Don't miss these 4 top dramas screening around New York City

In the mood to get real? Don't miss this week's lineup of dramas showing on the big screen in and around New York City.

Read on for the highest rated drama films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

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If...




Satire about a traditional English boys' boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three Lower Sixth students, leader Mick Travis, Wallace and Johnny decide on a shocking course of action to redress the balance of privilege once and for all.

With a 97 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this mid-century classic has been a favorite of critics. The site's critical consensus notes that "Incendiary, subversive, and darkly humorous, If... is a landmark of British countercultural cinema."

Want to see for yourself? It's playing at Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th St.) on Saturday, January 5. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

BlacKkKlansman





Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

With a critical approval rating of 95 percent and an audience score of 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, BlacKkKlansman has garnered plenty of praise since its release on August 10. The site's critical consensus indicates that "BlacKkKlansman uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events -- and brings out some of Spike Lee's hardest-hitting work in decades along the way."

You can catch it at Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th St.) through Friday, January 11. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

If Beale Street Could Talk




After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

With a critical approval rating of 94 percent and an audience score of 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, If Beale Street Could Talk has garnered plenty of praise since its release on December 25. The site's critical consensus has it that "If Beale Street Could Talk honors its source material with a beautifully filmed adaptation that finds director Barry Jenkins further strengthening his visual and narrative craft."

It's playing at AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13 (2210 Bartow Ave.) through Thursday, January 10; AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd.) through Thursday, January 10; Williamsburg Cinemas (217 Grand St.) through Friday, January 11; and Angelika Film Center & Cafe (18 W. Houston St.) through Friday, January 11. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Midnight Cowboy




Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.

With a critical approval rating of 90 percent and an audience score of 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1969 release has a strong following. The site's critical consensus has it that "John Schlesinger's gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban American life is undeniably disturbing, but Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's performances make it difficult to turn away."

Get a piece of the action at Quad Cinema (34 W. 13th St.) through Thursday, January 10. Click here for showtimes and tickets.