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The best dramas on Hulu right now

While most of us try to avoid drama as much as possible in our lives, dramatic movies can provide catharsis once the personal stakes have been removed. We watch characters succeed, we watch them fail, and we become completely immersed in the journey. That’s why dramas make up the brunt of prestige filmmaking and why we always see the Oscars full of dramas. With a selection that includes the two most recent Best Picture winners, Parasite and Nomadland, Hulu boasts one of the best drama collections of any streamer. If you’re looking to find a great drama to watch on Hulu, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out our list of the best dramas that you can stream on Hulu right now.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? We also have a guide highlighting the best dramas on Netflix.

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) new

When a Man Loves a Woman
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Andy García, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino
Directed by Luis Mandoki
r 126m
Alice Green (Meg Ryan) is a wife and mother to two daughters. And she has a severe drinking problem. Her husband Michael (Andy Garcia) has long been patient with his wife’s drinking problem but now, he’s finally coming to grips with the fact that he’s an enabler. When Alice’s addiction threatens her children’s safety, she checks herself into a rehab clinic. When she returns home, her sobriety causes an unexpected rift in her marriage, forcing the couple to navigate the unexpected hurdles caused by love and addiction.

The Hate U Give (2018) new

The Hate U Give
Genre Crime, Drama
Stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby
Directed by George Tillman, Jr.
pg-13 133m
Angie Thomas’s powerful young adult novel The Hate U Give was adapted as an equally compelling movie by director George Tillman Jr. and screenwriter Audrey Wells. Amandla Stenberg headlines the film as Starr Carter, a young woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when she witnesses the death of her best friend, Khalil Harris (Algee Smith), during a police shooting. Starr initially tries to hide her connection to the shooting from her friends and schoolmates. But when the officer escapes the consequences of his actions, Starr steps up to take a more vocal stand against the racism and hatred that threatens her family, her community, and even Starr herself.

Bombshell (2019) new

Genre Drama, History
Stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie
Directed by Jay Roach
r 109m
There aren’t a lot of sympathetic figures at Fox News, but Bombshell humanizes two real personalities, Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), by dramatizing the sexual harassment they faced from Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Ailes’s ongoing harassment severely harms Carlson’s career, while Kelly is clearly reluctant to share her own story out of fear of reprisal. But when Kelly meets Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), she comes to realize that the problems at Fox News are much bigger than Ailes. And the only way to confront them is to speak out.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) new

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Genre Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Stars Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson
Directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
pg-13 97m
The Peanut Butter Falcon is the story of two young men, Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) and Zak (Zack Gottsagen), who forge an unlikely friendship on the road. While Tyler is merely an outcast, Zak is an escaped patient living with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler under the tutelage of The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Zak’s caretaker, Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), follows him in order to bring him back to the nursing facility. Yet Eleanor finds herself drawn to both Zak and Tyler as a makeshift family, especially when she learns what will happen if Zak is returned to the facility.
Adrien Titieni and Maria Dragus in Graduation.

Graduation (2017)

Cristian Mungiu is a singular talent. In his blistering domestic follow-up to his 2012 film Beyond the Hills, Graduation takes a step away from the religious frenzy of the former in favor of a narrative closer to home. Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a Transylvanian physician, seems to have his small but busy life in perfect order. That is until his daughter, Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus), is assaulted before her final examinations. When efforts to locate the attacker begin falling short, Romeo decides to take matters into his own hands. At the same time, a stack of separate allegations begins piling up, with investigators aiming magnifying glasses directly at Romeo’s life and what he’s done to ensure his daughter’s academic success. In part a critique of modern Romanian culture, Graduation shines a light on a triumphant ensemble of performers and an intimate narrative that puts us directly in Romeo’s shoes as everything he knows and has arranged begins to crumble.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Rating: R
Runtime: 128 minutes

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Dave Johns as the titular Daniel in I, Daniel Blake.

I, Daniel Blake (2017)

Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a widowed carpenter working and living in London. After suffering a heart attack, his physician deems him unfit to return to work — but not according to the British government. When Daniel passes a work capability assessment, his employers demand he return. Launching an appeal against the governing body, Daniel’s wit and stamina are put to the test as the workplace fiasco begins taking its toll. As his appeals drag on, Daniel becomes close with Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother of two going through workplace troubles of her own. A brilliant examination of the working class versus the mighty and merciless powers that be, I, Daniel Blake features incredible acting, a tight script, and a more-than-relatable story.

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 minutes

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Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman in The Age of Adaline.

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Let’s face it: No one wants to grow old. In director Lee Toland Krieger’s The Age of Adaline, the gift of infinite youth is bestowed upon Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively). Remaining 29 for nearly 80 years, Adaline has done well to keep her permanent age under wraps — that is until she falls for one Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), a charming philanthropist-type. As Adaline begins to fall for the man, she just may have to lift the veil from her well-guarded gift. Led by strong performances from Lively and Huisman and a compelling story, The Age of Adaline doesn’t necessarily break new grounds in the realm of magic realist dramas, but it’s a film that works in more ways than one.

