Depressing movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant depressing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out depressing, realistic, bleak, melancholic, dramatic and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, depression, drinking, death, mentor, tragedy, loneliness, brutality, friendship and honest plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as depressing: Requiem for a Dream (2000), Revolutionary Road (2008), It Follows (2014), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Babadook (2014), By the Sea (2015), School (2010), Loveless (2017), Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009).

List of depressing movies

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
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, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, adultery, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, abortion, jealousy, death of wife, relationships ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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 6.8
 168K
It Follows (2014)
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, suspense, depressing, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, stalking, dangerous attraction, chase, death, friendship, paranoia, group of friends, being followed, fright, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa, california
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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: psychological, serious, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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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, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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, offbeat, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, social misfits, depression, supportive parent, mental illness, fall in love, obsession, parents and children, passionate interest, romance, love and romance, running ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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 6.8
 158K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: scary, psychological, tense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: danger, supernatural, nightmare, dysfunctional family, family in danger, dealing with death, mental illness, book, depression, insanity, single mother, nightmare comes true ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 5.3
 15K
By the Sea (2015)
Genre: Drama, 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: scenic, psychological, artsy, depressing, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, husband wife relationship, voyeurism, self pity, depression, manuscript, overhearing sex, lie, marriage, pregnancy ...
Place: france
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 6.3
 586
School (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 26 min.
Style: depressing, gothic, atmospheric, brutal
Plot: school, underage smoking, teenager, controversy, beating, troubled youth, teenage sex, puberty, teenage life, friendship, brutality, suicidal tendency ...
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 7.7
 21K
Loveless (2017)
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: rough, bleak, psychological, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, disappearance, loveless marriage, search, search party, husband wife relationship, dispute, anger, missing son, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Bury Me Behind the Baseboard (2009)
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: rough, emotional, serious, depressing, heartbreaking
Plot: poverty, birthday, child abuse, grandmother, domineering mother, swearing, sick, money, doctor, funeral, mother, grandfather ...
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 7.4
 50K
Calvary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: bleak, dark humor, captivating, cynical, psychological ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, human nature, small town life, social relations, confession, goodhearted, small town, character study, investigation, mysterious man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, war, hunger, theft, radiation, wartime, firefly, bomb, loss of parent, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200 (2007)
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, psychological, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Plot: sexual abuse, kidnapping, murder, sexual perversion, hostages, crimes, rape, isolation, woman in danger, sadism, kidnapped girl, teenage rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, rough, serious, suspense, depressing ...
Plot: sexual harassment, convent, nun, sexual abuse, human spirit, punishment, life is a bitch, irish, clergy, humiliation, religions or cults, convent school ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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 6.9
 14K
Lady Macbeth (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The passionate affair of a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience unleashes a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on a country estate.
Style: bleak, rough, depressing, cynical, psychological
Plot: loveless marriage, older man younger woman relationship, extramarital affair, adultery, forbidden love, infidelity, husband wife relationship, forced marriage, child murder, wife murders husband, father in law daughter in law relationship, love story ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
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 6.6
 14K
Disobedience (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A woman learns about the death of her father. She returns to her Orthodox Jewish home and falls in love with her best childhood friend who is now married to her cousin.
Style: melancholic, ambiguous ending, sincere, depressing
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lgbt, female nudity, forbidden love, childhood friends, infidelity, orthodox jew, scandal, husband wife relationship, cheating wife, funeral, community, suffering ...
Place: london
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 7.9
 511K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
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: suspense, melancholic, atmospheric, captivating, scenic ...
Plot: survival, adventure, ocean or sea, hopes, human nature, teenage boy, ocean, young heroes, ship, starvation, isolation, journey ...
Place: india, pacific ocean, paris france, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
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 7.9
 18
75 (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A car crash victim, humiliated housewife and two repressed teens are connected by their relationships with hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against ...
Style: dark, suspense, ambiguous ending, depressing, social realism ...
Audience: kids
Plot: looking at picture, wife abuse, short shorts, doomed romance, heroin addiction, silence, drug withdrawal, punk, living together, officer, biblical quote, smuggler ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: ohio, cincinnati ohio, kentucky, america, usa ...
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 8.5
 952K
The Green Mile (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: supernatural ability, death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural, human nature, death sentence, healing power, confined, life philosophy, prison, magic realism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town life, elderly, family, family relations, couple relations, couples, small town, loneliness, mental illness, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, contests and competitions, down on your luck, social decay, society, life is a bitch, ambition, crimes, disorder, depression, dance ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, minneapolis minnesota, pacific ocean ...
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, music, cat, loneliness, hitchhiker, performance, on the road, folk music, guitar, suicide, audition, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.5
 41K
The Good Girl (2002)
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, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, store, dull life, dishonesty, suicide, suburban life, infidelity, temptation, lifestyle, blackmail, dream, jealousy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
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 7.2
 115K
About Schmidt (2002)
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, tragicomedy, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: on the road, life changing, mullet, wedding, fish out of water, salesman, letter, golden years, odd couple, wife husband relationship, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nebraska, kansas, colorado, denver colorado, california
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 7.7
 56K
Control (2007)
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, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, music, punk, music band, depression, suicide, extramarital affair, hanging, singer, musician, journalist, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: england, europe, manchester england, northern england
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 7.3
 201K
The Road (2009)
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, rough, harsh, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, single parent, father son relationship, cannibalism, starvation, on the road, human nature, protective parent, dying, future dystopia, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
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: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.6
 8K
Submarino (2010)
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, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, redemption, single parent, estrangement, inheritance, addiction, urban, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, kindergarten, copenhagen denmark
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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
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: sexual, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, alcohol abuse, addiction, social misfits, loneliness, casino, depression, suicide, romance, therapy, rape, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, los angeles, usa
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