Many believe that light and fluffy movies are the perfect antidotes to the craziness that’s going on in the world right now, and they may be right. However, dramas can be fun as well and drive some diversity. The following Netflix dramas won’t just give you comedy and romance but will also hit your heart in a major way. If you’re looking for a compelling story, a good plot, interesting characters, and angst, check out the list below.
Netflix’s The King
If Timothée Chalamet is not enough for you to watch the movie, know that Robert Pattison makes an appearance as well, and while he’s not in it a ton, he still proves what a great actor he is. As for the movie itself, it’s a modernized version of a group of Shakespeare’s historical dramas, in the right way!
Dolemite Is My Name
Produced by Netflix, Dolemite Is My Name is everything the old, classic Eddie Murphy movies were but updated. Rudy Ray Moore is a singer, actor, comedian, and producer who failed at a lot of this until he struck it big with Dolemite — a character he used in standup comedy and then in blaxploitation films. Even for someone who doesn’t have the historical context, the movie is a great choice, proving how Murphy can carry a film with his energy and charisma.
The King’s Speech
A lovely royal romance and historical piece telling the story of King George VI (the father of Queen Elizabeth II) and how he hated speaking in public. It seems like Colin Firth was the perfect fit for the role of a king with a pervasive shutter, which humiliates him, makes him an object of scorn, and enlists an uncongenial speech therapist. The therapist is played by Geoffrey Rush, another great actor who tells an inspiring tale with a historical buddy comedy that gets better by the second while watching.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Another great production by Netflix, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has everything a romance needs. Lana Condor and Noah Gentineo are so cute that fans are hoping for them to get together in real life. If such a strong relationship play is not enough for you, this is a story with the main character that’s awkward, sweet, and relatable to teens, tweens, and thirty-somethings…
This is the film that made Alicia Vikander a star. The story follows a young man who takes part in a Turing Test to determine if robot Ava comes off as human. The robot is made out of glass and wires, but her human face and soft emotional vulnerability make her lifelike. Even if you’re not into sci-fi and technology-related content, the story is so interesting that you won’t even notice!
The Cast of Fast & Furious, Then and Now
The Fast and the Furious debuted in theaters in 2001. And since then, gone on to become one of the most successful film series of all time. All of the awesome car chases, races, and missions have been at the center of pop culture for the last two decades. It seems like it was just yesterday when the first movie dropped. Many of the film’s main stars, such as Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez got their start in the franchise and have since risen to stardom. Let’s take a look at what the Fast & Furious stars are doing now with their lives.
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
Since 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, Michelle Rodriguez has played Letty Ortiz. She acted as Dom’s lover who also has a knack for mechanics and high-octane racing. Letty has been a member of the street racing team since the beginning of the franchise, and she’s seen her fair share of twists and turns.
Dom learned that Letty perished after disbanding the crew in Fast & Furious, only to learn in Fast & Furious 6 that she survived a major accident but started working against him after suffering from amnesia.
Michelle Rodriguez – Now
Michelle Rodriguez acted as Ana Lucia Cortez on Lost from 2005 to 2010 after appearing in The Fast and the Furious. She’s also appeared in the Resident Evil series, Blue Crush, Avatar, the big-screen version of S.W.A.T., and other films.
As far as her Fast & Furious storyline was concerned, this is how things played out. Letty and Dom are now married in the eighth film, and they meet Cipher while on their honeymoon.
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
Vin Diesel, who played the role of Dom, started as a carjacker. He later became a mechanic and street racer in subsequent parts. Dom is the patriarch of a community of street racers, and after his father’s untimely passing, he is forced to take on the position of primary caregiver.
Auto mechanic was his initial career before moving on to orchestrating carjacking, a multi-million dollar heist, and illegal jobs for government agencies as the boss. Dominic is a gruff, strong man who preaches morality and loyalty and embodies many of the characteristics associated with his position.
