Character study movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant character study movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out talky, realistic, interesting, melancholic, cerebral and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with character study, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, loneliness, runaway, obsession, redemption, weird and relationships plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as character study: American Beauty (1999), Taxi Driver (1976), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Conversation (1974), Tender Mercies (1983), The Verdict (1982), Black Swan (2010), Amadeus (1984), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The King of Comedy (1982).

List of character study movies

 8.3
 1.0M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, existentialism, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.3
 683K
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, alienation, taxi driver, taxi, paranoia, antisocial behavior ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vietnam, harlem manhattan new york city
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: character study, greed, rise to the top, ambition, money, oil, rivalry, obsession, villain, evil, small town, arson ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 1930s ...
Place: california, usa, pacific ocean, los angeles
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The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, realistic, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, character study, alienation, obsession, losing-it hero, wiretap, mystery, loner, unfulfillment, loneliness, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, san francisco
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Tender Mercies (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: character study, country music, comeback, guitar, music, starting over, musician's life, love and romance, self discovery, redemption, human nature, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, california
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 7.7
 34K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: tense, touching, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, character study, redemption, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, legal action, workplace situations, introspection, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
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 8.0
 674K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, surrealism, paranoia, mental illness, losing-it hero, hallucination, rivalry, parents and children, ballerina ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.3
 353K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: captivating, stylized, clever, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Plot: mozart, musician's life, envy, prodigy, emperor, music, composer, obsession, character study, genius, uninhibited rivalry, rise and fall ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1820s, 19th century, 1800s ...
Place: austria, vienna, europe, italy, central europe
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Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, rebelliousness, hitchhiker, dysfunctional family, self discovery, musician, character study, working class, americana, family problems, identity crisis, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, texas
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The King of Comedy (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.
Style: tragicomedy, dark humor, cynical, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: ambition, obsession, desire for fame, delusion, character study, artists and showbiz, nervous breakdown, misfit, mentally unstable, crimes, disorder, manic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 6.6
 3K
Chronic (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: David is a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Dedicated to his profession, he develops strong relationships people he cares for. But outside of work, it's a different story altogether.
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, captivating
Plot: nurse, terminal illness, architect, complaint, character study, patient, introvert, past, fired from the job, male nurse, love and romance, friendship ...
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 7.9
 434K
Nightcrawler (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: neo noir, journalism, sociopath, satire, journalist, obsession, ambition, cynicism, deception, character study, morality, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, venice beach california
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Perfect Strangers (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: During a dinner, a group of friends decide to share whatever text message or phone call they will receive during the evening - and all hell breaks loose.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, talky, surprise ending, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, psychology, friendship, family problems, secrets, game, under the surface, character study, dialogue driven, husband wife relationship, dinner party, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
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: uplifting, emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, life, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, character study, friends, cerebral palsy, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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 8.2
 306K
Raging Bull (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his ...
Style: intense, stylized, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, boxer, domestic violence, redemption, career, self destructing, sport, character study, boxing, jealousy, boxing match ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, year 1941 ...
Place: bronx new york city, usa, chicago illinois, new york, cleveland ohio ...
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 7.2
 263K
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, insomnia, murder, guilt, fbi, investigator, police corruption, small town, police detective, snow, blackmail, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, los angeles
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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, realistic, depressing, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, mentally unstable, mental illness, romance, love, family drama, social misfits, supportive parent, bipolar disorder, male female friendship, fall in love, troubled ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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 7.6
 103K
A Single Man (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer, a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: depression, gays and lesbians, gay, tragic love, broken heart, haunted by the past, loneliness, love and romance, homosexual, death, teacher student relationship, best friends ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1940s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, denver colorado, santa monica california
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 7.4
 41K
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, Monaco, Romania, France, Switzerland
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Without warning a father comes to visit his daughter abroad. He believes that she lost her humor and therefore surprises her with a rampage of jokes.
Style: melancholic, realistic, emotional, satirical, complex ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, estranged daughter, male masturbation, culture clash, father daughter conflict, ambition, loneliness, existentialism, character study, life, parenthood, dentures ...
Time: 2010s
Place: romania, germany, bulgaria, bucharest
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When Will I Be Loved (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Feeling undervalued by her boyfriend, a young woman begins to explore her sexuality with other people.
Style: sexy, melancholic, talky, stylized, erotic ...
Plot: femme fatale, sex, dishonesty, mind game, power relations, cons and scams, couples, love and romance, male female relationship, seduction, manipulation, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, israel
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 7.3
 68K
Youth (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy, France, UK, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena, Mick is intent on finishing ...
Style: meditative, melancholic, talky, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: composer, vacation, suicide, screenwriter, old friends, adultery, aging, friendship, surrealism, retirement, husband wife relationship, irony ...
Time: 2010s
Place: switzerland, swiss alps, alps, venice
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 6.9
 17K
Roger Dodger (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex.
Style: cynical, talky, clever, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, virginity, battle of the sexes, nightlife, seduction, sex, mentor, advertising, flirting, character study, sexuality, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 3K
All Over Me (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth, complete with drugs, live music, and homophobia. All is changed one night when a violent and meaningless death rocks ...
Style: sincere, touching, melancholic, sad, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lesbian, youth, punk, friendship, society, self discovery, love and romance, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, tomboy, character study, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, new jersey
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 8.0
 117K
Papillon (1973)
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, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, prison life, criminal heroes, false accusation, escape attempt, adventure, life is a bitch, hopes, life sentence, low lives ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
Style: humorous, melancholic, enigmatic, absurd, touching ...
Plot: time travel, loneliness, social misfits, odd, escapades, fall in love, journalism, loner, adult virgin, newspaper, government agent, time machine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, seattle washington, washington state
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: meditative, philosophical, atmospheric, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, meditation, monk, redemption, teachers and students, mentor, guilt, isolation, life, buddhist monk, solitude, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, humorous, tragicomedy, melancholic ...
Plot: slacker, hopes, unfulfillment, society, lifestyle, misfit, unsupportive parent, social misfits, german, teenage boy, loner, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, california
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, mental illness, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, family drama, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, road movie, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, homosexual, friendship, gay, gay sex, male prostitution, prostitution, male friendship, alienation, unrequited love, poverty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, europe, italy ...
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The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: sincere, serious, philosophical, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: loneliness, writer's life, journalism, media, artists and showbiz, existentialism, book, friendship, depression, death, trust, writer's block ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996, 1990s
Place: usa, illinois, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota
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