Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in a scene from the film ‘The African Queen’, 1951. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in a scene from the film ‘The African Queen’, 1951. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images) /

No. 33 – The African Queen  (1951)

Written by: John Huston, James Agee, Peter Viertel, and John Collier 

Directed by: John Huston

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, and Robert Morley

The African Queen is, admittedly, a late-period Bogart movie, at the point where he kind of started to look like a wise-cracking cigarette with a five o’clock shadow. However, Humphrey Bogart is an actor with an extremely high floor who, even when he’s significantly older, he still brings the heat. This is a film that can also fit multiple genres, including romance and war, yet still works extremely effectively at hitting its dramatic moments while also providing us with an often overlooked region of World War l in East Africa.

The African Queen is about Rose (Hepburn), a missionary whose brother is killed at the church they run in an East African village that has been overrun by German soldiers. Upon the death of her brother, Rose acquires the help of Charlie Allnut (Bogart), the captain of a supply ship that visits her village, and devises a plan to turn Charlie’s boat into a weapon to use against the Germans.

If you enjoy Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart becoming an action hero and a really beautiful backdrop, there aren’t too many other movies on Netflix you could choose from that would end up more satisfying; especially considering some of its bigger action sequences in comparison to the time it was made. It’s a fun film, and one of the better classic dramas Netflix has to offer.