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, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, clever and stylized films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, corruption, violence, crime, storytelling, husband wife relationship, greed, dishonesty and blood plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as serious: Shutter Island (2010), Schindler's List (1993), The Godfather (1972), Peaky Blinders (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Equilibrium (2002), The Green Mile (1999), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Sherlock (2010), Interstellar (2014).

List of serious movies

 8.1
 989K
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, serious, twist ending, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, paranoia, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, delusion, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, concentration camp, rescue, war, anti semitism, survival, genocide, against humanity, confined, nazism, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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 9.2
 1.4M
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: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gang war, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, crime family, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
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 8.8
 181K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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: captivating, serious, atmospheric, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, society, family relations, rivalry, rise to the top, gangsters, crimes, crime, organized crime, fighting crime, determination, mafia ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england
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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: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
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 7.5
 294K
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, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, fighting the system, utopia, society, resistance, totalitarianism, betrayal, gunfight, human nature, battles, violence ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: china, beijing china
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 8.6
 995K
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, sentimental, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: death row, false accusation, supernatural ability, prison life, human nature, supernatural, life philosophy, death sentence, healing power, prison, confined, justice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 9.2
 689K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, witty, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, prodigy, mind game, partners, crime, mastermind, friendship, riddles and clues, sherlock holmes, british, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland yard
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 8.6
 1.3M
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: atmospheric, futuristic, mind bending, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, space and aliens, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, adventure, expedition, space exploration ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 8.1
 663K
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, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense, touching ...
Plot: gang, interracial relations, friendship, elderly, veteran, gunfight, teenager, neighbor, priest, redemption, racism, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 8.5
 90K
Outlander (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
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, exciting, stylized, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, danger, life turned upside down, adventure, true love, rivalry, love and romance, love triangle, fall in love, couple relations, nurse ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 20th century, 1940s
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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How to Get Away with Murder (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, legal, crimes, teachers and students, manipulations, law student, court case, defense attorney, lgbt, college, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 7.5
 50K
The Last Ship (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet's population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction.
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: save the world, navy, survival, ocean or sea, danger, vestiges of humanity, apocalypse, military, virus, heroes, pandemic, chaos ...
Time: 21st century
Place: battleship
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 8.4
 75K
Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, exciting, suspenseful, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, small town, organized crime, cons and scams, tough heroes, crime, ex convict, shooting, crimes, female nudity, mob boss, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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 7.1
 14K
Body of Proof (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29, 2011 to May 28, 2013 and starred Dana Delany as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. The series was created by Chris Murphey and produced by ABC Studios. The ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: forensics, bodies, investigation, relationship vs career, ambitious, law enforcement, prodigy, crimes, suspicion, coworker, workplace situations, surgery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 8.0
 103K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, riddles and clues, talented, human nature, team, deception, research, crimes, dishonesty, workplace situations, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 8.8
 273K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia, USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, smuggling, master criminal, crimes, rise to the top, criminal heroes, politics, drug dealer, drug cartel, blind ambition, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america
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 8.1
 197K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Style: thought provoking, serious, emotional, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, loss of friend, high school, human relationship, guilt, teenage girl, depression, loss of daughter, loss, loss of loved one, teenager, audio cassette ...
Place: usa
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 7.8
 94K
The Best Offer (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: psychological, serious, captivating, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, collector, obsession, love and romance, cons and scams, high society, old friend, painting, solitude, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Spain, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 144 min.
Story: After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Style: epic, serious, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: knight, battles, king, warrior, war, siege, military, christianity, army, rise to the top, adventure, public execution ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, jerusalem ...
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 7.5
 39K
Reign (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
Style: serious, sexy, stylized, tense, realistic ...
Plot: queen, royal family, intrigue, royal court, aristocracy, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, politics, prince, power struggle, heir heiress ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, scotland, europe
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 8.7
 81K
Deadwood (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: old west, small town life, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, power struggle, crimes, cowboy, shooting, greed, sheriff, rivalry, americana ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, south dakota, mine
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 7.9
 45K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: captivating, serious, clever, epic, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, intrigue, siblings relations, brother sister incest, historical character, manipulations, sin, priest, lust, strong sexual content, ambition, desire ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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 7.9
 7K
The Take (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Freddie Jackson is just out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie dreams of having her husband home but she's forgotten the rows and the girls Freddie can't ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, betrayal, respect, criminal heroes, power struggle, mafia, relatives, crimes, dishonesty, family relations, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: england, london, east end london
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 9.0
 431K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: clever, bleak, serious, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: police investigation, crime, police detective, serial killer, crimes, murder, partners, investigation, partners against crime, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.8
 1.8M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, hi-tech, imagination, virtual reality, subconscious, dreams ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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 8.0
 458K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, adventure, gem, journalism, greed, fisherman, journalist, rebel, obsessive quest, against humanity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, belgium, zimbabwe ...
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 8.1
 136K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 42 min.
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: serious, psychological, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, crime, special agents, murder, intelligence, team, law enforcement, profiler, danger, investigator, serial killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
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 8.5
 103K
Luther (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.
Style: serious, rough, atmospheric, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, uncover truth, crimes, law enforcement, multiple suspects, talented, partners, psychopath, forensics, unlikely relationship, cruelty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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