Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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(GERMANY OUT) Stroheim, Erich von *22.09.1885-12.05.1957 Regisseur, Schauspieler, Oesterreich/USA- mit Gloria Swanson in dem Film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (Boulevard der Daemmerung),Regie.:Billy Wilder, USA- 1950 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Stroheim, Erich von *22.09.1885-12.05.1957 Regisseur, Schauspieler, Oesterreich/USA- mit Gloria Swanson in dem Film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (Boulevard der Daemmerung),Regie.:Billy Wilder, USA- 1950 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images) /

No. 26 – Sunset Boulevard  (1950)

Written by: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim

Let me preface by saying that I truly do believe that if this list were “the 50 best dramas of all-time”, that Sunset Boulevard would be near the top. Unfortunately, it has to abide by the rules and must be placed within the context of being a Netflix drama. Therefore, it suffers as a movie that some might not find as appealing as others above it.

Sunset Boulevard is film noir at its finest. It’s the story of a screenwriter, Joe (Holden), who encounters an old silent film star, Norma Desmond (Swanson), and follows Joe as he slowly becomes part of Norma’s delusional life. She is depressed, suicidal, and desperate to recapture the spotlight, and Joe finds that the more he becomes involved with her life, the more he finds that her instability is a dangerous force to be reckoned with.

Accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, a murder mystery, and one of the all-time best closing scenes to a film ever, Sunset Boulevard is beyond memorable. However, it suffers from what many of the older films on this list have, and that is the era in which it was filmed give it a much slower narrative pace than more modern films on Netflix. Would you love it if you watched it? I can almost guarantee that. Would it be one of the ten movies you recommend to a friend first? Highly unlikely. This is an absolute must-watch, though.