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, intense, suspenseful, interesting and stylized films and TV shows about / with murder, storytelling, death, mentor, violence, corruption, destiny, brutality, dialogue and husband wife relationship plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime 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), Interstellar (2014), Equilibrium (2002), The Green Mile (1999), The Best Offer (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Inception (2010), Blood Diamond (2006).

List of serious movies

 8.1
 1.0M
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, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending, twists and turns ...
Plot: mystery, insanity, mental institution, paranoia, investigation, plot twist, mental illness, uncover truth, losing-it hero, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, delusion ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, year 1954 ...
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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, wartime, rescue, survival, anti semitism, war, confined, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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 9.2
 1.5M
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, family saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, greed, mob boss, lawyer, cosa nostra, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
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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: mind bending, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, parallel world, black hole, space exploration, heroic mission, wormhole, expedition, time paradox ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.4
 298K
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, rebellion, fighting the system, gunfight, utopia, resistance, totalitarianism, lone hero, society, betrayal, human nature, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
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 8.6
 1.0M
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, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: death row, prison, false accusation, prison life, human nature, life philosophy, supernatural, supernatural ability, healing power, justice, confined, convict ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.8
 98K
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, twist ending, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, collector, painting, obsession, age difference, old friend, love and romance, agoraphobia, high society, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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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, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, life is a bitch, false accusation, prison life, life sentence, survival, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 8.8
 1.9M
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, clever, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Plot: parallel world, haunted by the past, philosophy, manipulations, mind control, teamwork, redemption, perfect crime, imagination, virtual reality, alternate reality, hi-tech ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: sydney australia, paris france, japan, los angeles
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 8.0
 468K
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, intense, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: mercenary, adventure, smuggling, treasure hunt, gem, greed, rebel, journalism, black market, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, civil war ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, cape town south africa, zimbabwe ...
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 8.8
 221K
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: tense, captivating, atmospheric, clever, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, organized crime, gang war, rivalry, mafia, society, rise to the top, family relations, crime, fighting crime, determination ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england
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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: serious, tense, surprise ending, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, fighting the system, vigilantism, justice, murder, crime, master criminal, death, prison, district attorney, mind game, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 8.2
 579K
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: fairy tale, atmospheric, serious, gothic, suspenseful ...
Plot: dark fantasy, fairy, creature, monster, legends and myths, good versus evil, young heroes, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, death, in the woods, magical ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: spain, europe
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, 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, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes, atrocity, gas chamber ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 8.1
 677K
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, veteran, friendship, gunfight, interracial relations, elderly, pride and honor, neighbor, visceral, redemption, teenager, priest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 8.9
 349K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, serious, cynical, biting, dark humor ...
Plot: social decay, human nature, computers and web, society, media satire, technology, alternate reality, gadget, paranoia, news, technology gone awry, media ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 8.4
 97K
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: stylized, captivating, exciting, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, danger, life turned upside down, adventure, fall in love, true love, love and romance, love triangle, rivalry, couple relations, battles ...
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, murder mystery, legal, manipulations, crimes, teachers and students, court case, rivalry, lawyer, college, law student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 9.1
 725K
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: captivating, clever, witty, psychological, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, sherlock holmes, mastermind, mind game, prodigy, crime, partners, riddles and clues, british, friendship, murder mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: tense, captivating, serious, twist ending, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, working undercover, crimes, undercover cop, mind game, organized crime, crime, police, undercover, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, china, taiwan, harvard university
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 6.7
 403K
Divergent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In a world divided into factions based on personality types, Tris learns that she's been classified as Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: youth, survival, future dystopia, fighting the system, rebellion, danger, young heroes, society, mentor, training, rebelliousness, heroes ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 5.9
 52K
Sanctum (2011)
Genre: 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: serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, danger, expedition, forces of nature, adventure, isolation, deathtrap, water, underground, underwater, death, panic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.8
 97K
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, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: mind game, manipulations, psychologist, plot twist, ambition, human nature, rivalry, surveillance, confinement indoors, intrigue, room, mystery ...
Time: future
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Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, Morocco, USA
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, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: knight, king, warrior, battles, siege, war, christianity, military, muslim, swords and armor, army, adventure ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, palestine ...
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 8.4
 78K
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, organized crime, cons and scams, ex convict, crimes, shooting, small town, female nudity, tough heroes, crime, strong sexual content, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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 5.7
 37K
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, psychological, tense, scary ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: life is a bitch, self defense, domestic violence, stalking, violence against women, violent husband, crumbling marriage, on the run, abusive husband, hidden identity, strong female character, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, san francisco
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, oil, rivalry, money, villain, obsession, small town, marriage, evil ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, pacific ocean, los angeles
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 9.0
 453K
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: realistic, bleak, clever, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 7.8
 230K
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: emotional, psychological, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, guilt, loss of friend, teenage girl, depression, suicidal, high school, human relationship, loss of daughter, death of daughter, loss, abusive relationship ...
Place: usa
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 7.7
 70K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, depression, dedicated educator, high school life, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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