Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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Actors Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Brock Peters as Tom Robinson in the film ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Brock Peters as Tom Robinson in the film ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) /

No. 8 – To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Written by: Horton Foote (screenplay)/Harper Lee (novel)

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, and Brock Peters

Still relevant today, To Kill a Mockingbird is a movie about race and class in the south during the mid-20th century. Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a town lawyer assigned to the case of Tom Robinson (Peters), a black man accused of rape of a young white woman (Collin Wilcox). As Finch faces scrutiny, and lynch mobs from many members of his town, the story is told from the perspectives of his two children, Scout (Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford), who try to learn the very best qualities of treating other human beings from their father.

Gregory Peck, along with Badham and Alford, is a tour de force in this movie and brings to life one of the great literary characters of all-time. Robert Mulligan’s movie still matters today, as we continue to deal with racial violence in America despite all the years that have passed since this movie was first released. The courtroom scenes are immaculately shot and scripted, and the way Horton Foote manages to flesh out some of Harper Lee’s tertiary characters is nothing short of magnificent. This is one of the best films ever made and should be an easy watch, especially for children and young adults.