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The list contains the best, new and most relevant depressing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out depressing, realistic, melancholic, bleak, interesting and dramatic films and TV shows about / with depression, storytelling, loneliness, mentor, honest, tragedy, death, drinking, redemption and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as depressing: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Revolutionary Road (2008), It Follows (2014), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), By the Sea (2015), School (2010), Loveless (2017), Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Cargo 200 (2007).
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 8.7
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Drama, Romance
USA
118 min.
 7.8
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Loveless
Drama
Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
127 min.
 7.7
Cars 3
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
USA
102 min.
 6.8

List of depressing movies

Requiem for a Dream
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs/alcohol, degradation, downfall, depression, destructive relationship, existentialism, drug use, heroin addict, drug addict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Revolutionary Road
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, relationships, loneliness, under the surface, existentialism, unfulfillment, midlife crisis, family problems, destiny, psychology, life philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, california, paris france
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 6.9
 165K
It Follows
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, depressing, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, chase, death, ghost, friendship, paranoia, brutality, dangerous attraction, isolation, stalking, group of friends, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa, california
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: dramatic, compassionate, bleak, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, friendship, troublemaker, character study, mental illness, dehumanization, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, philosophy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oregon
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Genre: Drama, Romance
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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 5.3
 15K
By the Sea
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Malta, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of ...
Style: melancholic, depressing, artsy, psychological, scenic ...
Plot: hotel, self pity, depression, voyeurism, husband wife relationship, unhappiness, travel, manuscript, overhearing sex, lie, marriage, pregnancy ...
Place: france
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 6.3
 571
School
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 26 min.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, brutal, gothic
Plot: school, underage smoking, teenager, teenage life, friendship, troubled youth, puberty, teenage sex, beating, controversy, family relations, social misfits ...
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 7.7
 18K
Loveless
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening ...
Style: melancholic, depressing, bleak, rough, heartbreaking ...
Plot: missing child, dysfunctional family, divorce, search party, loveless marriage, search, husband wife relationship, dispute, dysfunctional marriage, missing son, anger, selfishness ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small child is trapped in a tug-of-war battle between his frivolous, but loving mother and an emotionally abusive neurotic grandmother, who wants to "shelter" her beloved grandson at all cost.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, rough, heartbreaking
Plot: domineering mother, swearing, grandmother, birthday, child abuse, sick, money, doctor, power relations, family relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional relationship ...
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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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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.
Style: rough, bleak, dark, suspenseful, sadistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, sexual abuse, sadism, rape, teenage rape, kidnapped girl, child abuse, murder, hostages, isolation, woman in danger, sexual perversion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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 7.9
 507K
Life of Pi
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, France, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: scenic, dramatic, colourful, philosophical, suspense ...
Plot: survival, life & death, beautiful scenery, storytelling, loneliness, young heroes, stranded, ocean or sea, life, tiger, philosophy, survivor ...
Place: india, pacific ocean, montreal quebec, mexico, toronto ontario canada ...
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Olive Kitteridge
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: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: dancing, depression, dance, death, suicide, contests and competitions, friendship, loneliness, character study, down on your luck, tragedy, existentialism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, california, new york, santa monica california, minneapolis minnesota ...
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, clever, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: music, loneliness, homeless, suicide, storytelling, drinking, folk, on the road, cat, musician's life, hitchhiker, performance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois
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 6.5
 41K
The Good Girl
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.
Style: dark humor, realistic, semi serious, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, workplace, suicide, store, depression, adultery, drinking, friendship, mental illness, death, infidelity, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, california
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 7.2
 115K
About Schmidt
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, road movie, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, depression, midlife crisis, death, existentialism, dysfunctional family, on the road, golden years, loneliness, life, self discovery, odd couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, denver colorado, colorado, kansas, nebraska
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 7.7
 56K
Control
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: music, punk, depression, suicide, music band, loneliness, adultery, drugs/alcohol, rock, rock and roll, musician's life, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, manchester england, northern england
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 7.3
 199K
The Road
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, road movie, futuristic, serious, depressing ...
Plot: survival, apocalypse, father son relationship, cannibalism, death, on the road, catastrophe, single parent, book, violence, post apocalyptic, wilderness ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.7
 66K
Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 8K
Submarino
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: redemption, addiction, dysfunctional family, heroin, drugs, violence, drug addiction, depression, storytelling, brothers, siblings relations, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten, copenhagen denmark, europe
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Leaving Las Vegas
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: loneliness, prostitute, addiction, redemption, romance, depression, love, suicide, prostitution, tragedy, death, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles
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 7.7
 206K
21 Grams
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, clever, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, guilt, death, vengeance, tragedy, loneliness, hospital, revenge, drug addiction, drug abuse, betrayal, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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House of Sand and Fog
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: bleak, realistic, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, depression, tragedy, hospital, suicide, fighting the system, greed, moral ambiguity, small town, loneliness, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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The Weather Man
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, talky, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, existentialism, father son relationship, weatherman, introspection, life, depression, foul language, loneliness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
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Grave of the Fireflies
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: war, survival, wartime, firefly, tragedy, death, children, orphan, loneliness, hospital, friendship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mine
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, french, hospital, loneliness, memory, death, love, human spirit, imagination, storytelling, life turned upside down, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, beirut lebanon, nepal ...
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Manchester by the Sea
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: melancholic, dramatic, emotional, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: death, hospital, dysfunctional family, depression, loneliness, drinking, suicide attempt, tragedy, relationships, family drama, nephew, storytelling ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts
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 7.3
 119K
Monster
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, prostitution, rape, sexual abuse, murder, prostitute, death penalty, mental illness, lesbian, betrayal, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio
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The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
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