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10 Most Viewable Drama Movies of 2021

After the unprecedented circumstances of the previous year, 2021 has proven to be a rebound year for movies, with many great movies finding critical and commercial success. Among these films, some stood out and kept viewers coming back time and time again.

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Some dramas benefit from a second viewing so that the viewer can pick up and appreciate the foreshadowing or clues to the direction of the story, as is the case with films such as alley of nightmares. Other movies like The green knight, require multiple viewings to fully digest their important themes. And some movies, like Belfastare so moving that they are worth watching.


House of Gucci

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Based on a true story, Gucci House follows Patrizia Reggiani as she marries into the famous fashion family. The various members of the Gucci family lie, cheat and betray each other as they vie for power and control of the company.

Gucci House features a number of bold and confrontational performances from some big-name actors. While not everything about the film works, the drama’s gorgeous visuals and Shakespearian scale do Gucci House an ambitious and captivating film to see at least twice.

Be the Ricardos

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Set during a particularly tumultuous week of filming on the set of i love lucy, Be the Ricardos captures all the behind-the-scenes drama of the beloved sitcom as Lucy battles allegations of being a communist, Desi is accused of infidelity, and the writers try to figure out how to hide Lucy’s pregnancy.

Bring the Ricardos is filled with great performances, led by the electric work of Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Filled with clever dialogue from Sorkin, recreations of iconic scenes from the show, and compelling subplots, the film could easily have been a limited series and deserves multiple viewings in order to appreciate all that the movie happens to be.

The green knight

Dev Patel in The Green Knight

Inspired by the legend of Sir Gawain, The green knight follows King Arthur’s nephew as he embarks on a journey to confront the intimidating Green Knight, encountering many unique characters and creatures along the way.

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Thoughtful and contemplative, the film’s profound themes and messages require multiple viewings to fully appreciate and evaluate. The green knight is a technical masterpiece that features exceptional acting, compelling characters, powerful direction, and incredible visuals that fans have come to expect from an A24 movie.


Finch carrying Jeff like a backpack in Finch

Set a decade after a solar flare destroyed the ozone layer and rendered much of the Earth uninhabitable, the post-apocalyptic drama Bullfinch is about a dying engineer who creates a humanoid robot to care for his dog after he’s gone.

The film is essentially a sweet and moving road trip that mainly focuses on the relationship between the teenage robot and his father figure. Tom Hanks is excellent in the title role and the voice performance of Caleb Landry Jones as the robot brings an optimism to the role that makes the film inspiring and encouraging without ever being cutesy.

Tammy Faye’s eyes

According to the documentary of the same name, Tammy Faye’s eyes chronicles the controversial and complex rise and fall of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker. The film depicts Tammy Faye’s complicated relationship with her husband as well as her ministry during the AIDS crisis.

While the film’s story can occasionally stray into familiar biographical conventions, central performances by Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield help define Tammy Faye’s eyes apart from other similar movies and worth rewatching. With a larger-than-life subject and talented actors, the film is able to paint a nuanced portrait of a fascinating and conflicted character.

go! Go on

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In go! Go on, radio reporter Johnny greets his nephew when Johnny’s sister is forced to leave town to help her husband deal with his mental health issues. While Johnny doesn’t always know how to deal with the boy, they quickly develop a strong bond.

With a little intimate story, go! Go on depends on performance, and Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman more than deliver. They bring out the humanity and relativity of their characters, creating a sweet and moving film that viewers will want to watch again and again.

American Underdog

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Based on the incredible true story, American Underdog follows Kurt Warner as he pursues his seemingly impossible dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. The film shows his journey from working in a grocery store to being given the opportunity to show off his abilities with the St. Louis Rams.

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Boasting a great true story and a solid cast that includes Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin and Dennis Quaid, the religious flick is a familiar yet well-executed sports drama. The inspiring and pleasant nature of American Underdog makes it an easy movie to watch and rewatch.

alley of nightmares

Stan Carlisle on stage in Nightmare Alley.

alley of nightmares follows Stan Carlisle, a clairvoyant con man who uses observation and verbal cues to manipulate his audience. However, he finds himself in over his head after teaming up with a well-connected psychologist to rip off a rich and powerful new brand.

Dark and relentlessly dark, alley of nightmares represents one of Guillermo del Toro’s best and most grounded films to date. With outstanding production design, a moving score, and thought-provoking messages about human nature, the film is one of the most haunting movies of the year. The film’s twists and building tension are only improved with a new watch.

King Richard

Will Smith in King Richard

Telling the true story of Venus and Serena Williams’ rise to tennis stardom, King Richard follows their father, Richard Williams, as he does everything in his power to train his daughters and guide them to dominance, no matter the sacrifices or tough decisions.

Will Smith’s incredible performance as the driven and often grating Richard Williams is what separates King Richard other sports dramas. Filled with inspirational quotes and a feel-good story about overcoming the odds, the film is a crowd pleaser that fans can watch and be moved to over and over again.


Set in Ireland in the 1960s at a time of extreme religious violence and unrest, Belfast is told through the eyes of a young boy who struggles to understand why the world around him changes so much and becomes so dangerous.

With an intimate story and a unique perspective, the film captures a tumultuous time in history in a way that never feels preachy or overly simplistic. By anchoring the story and focusing on a family, the film offers an incredibly satisfying viewing experience that depicts the fullness of life by showing the joys and heartbreaks young Buddy experiences throughout his childhood. It’s a beautiful and universally relatable film that only gets better with each viewing.

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