Complex characters movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant complex characters movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, complex, talky, interesting, intense and melancholic films and TV shows about / with complex characters, storytelling, dialogue, character study, loneliness, runaway, mentor, relationships, honest and drinking plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Australia and other countries.
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complex characters movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as complex characters: American Beauty (1999), Harrow (2018), Closer (2004), Leon: The Professional (1994), The Social Network (2010), Good Will Hunting (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Broken Flowers (2005), Olive Kitteridge (2014), Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

List of complex characters 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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 7.6
 4K
Harrow (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a dark secret from this past threatens to be exposed, unorthodox and brilliant medical examiner, Doctor Daniel Harrow, must use all his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.
Style: captivating, exciting, witty, disturbing
Plot: medical examiner, doctor, forensics, complex characters, murder, family relations, crimes, forensic, latex gloves, caucasian
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 7.2
 196K
Closer (2004)
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, intellectual, melancholic, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, love triangle, photographer, love affair, divorce, marriage, sexual attraction, obsession, depression, complex characters, love at first sight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, manhattan new york city
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Leon: The Professional (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak, touching ...
Plot: hitman, loneliness, friendship, sniper, mentor, dark hero, killings, loner, murder, lone wolves, mafia, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: John Wick is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ...
Style: tense, exciting, brutal, suspense, harsh ...
Plot: one man army, gunfight, criminal's revenge, vengeance, murder, assassin, tough guy, crimes, martial arts, shooting, danger, chase ...
Time: 2010s
Place: morocco, north africa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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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, intellectual, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: rise to the top, computers and web, programmer, computer genius, ambition, hacker, social relations, businessman, creator, ego clash, social network, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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: psychological, emotional, philosophical, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, professor, philosophy, ambition, university, human spirit, life, dedicated educator, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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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, mentor, blind character, human nature, disability, depression, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, thanksgiving, change of heart, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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 7.2
 95K
Broken Flowers (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.
Style: sincere, touching, melancholic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: midlife crisis, self discovery, search, old love, couples, lost, loneliness, human nature, haunted by the past, culture clash, travel, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, france, new jersey, tokyo
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, family relations, couple relations, couples, family, elderly, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, 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, 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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The Lives of Others (2006)
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, sincere, bleak, gloomy, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, voyeurism, blackmail, german, interrogation, communism, iron curtain, politics, espionage, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
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How Viktor "The Garlic" Took Alexey "The Stud" to the Nursing Home (2017)
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: life is a bitch, disability, criminal heroes, greed, brutality, complex characters, father son relationship, runaway, orphan, happy ending
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Memories of Murder (2003)
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: realistic, captivating, bleak, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, evidence, serial killer, suspicion, rape, search, brutality, partners, victim, mishap, stupidity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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: philosophical, sexual, sexy, artsy, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, polyamory, self fulfillment, fall in love, sexuality, artist, romance, sexual exploration, bohemian life, love affair, love and romance, women ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain, new york
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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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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley ...
Style: enigmatic, twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, rejection, murder, jealousy, yacht, friendship, manipulations, sexual tension, secret identity, envy, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: italy, europe, atlantic ocean, venice, naples italy ...
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 7.8
 546K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, car chase, lone wolves, tough heroes, mechanic, danger, getaway driver, criminal's revenge, heist, chases and races, crimes, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Rolling Thunder (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, murder, violence, vengeance, homecoming, vietnam veteran, death wish, buddies, human nature, crime, deadly, crimes ...
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, mexico, tokyo ...
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 8.4
 577K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: tense, bleak, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: army, anti war, mission, soldier, losing-it hero, jungle, vietnam war, military, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, morality ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1960s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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 7.5
 61K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: french, tragic event, disability, single parent, romance, redemption, opposites attract, family relations, unlikely couple, human spirit, accident, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera, cote d'azur, europe, riviera ...
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House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: depression, eviction, tragic event, loss of son, human nature, life is a bitch, down on your luck, tragedy, compassion, suicide attempt, american dream, small town ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, usa, iran, san francisco
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 7.4
 204K
Garden State (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, psychiatrist, marijuana, friendship, self discovery, romance, family relations, friends, drugs/alcohol, party, doctor, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry
Place: new jersey, usa, los angeles
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 7.3
 50K
Quills (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France ...
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, sexual, witty ...
Plot: sexuality, writer's life, murder, priest, hypocrisy, emperor, rape, french revolution, french, sadism, perversion, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: homecoming, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, family relations, unlikely couple, couple relations, artists and showbiz, family problems, love and romance, addiction, writer's life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.3
 53K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: violence, crime, interrogation, armed robbery, drug dealer, heroin, gangsters, organized crime, mafia, law enforcement, crimes, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne, melbourne australia
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 7.8
 174K
Misery (1990)
Genre: 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: psychological, suspenseful, psycho film, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: obsession, insanity, loneliness, mentally unstable, isolation, captivity, psychopath, kidnapping, manic, rage, snow, escape attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: colorado, usa
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 6.6
 11K
Please Give (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: sincere, humorous, melancholic, depressing, touching ...
Plot: infidelity, midlife crisis, human nature, parents and children, homeless, teenage life, mother daughter relationship, cancer, suicide, meaning of life, neighbor, apartment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
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Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beleaguered small-business owner gets a harmonium and embarks on a romantic journey with a mysterious woman.
Style: surreal, realistic, sentimental, touching, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: shyness, true love, romance, social awkwardness, self discovery, love and romance, sibling relationship, fall in love, couple relations, depression, vandalism, phone sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, california, utah
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Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, tragicomedy, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, confession, secret, jealousy, family problems, family life, family relations, family gatherings, siblings relations, wedding preparations and rituals, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, harvard university, vermont
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