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, realistic, interesting, serious, dramatic and intense films and TV shows about / with violence, brutality, storytelling, mentor, violent, dialogue, death, murder, blood and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime 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), Lilya 4-Ever (2002), Logan (2017), Dunkirk (2017), The Dark Knight (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Gangs of New York (2002).

List of harsh movies

 7.2
 210K
The Road (2009)
Genre: 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, post apocalyptic, survival, starvation, father son relationship, post apocalypse, dying, cannibalism, single parent, chaos, journey, selflessness ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.4
 52K
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, based on true events ...
Plot: jungle, clergy, punishment, mission, slavery, peaceful mission, interracial relations, christianity, hopes, wilderness, murder, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brazil, south america, argentina, portugal, latin america ...
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 7.7
 698K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: USA, Canada, Bulgaria
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, gory, battles, legends and myths, courage, ancient, historical character, master warrior, heroic mission, human spirit, war, army ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: ancient greece, greece, europe
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 6.8
 103K
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, doubts and hesitations, right and wrong, undercover cop, corruption, police, murder, twists & turns ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.8
 40K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, thought provoking, harsh ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, poverty, sexual abuse, downfall, teenage life, social decay, rape, redemption, youth, slavery, russian ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, mcdonald's restaurant, denmark ...
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 8.1
 576K
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, superhero, chase, survival, older man younger man relationship, road trip, mutant, apocalypse, evil corporation, little girl, father daughter relationship, fight scenes ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, north dakota, mexico
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 7.9
 479K
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, suspense, dramatic, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, wartime, evacuation, british army, war, british history, survival, soldier, rescue mission, rescue, nazi occupied france, surrounded ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, battleship, flanders, english channel ...
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 9.0
 2.1M
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, heroes, secret identity, double life, organized crime, good versus evil, rivalry, master villain, batman, moral dilemma, psychopath, loss of loved one ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, true love, poverty, childhood, life is a bitch, society, street kid, cheating, human spirit, rags to riches ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s ...
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, gang war, organized crime, vengeance, betrayal, revenge, social decay, gangsters, army, corruption, 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: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, life is a bitch, human nature, suffering, hopes, cruelty, hospital, doctors and patients ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 1800s
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.3
 675K
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, gangsters, rise and fall, organized crime, criminal heroes, mafia, drug abuse, mob boss, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia
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 8.5
 656K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
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, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, nazi, anti semitism, genocide, starvation, atrocity, jewish, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 7.7
 361K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: realistic, tense, serious, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: lone hero, police corruption, rookie, police brutality, african american, mentor, one day, drug dealing, bad cop, corruption, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.2
 42K
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, adventure, raft, expedition, escapades, adventurer, against the odds, survivor, human spirit, boat ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1940s, 1930s
Place: peru, pacific ocean, south america, norway
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 6.6
 15K
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, crimes, rescue, police, gangsters, 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
 206K
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, intense, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, soldier, tough heroes, lone wolves, manhunt, humiliation, danger, police brutality, small town, ex military, loner, deadly ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, usa, arizona
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Secret Things (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their advantage, and pleasure.
Style: erotic, psychological, sexual, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: perversion, friendship, office, sex, sexual relations, seduction, orgy, obsession, dangerous attraction, manipulations, love affair, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, tokyo
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 6.9
 72K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, touching, rough, captivating, harsh ...
Plot: survival, sea disaster, isolation, storm, boat, adventure, ocean or sea, desperation, human spirit, hopes, forces of nature, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.3
 126K
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: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, destructive relationship, rape, tragic love, murder, death penalty, sexual abuse, mentally unstable, lawyer, crime ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, 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, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, isolation, mentally unstable, threat, crime, captivity, family problems, basement, torture ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, indiana
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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, running, danger, one man army, master warrior, adventure, brutality, one against many, illegal fistfight, blood, sadism, destruction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, hong kong, tokyo
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 9.5
 357K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
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: atmospheric, based on true events, heartbreaking, bleak, dark ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: radiation poisoning, radiation, scientist, nuclear power plant, save the world, post nuclear, heroic mission, nuclear threat, communism, nuclear reactor, nuclear power, nuclear explosion ...
Time: year 1986, 20th century
Place: ukraine, ussr, soviet union, russia, europe
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 7.3
 61K
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, prison gang, criminal heroes, moral ambiguity, arrest ...
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, tense, exciting, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, world war two, weapons, explosion, armored vehicle, engineer, landscape, hopes, twists & turns, danger, friendship, gunfight ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union
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 6.6
 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, heroes, father daughter relationship, protective parent, father, human trafficking, divorced parents, organized crime ...
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Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, rough, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, war, child soldier, power relations, anti war, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, rape, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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The Long Good Friday (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, cynical, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime boss, danger, gangsters, car bomb, crime, criminal's revenge, rivalry, ira, violence, power, gang war, irish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london
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For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Genre: Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio," one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, bounty hunter, track down, gunfight, gang, duel, small town, warrior, reward, sidekick, lone wolves, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: texas, new mexico, usa, arizona, mexico ...
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The Survivalist (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.
Style: intense, harsh, tense, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: survival, post apocalyptic, starvation, isolation, violence, post apocalypse, desperation, mother daughter relationship, maggot, visceral, rifle, knife ...
Time: future, near future
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