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The list contains the best, new and most relevant complex characters movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, talky, dramatic, interesting, serious and melancholic films and TV shows about / with complex characters, storytelling, dialogue, character study, loneliness, mentor, drinking, runaway, relationships and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as complex characters: The Social Network (2010), Good Will Hunting (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Closer (2004), American Beauty (1999), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Misery (1990), Jane Eyre (2006).
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Scent of a Woman
Drama
USA
156 min.
 8.0
American Beauty
Drama
USA
122 min.
 8.4
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Gifted
Drama
USA
101 min.
 7.6

List of complex characters movies

The Social Network
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: realistic, talky, clever, intellectual, based on true events ...
Plot: social network, geek, computer genius, rise to the top, creator, ambition, ego clash, complex characters, computers and web, obsession, loneliness, business ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: usa, harvard university, california, massachusetts, new york
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Good Will Hunting
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, intellectual, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: genius, mathematics, prodigy, character study, life philosophy, existentialism, teachers and students, harvard, rags to riches, complex characters, university, professor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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Scent of a Woman
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: friendship, blindness, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, complex characters, morality, human nature, human spirit, destiny, loneliness, unlikely friendships, blind character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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 7.3
 185K
Closer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, melancholic, psychological, intellectual, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, love triangle, divorce, marriage, betrayal, love, complex characters, life philosophy, romance, obsession, sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manhattan new york city
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 8.4
 953K
American Beauty
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: dramatic, realistic, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, parenthood, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, depression, loneliness, family problems, life philosophy, obsession, teenage life, existentialism ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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How Viktor "The Garlic" Took Alexey "The Stud" to the Nursing Home
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Viktor spends his free time trawling bars with ladies of questionable repute, from where he is picked up by a wife he doesn’t love, the mother of a child they never planned. Viktor himself was abandoned by his own father, his mother then committed ...
Style: emotional, surprise ending, realistic, suspense
Plot: criminal heroes, brutality, greed, father son relationship, complex characters, happy ending, orphan, life is a bitch, disability, runaway
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Silver Linings Playbook
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: realistic, intense, dramatic, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mental illness, mentally unstable, obsession, romance, family drama, adaptation, supportive parent, social misfits, love, male female friendship, mentor, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, new jersey, philadelphia
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Genre: 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: romantic, sexy, philosophical, scenic, artsy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, polyamory, romance, eccentricity, sexuality, sexual exploration, friendship, love, open relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, obsession, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, barcelona spain, new york
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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: dysfunctional family, disability, family bonds, mental illness, family drama, mentally challenged, self discovery, parents and children, brothers, siblings relations, responsibility, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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 7.8
 157K
Misery
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car on a snowy Colorado road. He is found by Annie Wilkes, the "number one fan" of Paul's heroine Misery Chastaine. Annie is also somewhat unstable, and Paul finds himself crippled, drugged and at her ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, obsessed fan, insanity, loneliness, hostage, brutality, mentally unstable, captivity, isolation, psychopath, rage, manic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 8.4
 17K
Jane Eyre
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 230 min.
Story: In this version of Charlotte Brontë's novel, Jane Eyre (Georgie Henley), a poor relation in the household of her aunt, Mrs. Reed (Tara FitzGerald) is despatched into the care of the callous Mr Brocklehurst at his school at Lowood. As a young ...
Style: serious, romantic, talky, sexy, gothic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love story, adaptation, relationships, love, love affair, prejudice, couple relations, infidelity, looking for love, rich and poor, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe, london, britain
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 7.2
 133K
Steve Jobs
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: factual, serious, clever, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: prodigy, dialogue driven, rise to the top, apple computer, ambition, technology, friendship, inventions and discoveries, alter ego, loneliness, adaptation, depression ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: usa, california
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The Edge of Heaven
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: touching, realistic, intellectual, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: prison, german, immigrants, destiny, death, tragedy, parents and children, funeral, loneliness, complex characters, relationships, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, turkey, hamburg germany, istanbul turkey
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 8.2
 503K
Heat
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Obsessive master thief, Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective, Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the ...
Style: realistic, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, heist, chase, betrayal, robbery, obsession, gunfight, bank robbery, gangster, violence, police, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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The Lives of Others
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
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, bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: voyeurism, surveillance, communism, cold war, corruption, german, politics, paranoia, morality, redemption, suicide, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, europe, german democratic republic, soviet union ...
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 7.3
 17K
Lantana
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Australia, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Somers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat attempts to solve the mystery of her absence. A complex web of love, sex and deceit ...
