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, suspense, intellectual, thought provoking, suspenseful and clever films and TV shows about / with murder, death, violence, mentor, storytelling, crimes, corruption, danger, blood and gun plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Canada 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), Breaking Bad (2008), Gran Torino (2008), The Godfather (1972), Peaky Blinders (2013), Equilibrium (2002), The Green Mile (1999).

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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, 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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, genocide, war, nazi, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, survival, wartime, accountant, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, central europe ...
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 8.2
 1.3M
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, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, mystery, insanity, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, psychology, losing-it hero, uncover truth, disorder, isolation ...
Time: 50s, year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: boston
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 8.6
 1.8M
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, thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, outer space, father daughter relationship, space travel, astronaut, nasa, space station, distopia, survival, adventure, spacecraft, time paradox ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 9.5
 1.8M
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, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug dealing, life turned upside down, drug lord, crimes, family problems, peril, master criminal, life is a bitch, cancer, unlikely partners, drug cartel, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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 8.1
 768K
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, touching, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: gang, friendship, racism, veteran, elderly, interracial relations, gunfight, rape, widower, teenager, prejudice, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 9.2
 1.8M
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, atmospheric, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.8
 510K
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, tense, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, gang war, mafia, determination, power struggle, cruelty, crime boss, crimes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, ireland, london, britain
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 7.4
 328K
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, philosophical, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, utopia, fighting the system, future dystopia, cyberpunk, rebellion, post apocalypse, dystopic future, gunfight, society, totalitarianism, lone hero ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
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 8.6
 1.3M
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, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: prison, death row, false accusation, supernatural, life philosophy, convict, electric chair, death sentence, prison life, confined, justice, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 90s, year 1999
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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 7.8
 118K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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: twists and turns, twist ending, psychological, enigmatic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loneliness, art collector, collector, art, deception, age difference, obsession, mysterious character, art theft, forgery, painting, adult virgin ...
Time: 18th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna, prague, europe, italy
Is relevant ?
 9.1
 906K
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, witty, captivating, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sherlock holmes, investigation, murder mystery, mastermind, private detective, friendship, partners, riddles and clues, mind game, intelligence, british, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, scotland yard, europe
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 8.0
 242K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: tense, captivating, twists and turns, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, investigation, master criminal, special agents, unlikely partners, intrigue, mind game, crimes, partners, law enforcement, killings, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 8.9
 554K
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, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, investigation, murderer, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, drinking problem, murder investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, california, usa
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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: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, prison, justice, vigilantism, master criminal, murder, fighting the system, mind game, death, investigation, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 1.2M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Style: futuristic, exciting, breathtaking, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien, culture clash, adventure, space and aliens, fantasy world, creature, alien planet, space travel, mysterious planet, human nature, beautiful scenery, expedition ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 525K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: philosophical, thought provoking, twists and turns, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alternate reality, human nature, distopia, computers and web, social decay, society, satire, dark humor, media satire, technology, media, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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Lucy (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Style: futuristic, surreal, intellectual, exciting, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: intelligence, supernatural, tough girl, superhuman powers, supernatural ability, strong female lead, drugs, telepathy, mind control, experimental drug, telekinesis, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, stone age, future, 21st century
Place: berlin germany, rome italy, paris france, new york, france ...
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 8.5
 1.3M
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: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, police, crimes, mole, organized crime, undercover cop, working undercover, corruption, mind game, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, china, taiwan ...
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 8.8
 410K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gangsters, drug cartel, drug dealing, drug dealer, cartel, rise to the top, master criminal, smuggling, crimes, cia agent, criminal heroes, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century
Place: colombia, latin america, panama, mexico, spain ...
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 1.9M
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: thought provoking, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, philosophy, martial arts, hacker, post apocalypse, existentialism, gunfight, man versus machine ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, near future, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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: emotional, touching, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 8.8
 2.3M
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, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
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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 ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder mystery, hotshot lawyer, lawyer, murder, defense attorney, law student, court case, legal, courtroom, college, teachers and students, lgbt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 8.7
 716K
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, crimes, hidden identity, double life, right and wrong, crime investigation, loner, corpse, forensics, police station, dark humor, killings ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 6.8
 115K
Exam (2009)
Genre: Horror, 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: psychological, surprise ending, mind bending, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mind game, psychology, surveillance, psychologist, rivalry, mystery, confinement indoors, ambition, intrigue, pandemic, human nature, survival ...
Time: future, contemporary
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 56K
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: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, cave, expedition, disaster, forces of nature, deathtrap, death, adventure, struggle for survival, underground, panic, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: papua new guinea
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 6.8
 316K
The Book of Eli (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
Style: futuristic, serious, rough, heroic, biblical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, lone hero, dystopic future, future dystopia, chaos, religion, protector, warrior, lone wolves, tough heroes ...
Time: future, 2040s
Place: usa, san francisco
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 460K
The Maze Runner (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, family outing
Plot: survival, memory loss, maze, teenager, adventure, apocalypse, distopia, trapped, post apocalypse, youth, fantasy world, young heroes ...
Time: future
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