Harsh movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant harsh movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out harsh, interesting, realistic, intense, serious and dramatic films and TV shows about / with violence, brutality, storytelling, violent, murder, death, blood, mentor, visceral and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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harsh movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harsh: The Road (2009), The Mission (1986), 300 (2006), Street Kings (2008), Logan (2017), Dunkirk (2017), The Dark Knight (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Gangs of New York (2002), The Elephant Man (1980).

List of harsh movies

 7.3
 206K
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, post apocalyptic, father son relationship, starvation, dying, cannibalism, single parent, journey, selflessness, on the road, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.5
 51K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to ...
Style: epic, realistic, thought provoking, harsh, intense ...
Plot: jungle, clergy, punishment, mission, slavery, peaceful mission, interracial relations, christianity, hopes, wilderness, religions or cults, murder ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brazil, south america, argentina, portugal, latin america ...
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 7.7
 685K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, harsh, scenic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, battles, ancient, historical character, master warrior, heroic mission, human spirit, war, army, against the odds, legends and myths ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 6.8
 102K
Street Kings (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tom Ludlow is a disillusioned L.A. Police Officer, rarely playing by the rules and haunted by the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a ...
Style: tense, serious, twists and turns, harsh, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, violence, dirty cop, police investigation, tough law enforcer, right and wrong, doubts and hesitations, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.1
 556K
Logan (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Style: suspense, emotional, futuristic, scenic, harsh ...
Plot: death of protagonist, chase, survival, superhero, older man younger man relationship, road trip, mutant, apocalypse, little girl, evil corporation, father daughter relationship, dark hero ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, north dakota, mexico
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 7.9
 464K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, based on true events, suspense, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, war, british army, evacuation, british history, wartime, survival, soldier, rescue, rescue mission, german army, surrounded ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: france, europe, england, english channel, flanders ...
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 9.0
 2.0M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, double life, heroes, organized crime, good versus evil, rivalry, master villain, moral dilemma, psychopath, loss of loved one, dark hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, society, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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Gangs of New York (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 167 min.
Story: It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by ...
Style: tense, suspense, stylized, brutal, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, gang war, social decay, gangsters, corruption, army, revenge, criminal heroes, mob boss ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, life is a bitch, human nature, physical appearance, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 1880s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.3
 654K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gunfight, drug dealing, cocaine, rise and fall, organized crime, drug abuse, gangsters, criminal heroes, mafia, mob boss, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, cuba, usa, colombia, bolivia
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 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, nazi, jewish, world war two, deportation, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 7.7
 353K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, police corruption, rookie, police brutality, african american, mentor, one day, drug dealing, bad cop, corruption, gunfight, frame up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.2
 41K
Kon-Tiki (2012)
Genre: Adventure, History
Country: UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Style: exciting, serious, harsh, inspirational, factual ...
Plot: survival, ocean, ocean or sea, expedition, adventure, escapades, storm, adventurer, against the odds, survivor, human spirit, boat ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1947, 1930s
Place: peru, pacific ocean, south america, norway
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 6.6
 14K
Shaft (1971)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, rescue, police, gangsters, crimes, urban, vigilante, violence, kidnapping, organized crime, gunfight, hitman ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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 7.7
 200K
First Blood (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, soldier, manhunt, lone wolves, tough heroes, small town, humiliation, ex military, danger, police brutality, deadly, on the run ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, usa
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 6.9
 70K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, captivating, rough, harsh ...
Plot: survival, sea disaster, isolation, boat, adventure, ocean or sea, storm, desperation, human spirit, hopes, overcoming, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.3
 123K
Monster (2003)
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, psychological, disturbing, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: prostitute, serial killer, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, ohio
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An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, suburban life, crime, mentally unstable, threat, captivity, family problems, basement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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 9.6
 287K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, atmospheric, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear power plant, nuclear power, communism, radiation poisoning, nuclear reactor, nuclear explosion, salvation, nuclear holocaust, rescue mission, radiation, post nuclear, save the day ...
Time: year 1986, 20th century
Place: ukraine, ussr, europe, russia, soviet union
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 7.3
 59K
Shot Caller (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A newly-released prison gangster is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Style: twist ending, clever, harsh, suspense, tense
Plot: prison, violence, desperation, criminal, gang, life is a bitch, murder, existentialism, criminal heroes, moral ambiguity, arrest, tough guy ...
Place: california, usa
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Tanks For Stalin (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A prototype of a new cutting edge tank is being taken on a secret mission to Moscow, to Comrade Stalin. Soon the cross-country run turns into a ruthless race. Followed by Nazis, the tanks' team defeats their pursuers and proves the great ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, world war two, explosion, weapons, armored vehicle, friendship, gunfight, landscape, hopes, engineer, danger, wartime ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union
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 6.7
 8K
Taken (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 41 min.
Story: The origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job ...
Style: suspense, harsh, exciting, brutal
Plot: lone hero, kidnapping, cia agent, daring rescue, crimes, father daughter relationship, human trafficking, heroes, father, protective parent, divorced parents, organized crime ...
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 7.4
 105K
Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, violence, sadism, party, vengeance, brutality, revenge, cruelty, woman in danger, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.8
 268K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, harsh, epic ...
Plot: survival, slavery, adventure, chase, manhunt, tribe, solar eclipse, native, sacrifice, death, prophecy, jaguar ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america
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 8.1
 281K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: bleak, psychological, emotional, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, confined, character change, anti war, innocence lost, war crime, vietnam veteran ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
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 6.4
 52K
Blood Father (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Style: suspense, stylized, harsh, tense, road movie ...
Plot: drug dealer, father daughter relationship, parent child relationship, gunfight, redemption, revenge, rescue, teenage girl, ex convict, survival, road trip, chase ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, santa monica california, new mexico, los angeles
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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, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, fighting illness, navy, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, politics, corruption, torture, against humanity, blacks and whites, attempted murder, head of state, assistant, atrocity, polygamy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, justice, disappearance, ex convict, manslaughter, track down, vigilantism, crimes, mysterious character, parents and children, loss of sibling, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: usa, pennsylvania, indiana, new jersey
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