Best-Reviewed Dramas 2017

Focusing on themes as diverse as poverty in America, wartime heroics, grief, and race relations, the best dramas of 2017 include both big-budget blockbusters and subdued character studies, as well as a couple of overlooked gems.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2017. Scores might change over time.

#1

Dunkirk (2017)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 109.741%
Critics Consensus: Dunkirk serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Nolan

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 107.649%
Critics Consensus: The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.
Synopsis: The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break... [More]
Directed By: Sean Baker (II)

#3

Mudbound (2017)
97%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104.185%
Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.
Synopsis: Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families... [More]
Directed By: Dee Rees

#4

Lucky (2017)
97%

#4
Adjusted Score: 102.371%
Critics Consensus: Lucky is a bittersweet meditation on mortality, punctuating the career of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.
Synopsis: LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert... [More]
Directed By: John Carroll Lynch

#5

Columbus (2017)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.116%
Critics Consensus: Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.
Synopsis: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded... [More]
Directed By: Kogonada

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