2017 Drama Movies
- -Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.
Based on Norse mythology, Thor first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Journey to Mystery #83 in August 1962 and was co-created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Steve Ditko. He has starred in several comics series of his own and is a founding member of The Avengers. Eric Allan Kramer played the God of Thunder in live-action for the TV movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. Chris Hemsworth was cast in the role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and debuted in 2011’s Thor. He has since made several appearances in the franchise, including The Avengers and his solo sequel Thor: The Dark World. Thor’s standalone movie series has arguably spawned the MCU’s most memorable villain – Loki, God of Mischief and Thor’s adopted brother.
Thor will return in Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel.
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- -Genre: Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
- -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
This is the third installment of the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series that started in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The franchise originally began in 1968 with Planet of the Apes, which was renowned for its twist ending. That movie spawned four additional sequels, ending with Battle for the Planet of the Apes. In 2001, director Tim Burton released a remake of the first movie with the hopes of launching a new series, but the film’s troubled production and poor reception led to Fox temporarily placing the franchise on hold. Ten years later, the studio brought Apes back with motion-capture guru Andy Serkis as the lead chimp Caesar, and War‘s two predecessors have gone on to earn much critical acclaim for their storytelling and visual effects.
War for the Planet of the Apes serves as the end of Caesar’s story, but the producers intend to keep the series going for at least another film.
- -Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
- -Genre: Drama, Romance
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
- -Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
- -Genre: Drama
The true story-based drama chronicles the 1973 kidnapping in Rome of Paul Getty’s 16-year-old grandson and its resulting turmoil, during which Getty bristled at the prospect of paying a ransom, while the boy’s mother desperately tried to retrieve him and even allied with an ex-CIA agent to do so.
This is the second film directed by Ridley Scott to be released in 2017, following Alien: Covenant from that summer. All the Money in the World made numerous headlines when the filmmaker made the decision to cut Kevin Spacey (who had portrayed J. Paul Getty) from the final product after allegations of sexual harassment against Spacey were brought to light in November 2017. Christopher Plummer, Scott’s original choice for the role, was brought in to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes, with the crew moving swiftly through the process to maintain the project’s December 2017 release date. The film was completed on schedule, earning three Golden Globe nominations (including one for Plummer).
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- -Genre: Drama
After 20 years abroad, Mark Renton returns to Scotland and reunites with his old friends Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie.
- -Genre: Drama, History
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The Post was fast-tracked into production once Spielberg got a hold of the script, believing it was very relevant to today’s social and political climate, where President Donald Trump frequently criticizes negative news coverage of his actions and policies. This film is based on a true story that happened in the 1970s, when the Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers, documents that exposed government lies about involvement in the Vietnam War. The event was a precursor to the Watergate scandal, which the Post also broke during the Nixon presidency.
The film is expected to be one of 2017’s top awards contenders, being named film of the year by the National Board of Review and ranking on the American Film Institute’s best movies of the year list. Hanks and Streep have received praise for their performances, and Spielberg is considered a possibility for Best Director.
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- -Genre: Drama
Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
- -Genre: Drama, Romance
Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.
This film is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman and serves as the final installment of director Luca Guadagnino’s thematic Desire trilogy, which also includes I Am Love and A Bigger Splash. Call Me By Your Name premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and earned widespread critical acclaim, with many praising it for its poignant portrayal of first love. In particular, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet’s performances have received high marks, with the former being seen as one of the frontrunners in the Best Supporting Actor race at the Oscars. The film itself is in the running for other key nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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- -Genre: Drama, Horror
A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days.
- -Genre: Drama
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
This is the latest film from writer/director Martin McDonagh, best known for idiosyncratic works like In Bruges (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) and Seven Psychopaths. Critics consider this to be arguably his best offering, praising the emotional story and strong performances from its veteran cast. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in particular are seen as the standouts, with many feeling their turns are awards-worthy. The film itself is expected to do very well on the Oscars circuit, riding waves of positive buzz from its various festival showings. In addition to being a legitimate Best Picture contender, McDonagh is a favorite in Best Original Screenplay, while McDormand is a threat to collect her second Best Actress trophy.
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- -Genre: Action, Drama
In Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.
- -Genre: Comedy, Drama
A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.
This is the solo directorial debut of filmmaker/actress Greta Gerwig, who is best known for her previous collaborations with Noah Baumbach, including Greenberg and Frances Ha (which earned her a Golden Globes nomination). Lady Bird has been described as semi-autobiographical, but Gerwig made sure to clarify that nothing depicted in the film is taken verbatim from her life. It is merely based in in a core truth of what she knows. One of her goals with the film was to create a female companion piece to Richard Linklater’s 2014 drama, Boyhood.
Lady Bird premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2017, earning widespread critical acclaim for its captivating performances and brutally honest portrayal of adolescence. It has emerged as one of the favorites on the awards circuit, with Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in particular generating Oscar buzz. Lady Bird is also expected to be a contender in the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories at the Academy Awards, signaling Gerwig’s arrival as a talented director with a unique voice and vision.
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- -Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.
- -Genre: Drama, Thriller
Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.
This is the second film from director Dan Gilroy, who helmed the critically-acclaimed drama Nightcrawler – the film that earned Jake Gyllenhaal much praise in 2014. Roman J. Israel, Esq. is based on Gilroy’s original screenplay (initially titled Inner City) and is hoping to garner similar results to Nightcrawler. The film premiered on the festival circuit before its theatrical premiere, and feedback from those screenings was taking into consideration during substantial re-edits. Gilroy wanted to show the early cut before locking final picture so he knew what to change.
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- -Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.
This is the latest film from director Joe Wright, who previously helmed dramas such as Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Darkest Hour has been seen as a companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (which was released earlier in 2017), as it covers similar subject matter during the outset of World War II. The movie screened at several festivals in the fall, with Oldman’s transformative performance as Churchill earning much acclaim. Darkest Hour is viewed as one of the year’s strongest Oscar contenders, with many predicting nominations in major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Oldman (who is the odds-on favorite to win).
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- -Genre: Biography, Drama
MOLLY’S GAME is the true story of Molly Bloom a smart, young, Olympic- class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.
Producer Mark Gordon bought the rights to Bloom’s book about her life in 2014, and the film has been in development since then. It marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who is best known for works such as A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Steve Jobs. He said the opportunity to work with stars Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba was “any filmmaker’s dream come true,” and critics have praised the performances of both. Molly’s Game premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it started to generate positive buzz. It earned two Golden Globe nominations: Best Screenplay and Best Actress – Drama.
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- -Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.
- -Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history.
- -Genre: Biopic, Drama
A biopic about Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Marston and his life, including his polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist/inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student.
- -Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.