Style: talky, clever, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, police investigation, mystery, investigation, cheating, murder, loneliness, adultery, betrayal, marriage, drinking, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia
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Memories of Murder
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 1986 Gyunggi Province. The body of a young woman is found brutally raped and murdered. Two months later, a series of rapes and murders commences under similar circumstances. And in a country that had never known such crimes, the dark whispers about ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, clever, serious ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, crime, police investigation, torture, investigation, police, brutality, corruption, rape, violence, murder mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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 6.7
 3K
Blue Car
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, school, hospital, writer's life, relationships, nudity (topless - notable), poetry, teacher, loneliness, coming-of-age ...
Time: contemporary
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2770
 7.9
 17K
Hud
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, redemption, loneliness, drinking, morality, corruption, father son relationship, human nature, guilt, character study, complex characters ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, california
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Notes on a Scandal
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Style: sexual, realistic, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: obsession, loneliness, teacher, high school, friendship, adultery, art, lesbian, manipulation, betrayal, infidelity, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and ...
Style: humorous, talky, semi serious, lyrical, realistic ...
Plot: desert, vengeance, revenge, drinking, gunfight, death, violent, violence, complex characters, brutality, friendship, redemption ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century
Place: arizona, nevada
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The Godfather: Part II
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: epic, atmospheric, realistic, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime, gangsters, mafia, revenge, immigrants, organized crime, corruption, gangster, violence, betrayal, brutality, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, italy, cuba, sicily, europe ...
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You Can Count on Me
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: realistic, talky, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, workplace, childhood, adultery, single parent, relationships, drifter, family bonds, family drama, character study, complex characters, dialogue ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
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The Ten Commandments
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 572 min.
Story: The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, serious, reflective ...
Plot: morality, philosophy, human nature, adultery, obsession, storytelling, loneliness, complex characters, redemption, relationships, solitude, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
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 7.5
 165K
Sideways
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: clever, realistic, talky, witty, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, wine, midlife crisis, depression, road trip, divorce, infidelity, verbal byplay, strong sexual content, golf, relationships, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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 7.4
 38K
Transamerica
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bree is about to get a sex change operation that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, road movie, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, gay, sexual abuse, runaway, drug addiction, self discovery, psychiatrist, on the road, hidden identity, drugs/alcohol, therapist, cocaine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, los angeles, usa, california
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The Best of Youth
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, epic ...
Plot: idealism, psychiatry, mental illness, hospital, society, death, politics, friendship, siblings relations, tragedy, sacrifice, destiny ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: italy, europe, lebanon, rome italy, new york ...
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 7.7
 160K
25th Hour
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: crime, friendship, redemption, betrayal, prison, guilt, freedom, drugs, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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The Sign of Four
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Mary Morstan has received a pearl in the post every year since her father's disappearance; this leads Holmes and Watson to the truth about a secret pact between four convicts during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, interesting, talky ...
Plot: mystery, adventure, chase, crime, murder, private detective, mentor, dialogue, runaway, investigation, complex characters, twists & turns ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era
Place: england, india
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 7.3
 146K
Michael Clayton
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, corruption, murder, guilt, storytelling, business, surveillance, dedicated lawyer, mental illness, lawsuit, greed, legal action ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin
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character study
character study movies
Good Will Hunting 1997
8.3
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
8.7
Black Swan 2010
8.0
Perfect Strangers 2016
7.8
American Beauty 1999
8.4
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depressing
depressing movies
Requiem for a Dream 2000
8.3
Revolutionary Road 2008
7.3
It Follows 2014
6.8
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
8.7
What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993
7.8
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reflective
reflective movies
The Door in the Floor 2004
6.7
Dance with a Stranger 1985
6.8
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... 2000
8.1
After Life 1998
7.7
Autumn Sonata 1978
8.3
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depression
depression movies
Antichrist 2009
6.6
American Beauty 1999
8.4
Demolition 2015
7.0
The Grey 2011
6.8
My Week with Marilyn 2011
7.0
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relationships
relationships movies
500 Days of Summer 2009
7.7
How to Be Single 2016
6.1
The Break-Up 2006
5.8
Revolutionary Road 2008
7.3
The Banishment 2007
7.7
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heartbreaking
heartbreaking movies
The Green Mile 1999
8.5
Rory O'Shea Was Here 2004
7.9
Still Alice 2014
7.5
Atonement 2007
7.8
My Sister's Keeper 2009
7.4
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tragedy
tragedy movies
Everest 2015
7.1
Changeling 2008
7.8
The Impossible 2012
7.6
Titanic 1997
7.8
The English Patient 1996
7.4
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enigmatic
enigmatic movies
Eraserhead 1977
7.4
Blue Velvet 1986
7.8
Zodiac 2007
7.7
Gone Girl 2014
8.1
Fight Club 1999
8.8
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