Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 06: Actor Shameik Moore attends an advanced screening of ‘DOPE’ The Movie at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on May 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 06: Actor Shameik Moore attends an advanced screening of ‘DOPE’ The Movie at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on May 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images) /

No. 35 – Dope  (2015)

Written by: Rick Famuyiwa

Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa

Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoe Kravitz, and A$AP Rocky

The only thing that really needs to be said about Dope is that it is a truly fantastic film. It’s only detraction to this list is its mass appeal as a Netflix drama. Telling the coming-of-age story of Malcolm, a high school outsider trying to make it out of Inglewood, California to Harvard, and his mishaps over one long 36 hour period when he accidentally ends up with a massive bag of cocaine. Accompanied by his two friends (Revolori and Clemons), Malcolm encounters drug dealers, drug-abusing rich kids, and a Harvard alum businessman with a shady side, and he is forced to come to overcome the reality of his situation and the fact that his aspirations may come crashing down all around him.

First of all, every movie from now on should include Shameik Moore somewhere in the cast, no matter what. Maybe it needs to be a congressional bill that is passed, but Moore’s performance in the movie walks the line between a wide-eyed teenager trying to hang on to his dreams, and a tough-minded man boiling beneath the surface, who’s fed up with the idea that he isn’t meant to make it out of his tough neighborhood. By the film’s end, Malcolm has completely transformed as a character that seems both natural and genuine to the plot.

Secondly, the film’s tertiary characters are what gives it life. A$AP Rocky’s role as Dom, the drug dealer Malcolm, unfortunately, crosses paths with, is small yet memorable, and some of the other actors and rappers that play the members of Dom’s crew also give the movie some of its funniest and most colorful moments.