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The list contains the best, new and most relevant bleak movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with storytelling, violence, death, life is a bitch, brutality, danger, murder, dialogue, blood and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as bleak: Eden Lake (2008), The Pianist (2002), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Memento (2000), Antichrist (2009), Fight Club (1999), The Walking Dead (2010), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Contagion (2011), Cargo 200 (2007).
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Fight Club
Drama
USA, Germany
139 min.
 8.8
 8.7
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Truth or Dare
Horror, Thriller
USA
100 min.
 4.9
The Alienist
Drama, Mystery
USA
60 min.
 7.8

List of bleak movies

 6.8
 67K
Eden Lake
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, brutal, suspense, bad ending, bloody ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: survival, gory, chase, murder, gang, brutality, revenge, forest, teenagers, torture, insanity, death of protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 8.5
 597K
The Pianist
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, compassionate, suspense, harsh, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, jewish, anti semitism, ghetto, nazi, genocide, violence, wartime, nazi occupation, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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Requiem for a Dream
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: depressing, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, degradation, downfall, depression, destructive relationship, existentialism, drug use, heroin addict, drug addict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 8.5
 980K
Memento
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, non-linear, twist ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, revenge, uncover truth, vengeance, investigation, mystery, plot twist, flashback, murder, paranoia, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 6.6
 101K
Antichrist
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, scary, sexual ...
Plot: violence, torture, brutality, depression, obsession, guilt, insanity, death, surrealism, strong sexual content, cruelty, fear ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: bleak, macabre, rough, erotic, psychological ...
Plot: torture, brutality, sexual abuse, rape, libertine, kidnapping, fascism, captivity, sexual perversion, atrocity, sex, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
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 8.8
 1.6M
Fight Club
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, bleak, surreal, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: schizophrenia, imaginary friend, fight scenes, dual identity, fist fighting, imagination, violence, mental instability, psychology, dissociative identity disorder, visionary, philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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The Walking Dead
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, zombie apocalypse, death, walking dead, supernatural, survivor, killings, future dystopia, blood splatter, characters in danger, gory, undead ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, georgia
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The Passion of the Christ
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, epic, bleak, factual, brutal ...
Plot: christianity, jesus, suffering, religion, torture, betrayal, redemption, sacrifice, life philosophy, brutality, death, last supper ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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 6.6
 195K
Contagion
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself.
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: virus, death, chaos and mayhem, epidemic, vaccine, humanity, fate of humanity, paranoia, quarantine, scientist, doctors, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, asia, minnesota, california, hong kong ...
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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.
Style: rough, bleak, dark, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, sexual abuse, sadism, rape, teenage rape, kidnapped girl, child abuse, murder, hostages, isolation, woman in danger, sexual perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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 8.0
 106K
Papillon
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, inspirational, tense, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison escape, free spirit, runaway, survival, friendship, unlikely friendships, destiny, false accusation, character study, prison life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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A Clockwork Orange
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: disturbing, futuristic, bleak, dark humor, psychedelic ...
Plot: brutality, rape, murder, insanity, violence, social misfits, gang, brainwashing, freedom, drugs, violent, violence spree ...
Time: future, near future, 1990s
Place: britain
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 8.0
 701K
Sin City
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: surreal, bleak, dark, twists and turns, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, vengeance, dark hero, gory, comics, justice, social decay, vigilante, brutality, hitman, multiple storylines, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
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 8.0
 120K
Dogville
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Denmark, UK, France, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Norway
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: disturbing, art house, bleak, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: small town life, betrayal, rape, human nature, brutality, twists & turns, exploitation, bondage, morality, vengeance, greed, storytelling ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: mine
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Rory O'Shea Was Here
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: disability, friendship, life, loneliness, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, love triangle, life & death, character study, justice, cerebral palsy, unrequited love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, ireland
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 7.2
 250K
The Mist
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, suspense, bad ending, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, monster, apocalypse, fog, catastrophe, stephen king, fight, giant insect, religious fanatic, blood, human versus monster, supermarket ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: dramatic, compassionate, bleak, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, friendship, troublemaker, character study, mental illness, dehumanization, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, philosophy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oregon
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 6.1
 30K
Splinter
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When their plans for a nature trip go awry, Polly and boyfriend Seth decide to check into a motel. On their way, they're carjacked and kidnapped by low-rent crooks Dennis and Lacey, who take the victims and their SUV to a nearby gas station. ...
Style: bleak, bloody, scary, macabre, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, zombie, isolation, death, virus, transformation, infected, infection, hit by a car, creature, blood splatter, torn in half ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 566K
The Revenant
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: atmospheric, tense, melancholic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, revenge, vengeance, wilderness, violence, life & death, betrayal, violent, indians, beautiful scenery, old west, native americans ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 4.7
 3K
Ghost House
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Thailand, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House.
Style: bleak, dark, suspense, exciting, mind bending ...
Plot: saving a life, haunted house, ghost, tradition, dating show, help, love, fiance fiancee relationship, vacation, rite, cemetery, spirit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand
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The Banishment
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.
Style: serious, melancholic, emotional, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: pregnancy, abortion, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, family bonds, relationships, death, family drama, russian, adultery, misunderstanding, countryside ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, europe, czech republic
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 8.5
 1.0M
The Departed
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, suspense, tense, bleak, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover cop, mole, crime, gangsters, mafia, police, working undercover, police investigation, law enforcement, corruption, police corruption, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, harvard university, china
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 9.0
 402K
True Detective
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: serious, clever, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, police detective, murder, crimes, partners, who done it, law enforcement, uncover truth, investigation, crime, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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Wentworth Prison
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, rough ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prison, crime, prison life, women in prison, survival, danger, life is a bitch, punishment, drugs/alcohol, lesbian relationship, stabbing, racial issues ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Fear the Walking Dead
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, scary, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, zombie apocalypse, chaos, gory, danger, life is a bitch, social decay, parents and children, family in danger, family relations, human nature ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Girl Next Door
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, torture, child abuse, cruelty, crime, brutality, sister, sadist, suffering, confined, rape, custody ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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 7.1
 103K
Let Me In
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A remake of the movie “Let The Right One In” which was an adaptation of a book.
Style: bleak, gothic, melancholic, scary, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, unlikely friendships, loneliness, vampire human love, transformation, gory, moral ambiguity, blood, adolescence, small town, brutality, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: new mexico, usa, california
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 6.2
 68K
Case 39
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social worker, supernatural, adoption, woman in danger, uncover truth, murder, danger, demons, child abuse, evil child, mysterious character, domestic disturbance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the ...
Style: exciting, bleak, scary, twists and turns, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, monster, deadly creature, first contact, survival, save the world, adventure, chaos and mayhem, apocalypse, heroic mission, danger, expedition ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: antarctica, egypt, mexico, nepal, nebraska
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6.7
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8.0
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6.5
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8.4
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8.0
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