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Stars: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 minutes

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If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Although James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk was released in 1974, the story feels all too timely in this 2018 cinematic adaptation. KiKi Layne and Stephan James play Clementine “Tish” Rivers and Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt, respectively. The two young lovers have known each other nearly their entire lives, and they plan to have a future together. Those plans are derailed when Fonny is accused of a rape he couldn’t possibly have committed. As Fonny faces a long sentence behind bars, Tish struggles to prove his innocence while navigating some family drama of her own. Love can prevail, but it’s not always justice.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco
Director: Barry Jenkins
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network.

The Social Network (2010)

In retrospect, Jesse Eisenberg really was the right choice to play Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. He seems far more human in the role than the real-life Zuckerberg does. This film is a dramatic retelling of Facebook’s early days, as Mark forms a partnership with his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), only to betray Eduardo at the exact moment that it suited him. You’ll notice that’s a pattern in this story, as Mark’s former partners, the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer), angrily pursue Mark through legal actions. And as the movie’s tagline promises, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Rooney Mara
Director: David Fincher
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 120 minutes

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Jason Clarke in Chappaquiddick.

Chappaquiddick (2017)

July 18, 1969: Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, just next to Martha’s Vineyard. Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old campaign strategist for Kennedy dies in the accident while Kennedy escapes relatively unscathed. Once seen as a potential future president, the ongoing investigation into the mysterious and scandalous events derails Kennedy’s political future and changes the course of the American government.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
Director: John Curran
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 101 minutes

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Frances McDormand in Nomadland.

Nomadland (2021)

In director Chloé Zhao’s Golden Globe-winning Nomadland, Frances McDormand stars as Fern, a displaced U.S. Gypsum worker who sells off most of her possessions and property when the company’s Nevada plant closes. Taking to the road, Fern joins ranks with a good friend, Linda (Linda May), and a band of other nomadic wanderers in the deserts of Arizona. Under the tutelage of Bob Wells (as himself), Fern learns a series of imperative skills for surviving on his own in the American West. Adapted from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, McDormand delivers a stalwart performance as the downtrodden Fern. She truly carries the film — it’s through her eyes that we learn of a world that America has attempted to leave behind and the fighting spirits that refuse to be forgotten.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Bob Wells
Director: Chloé Zhao
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 minutes

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Renee Zellweger in Judy.

Judy (2019)

In this brazen biopic, Renée Zellweger stars as the titular Judy Garland. It’s been almost 30 years since the star dazzled audiences as the lovely Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Now a nightclub singer in London at the Talk of the Town, Judy suffers from substance abuse as she does her best to press on as a much-lauded icon of cinema and the stage. Zellweger’s performance is emotionally raw and authentic beyond belief. Capturing every facet of the late star’s peacock personality, Judy is a loving ode to the adored actress and her greatest memories.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Director: Rupert Goold
Rating: R
Runtime: 118 minutes

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Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel in Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

In the 18th century, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a skilled painter, is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young aristocratic woman named Héloïse (Adèle Haenel). As the two get to know each other, romance blossoms between the artist and lady of royalty. But their unbridled affair can only last so long, as Héloïse is set to be wed to a Milanese nobleman. Winning an award for Best Screenplay at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and earning several nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globes, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a heartfelt romance picture with exquisite cinematography and two subtle but stirring lead performances.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Director: Céline Sciamma
Rating: R
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Parasite on Hulu.

Parasite (2019)

Sweeping the 92nd Academy Awards, Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy thriller managed to entertain and impress critics and audiences, alike. Delivered in Korean with subtitles, the movie, which is the first non-English language movie and the first South Korean film to win an Academy Award, tells the story of an average, low-income family who finds a clever way to dig themselves out of their financial hole. One by one, they get hired to work for the wealthy Park family, even though none is qualified to take on the job they pretend to know how to do. It begins when the son Ki-woo pretends to be a university student to tutor the Park’s daughter. Ki-woo’s sister, Ki-jung, using her brother’s recommendation, gets hired as an art therapist for the Park’s son. Through continued manipulations and blackmail, each member of the family slowly works their way into the Park family’s staff, with hilarious and dramatic consequences.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Jang Hye-jin
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Rating: R
Runtime: 132 minutes

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Rocketman on Hulu.

Rocketman (2019)

It was a tall order to sum up the unique, successful, and storied life of famous British musician and icon Elton John. But this biographical musical managed to do just that, thanks to a wonderful performance by Taron Egerton. A captivating story that begins with John’s early days as a musical prodigy, Rocketman is an insightful look at his long-time relationship with musical partner Bernie Taupin, and, of course, the music. It’s easily one of the best movies ever made about music; not only does it have the prestige of receiving an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it is also groundbreaking in that it’s the first movie by a major studio to feature a gay male sex scene.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Rating: R
Runtime: 121 minutes

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