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, melancholic, realistic, emotional, dramatic and talky films and TV shows about / with depression, death, storytelling, loneliness, drinking, tragedy, mentor, honest, brutality and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, Russia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as depressing: Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Green Mile (1999), Revolutionary Road (2008), The Good Girl (2002), Detachment (2011), It Follows (2014), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Biutiful (2010), Rabbit Hole (2010), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

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, heroin, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, destructive relationship, drug addiction, hallucinations, depression, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 8.6
 995K
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: death row, false accusation, prison life, supernatural ability, supernatural, prison, human nature, death sentence, life philosophy, healing power, justice, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1990s
Place: usa, southern usa, louisiana
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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: bad ending, serious, depressing, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, jealousy, abortion, destiny, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, adultery, housewife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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 6.4
 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: sincere, realistic, humorous, semi serious, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dull life, store, small town, temptation, infidelity, dream, marriage, mental illness, suicide, love affair, extramarital affair, masturbation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
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 7.7
 69K
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, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, social relations, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.8
 179K
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, stalking, ghost, dangerous attraction, paranoia, death, friendship, chase, group of friends, fright, being followed, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan, 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, dramatic, serious, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, plan gone awry, friendship, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, antisocial behavior, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, guilt, violence, family problems, estrangement, mass murder, tragic event, massacre ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
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 7.5
 80K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, suffering, illegal immigrant, parenthood, life is a bitch, parents and children, unfulfillment, reconciliation, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, mexico, barcelona spain
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 7.0
 45K
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, estrangement, crumbling marriage, loss of son, grief, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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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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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, sentimental, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, depression, social misfits, 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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 6.8
 168K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 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, macabre, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: danger, supernatural, family in danger, nightmare, dysfunctional family, book, dealing with death, mental illness, nightmare comes true, deadly creature, single mother, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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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: realistic, serious, psychological, sincere, heartbreaking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, mental illness, family problems, maturity, under the surface, social relations, psychology, complex characters, life philosophy, family relations ...
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, depressing, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, society, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, down on your luck, crimes, ambition, reward, social decay, merciless, disorder ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, minneapolis minnesota ...
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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: captivating, sincere, depressing, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, prostitute, addiction, depression, loneliness, suicide, social misfits, therapy, casino, romance, unlikely relationship, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles
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 7.5
 3K
Arrhythmia (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, Finland, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg’s EMA ...
Style: depressing, melancholic, art house, disturbing, sad
Plot: married couple, hospital, alcohol, paramedic, nurse, doctor, male objectification, husband wife relationship, drinking, sex in kitchen, emergency, sleeping naked ...
Place: russia
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 5.3
 16K
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: depressing, artsy, melancholic, scenic, psychological ...
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, self pity, voyeurism, depression, husband wife relationship, manuscript, lie, marriage, overhearing sex, honeymoon ...
Place: france
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 6.3
 615
School (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 26 min.
Style: depressing, brutal, atmospheric, gothic
Plot: school, teenage sex, teenager, underage smoking, troubled youth, puberty, beating, controversy, friendship, teenage life, family relations, social misfits ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 23K
Loveless (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany, Belgium
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, bleak, rough, psychological, heartbreaking ...
Plot: missing child, divorce, dysfunctional family, husband wife relationship, disappearance, morgue, loveless marriage, search, search party, missing son, dysfunctional marriage, dispute ...
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: emotional, rough, depressing, serious, heartbreaking
Plot: grandmother, swearing, domineering mother, birthday, child abuse, poverty, doctor, money, sick, mother, grandfather, funeral ...
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
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: psychological, emotional, heartbreaking, depressing, sad ...
Plot: sadness, death, dysfunctional family, depression, loneliness, loss, house fire, nephew, suicide attempt, last will and testament, family drama, funeral ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston
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 7.6
 36K
Boy A (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: psychological, touching, tense, social realism, depressing ...
Plot: haunted by the past, juvenile delinquency, rape, childhood, going straight, starting over, ex convict, rehabilitation, new job, criminal, moral dilemma, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, mcdonald's restaurant, manchester
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 7.6
 116K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, captivating, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: depression, suicide, drowning, writer's life, housewife, aids, mental illness, letter, human nature, introspection, literature, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 20s, 50s, contemporary ...
Place: england, europe, new york, london, los angeles ...
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 45K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, depression, family problems, unfulfillment, parents and children, dysfunctional character, mental illness, dysfunctional family, self acceptance, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 12K
Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: serious, sentimental, depressing, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: teenage love, small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, parents and children, first love, couple relations, single parent, football, high school life ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 42K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, anti conformity, rebelliousness, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 1982 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 82K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, nervous breakdown, delusion, fear, construction worker, insurance, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
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 8.0
 72K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: child abuse, incest, depression, foster child, troubled teen, social worker, suicide attempt, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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