-smoking teacher seems like an unlikely role model -- especially for a girl with a brother in jail for dealing.

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Netflix box art for The Ides of March Ides of March, The
2011 / 100
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Dirty tricks stand to soil an ambitious young press spokesman's idealism in a cutthroat presidential campaign where "victory" is relative. This young upstart needs to learn the lesson that strong character and moral fortitude are handicaps in politics.

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Netflix box art for Incendies Incendies
2010 / 130
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Twins Jeanne and Simon journey to the Middle East to find their father and brother and attempt to reconstruct their family's hidden history.

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Netflix box art for The Iron Lady Iron Lady, The
2011 / 104

Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, navigates a career destined to change the rules of leadership and politics. There are women who broke down gender walls. And then there's former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Netflix box art for Jackie Brown Jackie Brown
1997 / 3.7 / 154
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When an aging flight attendant's caught smuggling cash and forced to help with an investigation, she hatches a clever plan to make off with the dough. She's stuck between a gun-lovin' drug smuggler and the Feds. To get the cash, she'll have to play it from both sides.

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Netflix box art for The Kids Are All Right Kids Are All Right, The
2010 / 106
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The children of same-sex parents become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad and set out to make him part of their family unit. Two teenagers with lesbian parents arrange to meet their biological father. Family harmony just walked out the door.

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Netflix box art for The King's Speech King's Speech, The
2010 / 118
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In this biographical drama, Britain's King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from speech therapist Lionel Logue. To calm a nation at war, King George VI must overcome his stutter. What followed was an unlikely friendship.

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Netflix box art for The Master Master, The
2012 / 136

A heavy-drinking loner finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion." A traumatized soldier thinks he's found purpose with a new spiritual group. His path to salvation? It's a little rocky.

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Netflix box art for Moonrise Kingdom Moonrise Kingdom
2012 / 4.2 / 93
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This quirky drama follows the frantic search that ensues in a small New England town when two 12-year-olds fall in love and run away together. Their parents think they're lost, but they've found each other -- and their own private, wonderful world.

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Netflix box art for Mrs. Brown Mrs. Brown
1997 / 104
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Grieving widow Queen Victoria withdraws into sadness for years until plainspoken manservant John Brown disrupts her mourning. A commoner's affection draws this queen out of years-long mourning. But people are whispering...

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Netflix box art for Persepolis Persepolis
2007 / 95

This animated Oscar nominee follows a young woman's childhood in repressive Iran, her adolescence in France and her return to Tehran as an adult. A girl with too much spunk for Iran grows into a culturally torn expat. The saying is true: You can never go home again.

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Netflix box art for Rabbit Hole Rabbit Hole
2010 / 3.3 / 91
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Each grieving in their own way, Becca and Howie grapple with the realities of life eight months after the death of their 4-year-old son, Danny. A shattered couple works through a tragic loss in vastly different ways. Will the joy of life ever return?

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