From old ’80s classics to modern-day tales, Hulu is home to tons of fantastic dramas. Some have comedic twists while others are mind-bending thrillers. Many of them are Academy Award winners and nominees as well, representing some of the best of the best in cinema. Looking for a good drama to watch on a Friday night while enjoying a cozy evening at home on your own or with a romantic partner? Here are some of the absolute best dramas you can watch on Hulu right now.
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
When it comes to unconventional teachers, the gold standard is John Keating (Robin Williams), Dead Poet Society‘s rebellious English teacher who had his class stand on their desks to discuss life, rip pages from their poetry books, and walk around in unique ways to express their individuality. The young men, all from wealthy families, are inspired by Keating’s unorthodox methods but trouble brews when it catches the attention of the Welton Academy’s strict headmaster. When a handful of Keating’s most promising students revive a secret and unsanctioned group called the Dead Poets Society, however, the situation gets even more complicated as the boys begin to break free of the school’s conformist ways. The film brought that iconic “O Captain! My Captain!” desk-standing scene and marks one of Williams’ most memorable roles.
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
Director: Peter Weir
Runtime: 129 minutes
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Set during the French and Indian War in 1757, this epic historical drama is based on the 1936 film by George B. Seitz which, in turn, drew inspiration from the 1826 James Fenimore Cooper novel The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. The story begins when Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), the two daughters of a British Army Colonel, are being escorted through the wilderness to his post, but are betrayed by their guide who leads them into a Huron ambush. Rescued by a group of Mohican trappers, which includes Nathaniel “Hawkeye” Poe (Daniel Day-Lewis), a white, adopted son of the tribe, the trappers escort the Colonel’s daughters instead and are soon caught up in the war and its twists and turns — but not before Hawkeye and Cora fall in love, of course. The film received critical praise and earned an Academy Award for Best Sound.
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Director: Michael Mann
Runtime: 112 minutes
I, Tonya (2017)
Who can forget the 1994 attack by figure skater Tonya Harding on her rival Nancy Kerrigan? This biographical film pulls back the curtain to look behind the scenes at Harding’s home life, including her fractured relationship with her mother, the pressure she felt to succeed, and her financial and romantic struggles. Presented as a dark comedy as well as a drama, this retelling is part truth, part fiction, but based on actual events. Filmed in mockumentary style, it’s presented with fictional present-day interviews that paint both Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) as unreliable storytellers. While Margot Robbie was nominated for a best actress Oscar for her fabulous portrayal of Harding, it was Allison Janney who took home the hardware as Tonya’s mother, earning her the best supporting actress statuette at that year’s awards.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney
Director: Craig Gillespie
Runtime: 119 minutes
Blood Diamond (2006)
Blood diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds, are stones that are mined, often using forced labor, from within African war zones and then sold in order to finance violent rebel movements and ongoing conflicts. This political war thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou helped bring awareness to the tragic topic and followed the events that led up to the historic Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in Kimberley, South Africa, which aimed to certify the origins of rough diamonds to help ensure that diamonds trading on the global market are conflict-free. The movie is set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1991-2002 and further portrays the dark side of war. With five Academy Award nominations under its belt, this film is worth watching for the stellar cast alone.
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio,…