Vin Diesel – Now
Vin Diesel played roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy, xXx, and Riddick franchises since his debut as Dom Toretto.
More recently, Dominic Terreto has gone berserk and betrayed his family in The Fate of the Furious, possibly after being seduced by Cipher, played by Charlize Theron. We’re almost sure it takes more than that for Diesel to abandon his teammates.
Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto
Since 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, Jordana Brewster has played Mia Toretto, Dom’s sister and Brian’s longtime love. She’s a fast driver, but she rarely participates in Dom’s heists or races. While Dominic is in Panama, she calls to tell him of Letty’s passing.
She appears at Letty’s funeral and is often seen afterward either persuading Dominic not to put himself in danger or moaning to F.B.I. Agent Brian O’Conner about their previous relationship. They do eventually renew their relationship, as suggested in the film.
Jordana Brewster – Now
Jordana Brewster has had roles in films including Annapolis, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and American Heist.
She’s also featured in Lethal Weapon, Dallas, Secrets and Lies, American Crime Story, Dark Blue, and Chuck, among others. Jordana Brewster is scheduled to reprise her role as Mia in the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise – aptly titled, F9.
Sung Kang as Han Seoul-Oh
In The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Sung Kang entered the Fast & Furious series as street racer Han “Seoul-Oh” Lue. The protagonist in the franchise is also a thief and business partner of Takashi.
He fled the United States after the demise of his girlfriend Gisele Yashar in Spain to settle in Tokyo, Japan. Afterward, he was presumably vanquished by Deckard Shaw. Before his character’s passing at the end of Fast & Furious 6, he appeared in the series’ previous three installments.
Sung Kang – Now
Sung Kang appeared in films such as Live Free or Die Hard, Battle, and Ninja Assassin. He also appeared on MADtv for four episodes, starred in the short-lived series Gang Related, and has played Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak on Power since 2017.
Sung Kang also appeared in the 2019 movie Code 8 as Officer Alex Park. As a business owner, Sung Kang owned a restaurant in Brentwood, Los Angeles. The restaurant, known as Saketini, was closed down in 2013.
Eva Mendes as Monica Fuentes
Eva Mendes, who played Monica Fuentes, entered the Fast and Furious series as undercover U.S. customs agent Monica Fuentes. She also appeared in the 2011 film Fast Five.
Eva Mendes appeared in a mid-credits scene in the movie after starring in 2 Fast 2 Furious. She contacts Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and informs him that Michelle Rodriguez’ Leti is alive and well, working for the evil Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), setting up Fast & Furious 6 in 2013.
Eva Mendes – Now
Hitch, Ghost Rider, and The Other Guys were among the films in which Eva Mendes appeared. She and Ryan Gosling met while co-starring in The Place Beyond the Pines in 2013, and she went on to star in his directorial debut, Lost River, in 2015.
Since then, she hasn’t acted. After the birth of her kids, Eva Mendes retired from acting to spend time with her family.
Lucas Black as Sean Boswell
Sean Boswell, an American high school student living in Tokyo, first appeared in the Fast and Furious series in 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and he had a cameo in 2015’s Furious 7.
Sean decides to talk with Cindy, Clay’s girlfriend. He prepares to leave school because she admires his car, a white 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Clay. Enraged that Sean is talking to his girlfriend, he insults his car even more by listing his car’s features, a 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10.
Lucas Black – Now
Lucas Black starred in films such as Get Down, Legion, Promised Land, and 42, among others. Since 2014, he has played Christopher LaSalle on N.C.I.S.: New Orleans.
For a couple of years there, it seemed like Lucas Black was out of the acting industry for good as the jobs didn’t seem to be coming his way. However, there are reports that he’ll reprise the role of Sean in the forthcoming ninth installment – F9.
Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves
In 2011’s Fast Five, Elsa Pataky made her debut as a Brazilian patrol officer Elena Neves, who has a brief love affair with Dom before joining Hobbs at the DSS. She appeared in the series’s following three films, but her character sadly passed halfway through 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.
Before her passing, one of the highlights of Elena was when she supported Dominic Toretto’s team in stealing $100 million from crooked lawmaker Hernan Reyes. She eventually becomes good friends with Dominic before he moved to Los Angeles to serve with Hobbs.
Elsa Pataky – Now
Aside from Fast and Furious series, Elsa Pataky hasn’t accomplished much in Hollywood, although she did appear in 2013’s All Things to All Men, 2015’s The Wine of Summer, and 2018’s 12 Strong, in which she played the wife of real-life husband Chris Hemsworth’s role.
It seems like Pataky will reprise her role of Elena Never in the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise – F9.
Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce
With 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, Tyrese Gibson debuted as Brian’s childhood friend, ex-con speedster Roman Pearce, in the Fast and Furious franchise. When Brian, Mia, and Dominic Toretto contacted Roman, he travelled to Rio de Janeiro.
While trying to steal $100 million from a fraudulent Brazilian businessman, he was hired because of his skills as a “fast-talker.” At first, he is hesitant, believing the mission is personal rather than business-related until Dominic informs him that the amount is $100 million, with Tej stating that his cut will be just over $11 million.
Tyrese Gibson – Now
Since then, Tyrese has starred in films such as Four Brothers, Annapolis, Ride Along 2, and Legion. Worked in the Transformers franchise since 2007. He’s also featured on Star in 2017, wrote two books, recorded four studio albums, and obtained five Grammy nominations.
In terms of future projects, Tyrese Gibson will reprise his role of Roman Pearce in the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise – F9. He will also star alongside Jared Leto in the upcoming Marvel movie Morbius.
Matt Schulze as Vince
In 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and 2011’s Fast Five, he played Vince, Dom’s naive childhood friend. When Vince begins a battle with Brian O’Conner at the Toretto shop, Mia reacts by telling Dominic that she is sick of this nonsense, implying that Vince and Brian have previously clashed.
Vince begins a battle with Brian O’Conner at the Toretto shop, and Mia reacts by telling Dominic that she is sick of the nonsense, implying that Vince and Brian have previously clashed.
Matt Schulze – Now
Matt Schulze went on to appear in films such as Blade II, The Transporter, Extract, and others before reprising his role as Vince in Fast Five in 2011. Before venturing into acting, Matt has wanted to be a studio musician after moving to Los Angeles in 1992.
However, his desire switched gradually when he started modeling. Matt Schulze became a father in 2012 when he welcomed a baby boy named Hendrix. Since then, he’s stopped acting.
Devon Aoki as Suki
Fans of the franchise will recognize Devon as the character Suki from the 2003 sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Suki is a friend of Brian O’Conner and an on-again, off-again girlfriend to Tej Parker.
She is known to be a great driver and she and her crew are entirely female, making Aoki’s character quite the powerhouse. Though this beauty no longer acts, she certainly made quite a splash with her few film features.
Devon Aoki — Now
After getting her break-out role in the Fast and Furious franchise, she went on to get another supporting role in 2005 movie Sin City. After that, Aoki’s acting career really took off when she landed lead roles in DOA: Dead or Alive and Mutant Chronicles.
Since then, the sister of famed American DJ, Steve Aoki, has gone back to modeling full time. What a cool, talented, and good-looking family!
Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker
In 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ludacris starred as mechanic and tech expert Tej Parker. Tej Parker is a former street racer who now works as a mechanic and technical advisor.
Tej is a character in the Fast and Furious series, and he is a friend of Brian O’Conner, who encouraged him to race while he lived in Miami, Florida. Afterward, Tej is hired by Dominic Toretto to steal money from a crooked Portuguese businessman, Hernan Reyes, and becomes a member of Dominic Toretto’s crew.
Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – Now
Christopher Bridges, popularly known as Ludacris, has starred in films such as Crash, Hustle & Flow, Rock’n’Rolla, Max Payne, and No Strings Attached since featuring in the Fast and Furious series.
He has also voiced a character in the 2018 film Show Dogs. Luda, as he is colloquially known in the rap game, released six studio albums, won three Grammys, and since 2017 he has hosted the MTV reboot of Fear Factor.
Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw
Deckard Shaw is Hattie and Owen Shaw’s older brother. He is also an ex-British military man and MI6 agent who became a mercenary. At the end of Fast and Furious 6, he entered the Fast and Furious franchise as mercenary Deckard Shaw.
Deckard tried to take revenge over his brother Owen, after his humiliating loss to Dominic Toretto and his men. He ended up vanquishing Han Seoul-Oh, a decision he later regretted. In 2015’s Furious 7, he played the main antagonist before joining Dom’s crew in 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.
Jason Statham – Now
Jason Statham has appeared in Homefront, The Expendables 3, Wild Card, Spy, and Mechanic: Resurrection since joining the Fast and Furious franchise.
In 2019, he starred with Dwayne Johnson in Hobbs and Shaw, the series’ first spinoff. Jason Statham is currently involved in two movies: Wrath of Man (2021) and Five Eyes (TBA).
Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar
In 2009’s Fast & Furious, Gal Gadot debuted as Gisele Yashar, a trafficker’s liaison who teams up with Dom’s crew and falls in love with Han. She appeared in two more installments in the franchise before passing at the end of Fast & Furious 6.
She was Arturo Braga’s go-to when he formed Dominic Toretto’s feelings, but he didn’t reciprocate. She tells him that delivering Braga’s substances across the border could put him in danger. During the confusion surrounding the trade set up as a trap for Braga, Dom saved her life. She repays the favor by revealing the location of Braga’s Mexican hideout.
Gal Gadot – Now
Gal Gadot has acted in films such as Date Night, Knight and Day, Triple 9, Terrorist, and Keeping Up with the Joneses since making her feature film debut in Fast & Furious.
She made her most significant breakthrough in 2016 when she played Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (She reprised the role in Wonder Woman and Justice League.)
Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs
In 2011’s Fast Five, he joined the Fast and Furious series as D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs, who joins Dom’s gang. Luke Hobbs was born and raised in Samoa, one of many boys and only one girl to an unidentified father and Sefina Hobbs. Hobbs’ father was a thief who committed several bank robberies but was absent from his children’s lives.
Luke felt obligated to report his father to the authorities to protect his remaining brothers, even though his actions made his brothers hate him. Luke and his sister were forced to flee Samoa and move to the United States of America.
Dwayne Johnson – Now
Dwayne Johnson has starred in many action films and action comedies since joining the Fast and Furious series. This includes Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hercules, San Andreas, Central Intelligence, Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Rampage.
He also plays Spencer Strasmore on Ballers and voiced Maui in Moana. The Rock is also excited to play the titular role of Black Adam in the upcoming DC movie which is sure to be a blockbuster.
Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner
After discovering the group hijacking trucks for their supplies, Brian went undercover to investigate Dom and his squad. It begins in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, when he joined Dom’s band.
Under the alias Brian Earl Spilner, O’Conner first encounters Dominic as an undercover cop charged with bringing him to justice. Therefore, he assisted him in eluding police arrest twice. As well as helping in the disbarment of his childhood friend Roman Pearce’s criminal record.
Paul Walker – Now
Paul Walker passed away in a car accident at a charity function in Valencia, California, on Nov. 30, 2013, while taking a break from filming 2015’s Furious 7. He left his teen daughter Meadow Rain.
In scenes that he hadn’t shot for the iconic series’ seventh installment, his look-alike brother stood in for him. Before his passing, he featured in films such as Joy Ride, Into the Blue, Flags of our Fathers, and Takers.