Best Drama Movies on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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FRANCE – FEBRUARY 12: In the presence of the director, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano before the premiere of ‘ there will be blood’ film (8 Oscar nominations) by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day Lewis’s Rebecca Miller, nd Paul Thomas Anderson in Paris, France on 12th February, 2008. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
FRANCE – FEBRUARY 12: In the presence of the director, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano before the premiere of ‘ there will be blood’ film (8 Oscar nominations) by Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day Lewis’s Rebecca Miller, nd Paul Thomas Anderson in Paris, France on 12th February, 2008. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) /

No. 5 – There Will Be Blood (2007)

Written by: Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay)/Upton Sinclair (novel)

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano

The second of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films to make the top ten, There Will Be Blood is an anomaly of a movie. It tells the story of Daniel Plainview (Lewis), a rising oil tycoon who, while trying to raise his resentful son, suffers from the pitfalls of power and greed as his oil empire grows amongst the oil boom of the early 20th century.

It is an anomaly because films like this, with very niche and enclosed subject matter, don’t typically translate this well into a massively accessible movie. This is probably somewhat in part due to Paul Thomas Anderson’s skills as a director, but mainly because of the performance Daniel Day Lewis gives as Plainview. His character is so inherently evil, yet so powerful, that by movie’s end, one barely feels like they’re in a movie any longer. Daniel Day Lewis has, essentially, been perfect in everything he’s been in, yet one would be hard pressed to find a better scene in any of his movies than the “milkshake” scene at the film’s close. It’s as memorable as acting gets.