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, intense, interesting, realistic and psychological films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, violence, brutality, murder, tragedy, dialogue, insanity, violent and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as bleak: Requiem for a Dream (2000), True Detective (2014), Stalker (1979), Detachment (2011), The Mist (2007), The Pianist (2002), Fight Club (1999), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Melancholia (2011), The Sixth Sense (1999).

List of bleak movies

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, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug addiction, depression, hallucinations, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 9.0
 431K
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, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, 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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 8.1
 96K
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, art house, psychological, serious ...
Plot: wish come true, stalker, scientist, russian, psychic, future dystopia, post apocalypse, cause and meaning, society, human nature, escapades, soldier ...
Place: russia
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 7.7
 69K
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, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.2
 258K
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: scary, bleak, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fear, trapped, fog, deadly creature, insanity, small town, desperation, tentacle, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
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, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, deportation, starvation, genocide, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 8.8
 1.7M
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: biting, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, insomnia, split personality, violence, social misfits, life philosophy, fighting the system, loneliness, nihilism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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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, rough, suspense, depressing, serious ...
Plot: convent, sexual harassment, nun, sexual abuse, sin, punishment, human spirit, life is a bitch, irish, rebellion, clergy, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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 7.2
 152K
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: atmospheric, bleak, psychological, surreal, serious ...
Plot: depression, human nature, apocalypse, fear, collision, wedding reception, power outage, nervous breakdown, estrangement, chaos, doubts and hesitations, fate of humanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.1
 834K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, mystery, afterlife, psychology, psychic, death, untimely death, fear, tragic event, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 6.8
 69K
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: bleak, scary, brutal, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, gang, torture, forest, camping, slasher, fear, weekend, revenge, in the woods, youth, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 8.4
 451K
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: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: incest, vengeance, secret, loneliness, sin, revenge, losing-it hero, confined, mind game, violence, life is a bitch, neo noir ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: korea, asia, south korea, manhattan new york city, hong kong ...
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 8.3
 626K
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: obsession, lone wolves, social decay, crimes, violence spree, alienation, character study, deadly, depression, taxi, loner, nightlife ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vietnam, harlem manhattan new york city
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No Country for Old Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, rough, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: hitman, track down, crimes, human nature, psychopath, peril, shooting, neo noir, escape, money, death, stolen money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
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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, serious, captivating, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, murder, writer's life, student life, mental illness, fascist, friends, confession, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005
Place: usa, campus, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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 8.0
 712K
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, bleak, dark, surreal, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crime, social decay, justice, loss of loved one, neo noir, dark hero, crimes, corruption, gory, torture, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
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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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, rescue, genocide, survival, war, nazism, confined, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 251K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, guilt, fbi, insomnia, police corruption, blackmail, small town, police detective, investigator, investigation, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
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 8.5
 540K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: vietnam war, mission, soldier, jungle, army, anti war, insanity, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, chaos, morality, napalm ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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 8.1
 517K
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: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, investigation, disappearance, crime, torture, brutality, revenge, vigilantism, maze, vigilante ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
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 7.4
 35K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: jealousy, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, older woman younger man relationship, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, small town, age difference, father son relationship, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, epic ...
Plot: sniper, military, battles, war, courage, army, heroic mission, rescue, d day, cowardice, bravery, self sacrifice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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 7.3
 123K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: prostitute, lesbian, serial killer, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
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 7.7
 158K
Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, exciting, futuristic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, captivity, survival, survivor, death, island, teacher, desperation, future dystopia, game of death, trap, battle ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.2
 42K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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 5.9
 34K
After.Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: mind bending, bleak, psychological, offbeat, twist ending ...
Plot: afterlife, mysterious character, danger, dealing with death, couple relations, supernatural, mystery, talking to the dead, death, life & death, mentor, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 237K
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: bleak, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, life turned upside down, injustice, small town life, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, human nature, parents and children, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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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, serious, stylized ...
Plot: factory worker, secret, blind character, small town, hanging, murder, dancing, factory, human spirit, life is a bitch, down on your luck, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington state
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 8.5
 1.0M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, amnesia, vengeance, mystery, revenge, haunted by the past, paranoia, murder, mistaken identity, rape, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.5
 80K
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, depressing, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, suffering, illegal immigrant, parenthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family relations, parents and children, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
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