Best new indie Drama movies in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest drama movies in 2021 and the best drama movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top drama movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New drama movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD
  • My Salinger Year

    DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau
    CAST: Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver & Douglas Booth
    Joanna (Margaret Qualley) is an aspiring writer of the 1990s who is seeking a means of breaking into the industry while working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg. She may receive the advice of a lifetime when she stumbles onto the agency’s biggest client: J. D. Salinger. Having become involved in answering Salinger’s fan mail, she soon finds herself swept up in the unique world of writing in this intriguing drama based on the memoir of Joanna Rakoff and directed by Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie). Read more

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Best drama movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated drama movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • The Assistant

    DIRECTOR: Kitty Green
    CAST: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen & Makenzie Leigh
    Jane (Julia Garner) is a quiet and shy assistant who works what seems like a dull job. She comes in early and begins her daily duties inside the film studio office, engaging in the most mundane of tasks. Yet she is also working in a very hostile work environment where immoral actions go on behind closed doors as careers are made and broken. Writer and director Kitty Green weaves an uncomfortable narrative of how such toxic work environments go unnoticed by those hoping to keep their job. Read more

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  • The Nest

    DIRECTOR: Sean Durkin
    CAST: Jude Law, Carrie Coon & Charlie Shotwell
    The middle class life of Englishman Rory O'Hara (Jude Law) and his American wife, Allison (Carrie Coon), isn’t easy in 1980s New York City. But it’s about to get much worse for their family once they move into an old mansion in South East England. When it’s revealed that Rory can’t afford such a lavish estate, arguments break out as the family struggles to make ends meet. The family crumbles while they descend into depth in this stirring thriller directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Read more

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  • The Roads Not Taken

    DIRECTOR: Sally Potter
    CAST: Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning & Salma Hayek
    A day in the life of Leo, a mentally unstable man (Javier Bardem) and Molly, his young daughter (Elle Fanning). Dwelling the streets of New York, Leo contemplates on the lives he could have lived while his daughter tries her best to connect with him. Read more

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  • Queen and Slim

    DIRECTOR: Melina Matsoukas
    CAST: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith & Chloë Sevigny
    A first date for a black couple goes horrible wrong when they kill a police officer in self defense. Read more

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  • The Father

    DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
    CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman & Olivia Williams
    Impressive and gripping drama about an elderly man with a deteriorating health (Anthony Hopkins) who refuses to accept his daughter's (Olivia Colman) help. Read more

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  • The Farewell

    DIRECTOR: Lulu Wang
    CAST: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma & Diana Lin
    When the aged Chinese grandmother Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, the family doesn’t have the heart to tell her. To give her one last goodbye, they all assembled in China to stage a fake wedding as an excuse to give her one last farewell. Her granddaughter, Billi (Awkwafina), however, is compelled to tell her the truth but finds it hard to do in a society that chooses to hide emotion in this touching tale of family drama. Read more

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  • Mickey and the Bear

    DIRECTOR: Annabelle Attanasio
    CAST: Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale & Calvin Demba
    A gripping and poignant film about a young woman's difficult relationship with her abusive and drug-addicted father. Read more

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  • The Goldfinch

    DIRECTOR: John Crowley
    CAST: Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson & Ansel Elgort
    Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Donna Tart, 'The Goldfinch' tells the remarkable story of a boy who, after surviving a terrorist attack on the Metropolitan art museum, ends up in the world of art forgery. Read more

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  • The Wife

    DIRECTOR: Björn Runge
    CAST: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater
    Well in his seventies, Joe Castelan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. He travels to Stockholm to collect his prize, accompanied by his wife. Upon arriving, their relationship slowly falls apart as his wife starts doubting the 'supporting' the role she has always played in her husbands' life. Impressively acted by Glen Close as 'the wife', this beautiful drama will stay with you for a while. Read more

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  • Night Comes On

    DIRECTOR: Jordana Spiro
    CAST: Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Nastashia Fuller, Lovie Marie Allen
    A gripping and tough film about an eighteen-year old girl who has just been released from prison and has to take care of her 10-year old sister. Read more

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  • I Am Not a Witch

    DIRECTOR: Rungano Nyoni
    CAST: Benfors 'Wee Do, Boyd Banda, Kalundu Banda, Boniventure
    I am not a Witch showcases how accusations of witchcraft where just another way to suppress powerful women. It's a beautifully shot movie with a strong political message about a young girl orphan who gets accused of witchcraft after a banal incident in her village in Zambia. Read more

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  • Please Stand By

    DIRECTOR: Ben Lewin
    CAST: Dakota Fanning, Toni Collette, Alice Eve
    Dakota Fanning stars as Wendy, a young autistic. Being a die hard 'Trekkie', she is determined to hand in her 500-pages script at Paramount office in Los Angeles. She decides to run away from her home and embarks on a journey. An often funny character portrayal. Read more

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    RATING: 77/100

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  • Certain Women

    DIRECTOR: Kelly Reichardt
    CAST: Laura Dern, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, Ashlie Atkinson

    The troubled lives of three very different women from Montana. Read more

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    RATING: /100

    RELEASE DATE: January 26th, 2018

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  • Mommy

    DIRECTOR: Xavier Dolan
    CAST: Anne Dorval Antoine Olivier Pilon Suzanne Clément

    A widowed woman is having troubles raising his violent, difficult son all by herself but she sees hopes when a mysterious neighbour introduces herself to her household. Read more

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    RATING: 81/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2015

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  • Still Alice

    DIRECTOR: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
    CAST: Julianne Moore Alec Baldwin Kristen Stewart

    A linguistic professor's life turns tragic when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; her family's affection and love for her are tried and tested... Read more

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    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2015

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  • Phoenix

    DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold
    CAST: Nina Hoss Ronald Zehrfeld Nina Kunzendorf

    A woman who survives the holocaust but it unfortunately blemishes her beauty and now she sets out to find that if the man she had loved had really maligned her trust in... Read more

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    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 24th, 2015

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  • Gloria

    DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
    CAST: Paulina García Sergio Hernández Diego Fontecilla

    The story depicts a middle-aged woman living in Santiago, and the truth of her frivolous and whimsical relationship with a former Navy officer whom she meets at random... Read more

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    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 31st, 2014

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  • The Immigrant

    DIRECTOR: James Gray
    CAST: Marion Cotillard Joaquin Phoenix Jeremy Renner

    A brilliant magician tries to save an immigrant woman who has been tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville, and unite her with her sister who is held in... Read more

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    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 23rd, 2014

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Not a genre encompasses as much as the ‘drama film’, in that sense we consider it more to a genre that sets it self apart by not really adhering to any other genre. Although an impossible task, we managed to put together this list of great films, of which we have chosen mainly American indie drama movies. Movies made outside of the studios, or with an independent spirt.