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, serious, realistic, suspense, intense and interesting films and TV shows about / with death, violence, storytelling, brutality, mentor, violent, blood, vengeance, dialogue and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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harsh movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as harsh: The Road (2009), Eden Lake (2008), The Pianist (2002), The Grey (2011), Chernobyl (2019), Kon-Tiki (2012), An American Crime (2007), Monster (2003), All Is Lost (2013), Tusk (2014).

List of harsh movies

 7.2
 238K
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, harsh, rough, gloomy, depressing ...
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, distopia, father son relationship, cannibalism, catastrophe, on the road, starvation, vestiges of humanity, future dystopia, journey ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 6.7
 85K
Eden Lake (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. ...
Style: suspense, brutal, slasher, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: survival, torture, forest, youth, gang, murder, chase, strong violent content, camping, fear, insanity, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 8.5
 815K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
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: emotional, bleak, heartbreaking, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, war, pianist, jewish, nazi occupation, anti semitism, nazism, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
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 6.8
 252K
The Grey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.
Style: suspenseful, harsh, tense, bad ending, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, snow, dangerous animal, animal attack, wolf, air disaster, forces of nature, hunting, stranded, wolf attack, natural disaster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
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 9.4
 714K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
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: dark, atmospheric, harsh, thought provoking, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear power plant, nuclear holocaust, nuclear reactor, scientist, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, save the day, abandoned city, salvation, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: chernobyl, ussr, ukraine, europe, russia ...
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 7.2
 49K
Kon-Tiki (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, 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: harsh, realistic, exciting, inspirational, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: ocean, survival, shark, adventurer, raft, expedition, sea voyage, adventure, sailing, obsessive quest, boat, travel ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: pacific ocean, polynesia, peru, usa, south america ...
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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: harsh, disturbing, serious, bleak, brutal ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, crimes, dysfunctional family, confined, captivity, court, mentally unstable, sadism, family problems, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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 7.3
 151K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, harsh, disturbing, psychological, depressing ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, lesbian love, rape, gay, sexual abuse, female serial killer, destructive relationship, mental illness, murder, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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 6.9
 80K
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: harsh, touching, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: survival, boat, isolation, storm, sea, forces of nature, adventure, loneliness, human spirit, survivor, ocean, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 5.3
 53K
Tusk (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend's girlfriend to search for him.
Style: surreal, scary, macabre, harsh, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: human becoming an animal, disfigurement, monster, abduction, dark humor, transformation, psychopath, death, walrus, obsession, mad scientist, kidnapping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1940s
Place: canada, new jersey, usa
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Noi the Albino (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Noi dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with ...
Style: harsh, touching, depressing, enigmatic, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, youth, isolation, family relations, unfulfilled love, teenage life, social relations, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, dull life ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: iceland, hawaii, singapore, cairo egypt, new york
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.7
 430K
Training Day (2001)
Genre: Action, 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: tense, realistic, neo noir, harsh, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, african american, lone hero, corrupt cop, gang member, gunfight, gang, drug dealer, rookie, mentor, police, drugs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.8
 46K
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: bleak, harsh, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: prostitution, human trafficking, poverty, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, suicide, prostitute, teenage prostitution, rape, sex slavery, russian, downfall ...
Place: sweden, europe, russia, denmark, eastern europe ...
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A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: neo noir, harsh, disturbing, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: robbery, revenge, mafia, small town, self defense, gangsters, crimes, violent, attempted robbery, vigilantism, sex scene, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, touching, bleak, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, female boxer, euthanasia, underdog, female athlete, athlete and trainer, human spirit, athlete's life, mentor protege relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, las vegas, london ...
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 6.8
 146K
Four Brothers (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers.
Style: harsh, intense, entertaining, stylized, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, robbery, murder, revenge, violence, funeral, gangsters, vigilante, interracial adoption, crimes, uncover truth, sibling relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: michigan, usa, detroit
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, atmospheric, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, vengeance, criminal's revenge, organized crime, revenge, hitman, bank robbery, murder, manhunt, assassin, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
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 8.1
 743K
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: emotional, harsh, suspense, surprise ending, bloody ...
Plot: superhero, fight scenes, mutant, super strength, lone hero, x men, death of protagonist, father daughter relationship, invulnerability, rage, immortality, road trip ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 21st century, 2020s
Place: north dakota, el paso texas, austin texas, mexico, usa
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 7.3
 86K
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: clever, harsh, twist ending, suspense, tense ...
Plot: prison, prison gang, skinhead, gang, criminal, prisoner, prison life, criminal heroes, tattoo, organized crime, estranged father, prison violence ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 7.6
 588K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: psychological, surreal, brutal, macabre, twist ending ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, insanity, dark humor, satire, sociopath, materialism, yuppie, psycho, killings, hidden identity, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, yale university, usa, brooklyn new york city ...
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 6.7
 72K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, psychological, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, vigilantism, revenge, gang, gangsters, murder, brutality, crimes, violence, vigilante, justice, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 6.4
 64K
Blood Father (2016)
Genre: 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: harsh, suspense, stylized, road movie, tense ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, ex convict, revenge, teenage girl, gang, on the run, road trip, redemption, gunfight, protector, survival, race against time ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: california, new mexico, los angeles, usa, santa monica california
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Dead Mountain: The Dyatlov Pass Incident (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 54 min.
TV show
Story: Russia, 1959. A KGB major investigates the mysterious deaths of a group of nine student hikers in the Ural Mountains. Troubled by his past as a WWII veteran, he has a sixth sense and death seems to follow him around as he digs deeper into the ...
Style: harsh, unusual plot structure, bad ending, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: natural disaster, student, uncover truth, ancient mystery, investigation, death, survival, missing person, ex military, mountain, hiking, mystery ...
Time: year 1959
Place: russia, ussr
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 7.2
 241K
Lawless (2012)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Style: harsh, stylized, bad ending, entertaining, brutal ...
Plot: gangsters, mafia, gang, crimes, smuggling, organized crime, bootlegging, great depression, greed, prohibition, violence, gunfight ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1931, 1940s, year 1940
Place: virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A remake of the 1979 controversial cult classic, I Spit on Your Grave retells the horrific tale of writer Jennifer Hills who takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer's presence in ...
Style: brutal, disturbing, scary, psychological, harsh ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: rape and revenge, vengeance, torture, sexual abuse, rape, strong violent content, serial killer, rape revenge, woman in danger, rapist, murder, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.3
 134K
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: bleak, disturbing, art house, rough, surreal ...
Plot: rape, violence, sexual abuse, revenge, violent, brutality, sexual perversion, rape and revenge, vengeance, anal rape, sadism, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, 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, heartbreaking, depressing, harsh, dramatic ...
Plot: orphan, world war two, hunger, siblings relations, survival, war, death of child, homelessness, desperation, bomb, theft, wartime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.6
 37K
Phantasm (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Style: scary, atmospheric, harsh, twists and turns, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tall man, small town, zombie, investigation, murder, supernatural, mortician, adaptation, family relations, siblings relations, mausoleum, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Style: harsh, captivating, psychological, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: motorcycle, bank robbery, money problems, loner, haunted by the past, father son relationship, corruption, destiny, death, heist, parenthood, justice ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa
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