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, interesting, intense and realistic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, brutality, violence, powerful ending, blood, murder, tragedy, mentor and life is a bitch 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), Taxi Driver (1976), Eden Lake (2008), Schindler's List (1993), No Country for Old Men (2007), Prisoners (2013), The Mist (2007), Melancholia (2011), Dancer in the Dark (2000).

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, disturbing, atmospheric, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, life is a bitch, depression, downfall, drug use, destructive relationship, degradation, drugs/alcohol, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 9.0
 484K
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, bleak, atmospheric, clever, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, neo noir, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, uncover truth, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.3
 704K
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, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: social decay, lone wolves, obsession, character study, loner, vigilante, depression, paranoia, antisocial behavior, alienation, taxi, taxi driver ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, united states ...
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 6.8
 75K
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, brutal, bad ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, torture, gang, youth, forest, fear, slasher, in the woods, camping, chase, murder, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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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, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central 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, sheriff, hitman, crimes, death, track down, peril, human nature, psychopath, escape, shooting ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america, el paso texas
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 8.1
 582K
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, suspenseful, bleak, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, missing child, crime, brutality, neo noir, child abduction, disappearance, vigilantism, torture, vigilante ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, boston
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 7.1
 276K
The Mist (2007)
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, bad ending, scary, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, monster, fog, fear, creature, trapped, tentacle, deadly creature, chaos and mayhem, stephen king, alternate dimension ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maine, usa
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 7.2
 165K
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, contemplative ...
Plot: depression, nihilism, human nature, wedding, suicide, apocalypse, collision, nervous breakdown, sister sister relationship, wedding reception, power outage, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: factory worker, blind character, secret, human spirit, police officer, tragic hero, life is a bitch, murder, death sentence, hanging, destiny, fighting illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
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 7.7
 351K
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, twist ending, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, mysterious character, uncover truth, losing-it hero, obsession, life is a bitch, insanity, paranoia, torment, neo noir, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states, los angeles
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 8.2
 112K
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, philosophical, gloomy, art house ...
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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 8.1
 895K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychiatrist, psychic, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 8.0
 733K
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: dark hero, neo noir, crimes, vengeance, justice, social decay, distopia, anti heroes, crime, torture, tough heroes, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 80s, 90s ...
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 8.5
 708K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany, 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, emotional, suspense, heartbreaking, contemplative ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, nazi, pianist, world war two, ghetto, against humanity, nazi occupation, anti semitism, genocide, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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 8.4
 501K
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, psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, brutal ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, revenge, vengeance, mind game, confined, loneliness, sin, brother sister incest, older man younger woman relationship, losing-it hero, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: korea, asia, manhattan new york city, hong kong, south korea ...
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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: bleak, psychological, scary, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, sadistic psychopath, extreme violence, murder, cruelty, taxidermy, hunting, death, corpse, art, violence against women ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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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, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, violence against women, life is a bitch, society, sexual abuse, human spirit, rebellion, innocence lost ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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 7.2
 220K
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 apocalypse, apocalypse, post apocalyptic, father son relationship, starvation, cannibalism, on the road, dying, chaos, selflessness, protective parent ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.3
 133K
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, rape, destructive relationship, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, misanthrope ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio, miami
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 8.3
 270K
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, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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 7.2
 270K
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: neo noir, police investigation, insomnia, investigator, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles, united states
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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: boxing, athlete and trainer, female boxer, underdog, determination, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, mentor protege relationship, sport, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, missouri, england, california ...
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 7.9
 330K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country:
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, bleak, futuristic, contemplative, surreal ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, loneliness, dystopic future, cloning, spacecraft, moon, astronaut, space travel, space and aliens, doubts and hesitations, nervous breakdown ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: mexico, hawaii
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 7.5
 85K
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, unfulfillment, parents and children, reconciliation, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, mexico, senegal
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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, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, insanity, fist fighting, social misfits, fighting the system, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 219K
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, multiple storylines, dog, siblings relations, hitman, marital problem, machismo, marriage, divorce, robbery, money, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico city, mexico
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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, mental illness, writer's life, lifestyle, murder, friends, university ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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 7.7
 75K
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, depressing ...
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, depression, suicide, social decay, unhappy, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.6
 9K
Suicide Room (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dominik is an ordinary boy. He's got loads of friends, the hottest girl in school, rich parents and money to spend on brand-name clothes. But one innocent kiss with a mate changes everything. He begins to isolate himself from the outside world, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, isolation, self destructing, fictional reality, escape from reality, addiction, teenage boy, youth, teenage life, life is a bitch, humiliation, gay teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe
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