If the real world isn't dramatic enough for you—well, first of all, congratulations on either your very high tolerance to IRL drama or on the lack of it in your life. Second, we have your back with some dramas of the movie variety—even if you've already streamed your way through all of the best, most dramatic film options on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and beyond. From held-over movies from the 2020 slate that never made it to theaters to brand-spankin'-new options fresh on the calendar for 2021; from movies that will be released into actual movie theaters (which already feels like a very vintage thing to have happen, right?) to movies that will be released either simultaneously or solely on home streaming services, the 2021 film slate is full of some truly stellar dramas. There are gut-wrenching historical dramas, epic romances that will make you feel all the feels, devastatingly serious stories of the human condition—basically everything a secondhand drama queen or king could want. So, bookmark this list if you want to stay up on all of the best drama movies currently scheduled to come to the world in 2021.
Planned release date: December 10
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James, and Rita Moreno
The story: It's a Broadway musical based on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies of all time (Romeo & Juliet). If that's not the definition of drama, what is?