Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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NEW YORK – JANUARY 20: Actor Jim Carrey (R) and actress Kate Winslet stand on the movie set of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ January 20, 2003, in New York City. (Photo by Adam Rountree/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – JANUARY 20: Actor Jim Carrey (R) and actress Kate Winslet stand on the movie set of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ January 20, 2003, in New York City. (Photo by Adam Rountree/Getty Images) /

No. 9 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Written by: Charlie Kaufman

Directed by: Michael Gondry

Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and Elijah Wood

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind tells the story of Joel (Carrey), a mild-mannered guy who has just been broken up with by his longtime girlfriend, Clementine (Winslet). Once he finds out that Clementine also had her memory erased, so that she has no recollection of her and Joel’s relationship, Joel decides to go through the same treatment, only to have a change of heart mid-procedure. The movie follows Joel through his own psyche as he attempts to save each of his memories of Clementine before he doesn’t remember at all.

I have a few hot takes regarding this movie. For one, I truly believe this is Jim Carrey’s best movie, as he walks the line perfectly between using his comedic skills as well as his criminally underrated dramatic acting chops. Secondly, I firmly believe Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to be the best romantic drama you will find, Netflix or not. What Charlie Kaufman manages to script here is a perfect illustration of the things we love that we try to hold onto, even when those same things have let us go. It’s a movie about how memories shape us, how we use our fondest of memories to cope with pain, and how we use our worst memories to shape our futures.

Accompanied with one of the best original scores of the last fifty years by Jon Brion, Michael Gondry’s unique cinematography creates an incredible world for Joel to interact with as it takes us inside his memories and brings them to life even as they gradually start to fade away. This movie can do no wrong.