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 realistic, interesting, talky, dramatic, intense and serious films and TV shows about / with character study, mentor, storytelling, runaway, dialogue, loneliness, corruption, obsession, redemption and drinking plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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character study movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as character study: Taxi Driver (1976), The Conversation (1974), The Verdict (1982), American Beauty (1999), Raging Bull (1980), Tender Mercies (1983), There Will Be Blood (2007), Capote (2005), A Single Man (2009), Black Swan (2010).

List of character study movies

 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, harlem manhattan new york city, vietnam
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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, character study, alienation, obsession, paranoia, losing-it hero, loner, wiretap, mystery, unfulfillment, loneliness, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.8
 32K
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, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, character study, redemption, courtroom, self esteem, fighting the system, injustice, coma, introspection, legal action, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
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 8.4
 978K
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, sexual, cynical, captivating, biting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, age difference, virgin, coming of age, youth, lust, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.2
 284K
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: stylized, atmospheric, intense, bloody, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, jealousy, domestic violence, redemption, boxer, self destructing, career, sport, character study, boxing, argument ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1943 ...
Place: bronx new york city, chicago illinois, new york, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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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: realistic, emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, character study, comeback, guitar, country music, music, self discovery, love and romance, couple relations, remarry, country, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, california
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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, epic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: greed, villain, ambition, rise to the top, character study, oil, obsession, small town, marriage, rivalry, evil, arson ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 19th century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
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 7.4
 116K
Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: captivating, based on true events, intellectual, talky, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, moral dilemma, lifestyle, crimes, manipulation, book, investigation, literature, death, friendship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: kansas, usa, spain, alabama, europe ...
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 7.6
 99K
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, enigmatic, philosophical ...
Plot: love and romance, gays and lesbians, haunted by the past, tragic love, loneliness, homosexual, gay, broken heart, death, depression, teacher student relationship, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1940s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, denver colorado, santa monica california
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 8.0
 641K
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, suspense, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, losing-it hero, insanity, mental illness, dancer's life, mentally unstable, hallucinations, showbiz, rivalry, parents and children, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 97K
The Queen (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal ...
Style: thought provoking, factual, emotional, compassionate, talky ...
Plot: royal family, queen, historical character, paparazzi, head of state, politics, pride and honor, death in the family, rules and policies, queen of england, private vs public, british royal family ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: england, buckingham palace, europe, scottish highlands, paris france ...
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 7.9
 397K
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: psychological, disturbing, realistic, biting, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, neo noir, sociopath, obsession, ambition, deception, journalist, morality, losing-it hero, ethics, cynicism, news report ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, venice beach california
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Perfect Strangers (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 97 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, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, family problems, under the surface, psychology, dialogue driven, family secret, dinner party, husband wife relationship, secrets, game, character study ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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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, dishonesty, mind game, cons and scams, power relations, couples, love and romance, male female relationship, sex, seduction, manipulation, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, israel
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 8.0
 437K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, greed, redemption, road trip, on the road, yuppie, self discovery, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, cincinnati ohio, texas, usa, missouri ...
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The Social Network (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: clever, realistic, based on true events, serious, intellectual ...
Plot: computers and web, ambition, rise to the top, programmer, computer genius, social relations, inventions and discoveries, creator, ego clash, hacker, betrayal, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: usa, california, harvard university, massachusetts, new york
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 8.0
 112K
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 life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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 8.3
 332K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia
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: stylized, captivating, inspirational, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician's life, prodigy, envy, emperor, music, mozart, obsession, composer, uninhibited rivalry, rise and fall, desire for fame, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1820s, 19th century, 1800s ...
Place: austria, vienna, europe, italy, central europe
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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: atmospheric, stylized, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: lust, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, mentor, human nature, life changing experience, philosophy, crime and punishment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.7
 384K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, journalist, paranoia, investigation, mystery, code, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: melancholic, sexy, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, homosexuality, forbidden love, gay relationship, tragic love, homosexual, cowboy, love and romance, male nudity, love affair, lovers, unlikely couple ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, wyoming, texas, mexico
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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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, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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: emotional, uplifting, realistic, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, love triangle, loneliness, human spirit, unrequited love, cerebral palsy, broken heart, life, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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 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: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
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 7.3
 89K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: realistic, humorous, inspirational, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, neighbor, family relations, parents and children, youth, coming of age, drinking, mentor, divorce, unlikely friendships, husband wife relationship, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1965, year 1946
Place: usa, new jersey, california
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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, intense, dramatic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, social misfits, depression, mental illness, supportive parent, fall in love, passionate interest, romance, letter, running, neighbor, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Style: sexual, sexy, romantic, philosophical, scenic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, fall in love, artist, polyamory, seduction, love and romance, self fulfillment, romance, sexuality, sexual exploration, ex spouse, free spirited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, barcelona spain, spain, europe, new york
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 7.2
 19K
Klute (1971)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: prostitute, missing person, pimp, obsession, private detective, murder, psychopath, stalking, investigation, mystery, crime, woman in danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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 6.7
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, doctors and patients, power relations, drugs/alcohol, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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