Bleak movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant bleak movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out bleak, serious, gloomy, intense, interesting and psychological films and TV shows about / with death, storytelling, violence, brutality, murder, tragedy, powerful ending, blood, mentor and dialogue 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 bleak: Taxi Driver (1976), True Detective (2014), Schindler's List (1993), No Country for Old Men (2007), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Sixth Sense (1999), Prisoners (2013), Melancholia (2011), The Mist (2007), Eden Lake (2008).

List of bleak movies

 8.3
 691K
Taxi Driver (1976)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, psychological ...
Plot: social decay, lone wolves, obsession, loner, character study, depression, vigilante, paranoia, alienation, taxi, taxi driver, antisocial behavior ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, vietnam ...
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 9.0
 476K
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, captivating, bleak, clever, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, police detective, crimes, partners, investigation, partners against crime, murder, neo noir, uncover truth, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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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, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, survival, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Llewelyn Moss stumbles upon dead bodies, $2 million and a hoard of heroin in a Texas desert, but methodical killer Anton Chigurh comes looking for it, with local sheriff Ed Tom Bell hot on his trail. The roles of prey and predator blur as the ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, greed, death, hitman, crimes, peril, human nature, sheriff, psychopath, escape, shooting, track down ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, mexico, usa, latin america
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addiction, depression, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, insanity, degradation, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 8.1
 884K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychic, psychiatrist, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 8.1
 570K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: twist ending, bleak, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, investigation, missing child, child abduction, crime, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, brutality, neo noir, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.2
 162K
Melancholia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, gloomy ...
Plot: depression, wedding, human nature, nihilism, suicide, collision, nervous breakdown, sister sister relationship, wedding reception, power outage, fear, apocalypse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.1
 273K
The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: suspenseful, bad ending, bleak, scary, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fog, fear, trapped, tentacle, creature, deadly creature, alternate dimension, insanity, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 6.8
 74K
Eden Lake (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. ...
Style: suspense, brutal, bleak, bad ending, scary ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, torture, gang, youth, fear, in the woods, slasher, camping, forest, weekend, sadism, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 8.5
 695K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, emotional, suspense, harsh, heartbreaking ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, nazi, pianist, world war two, ghetto, against humanity, nazi occupation, anti semitism, genocide, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 8.0
 730K
Sin City (2005)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust ...
Style: atmospheric, dark, bleak, surreal, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, dark hero, crimes, vengeance, justice, distopia, social decay, anti heroes, crime, torture, gory, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
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Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical
Country: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, USA, UK, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Norway, Taiwan, Belgium
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Selma, a Czech immigrant on the verge of blindness, struggles to make ends meet for herself and her son, who has inherited the same genetic disorder and will suffer the same fate without an expensive operation. When life gets too difficult, Selma ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, surreal, heartbreaking ...
Plot: blind character, factory worker, secret, human spirit, police officer, life is a bitch, tragic hero, murder, hanging, death sentence, destiny, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
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 8.2
 109K
Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, art house, philosophical ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, russian, wish come true, desire, post apocalypse, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, heaven and hell, society, escapades ...
Place: russia
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nun, convent, punishment, sexual harassment, sin, life is a bitch, society, violence against women, sexual abuse, human spirit, rebellion, innocence lost ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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 7.7
 346K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: insomnia, losing-it hero, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, insanity, torment, life is a bitch, hit and run, confession, taunting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
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 7.3
 131K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, emotional, harsh ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, miami, ohio
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 8.3
 264K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, captivating, psychological, intense ...
Plot: false accusation, injustice, pedophile, life turned upside down, small town life, pedophilia, gossip and rumors, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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 7.2
 217K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, rough, harsh, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, post apocalyptic, apocalypse, post apocalypse, father son relationship, starvation, cannibalism, dying, selflessness, journey, loss of family member, worldwide chaos ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, bleak, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: athlete and trainer, boxing, underdog, female boxer, athlete's life, determination, human spirit, ambition, boxer, mentor protege relationship, follow your dream, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, england, las vegas, europe ...
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 8.8
 1.8M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, fighting the system, insanity, dissociative identity disorder, fist fighting, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.1
 216K
Love's a Bitch (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Three different people in Mexico City are catapulted into dramatic and unforeseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's designer ...
Style: bleak, tense, emotional, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: forbidden love, dog, siblings relations, multiple storylines, hitman, marital problem, marriage, machismo, robbery, divorce, money, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico city, mexico
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 8.2
 14K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, police investigation, human nature, master criminal, future dystopia, mastermind, partners against crime, chase, anarchist, life is a bitch, distopia, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, captivating, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, obsession, youth, friendship, student life, sexual tension, writer's life, lifestyle, murder, gay, friends, mental illness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.5
 84K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, family relations, suffering, parenthood, life is a bitch, parents and children, unfulfillment, reconciliation, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
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 7.7
 74K
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, thought provoking, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, depression, suicide, social decay, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.2
 265K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, dark, tense, psychological ...
Plot: police investigation, neo noir, insomnia, murder, guilt, fbi, investigator, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
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 7.9
 326K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident ...
Style: psychological, futuristic, bleak, surreal, suspense ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, loneliness, dystopic future, spacecraft, cloning, moon, astronaut, space travel, space and aliens, doubts and hesitations, nervous breakdown ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: hawaii, mexico
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 8.4
 492K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: psychological, twist ending, bleak, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: father daughter incest, incest, revenge, losing-it hero, mind game, vengeance, confined, loneliness, sin, older man younger woman relationship, brother sister incest, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1988, year 2003, 20th century ...
Place: korea, asia, south korea, new york, stockholm sweden ...
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The House That Jack Built (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Tunisia
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A depiction of a serial killer's 12 years' worth of murders and how it shaped his prime intelligence.
Style: psychological, bleak, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, sadistic psychopath, cruelty, murder, taxidermy, art, violence against women, death, deception, corpse, artist ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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