Cathartic movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cathartic movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out melancholic, talky, realistic, bleak, reflective and emotional films and TV shows about / with cathartic, loneliness, storytelling, brutality, dialogue, tragedy, weird, runaway, character study and melancholy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, Sweden, France and other countries.
cathartic movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cathartic: Reprise (2006), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Magnolia (1999), Autumn Sonata (1978), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Heaven (1998), Samurai Rebellion (1967), The Lives of Others (2006), The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), Mommy (2014).

List of cathartic movies

Reprise (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.
Style: captivating, psychological, melancholic, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, depression, love triangle, self discovery, rise and fall, ambition, follow your dream, identity crisis, health situation, nervous breakdown, road not taken, success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, paris france, hawaii, oslo norway
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Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
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Story: Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter ...
Style: psychological, talky, thought provoking, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, couples, marriage, breakup, selfishness, infidelity, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, introspection, couple relations, human nature, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s ...
Place: los angeles
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, UK, Norway
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, family problems, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Mabel, a mother and wife, is on the brink of insanity as her blue-collar husband Nick attempts to understand her plight.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: mental illness, mental breakdown, suburbs, housewife, domestic violence, infidelity, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, profanity, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, quarry
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Heaven (1998)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A struggling architect, being sued for divorce by his wife and struggling with booze and gambling, finds work remodeling a friend's strip club, the Paradise. There he meets a transsexual stripper who is bothered by accurate, but extremely ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: betrayal, transsexual, gambling, a vision, stripper, architect, addiction, crimes, crime, murder, custody, estrangement ...
Time: future
Place: australia
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Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: tense, stylized, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, master warrior, rebelliousness, family relations, injustice, kidnapping, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, ruler, father son relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, sincere, gloomy, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, voyeurism, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, actress ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
Style: suspense, cynical, bleak, tense, dark humor ...
Plot: bounty hunter, gunfight, brutality, murder, death, on the road, bartender, suitcase of money, prostitute, revenge, suitcase full of money, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, reunion, human nature, crumbling marriage, parents and children, dealing with death, estrangement, siblings relations, eccentric family, family life, thanksgiving, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa, maine, massachusetts
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Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, emotional, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, juvenile delinquent, teenage boy, teenage life, rebelliousness, anti conformity, family problems, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 2010, near future ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec
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The Messenger (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: soldier, military, loneliness, responsibility, redemption, war, human nature, officer, bereavement, friendship, iraq war, casualty of war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, bosnia, iraq, california
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The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.
Style: bleak, stylized, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, miraculous event, faith, gender bending, state affairs, leadership, life is a bitch, religions or cults, injustice, idealism, human spirit, redemption ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: southern italy, palestine, israel, rome italy
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Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Switzerland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. ...
Style: atmospheric, reflective, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, pianist, loss of spouse, musician, neighbor, stripper, cat, grief, freedom, secret, infidelity, composer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: paris france, france, europe, poland
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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: stylized, thought provoking, touching, atmospheric, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, donkey, cruelty, purity, transcendence, redemption, friendship, misery, friends, sin, injustice, animal life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, tokyo
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Saraband (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, introspection, parents and children, love and romance, golden years, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, human nature, breakup, hopes, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, florence, munich germany, helsinki finland, florence italy ...
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God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, humorous, talky, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: unfulfillment, family in crisis, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, parents and children, relationship vs career, eccentric family, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, tokyo, california
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The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, meditative, lyrical ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, parents and children, family problems, overcoming, hopes, redemption, family in crisis, marriage crisis, death in the family, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, biting, suspense ...
Plot: adultery, murder, infidelity, abuse, patricide, marital abuse, sadism, drowning, spouse abuse, sexual dysfunction, power relations, couples ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, sincere, contemplative, tense, lyrical ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, love affair, custody, fall in love, crumbling marriage, family problems, destructive relationship, rivalry, parents and children, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, sweden, denmark, tokyo
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Wild Tales (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.
Style: psychological, tense, dark humor, biting, cynical ...
Plot: twists & turns, human nature, wedding party, revenge, unlikely criminals, fighting the system, vengeance, violence, corruption, destiny, farce, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
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Just Another Love Story (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Jonas is a Copenhagen homicide scene photographer, happily married, with two kids. One day, his car stalls, another car slams into him, runs head on into a third car and flips into the ditch. The other driver, Julia, is critically injured. He visits ...
Style: serious, psychological, melancholic, emotional, tense ...
Plot: memory loss, mistaken identity, dishonesty, pretense, dangerous attraction, danger, coma, neo noir, car accident, relationships, existentialism, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, new york, new jersey
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, political unrest, survival, countryside, introspection ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, israel, tokyo
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After the Wedding (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: wedding, marriage, poverty, family relations, orphanage, wealth, millionaire, family, family problems, family secret, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, copenhagen denmark
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
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The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: bleak, serious, exciting, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crime, crimes, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea
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Happy Christmas (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, ironic ...
Plot: family, family relations, christmas, eccentric family, introspection, siblings relations, disorder, couple relations, adolescence vs adulthood, friendship, husband wife relationship, female friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
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Bullet in the Head (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
Style: realistic, bleak, captivating, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, betrayal, murder, pow, vengeance, war, gang, survival, strong violent content, character on the edge, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam, hong kong, asia, saigon
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At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, before the natives murdered them all. They are sent by the ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, captivating, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: missionary, jungle, culture clash, malaria, civilization, amazon, adventure, adventurer, escapades, society, danger, buddies ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: brazil, latin america, argentina, south america, india
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