Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Mexican actress Salma Hayek pose in front of a movie poster depicting her as the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, as she arrives for the premiere of her film ‘Frida’ in Los Angeles, CA, 14 October 2002. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Mexican actress Salma Hayek pose in front of a movie poster depicting her as the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, as she arrives for the premiere of her film ‘Frida’ in Los Angeles, CA, 14 October 2002. AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images) /

No. 34 – Frida  (2002)

Written by: Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, and Anna Thomas (screenplay)/Hayden Herrera (novel)

Directed by: Julie Taymor

Starring Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, Edward Norton, and Geoffrey Rush

If you’re looking for a change of pace Netflix drama, look no further than Frida. This film tells the true story of Frida Kahlo(Hayek), a Mexican painter whose lifelong struggles with a childhood accident, as well as a volatile relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, lead her down a path of alcoholism, infidelity, yet beautiful works of art. Salma Hayek was nominated for an Academy Award for this movie, and she headlines this all-star cast.

Frida shines, mainly, because of Hayek’s incredible performance, but also has a wonderful second lead role from the criminally underrated Alfred Molina as Rivera. Also, Taymor’s interesting directorial choice to have most the film’s scenes devolve from still paintings into moving scenes is an interesting and bold choice.

From the outside, it might seem like Frida wouldn’t appeal to many people looking for something easy on Netflix. However, it’s a testament to how good Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina are in this film, as is the way Frida’s life coincides with some of her time’s most important artists such as Leon Trotsky (Rush). It’s a bold choice, but you won’t regret the experience Frida provides.