Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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US actor Michael Keaton poses for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of the film ‘Spotlight’ in central London on January 20, 2016. Nominated for ‘Best Picture’at the Oscars, The investigative journalism drama ‘Spotlight,’ about the newspaper team that uncovered a widespread child sex scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston, won the awards for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, January 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Michael Keaton poses for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of the film ‘Spotlight’ in central London on January 20, 2016. Nominated for ‘Best Picture’at the Oscars, The investigative journalism drama ‘Spotlight,’ about the newspaper team that uncovered a widespread child sex scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston, won the awards for Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, January 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images) /

No. 13 – Spotlight (2015)

Written by: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci

Spotlight is the true story of the Boston Globe Spotlight team that uncovered the widespread acts of pedophilia within the Boston Archdiocese, and the subsequent cover-ups, through investigative journalism and months of research. Led by managing editor Marty Barron (Schrieber), and editor of the Spotlight team Robby Robinson (Keaton), the team find a dark history of heinous acts against young boys and girls by the catholic priests within the archdiocese.

For as dark of material, as it’s dealing with, Spotlight moves very fluidly as a movie, jumping from scene to scene with each reporter finding a new lead that could uncover the secrets of the church. It does an excellent job of explaining the motivations not only for why the investigation started but why each of these team members stuck it out through the investigative process despite hitting multiple barriers.

Overall, Tom McCarthy’s 2015 Academy Award winner for Best Picture is absolutely stunning to watch unfold, despite one ham-worthy moment by Mark Ruffalo’s character in the film’s final act. Michael Keaton continues his resurgence as an A-list actor in Hollywood, and Rachel McAdams has a nice return to form after a few missteps the last few years (looking at you True Detective Season 2).