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, clever, captivating and stylized films and TV shows about / with murder, crimes, husband wife relationship, corruption, violence, storytelling, crime, rivalry, death and society plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as serious: Shutter Island (2010), Schindler's List (1993), The Godfather (1972), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Interstellar (2014), How to Get Away with Murder (2014), Equilibrium (2002), Peaky Blinders (2013), The Green Mile (1999), Outlander (2014).

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, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, paranoia, insanity, investigation, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, psychiatrist, plot twist, delusion ...
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: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, confined, jewish, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
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, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, gangsters, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, family business, lawyer, mob boss, greed, power struggle ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, new york, sicily, usa ...
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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, uplifting, touching, clever, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, false accusation, life sentence, corruption, confined, survival, hopes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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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, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, wormhole, end of the world, black hole, space exploration, space and aliens, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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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, crimes, legal, manipulations, teachers and students, college, court case, power relations, law student, murder mystery, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia
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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, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, fighting the system, utopia, gunfight, resistance, society, lone hero, betrayal, totalitarianism, human nature, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
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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: captivating, clever, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, organized crime, society, family relations, gang war, rivalry, rise to the top, mafia, crime, fighting crime, determination ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england
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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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: death row, prison, life philosophy, supernatural ability, prison life, false accusation, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, justice, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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: captivating, stylized, exciting, serious, sentimental
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, danger, love affair, life turned upside down, adventure, fall in love, true love, couple relations, rivalry, love and romance, battles, love triangle ...
Time: 18th century, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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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, exciting, psychological, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, master criminal, justice, crime, death, prison, mind game, district attorney, perfect crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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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, friendship, interracial relations, veteran, elderly, gunfight, pride and honor, neighbor, visceral, redemption, teenager, priest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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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: investigation, private detective, mastermind, crime, prodigy, sherlock holmes, mind game, riddles and clues, partners, british, friendship, intelligence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland yard
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 7.5
 51K
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, suspenseful, stylized, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, save the world, military, survival, apocalypse, danger, ocean or sea, heroes, chaos, worldwide chaos, plague, shooting ...
Time: 21st century
Place: battleship
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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: serious, psychological, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, guilt, loss of friend, suicidal, teenage girl, high school, human relationship, loss of daughter, depression, death of daughter, classmate classmate relationship, loss ...
Place: usa
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, true love, poverty, childhood, life is a bitch, society, street kid, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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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, villain, obsession, oil, rivalry, money, marriage, small town, evil ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1890s ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
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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: clever, bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, who done it, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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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, cons and scams, organized crime, female nudity, ex convict, small town, shooting, tough heroes, crime, crimes, thief, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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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, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: knight, warrior, battles, siege, king, war, military, christianity, muslim, self sacrifice, army, adventure ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: holy land, middle east, england, israel, palestine ...
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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, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: forensics, bodies, relationship vs career, investigation, ambitious, murder investigation, law enforcement, coworker, female protagonist, surgery, crimes, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, philadelphia
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 8.8
 305K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, captivating, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug dealing, smuggling, gangsters, drug dealer, crimes, rise to the top, criminal heroes, master criminal, politics, blind ambition, crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america, south america, mexico
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 7.9
 46K
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, clever, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, siblings relations, historical character, intrigue, priest, manipulations, brother sister incest, lust, sin, strong sexual content, catholic church, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: italy, europe, florence, rome italy
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 8.5
 284K
Mr. Robot (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, melancholic, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, computers and web, secret society, rebellion, split personality, fighting the system, crimes, friendship, society, workplace situations, childhood trauma, psychological thriller ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.5
 40K
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, workplace situations, gory, medicine, power relations, realism, drugs/alcohol, society ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.5
 40K
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: sexy, serious, stylized, tense, realistic ...
Plot: queen, royal family, royal court, intrigue, love triangle, aristocracy, rivalry, palaces castles and temples, female protagonist, state affairs, politics, historical character ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, scotland, europe
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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, twist ending, serious, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, mysterious character, forgery, collector, obsession, painting, love and romance, high society, old friend, solitude, agoraphobia, adult virgin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
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 8.0
 105K
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, psychological, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, uncover truth, deception, talented, research, dishonesty, human nature, team, crime investigation, crimes, interrogation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 528K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, neo noir, lone wolves, tough heroes, danger, mechanic, chases and races, crimes, criminal's revenge, heist, organized crime, getaway driver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.1
 141K
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: fbi, investigation, crime, murder, intelligence, special agents, law enforcement, profiler, team, serial killer, danger, forensics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
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