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, stylized, captivating and clever films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, death, society, storytelling, violence, husband wife relationship, corruption, friendship and betrayal 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), The Godfather (1972), Outlander (2014), Peaky Blinders (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Narcos (2015), Schindler's List (1993), How to Get Away with Murder (2014), Equilibrium (2002), The Green Mile (1999).

List of serious movies

 8.1
 953K
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, suspenseful, serious, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, paranoia, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, psychiatrist, partners ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1954, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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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, pride and honor, gangsters, organized crime, gang war, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, family business, greed, lawyer, family values ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, usa, sicily ...
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 8.5
 80K
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, serious, exciting, stylized, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, love affair, danger, adventure, life turned upside down, true love, love and romance, rivalry, couple relations, love triangle, nurse, escapades ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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 8.8
 149K
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, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, society, family relations, rivalry, gangsters, rise to the top, crimes, crime, organized crime, fighting crime, post war, determination ...
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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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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, captivating, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, gangsters, smuggling, master criminal, rise to the top, crimes, criminal heroes, politics, blind ambition, drug cartel, drug dealer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america
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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, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, rescue, anti semitism, survival, genocide, war, against humanity, confined, concentration camp, nazism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe
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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, captivating, realistic, bleak
Plot: murder, hotshot lawyer, legal, crimes, teachers and students, manipulations, lgbt, college, law student, court case, courtroom, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 7.5
 288K
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: serious, futuristic, atmospheric, psychological, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, fighting the system, rebellion, utopia, society, resistance, totalitarianism, betrayal, gunfight, human nature, battles, struggle ...
Time: future
Place: beijing china, china
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 8.5
 952K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children's novels. Tough prime school girl Akkie loves soccer and can be a real bully. Love is the only thing she's scared of. When Akkie is diagnosed with Leukemia, she has to fight for her life. ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, youth, life is a bitch, hopes, family, school, social relations, soccer, first kiss, death, cancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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 9.2
 658K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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, crime, mind game, partners, mastermind, riddles and clues, friendship, intelligence, danger, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland yard
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 8.4
 72K
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, suspenseful, exciting, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, cons and scams, tough heroes, small town, crime, shooting, organized crime, crimes, ex convict, strong sexual content, mob boss, thief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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 8.6
 1.2M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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, mind bending, futuristic, serious, epic ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, expedition, future dystopia, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, space exploration, survival ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.5
 48K
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, apocalypse, military, scientist, vestiges of humanity, heroes, pandemic, virus ...
Time: 21st century
Place: battleship
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, 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, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
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 8.0
 100K
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: uncover truth, investigation, riddles and clues, human nature, talented, team, research, crimes, deception, dishonesty, workplace situations, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 90K
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, tense ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, collector, obsession, cons and scams, high society, old friend, painting, love and romance, solitude, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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 7.5
 38K
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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 8.4
 201K
Fringe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 46 min.
Story: FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, surreal, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, special agents, investigation, fbi, paranormal activity, danger, top secret, research, scientist, crimes, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
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 8.8
 1.7M
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, serious, exciting ...
Plot: manipulations, parallel world, haunted by the past, teamwork, hi-tech, perfect crime, virtual reality, mind control, imagination, redemption, impersonating, dishonesty ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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 8.0
 449K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, adventure, obsessive quest, journalism, journalist, rebel, rescue, gem, rape, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, cape town south africa, zimbabwe ...
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 8.7
 135K
Downton Abbey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
Story: A chronicle of the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, tragicomedy
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estate, master and servant, aristocracy, family relations, family life, parents and children, love and romance, social differences, countryside, high society, inheritance, manners ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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 8.7
 78K
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, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: old west, prostitute, small town life, drugs/alcohol, power struggle, greed, sheriff, crimes, rivalry, americana, cowboy, shooting ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, south dakota, mine
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 8.5
 37K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: addiction, doctors and patients, hospital, life is a bitch, surgeon, gory, medicine, realism, workplace situations, drugs/alcohol, power relations, society ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.8
 161K
The 100 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Based on the books by Kass Morgan, this show takes place 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity. The last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, leadership, danger, space station, young heroes, rivalry, betrayal, rebellion, against the rules, youth, vestiges of humanity, fate of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 8.5
 336K
Supernatural (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, suspense, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, good versus evil, monster, ghost, death, curses spells and rituals, vampire, obsessive quest, danger, characters in danger, peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1983, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, arizona
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: 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, exciting, tense, rough, psychological ...
Plot: vigilantism, fighting the system, vengeance, murder, crime, prison, master criminal, mind game, justice, danger, perfect crime, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche ...
Style: serious, sentimental, stylized, emotional, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, obsession, millionaire, destructive relationship, love triangle, loneliness, party, love affair, high society, american dream, unfulfilled love, social differences ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, long island
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