Serious movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant serious movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, clever and suspense films and TV shows about / with murder, death, mentor, crimes, storytelling, violence, danger, brutality, crime and rivalry plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as serious: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Schindler's List (1993), Shutter Island (2010), Interstellar (2014), The Godfather (1972), Breaking Bad (2008), Gran Torino (2008), The Green Mile (1999), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), La migliore offerta (2013).

List of serious movies

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, prison life, powerful ending, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, rescue, jewish, anti semitism, war, wartime, nazi ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 8.2
 1.2M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, investigation, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, disorder ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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 8.6
 1.6M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, father daughter relationship, time paradox, expedition, black hole, heroic mission, future dystopia, parallel world ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 9.2
 1.7M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, greed, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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 9.4
 1.5M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, master criminal, life is a bitch, drug lord, crimes, family problems, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, drug cartel, unlikely partners, peril, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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 8.1
 733K
Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, veteran, gunfight, friendship, interracial relations, elderly, rape, immigrants, neighbor, visceral, ex soldier, prejudice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 8.6
 1.2M
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, prison, supernatural, life philosophy, death row, prison life, convict, human nature, stephen king, supernatural ability, death sentence, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 90s ...
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, mind game, prison, perfect crime, injustice, death, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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La migliore offerta (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: twist ending, captivating, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: loneliness, deception, forgery, collector, art collector, painting, art theft, mysterious character, cons and scams, solitude, obsession, age difference ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna, prague
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 8.8
 380K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, gang war, crime boss, mob boss, crimes, determination, power struggle, cruelty, rise to the top, mafia ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: england, ireland
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 7.4
 315K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, society, lone hero, fighting the system, resistance, dystopic future, utopia, gunfight, totalitarianism, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: china, beijing china
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, nazism, gas chamber, wartime life, atrocity, war ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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 8.6
 659K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, crime, corpse, crimes, loner, gory, forensics, anti hero, right and wrong ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.9
 511K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: neo noir, captivating, bleak, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, police detective, investigation, partners, murderer, crimes, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
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How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, murder mystery, legal, teachers and students, court case, defense attorney, law student, lawyer, crimes, courtroom, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 7.7
 9K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Father Brown is based on G. K. Chesterton's detective stories about a Catholic priest who doubles as an amateur detective in order to try and solve mysteries.
Style: serious, captivating, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, clergy, investigation, riddles and clues, uncover truth, danger, priest, law enforcement, social relations, village life, church ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 8.4
 133K
Outlander (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and ...
Style: captivating, stylized, exciting, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, life turned upside down, fall in love, adventure, danger, love and romance, escapades, true love, rivalry, battles, love triangle ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, europe, britain, united kingdom
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 8.8
 463K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
Is relevant ?
 9.1
 832K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, captivating, witty, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, riddles and clues, crime, mind game, prodigy, genius, sherlock holmes, british, mastermind, partners, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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 8.4
 90K
Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, sexy, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, female nudity, ex convict, organized crime, thief, tough heroes, sexual activity, crimes, shooting, crime, cons and scams, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 8.2
 630K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, dark fantasy, stylized, gothic ...
Plot: creature, monster, fairy, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, death, cruelty, young heroes, good versus evil, imagination, magical ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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 5.9
 54K
Sanctum (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cave, survival, expedition, danger, forces of nature, underground, adventure, deathtrap, panic, struggle for survival, death, underwater cave ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: papua new guinea
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 9.0
 256K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti hero, mind game, anti heroes, secret identity, intelligence, vigilante, rivals, crimes, law enforcement, supernatural ability, artifact, supernatural ...
Place: japan
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 6.8
 108K
Exam (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surprise ending, captivating, serious ...
Plot: mind game, plot twist, ambition, psychologist, psychology, rivalry, manipulations, confinement indoors, mystery, surveillance, intrigue, human nature ...
Time: future
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 7.6
 194K
The Raid (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, France, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under ...
Style: brutal, suspense, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, swat team, fist fighting, swat, death, warrior, fighting crime, drug lord, fight, survival, strong violent content, beating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, hong kong
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 8.7
 1.7M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, hacker, future dystopia, cyberpunk, distopia, chosen one, philosophy, existentialism, alternate reality, man versus machine, save the world, virtual reality ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 234K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, cannibal, mind game, psychopath, cannibalism, death, mental patient, crime, psychiatrist, graphic violence, special agents, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 5.8
 41K
Enough (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Working-class waitress Slim thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch, the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychological, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: violent husband, self defense, domestic violence, abusive husband, stalking, strong female character, violence against women, life is a bitch, on the run, obsessive love, abusive relationship, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, seattle, seattle washington, los angeles
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