As your high school theater teacher always said, there's drama all around us. Most of it's the kind that makes work longer than it needs to be, and keeps your friends from getting along at parties—in other words, the kind you don't want. But in movies, drama is great, playing out beautifully, hilariously, and tragically in the 120 or so minutes of a great motion picture.

The following films are more than worth the price of admission at any theater in the world, but if you have Netflix, you can stream them for free.

Swap bad drama for good with the 25 best drama movies streaming on Netflix right now. If you're looking for something more diverse, check out our list of The Best Movies on Netflix streaming right now.

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Written by Greg Topscher (@gtopscher)