Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Gerard McMurray, Michael B. Jordan, Keenan Coogler, and a guest attend the Fruitvale Station Cannes screening dinner held aboard the Harle Yacht on May 16, 2013, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 16: (L-R) Gerard McMurray, Michael B. Jordan, Keenan Coogler, and a guest attend the Fruitvale Station Cannes screening dinner held aboard the Harle Yacht on May 16, 2013, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company) /

No. 24 – Fruitvale Station  (2013)

Written by: Ryan Coogler

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz

Prepare for an extremely sad, yet extremely relevant movie when watching Fruitvale Station. This film tells the story of Oscar Grant, a young, black male shot and killed by Bay Area Transit officers in 2009 on New Year’s Eve. The movie follows Oscar (Jordan) through his last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to find meaning in his relationship with his girlfriend (Diaz) and their daughter, a broken relationship with his mother (Spencer), and his purpose in life after serving time.

When we look back in twenty years on what should be storied careers for both Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler, we will see that this is the movie where it all started for them. Coogler’s slow-building narrative towards Grant’s demise is so heartbreaking, yet inevitable, that it makes the film’s final twenty minutes almost unbearable to watch. Along with that, Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant’s emptiness and anger with such ease, it’s pretty much guaranteed he’s going to win an Academy Award at some point down the line.

This is as relevant a movie as you will find on Netflix that also happens to be extremely well put together. With the news circling incidents of police shootings for the last few years, Oscar Grant’s death was one of the first of these publicized events that received nationwide attention. Furthermore, it gives the audience a chance to see the effects these events have on the rest of the victim’s families after their deaths and makes what’s happening in the real world that much more devastating.